Apo Land and Quarry Corporation has further elevated the bar of compliance with quality, environment, health and safety standard. Having recently achieved its ISO-certified status to the three global standards, the company is poised to raise its performance further, thereby proving to be an industry leader.
With the ever increasing demand for quality by its customers, it is imperative for the organisation to continuously improve its product and service quality, including its environment and safety performance. Apo Land and Quarry Corporation initiated the implementation of quality, environment, health and safety management system to ensure consistency in meeting the needs and expectations of its interested parties.
One of the keys to their ISO certification success is the strong engagement of people. Led by their highly committed core team, the company went through a series of planning and documentation workshops where processes are defined and directions are clearly set. “It is the team’s involvement to this project that spelled the difference” said Engr. Jeffrey Pantaleon, project team lead of AGF Consulting Group.
“ It is a privilege and honour to work hand in hand with Apo Land and Quarry Corporation. With the current issues and challenges we face in environmental protection, this milestone by Apo Land is a testament that compliance, improvement and protection can indeed be accomplished” said Jong Fernandez, principal consultant. AGF Consulting Group, a leading ISO consulting, training, assessment and research firm in the country today, was tasked as the consulting partner for this ISO certification project.
By raising the bar of its compliance, the company’s focus is now on sustaining the effectiveness of the integrated management system. A series of annual surveillance audits will be conducted to ensure not only compliance but also effectiveness of the processes and system. One of the indicators of effectiveness is the set objectives, targets and programs of the company. Among its goals are to relentlessly improve the customer satisfaction index, promote environmental protection and workplace safety.
The ISO core team of Apo Land and Quarry Ventures did an excellent job in preparing for the initial stages of certification audit, as reflected by the audit results. The new versions of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 specified risk-based thinking and systematic implementation of corrective actions among others.