Greenbone All in Green: ISO 14001 Certification

It doesn’t get any greener? Not at all! We have just completed certification of our environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001. And we have realised: There is always room for getting “greener” – you just have to be committed and willing to drive this commitment forward in measurable progress.

Greenbone passes ISO 14001 Certification.

The international standard ISO 14001 defines requirements that companies can use to achieve environmental goals and fulfil legal obligations. Because the environmental niche is different for every organisation, the standard does not specify absolute values and targets, but it does emphasise integration into quality management, C-level responsibility for environmental management and the elimination of ambiguity regarding environmental targets.

Targets, objectives, key figures: A dry framework for green growth

The current German version of the standard, DIN EN ISO 14001:2015, places particular emphasis on “environmental performance improvement” and its measurement using appropriate indicators. The ecological objectives thus relate to the upstream and downstream environmental impact of products and services as well as the consideration of opportunities and risks in day-to-day business. The whole process is to be set up as part of a continuous improvement process (CIP) so that the effects of each new measure can be monitored and adapted accordingly. With this certification, we are proud to be able to announce another important step towards a company that is not only “green” on the outside, in the company logo, but also on the inside.

Back in autumn 2023, when the “Environmental Management System” was introduced, it was clear to us: we may not be able to save the world, but every step in this direction is important to us! So, step by step, we started by collecting all aspects that could have an impact on the environment. After ranking the factors and prioritising them, eleven areas emerged in which Greenbone can become ecologically effective and active: Starting with electricity consumption, cooling servers, heating offices and dispatching goods, through to waste separation and the energy efficiency of our appliances.

And again and again: measure…

As a company that emphasises the realisation and clear presentation of objectives, Greenbone is already certified according to ISO 9001:2015 (quality management) and ISO 27001:2017 (information security) as well as within the framework of TISAX for the Information Security Management System (ISMS). For ISO 14001, we have concretised our objectives in clearly defined key performance indicators (KPIs) in order to make them available for subsequent measurements. This allows us to readjust existing measures and introduce further improvements. What initially sounds dry is already bearing its first “green” fruits

  • Our electricity has been supplied entirely from renewable energy sources since the company was founded. Total consumption – including clients and servers – is set to be reduced by a further 3% in the near future.
  • Whenever we purchase new equipment, we pay particular attention to sustainability and energy efficiency.
  • Since 2020, we have only used electric cars as company vehicles.
  • We have switched to digital payroll accounting.
  • The server room is regularly checked for potential savings.
  • We also prioritise environmental protection on a small scale: Waste is only collected centrally and packaging material is reused as a matter of principle.

To make our ecological progress even more sustainable, we keep up to date with regular internal training courses on energy efficiency. In this way, we are helping to make the world even “greener” outside of Greenbone.