OHSAS 18001 is an international occupational health and safety management system specification. This standard was created via the concerted effort from a number of the worlds leading national standard bodies, certification bodies and specialist consultancies.
ISO 14001 is an environmental management standard . It defines a set of environmental management requirements for environmental management systems. The purpose of this standard is to help companies to protect this environment, to prevent pollution and to improve their overall environmental performance.
ISO 9001: 2000 defines world class standards for effective Quality Management Systems and is integral with management, documentation and manufacturing practices organization-wide. This standard specifies a process-based approach with value added, customer-focused activities on which personnel, planning, resources and metrics are built to assure product quality, continuous improvement and business strategy are optimized.
Food Safety Standards
There are different Food Safety certification schemes that Firmenich has adhered to:
Food Safety (ISO 22000)
Food Safety (HACCP/FPA/BRC/AIB)
Food Safety ISO 22000 specifies requirements for a food safety management system where an organization in the food chain wishes to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards in order to ensure that food is safe at the time of human consumption.
Food Safety HACCP/FPA/BRC/AIB encompass several global standards which are aimed at assuring product integrity in the realm of food safety, inclusive of regulatory related food safety standards (e.g. contaminants, residues, etc.), product security (e.g. addressing terror and tempering threats), and the entire sphere of conventional HACCP based and pre-requisite programs.
The terms Kosher and Halal refer to dietary rules followed by religiously observant Jews and Muslims. The aim of certification is to give Halal and Kosher consumers confidence that the products they consume comply with the complex rules governing what is permissible for them to eat. Independent agencies such as the Orthodox Union (OU) for Kosher and the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) for Halal provide certification.
SEDEX the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange provides an independent platform on which companies can enter information about their social accountability policies and performance. Firmenich is currently populating this database with self assessment questionnaires and audit reports based on the SMETA standard.