YCH Achieves Environmental Management System Certification


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Yakima Facility Meets International Environmental Standards and Receives ISO 14001 Certification

Yakima, Wash. – September 12, 2016— As of August 3, 2016, Yakima Chief – Hopunion (YCH) received the ISO 14001 certification at their Yakima, WA facilities following compliance with the Environmental Management System (EMS) standards established by the International Organization of Standardization (ISO). YCH is now ISO 14001 certified across all production facilities, as the Sunnyside, WA facilities received certification in 2010, with re-certification completed in June 2015.

ISO is an independent, non-governmental membership organization and the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards in relation to products, services and systems, with an emphasis on quality, safety and efficiency. These internationally-recognized standards pertain to a wide range of industries, including technology, food safety, agriculture and healthcare, driving innovation and solutions to global challenges. ISO 14001 is one set of standards set forth by ISO, which specifies the requirements for an environmental management system, helping to enhance an organization’s environmental performance, manage environmental responsibilities and achieve sustainability objectives.

As an agriculturally-based organization with a deep appreciation for the land and farms from which their hop products are sourced, YCH is proud to achieve the EMS certification that holds them accountable for managing their environmental impacts. This certification is the result of efforts made by all departments to meet a comprehensive set of standards unique to ISO 14001, requiring the implementation of new company-wide programs and data tracking procedures.

Pursuing the ISO 14001 certification has resulted in the establishment of a company-wide Recycle, Reduce, Reuse program which also became a conduit for YCH to start having conversations about recycling and waste with its employees. The hope is that as employees make the efforts to be more mindful about waste and recycling at work, they will also start implementing these efforts at home and within their communities.

The reporting and monitoring of utility usage at the Yakima facilities was another change made to meet the EMS requirements. Combined with utility data from the Sunnyside facilities, YCH now knows more about the organization’s collective carbon footprint and what processes and buildings contribute to the most utility usage, allowing them to focus on identifying and resolving inefficient systems.

“By achieving ISO 14001 certification at our Yakima facilities, we are now in a position of providing sustainably produced hop products across the entire supply chain, from the field to our brewery customers,” said Steve Carpenter, Interim Chief Executive Officer at Yakima Chief – Hopunion.

Talia Ibarguen, Sustainability Coordinator at YCH states, “As a new member of the Sustainability Department, I’m especially proud of the significant efforts put forth by YCH and our employees to achieve this certification. ISO 14001 will provide us with a framework to make continuous improvements that directly benefit the environment, our employees and the community. We will be able to track our progress, share our successes, and learn from any missteps on our journey towards greater corporate sustainability.”