On-site environmental management

Nexans is continuing its efforts to reduce its impact on the environment via an environmental management system that is currently in operation at all of its sites.

Strict environmental management 

Nexans’ environmental management system is in line with ISO 14001 and is based on the assessment of industrial risks, a continuous improvement program and employee training courses on environmental best practices.

The Industrial Management Department is responsible for steering the policy. The CSR Committee, which includes representatives from functional departments, meets twice a year to review and approve the approaches the Industrial Management Department has proposed for the following year.

A Group Environmental Manual outlines the objectives, procedures and tools available to each site. A dedicated Intranet site is available allowing employees to access all of the Group’s environment-related data and share best practices.

A questionnaire – which is accessible via the Group’s intranet – is used to input all environmental data concerning Nexans’ sites. It concerns in particular: raw material consumptions (water, solvents, energy, packaging, etc.); air, water and soil pollution; storage conditions; waste production and recycling, as well as the impact of the Group in terms of noise.

The questionnaires are analyzed according to a scoring grid that considers situations as follows: unacceptable, need of improvements and acceptable. In accordance with the Group continuous improvement program, the scoring grid evolves each year in line with regulatory developments and the areas that the Group wishes to improve.

In parallel, environmental audits are conducted by Nexans’ Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) department on each site at least once every three years.

Exacting certification procedures

Adapted to Nexans’ operations, the EHP label (Environnement Hautement Protégé or Highly Protected Environment) is awarded to sites that meet the Group’s excellence environmental criteria.

This label implies in particular a systematic review of all the risks inherent to the activity of the site and the means of prevention in place. Obtaining this label also implies:

  • to recycle at least half of the cooling water,
  • to control the quality of all effluents,
  • not to store hazardous liquids without appropriate protection,
  • to no longer possess PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyl) on site,
  • to adopt a waste sorting policy,
  • to have an environmental crisis management plan.

   Korean plant

Both in Germany and Korea, every site has received the EHP label.

in 2014

68% of monitored sites were ISO 14001 certified

78% of monitored sites were EHP certified