We control operational processes via our integrated management system (IMS). The system describes workflows and responsibilities, and stipulates uniform standards throughout the Group for quality, environmental protection, energy, occupational health and safety, and plant safety. It is based on customer demands, statutory regulations, our own sustainable business principles, and national and international standards.
We have our Group management system evaluated by an international certification organization in accordance with ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO 14001 (environmental protection) standards, and our German sites as per ISO 50001 (energy). At Siltronic, every site is certified to ISO/TS 16949 (quality/automotive industry), ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 (occupational health and safety), due to its specific processes and customer requirements.
Our Group certification ensures that customer-driven specifications and our corporate standards are implemented at all WACKER sites. Almost all WACKER production sites are included in the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Group certificates. Exceptions are Wacker Química do Brasil Ltda., the Kolkata plant belonging to Wacker Metroark Chemicals Pvt. Ltd., India, and the Tsukuba site of Wacker Asahi Kasei Silicone Co. Ltd., Japan. All these sites have corresponding individual certificates. After commissioning in 2016, the new plant in Charleston, USA, was also incorporated into the ISO 9001 Group certificate.
As of 2012, all German sites belonging to Wacker Chemie AG, Siltronic AG and Alzwerke GmbH have been certified to ISO 50001 (energy management systems). The silicone-producing sites in Jandira (Brazil), Zhangjiagang (China) and Kolkata (India) are certified to the ISO 22716 standard for the cosmetics industry.
We align our processes and standards relating to occupational health and safety with the international OHSAS 18001 standard. Alongside Siltronic, our Jandira (Brazil) and Jincheon (South Korea) sites have an OHSAS certificate.