MAPEI Americas President and CEO Luigi Di Geso (left) and Giovanni Giorgi, MAPEI’s Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Manager in Canada (right) holding the English and French ISO 14001 certificates for Environmental Management System.

MAPEI’s Laval, Quebec, plant – the first of 18 MAPEI facilities established in North America – achieved another first for MAPEI Americas as it gained ISO 14001 certification for its Environmental Management System.

In 1998 the MAPEI Group's main production and distribution centre in Robbiano di Mediglia (near Milan, Italy) incorporated the Environmental Management System in accordance with the ISO 14001 standard. The experience gained from involvement with Responsible Care and the already-certified Quality System at MAPEI served as a solid base on which to build the Environmental Management System. The two systems, in fact, share many common features, such as prevention, leadership commitment to continuous improvement, organization, documentation, objective evidence of achieved results, and personnel training. In 2004, the Latina plant also attained ISO 14001 certification.

“We have done groundbreaking work here,” said Luigi Di Geso, President and CEO of MAPEI Americas, “and we are extremely proud of our people who helped us gain the ISO 14001 certification. MAPEI is strongly committed to building a sustainable environment for our plants, our employees and our products. We will now push forward to ensure all our plants in the Americas, one by one, will attain this prestigious level of accomplishment.”