The certification is based on compliance with national environmental legislation, the International Standard ISO and EcoAction 21 supported by the Japan Cooperation Agency (JICA).
August 9. Santo Domingo - The National Competitiveness Council received the gold certification for its environmental management system, granted by the 3Rs Sustainability organizations and the Center for Agricultural and Forestry Development (CEDAF), under the SGA-CER 200802 accreditation, which recognizes efficiency in the execution of sustainable actions in organizations.
It is the only certification at the national level that distinguishes public and private organizations, which have an environmental management system and have obtained concrete achievements in the implementation of the 3R culture (reuse, reduce and recycle) to mitigate environmental impact of its operability.
This accreditation is endorsed by the Japan Cooperation Agency (JICA) and was received by Mrs. Zoraima Cuello, executive director of COMPETITIVENESS, who expressed her satisfaction with the achievement. “I am proud of this team, and the effort of all the members of the institution, who demonstrated the real commitment to the planet and the environmental sustainability of the country”.
In this sense, Ginny Heinsen, president of 3Rs Sustainability, pointed out the effort and hard work of COMPETITIVENESS to achieve this certification in the face of the situation in the country. "That they have achieved the highest category in the midst of this pandemic, and have assumed responsibilities of those who have a commitment to sustainability, deserves great recognition." We are honored, he added.
Meanwhile, Rafael Tomás Nazario, Administrative and Financial director of the institution and president of the Environmental Management System Committee (EMS), stated that the distinction "is a great pride and a merit of the efforts of all the members of COMPETITIVENESS".
Sustainable initiatives implemented
The certification process began at the end of 2018. Various actions and education programs were carried out to guide employees on the proper use of water and energy saving, solid waste management, first aid, good sustainability practices and 3R's culture, as well as holding workshops on safety and health at work.
Part of the implemented measures stand out: creation of a Committee and an Environmental Management System, made up of members of the administrative areas, quality management, technology, planning and development, general services, human resources, purchases and communications.
Likewise, the creation of Clean Points, hiring authorized managers who comply with the environmental regulations of the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources, use of reusable and biodegradable materials in the kitchen and dining room areas.
In addition, the COMPETITIVENESS facilities have intelligent light sensors and fire detectors, low consumption light bulbs, electronic and office equipment with intelligent consumption, signaling of evacuation routes in case of earthquakes or fires, safety manuals and Next-generation printers, which make their use more efficient and reduce paper consumption.