For the third consecutive year Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has won the prestigious SJM Flex Environmental Award – the Exporters Club top annual environmental accolade.
VWSA beat other major exporters by being awarded the coveted environmental award as well as the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of the year award at the annual banquet of the Exporters Club of South Africa: Eastern Cape, held at the Port Elizabeth Boardwalk Convention Centre in August 2014.
The SJM Flex Environmental Award recognises companies who have made huge strides in implementing environmentally responsible manufacturing practices.
According to the judges, VWSA was a worthy winner because it “not only continued to reduce the carbon footprint of its factory and products but also introduced a unique Bell Bell spraying system in Paint Shop, which has significantly reduced hazardous waste in the production process.”
The judges for the SJM Flex Environmental award included Dr Anton de Wit (NMMU), Johnny Pitorino (SJM Flex), Phinda Xipula (SJM Flex), Andrew Philips (Wilderness Foundation) and Quintin Levey (Exporters Club chairman).
“Through their environmental Think Blue. Factory strategy, over the last three years the company has reduced its electricity usage by 20%, reduced waste disposal by 26%, reduced water usage by 40%, reduced CO2 emissions by 14% and reduced VOC emissions by 18%,”