Aché and Biosintética have an environmental management planned and executed based on ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards, international references for process control, quality, and efficiency in the management of impacts and indicators. The Company was the first in the pharmaceutical industry to get these certifications in Brazil.
Another important aspect is the Environment, Occupational Health and Safety Policy (Sesma), in which Aché discloses its commitment to environmental preservation, occupational health and safety, and with the training and qualification of its employees, adopting responsible safe approaches and with the least possible impact.
Since 2000, there is waste management. This is a permanent awareness work that involves all employees of the Company. The processes are specifically focused on:
· Effluent treatment plant: efficient treatment of wastewater from industrial process before disposal to collecting network.
· Waste incineration: process of thermal destruction of hazardous waste from pharmaceutical processes, carried out under high temperature to ensure the reduction of the waste volume, weight, and dangerousness.
· Waste co-processing: it is an environmental-friendly final treatment that uses cement kilns, benefiting from the energy contained in materials (residues) with specific calorific value through the substitution of raw materials and regulated operation. · Composting: applied technique to control the decomposition of organic materials in order to obtain a stable material, rich in humus and mineral nutrients (with physical, chemical and biological attributes). This process allows reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills. The volume treated in 2016 was 60 tons.
· Keep an eye on oil: a program developed in partnership with the Triângulo Institute to collect cooking oil, which is now used to produce handmade soap for domestic use. To this end, collectors are available in Guarulhos and Nações Unidas plants. In 2016, 1,603 liters of oil were collected.
· Battery Eater: collectors distributed in Guarulhos and Nações Unidas plants for the correct disposal of batteries to avoid that these residues are left in dumps and cause pollution to the ground and to the water table.
· Lamp treatment: process of lamp decontamination and recycling, separating the terminals and all its components. Ensuring the integrity of the environment based on regulated operation.
· Funap Project: carried out with FUNAP - “Prof. Dr. Manoel Pedro Pimentel” Foundation, since 2012, it offers work opportunities to the prison population, through the operation, separation, and treatment of organic waste, turning them into by-products for composting.
· Water reuse: Water discarded in internal processes is treated and reused for slab cooling and gardening, among other purposes. A project is being studied to reuse the resource, also, in toilets.