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Company adopts international standard for comprehensive environmental management system, cear strategy for zero waste vision
Submitted by: Menlo Worldwide Logistics
Posted: Apr 12, 2012 – 03:09 PM EST
SAN MATEO, CA and AURORA, IL, Apr. 12 /CSRwire/ - (Marketwire) Menlo Worldwide Logistics, the global logistics subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), today announced its Lean Supply Chain Management Center in Aurora, Ill., has been awarded ISO 14001 certification by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
The ISO 14001 family of standards provides a framework for organizations to develop an environmental management system. The standards serve to encourage companies to evaluate all areas of business activity that have an environmental consequence and establish measures, controls, mitigation strategies and communications programs to manage their impact.
"Menlo employs extensive Lean practices for waste reduction and continuous improvement," said Tony Oliverio, the company's vice president of Supply Chain Services. "Attaining ISO 14001 certification was a logical step for Menlo, given our aggressive sustainability strategy and complementary role that our Lean expertise plays to help us identify and remove waste from the carbon stream. It's an honor to earn this important certification as it further demonstrates to our customers our deep commitment and effective practices for minimizing the environmental impact of our operations."
The Aurora office is the first Menlo facility to be awarded with the certification. The extensive process began in January 2010, when the company's internal Environmental Management System (EMS) team took inventory of the facility, mapped its carbon footprint and identified environmental aspects and impacts of the operation. Eventually, the team developed a system of compliance that mirrored the ISO 14001 guidelines and initiated new procedures. These included a comprehensive recycling, energy and waste reduction program and a system to capture, calculate and further manage greenhouse gas emissions.
The benefits to new and existing customers of Menlo's ISO 14001 certification are many, including reduced energy consumption, identification and remediation of practices that generate environmental waste, and lowered risk (through environmental impact analysis). Additional benefits include increased visibility to environmental performance and waste reduction opportunities. With a certified ISO 14001 system in place, Menlo intends to accelerate efforts to obtain ISO 14001 certification for additional facilities in North America and around the world. The company also plans to extend its carbon assessment and mitigation services to the supply chain operations it conducts on behalf of its customers.
As one of three primary business units of Con-way Inc., Menlo's ISO 14001 certification represents the latest advancement in the company's enterprise-wide sustainability program, launched in 2009. Menlo also plans to collaborate with sister companies Con-way Freight and Con-way Truckload to help them introduce ISO 14001 processes to reduce environmental impact at their facilities as well.
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About Menlo Worldwide Logistics
Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, is a US$1.6 billion global provider of logistics, transportation management and supply chain services with operations in five continents, including North America. As a third-party logistics provider, San Mateo, Calif.-based Menlo Worldwide Logistics' services range from dedicated contract logistics to warehouse and distribution management, transportation management, supply chain reengineering and other value-added services including packaging, kitting, order fulfillment and light assembly through a strategic network of multi-client and dedicated facilities. With more than 17 million square feet of dedicated warehouse space in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America, and industry-leading technologies, Menlo Worldwide Logistics creates effective, integrated solutions for the transportation and distribution needs of leading businesses around the world.
Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $5.3 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics company. For more information, please visit us on the Web at www.con-way.com.