Environmental Management System helps to continuously improve

Our Environmental Management System gives a framework and way of working for Alko’s store network and head office operations in environmental matters. The system helps us identify and reduce harmful environmental impacts. An external certification verifies that our environmental management can be relied on.

As of year 2011, all our stores have complied with the operational principles of the international ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. In 2014, all Alko’s stores, regional offices and the head office in Helsinki received an ISO 14001 Environmental Certificate granted by an independent external verifier agency. The certificate was re-audited and updated to ISO 14001:2015 version in 2016. To honor this achievement a framed copy of the renewed certificate is displayed on the wall of every Alko store.

A well-functioning environmental system helps take environmental matters into account across all operations, be it energy savings, recycling of waste material or training of staff.  The activities also have agreed goals; with help of concrete targets the environmental impacts can be reduced and in the best case, eliminated.

Within the latest round of audits during autumn 2016 Inspecta Sertifiointi Oy performed six store audits, three regional office audits and a head office audit. The deviations found during the audit were mainly about missing environmental goals and targets, and about their communication and implementation. We received positive feedback about environmental developments related to the supply chain, improving the follow-up of our energy consumption and the high level of environmental awareness and commitment of store personnel.  In addition, we will need co-operation with landlords of our stores in order to maximize the opportunities for environmental improvements.

Further information about ISO 14001:2015 standard in their international website.

More store-specific information from internal audits

Environmental champions in stores induct and train new colleagues from the start to the practices of Alko. With internal environmental audits we ensure that operationally we follow same standards in stores through Finland and also inspect how well the everyday practices follow the guidelines defined in our environmental policy. The system also guides the head office units to consider environmental aspects in their own work.  We perform 20 internal store audits as a part of our internal auditing practice annually. Additionally, the auditing practice is a source of useful development ideas and feedback to further improve our operations.