Thanks to efforts from several different levels of the company, the Nitrates-Iodine division of the Chilean company achieved an important milestone by earning a new certification aligned with its corporate value of sustainability.
The Chilean company, a world leader in the production of specialty fertilizers and iodine, earned a new international certification: ISO 50001:2018, which establishes global standards to effectively manage energy consumption, reduce costs and improve its environmental performance.
This milestone recognizes SQM’s ongoing commitment to excellence in energy management and underscores its proactive approach to sustainability and operational efficiency, which reflects the company’s commitment to business sustainability and the ongoing exercise of listening to its stakeholders to respond to new environmental, social and governance demands and expectations.
Ignacio Majluf, SQM’s Nitrates-Iodine Performance and Sustainability Manager, noted: “This achievement reflects our commitment to optimizing our processes, reducing our environmental footprint and promoting responsible operational practices.”
The executive added: “Law 21,305 on energy efficiency drives us to decouple energy consumption from economic growth. To achieve this, we are continuously advancing our energy performance and in this way we will not only improve our competitiveness, but also contribute to climate change mitigation, demonstrating to our customers, employees and stakeholders that we are committed to sustainable and responsible practices.”
Adrián Becerra, SQM’s Nitrates-Iodine Sustainability Leader, noted: “By adopting international standards, we not only improve our operational efficiency, but also demonstrate to our customers, employees and stakeholders that we are committed to sustainable, responsible practices that are in harmony with the environment.”
Meanwhile, Rodrigo Godoy, leader of SQM’s Energy Management System, points out, “Because it is a process of continuous improvement, we know that today we have climbed a step and that we have many more to go. However, the skills, motivation and good ideas of the teams working in the field and in offices and the leadership of senior management will turn the challenge into a good opportunity.”
This new international certification strengthens SQM’s sustainability strategy, alongside other certifications it has obtained such as: Responsible Care, ISO 14001:2015 on environmental management systems, and Ecoport, which is the leading environmental initiative for the European port sector and offers a series of environmental management tools based on global standards and voluntary commitments that exceed regulatory requirements, among other alliances and certifications linked to operational excellence, continuous improvement and sustainability.