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Energy Management and ISO 50001 - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 29/06/2017

Energy has a double cost: a financial cost and an environmental cost. While the energy production is increasingly coming from sustainable sources such as solar or wind installations, another important aspect of energy management is the optimization and the reduction of energy waste.

Implementing an Energy Management System helps companies to reduce their energy bill and to make a gesture for the planet. One of the most popular standard to achieve this is the ISO 50001 certification.

We will today learn more about Energy Management and how the ISO 50001 can help you achieve your energy policy.

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Topics: Tipps, Certifications, ISO standard

FAMI-QS Certification - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 22/06/2017

Food safety is a daily concern for consumers but also for every stakeholder of the food industry. For animal products, feed safety is equally important especially in the light of different food scandals in the past years. To minimize health risks due to feed safety, the EU has implemented several regulations ruling a large part of the feed activities. To support companies with their feed quality and safety system, the FAMI-QS developed a certification specifically aiming the specialty feed ingredients and mixtures present in animal feed.

Today, we will learn more about the FAMI-QS certification and how to implement it in your manufacture.

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Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 15/06/2017

Limited resources, climate change, social responsibility: those are topics regularly brought up by newspapers, media but also companies stakeholders and employees. While more and more organizations act on their environmental impact and implement eco-management plans, some don’t know where to start or in the contrary would like to go further on this track. The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is an instrument developed by the EU to help organizations deal with this topic.

We will today learn more about the EMAS and how to improve your environmental footprint.

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ASC Certificate - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 08/06/2017

With the environment and the future of the planet at the heart of headlines and the news, sustainable products are being more and more appreciated and looked for by consumers. With the growing sea pollution going over the world, sustainable fishery is getting increasingly important for the planet and for the consumers. While the MSC is tailored for the wildlife fishery, sustainable fish farms can get another certification for their products: the ASC Certificate.

Today we will learn more about this certificate and how to get it for your fish farm.

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Supplier Code of Conduct - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 01/06/2017

Working in an ethical company, respecting workers as much as the environment, is important on both personal and business levels. But while you are directly in charge for your company, you are also responsible for your whole supply chain and the acts of your suppliers. If one of them does not respect human rights or is engaged in an environmental scandal, it may bring trouble to your supply chain and damage your brand…

To avoid this situation, you can set up a Supplier Code of Conduct ruling the ethical practices of your suppliers in order to align them with your company values.

We will today learn more about this code of conduct and how to implement it in your supply chain.

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Topics: supplier documentation, document types

Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 24/05/2017

Having full control of the supply chain and monitoring its every aspects can be a hard task when suppliers are all over the world. Beyond product quality, workers protection and social standards are important elements to keep in mind when choosing a supplier. Indeed, while some countries have strict legislation to protect workers rights, other parts of the world do not benefit from similar safe environments.

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) internationally promotes the protection of social standards throughout the supply chain across every industry. By implementing a common code of conduct and a single implementation system, the BSCI supports propers monitoring through all sourcing activities along the supply chain.

We will today learn more about the BSCI and how to implement it with your suppliers.

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Codex Alimentarius - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 18/05/2017

From the latin “Food codex”, the Codex Alimentarius is a set of rules and standards regulating the food industry worldwide. The Codex Alimentarius Commission at the origin of this codex was founded in 1963 by the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the World Health Organization. The commission is currently organized by 187 countries and the European Union.

We will today learn more about the Codex Alimentarius and how it influences your business.

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Risk assessment in the food industry in four steps

by Bertrand Duteil on 11/05/2017

Food safety is the concern number one of the food industry. In order to always provide the best products and protect their users, food companies get different certifications such as the SQF certification and invest in quality management. They also use risk management to master the status quo in their structure and foresee possible harms and problems.

One way to start solving problems before they occur is the risk analysis. Defined by the Codex Alimentarius, a complete risk analysis is made of three steps: risk management, risk assessment and risk communication.

We will today learn more about risk assessments in the food industry and how to sort your risk assessment easily.

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Risk Management: Risk assessment in five steps

by Bertrand Duteil on 04/05/2017

In life like in business, most of our actions entail their share of risks. Limiting those risks to their minimum and acting on the most recurring ones let us evolve safely in our activities and plan more easily the future.

Companies are subject to all kinds of risks, including economic, environmental or work safety related. Certificates such as the OHSAS 18001 can guide you when it comes to work safety. But for general risks, a risk assessment can let companies identify risks and how to actively act on them. We will today learn more about this strategy and how to implement it easily in your company.

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Top 5 ISO Certifications - Which one do I need?

by Bertrand Duteil on 20/04/2017

Standards and certifications are important for every company, helping them make their processes more efficient and their products safer. One of the most important certification organizations is the International Organization for Standardization.

Founded in 1946 in London, the International Organization for Standardization is an independent and non-governmental international organization. The original goal of the organization was to “facilitate the international coordination and unification of industrial standards”. With more than 162 country members of the organization, the ISO organization has developed over more than 21.580 International Standards the past 70 years. From quality certifications to environmental standards, the ISO helps standardize products and services in the world.

We will today see which ISO certifications are important for the food industry and which ones you actually need for your company.

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Topics: Certifications, ISO standard