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11.08.2014

Bank Austria certified again for environmental management with ISO 14001

  • Bank Austria first Austrian commercial bank to obtain ISO 14001 in 2011
  • Re-certified thanks to continuous improvements in environmental management
  • Key priority is conserving resources for sustainable business management
  • Comprehensive package of measures to achieve ambitious environmental objectives

In 2011, Bank Austria was the first Austrian commercial bank to be certified with the internationally renowned ISO 14001 environmental management certification from Quality Austria. This notable award underlines the efforts made so far regarding environmental protection. It is also a promise that Bank Austria will continue to work on its organisation and on improving procedures in order to make steady and proactive progress in reducing its ecological footprint.

"Reason dictates that we should focus on sustainable business, and thanks to the low use of resources this is also reflected in quantifiable cost savings", emphasised Willibald Cernko, CEO of Bank Austria. "We have even gone one step further and have included all of our Austrian branches, because environmental management affects all locations and ultimately all staff", said Cernko, emphasising how seriously Bank Austria is about climate protection and deploying business practices that conserve resources.

ISO certification renewed thanks to consistent improvements in environmental management
After passing the external audit carried out by Quality Austria, Bank Austria can be pleased about the ISO 14001 certification. Thanks above all to the commitment of staff, Bank Austria has succeeded in recent years in continuously improving its environmental management system that was already certified under ISO 14001, and has thereby obtained the certification once more after a three-day audit.

Comprehensive package of measures to achieve ambitious environmental objectives
When implementing its environmental management system under ISO 14001, Bank Austria resolved to adopt measures that would take the organisation further forward towards comprehensive ecological sustainability; these were:
• use of new media to reduce hardware
• printing with the FollowMe printing system and PretonSave software to save on printer cartridges
• increased use of recycling paper in day-to-day operations and with events
• pilot project of “paperless” branches
• continued expansion of energy-monitoring system.

Willibald Cernko underlined that "the renewed ISO certification represents another important step on our way towards ecologically sustainable business in an all-pervading sense. For achieving this interim objective I would like to express my sincere thanks to all staff who devoted themselves to the topic of sustainability in their everyday work."

Enquiries: Bank Austria Media Relations Austria
Volker Moser, Tel. +43 (0) 50505 - 52854
E-Mail: volker.moser@unicreditgroup.at