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Sustainability

at GEALAN

ISO 9001:2008

As early as 1995, we developed and introduced a quality management system to the international standard ISO 9001. On the one hand, this means that the stability and effectiveness of our corporate processes are continuously monitored and optimised.

On the other hand, it means that the company is continuously being developed to meet the requirements and expectations of our customers, partners and employees as well as regularly audited both internally and externally.

GEALAN's quality guidelines:

  • Our quality principles apply throughout the company to all employees and suppliers as well as our products, processes and services.
  • Quality is the key for us to customer satisfaction and long-term success.
  • Quality is constantly being advanced.
  • Our quality requirements are determined by our customers and the needs of the market.
  • Our quality objectives are planned, measured, reviewed and regularly questioned.
  • The achievement of quality objectives is ensured through information and instruction as well as basic and further training for employees.

ISO 14001:2009

Following successful validation according to the EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme), the environmental management system at GEALAN was additionally certified to ISO 14001 in May 1997. In doing so, GEALAN set the standard for environmental protection within the industry, not only at European level but also worldwide.

The decision to seek further certification came about as a result of the company's activities outside of Europe and in the neighbouring countries to the East. While it is difficult to explain the benefits of the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme to customers in countries outside the European Union, ISO 14001 is as accepted as ISO 9000 series is in quality assurance.

Following the successful certification of the quality management systems of GEALAN BALTIC in Vilnius (Lithuania) and GEALAN ROMANIA in Bucharest (Romania) to ISO 9001:2000, their production facilities were also successfully certified to ISO 14001. Recertification was achieved in July 2011.

ISO 50001:2011

With the initial certification from DQS, the certification company is certifying that GEALAN has a systematic energy management system to ISO 50001 in place. Within just four months, the manufacturer of vinyl profiles for windows and doors had managed to develop a system capable of certification to ISO 50001. This makes GEALAN the only company in the industry with management systems to ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 14001 (environment) and ISO 50001 (energy) and certification to EMAS III, the Community Eco-Management and Audit Scheme.

The core philosophy of a systematic energy management system to ISO 50001 consists of strategic and organisational management approaches. The main objective of the standard is to continually improve our energy performance and energy efficiency, as well as to save energy.

This is done by means of a systematic approach that gives employees – and especially those at management level – an awareness of linear and long-term energy management. This enables the company to exploit potential savings as well as gain competitive advantages and a substantial boost to its image. The new standard behind this has only been in force since April 2012 and replaces the European standard EN 16001 that had been valid up to then. All the more remarkable is the fact that GEALAN managed to integrate an energy management system to ISO 50001 within just four months.

EMAS – Eco-Management and Audit Scheme

In 1996, after the introduction of the quality management system to ISO 9001, GEALAN launched an environmental management system to the EC Directive on the Voluntary Participation by Companies in the Industrial Sector in a Community Eco-Management and Audit Scheme. In doing so, they used the then draft version of the ISO 14001 "Environmental management systems". In June 1996, the Oberkotzau and Tanna sites received their first validations. GEALAN was thus the first European PVC fabricator with this stringent management system.

The EC Eco-Audit Directive was replaced in 2001 by the new EMAS Regulation, which integrated ISO 14001, stronger participation by employees and an evaluation of environmental aspects (production and products).

Sustainability report

Sustainability at GEALAN

An environmentally sustainable approach to product manufacturing is a central pillar in how the GEALAN Group sees itself. From the outset, the company focused on close cooperation with customers, suppliers and other companies within the industry. A sense of responsibility towards employees and society as well as the continuous refinement of products, processes and services have been key factors in the company's success.

The GEALAN Group has always regarded changing market conditions or new legal requirements as a business challenge: for example, when PVC became a topic of public discussion in the mid-90s, the decision was made to become involved in the recycling of old PVC windows. Following independent investigations, GEALAN started to offer a recycling concept for these products in 1994.

Our voluntary commitments

We belong to the following organisations

GEALAN works with several partners to promote environmental protection and sustainable development. In order to achieve our objectives and exchange knowledge and experiences, we are members of the following organisations:

Umweltpakt Bayern – Nachhaltiges Wirtschaften im 21. Jahrhundert (Bavarian Environmental Pact – Sustainable Business in the 21st Century)

The Umweltpakt Bayern (Bavarian Environmental Pact) is a voluntary agreement between Bavarian industry and the Bavarian State Government aimed at finding a joint solution to the challenge of sustainable development.

Nachhaltigkeits-
abkommen Thüringen

The Nachhaltigkeitsabkommen Thüringen (Thuringia Sustainability Accord) is a voluntary agreement between Thuringian industry and the Thuringian State Government. Its aim is to continuously improve cooperation between the state and industry in the area of sustainable development.

Rewindo

Together with other leading German vinyl profile manufacturers, GEALAN co-founded Rewindo as the successor to FREI, the previous window recycling association. The young company is made up of the former members of FREI and the company VEKA AG. It thus covers approx. 80% of the German vinyl window market.

VinylPlus

With VinylPlus , the European PVC industry has entered into a voluntary commitment to encourage sustainable development and to realise its recycling goals in the long term.

AgPU

The Working Cooperative for PVC and the Environment has made it their task "to bring PVC and all environmental protection concerns into harmony". Among other things, this has resulted in the founding of several PVC recycling programmes.

ÖAKF

ÖAKF is a platform made up of the most important system providers in the Austrian market. Its remit is to provide manufacturer-independent information about vinyl windows. It promotes the recycling of old windows and thus the fulfilment of the voluntary commitment of the European industry.