“This is a significant achievement for our team, and I’m extremely proud of reaching this challenging goal,” said Mark Keeler, Ordnance System Inc.’s vice president and general manager.
“We spend each day making products to protect the warfighter, and we do it in a way that protects our environment and our communities. This certification validates our commitment to this important mission.”
The certification comes from National Science Foundation (NSF) International Strategic Registrations, a globally respected, accredited organization that specializes in independent, third-party certifications. NSF awards the ISO 14001:2004 to companies that have implemented environmental-management plans following an internationally recognized set of standards. These can include:
• Identifying and controlling the environmental impact of a company’s activities, products, or services.
• Continually improving environmental performance.
• Implementing a systematic approach to setting environmental objectives and demonstrating such goals have been met.
ISO 14001:2004 certification is a requirement of the U.S. Army’s contracts at government-owned, contractor-operated (GOCO) facilities such as Radford. NSF audits these facilities every six months to ensure they continue to meet the organization’s rigorous criteria.
Although required, earning the certification is no easy feat. The Radford plant is a facility built during World War II, and many key operations, such as the coal-fired power plant, are part of the original infrastructure. Managing World War II-era infrastructure and modernizing production processes – while working to safeguard the environment – is a complex process requiring the commitment of every employee.
The win is significant for other reasons. BAE Systems also operates the Holston Army Ammunition Plant, which earned its first ISO 14001:2004 in 2006 and was the first GOCO to obtain this certification. With this first win for Radford, BAE Systems is now fully environmentally certified across both its ammunition plants.