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Social and Environmental Responsibility

SGA Policy

NSG Group in Brazil manifests and formalizes its views on environmental issues and its relationship with the community through the MASS (acronym in Portuguese for Environment, Health and Safety) policy.

The SGA (acronym in Portuguese for Environmental Management System) sets documented standards through some rules and procedures, covering the panning, operational controlling, monitoring, internal auditing, reviewing and corrective actions, involving employees and other kind of permanent workers. The effort for continuous improvement is orchestrated by the Plan of Objectives and Environmental Goals for each factory and common corporative areas, unfolding itself into PGA’s (acronym in Portuguese for Environmental Management Program), with the detailed steps of the implementation schedule and its respective guardians. Special emphasis is on reducing the specific fuel consumption of water and electricity (per m² of glass produced), in which has been achieved impressive results, serving as benchmark within the group as well.

The Company and the Environment

The NSG Group is a world leader in the manufacture of flat and safety glasses and owns a solid international reputation in the environmental field, seeking to take part in the construction of sustainable development through its activities, products and initiatives. This is reflected by the effort to increasingly reduce the environmental impact of all processes, through cleaner technologies and an efficient operational management. The NSG Group has also introducing eco-friendly products to the Market, which helps to decrease energy consumption and improving the welfare. The NSG Group also seeks to promote environment awareness of employees, family members and permanent workers, collaborating whenever possible, with the community and public agencies of all countries whereas it operates.

In addition to manufacturing an unlimited 100% recyclable material, NSG develops in its technology centers in Lathom – England, San Salvo – Italy and Kyoto – Japan products with exceptional environmental performance, manufactured and commercialized through many subsidiaries and affiliated, scattered in 25 countries, throughout five continents.

NSG has a corporate structure in the environmental area and the MASS (Environment, Health and Safety) board of directors, that, more than setting general guidelines, also bring together the efforts and spreads / promotes an exchange of the initiatives and the problems of each company as well. In 2002, within the Automotive Division in a globalized way, it was created a MASS board of directors. In 2007, the MASS management of the Automotive and Building divisions was put together and regional MASS management was created for Europe, North America, South American and China responding to the group’s worldwide MASS board of directors. In 2012 the sustainability area has been merged with the MASS, bearing the areas nomenclature has changed to Department of Sustainability.

The NSG Group’s directory understands that the SGA (acronym in Portuguese for Environmental Management System) implementation, meeting ISO 14001, is the best way to organize the activities and the continuous improvement of the environmental area in a coherent and systematic method.

Pilkington Brazil has become the twenty second Brazilian industry to obtain an ISO 14001 certificate in December 12th of 1997 (emitted by DNV – Det Nork Veritas) and the first glass industry in the Latin America to be certificated.

Later, during the second SGA triennial recertification, it was agreed, under decision of the Automotive Division, to transfer the contract for the TÜV – Management Service and its affiliate in Brazil, the IQA, in view of the unification of the certificate for all 38 manufacturing facilities and 2 general distribution center of the automotive products, which had already been performed by the TÜV-Süd in Europe. A corporative certificate was issued for the Group by March 31st of 2004, with a specific certificate for Pilkington Brazil site in Caçapava. The units of São Paulo and Betim came to win the certification later on April 25th of 2005 and February 06th of 2005, respectively, being incorporated into the global certificate in January of 2006.