SAN PEDRO DE MACORIS.- The Ingenio Cristobal Colon, owned under the CAEI Consortium, became the first national mil to certify under the ISO14001 Norm for Environmental Management, and which also reinforces the company’s in-house environmental protection policy.
The certification was granted for the production and trading of raw and brown sugar, refined sugar and molasses. Audit procedures were led by the audit firm SGS of Panama, world leader in inspection, verification, trials and certification. The accreditation process was performed by UKAS Management Systems.
This step forward by the mill is part of its strategic plan to “reach higher international standards in matters of product quality and respect to the environment”, stated Alberto Potes, Exec. VP at CAEI.
A press release issued by CAEI states that the Ingenio Cristóbal Colón began implementing the norm back in 2014. Meanwhile, in 2015, the assessment criteria extended to comprise all production operations and administrative areas.
The release indicated that from May to June this year, a certification audit took place, meanwhile approval for norm issuance under the company took effect on August 19th, and the certificate was delivered in September. The norm is valid for two years, and every year, a follow-up audit is carried out.
Alberto Potes stated that as goodwill citizens, “we must care and protect our environment, making sure to produce all our products in a responsible manner”. Potes also reminded that by using bagasse, the company replaces fossil fuel usage, this means “we work coherently aiming to position the company as an environmental, social and financially responsible enterprise”
CAEI is a company in the Energy and Industry portfolio of assets administered by INICIA, a private asset management firm.
The Vicini family has invested in different economic sectors in the Dominican Republic for over 140 years. INICIA is one of the companies that has contributed significantly to the development and industrialization of the country.
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