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Environment

As an environmentally conscious organization, we are committed to environmental responsibility and promoting ‘green thinking‘ throughout our organization and supply base.

Our commitment is expressed through the principles of our global environmental policy. We also work diligently to ensure our sites, and in particular our manufacturing plants, continually look for ways to minimize our impact on the environment through reduction of energy consumption, recycling and reuse, and reducing plastics consumption.

Sustainability in our supply chain

Sustainability in our supply chain

We encourage and support our suppliers to reuse and recycle packaging wherever possible. Following our implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS), which provides the framework to assist in the day-to-day operations from an environmental perspective - we expect our suppliers to implement and maintain appropriately scaled environmental processes too. Key points include:
 

  • Complying with local and international environmental regulations
  • Minimizing waste and maximizing recyclability of production/shipping materials
  • Reducing transportation and distribution costs
  • Protecting and reducing reliance on natural resources
Environmental ISO Certification

Environmental ISO Certification

As part of our continuing efforts to be a truly global business, we aim for ISO accreditation in a number of areas, including environmental responsibility.  A number of our larger sites are ISO 14001 – Environmental Management accredited. ISO 14001 is the framework for the management of environmental responsibilities. It requires that our approach to environmental issues undergoes continual improvement. The system promotes the integration of environmental management into core strategic processes including interaction with our suppliers. We’re audited by independent third-party auditors for ISO standards accreditation.

Our on-going sustainability improvements

We have developed our own environmental initiative called the 'Sunrise Medical Environmental Seal of Approval'. This initiative allows us to set specific environmental goals for our sites, so we're not only upholding, but exceeding the high standards that ISO environmental management certification demands.

gb United Kingdom

In Sunrise Medical UK we have changed the lighting in some areas of the warehouse from Fluorescent tubes to LED's with motion detection. They automatically switch off when not needed, saving a minimum of 1753.4 CO2 kg of carbon emissions.

nl Netherlands

Choosing sustainable sources of energy is essential to protecting the environment. At our Dutch plant in Helmond, we have switched to a certified energy provider offering 100% European wind energy.

us United States

To reduce foam and plastic consumption in our facilities in Mexico, we have eliminated the use of 150,000 foam cups, lids, and spoons. This has reduced 395 kilos of waste.

it Italy

At our Italian facilities in Piacenza, Italy, we are now provided with energy only from renewable resources, from a supplier called Repower. The energy we get is from a hydraulic plant in Valtellina, northern Lombardy.

es Spain

At our Spanish facilities, we are now using electronic invoices, limiting and reducing significantly the use of paper and printing ink.

au Australia

At our facilities in Australia, the UK, Mexico, and the Netherlands, we have completely replaced our existing lighting with LED's, in order to be more energy-efficient.

fr France

At Sunrise Medical we are committed to sorting our waste the right way. At our facilities in France and Poland, we are collaborating with local organizations that help us recycle the used batteries and other electronic equipment and reprocess everything in specialized channels.

po Poland

In our Polish facilities, they have started using smaller cardboard boxes to store the products. In addition to that, in our facilities in France, Australia, and the US, they have implemented a proper cardboard recycling plan for up to the 100% of the material they are using.

fr France

Even though we are significantly reducing our paper consumption and using a lower amount of printing ink, Sunrise Medical France is processing all the printer cartridges in specialized channels, as well as other materials such as used batteries and electronic equipment.

mx Mexico

To reduce water consumption and energy we are replacing sanitary equipment in our facilities in Mexico, the US, the Netherlands and Spain with water-saving models and installed touchless water faucets to control the temperature and the stream duration.

us United States

To conserve electrical usage, at our facility in the United States we have cut back the hours of use of our lights, fans, and HVAC. The old process required building sections to remain on while only one small area required lighting. Breaking the facility up into 20 zones using a modular system, allows each department to control its system independently and save energy.

po Poland

At Sunrise Medical we recognize the vital connection between bees and the environment. Our Polish associates have been gifted flowers that are friendly to bees and other pollinators. They will be taking great care of them!

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