Our firm calculates its olive water footprint and earns EMAS certification
These valuable certifications lend additional strength to the firm’s commitment to the environment and make Ángel Camacho one Andalusian firm that can claim world-class sustainability.
Ángel Camacho Alimentación, manufacturer of Fragata olives, La Vieja Fábrica jams and many other products, has become the world’s first firm to calculate and verify the Water Footprint of the olive business and the first food firm in Andalusia’s registry of eco-audited companies to earn EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) verification. These facts demonstrate that the sustainability strategy the company has implemented throughout its production processes is working.
EMAS is a voluntary scheme that sets the European standard for environmental management. Verification acknowledges those organizations that have made their commitment to ongoing environmental improvement a reality. Verification is earned through independent audits. EMAS not only includes and requires compliance with each and every one of the requirements of ISO 14001, but lays out additional requirements and demands as well. With EMAS certification, Ángel Camacho goes beyond the strict letter of the law to demonstrate its environmental engagement and earns a position as an organization whose commitment to the environment is exemplary.
Because of its engagement with sustainability and its concern over issues such as water availability and water pollution, when water is so scarce and valuable a resource, Ángel Camacho has calculated the Water Footprint of its star product, olives. To find a product’s Water Footprint, you have to know how water is used throughout the product’s life cycle and how much fresh water is used directly and indirectly to make the product. It also means you have to strive for improved, more efficient water management. By calculating its Water Footprint, Ángel Camacho has secured the information needed not only to ascertain where water management improvements can be made in production, but also how the company can help reduce the impact that consumption and trade have on the use of the world’s water resources.
“These indicators are an excellent analytical tool for reinforcing our environmental commitment,” explained Pedro Cruces, engineering and environment manager for Ángel Camacho.
He added, “Because we factor the calculation of our Water Footprint into our management system, we can keep working on the treatment of industrial water for farm use and our plans for water recovery and reuse. Knowing about the water dependence of our production chain and reducing that dependence helps us lessen our impact on water systems and preserve water, so we can ensure economic and social development for everybody.”
“With respect to EMAS, we’re convinced that EMAS certification makes us stand apart and will enhance the value of our organization, in addition to establishing a sound relationship of trust between us and environmentally aware current and potential clients.”
Ángel Camacho is once again a pioneer in the table olive sector. EMAS and the Water Footprint ratify the company’s incorporation of an environmentally friendly strategy in its overall management and consolidate Ángel Camacho’s position as a socially responsible organization.
The Water Footprint calculation was verified by a certifying agency of international prestige pursuant to the requirements established by the Water Footprint Network.
For years Ángel Camacho has been working hard at instituting major environmental improvements to become more efficient and minimize the company’s impact on the environment. EMAS verification and the Water Footprint join the list of other environmental achievements made by Ángel Camacho. Two other clear examples of the company’s strides in this direction were given in 2005, with certification of the company’s Environmental Management System as compliant with all ISO 14001:2004 guidelines, and in 2012, with the calculation of the Carbon Footprint of the company’s olives and jams.