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June 3, 2019

LCMC passes ISO 14001:2015 recertification audit

with 4-peat zero non-conformance

Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company (LCMC) successfully retained its certification of compliance with  international standards in environmental management or the ISO 14001:2015, with four-peat zero non-conformance.

The company has been certified for another three years following a three-day audit covering the company’s three facilities – Makati Corporate Office, Lepanto Warehouse in Bulacan and the Lepanto Mine Division in Mankayan, Benguet.

ISO is an independent, non-governmental, international standard-setting body, ensuring quality, safety and efficiency for almost every industry around the world.

TUV Rheinland’s audit report noted 16 positive findings, mostly commending the company’s best practices in  environmental protection including the company’s effort to decontaminate all of its PCB-laced transformer units and become the first mining company in Southeast Asia to go PCB-free. The auditors also lauded the company’s initiative in constructing its own Engineered Sanitary Landfill, which sets a benchmark for the Philippine mining industry. The audit report also noted Lepanto’s creative way of promoting responsible mining through its first CineMina Short Film Festival.

LCMC’s VP for HR and Administration and overall Environmental Management Representative Mr. Knestor Jose Y. Godino said that the favorable result of the audit affirms the company’s unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable development.

“Obtaining ISO certification is one thing, but maintaining it consistently with zero non-conformance is entirely another thing. It’s never an easy process, it involves teamwork and strong determination to be ever compliant with  all standards.  This only speaks of what a real responsible and sustainable mining company is”, Mr. Godino added.

The ISO 14001 certification initiative was led by the EMS Team headed by LCMC President and COO, Bryan U.Yap, Mr. Godino, and includes the Vice President and Resident Manager, Engr. Thomas S. Consolacion and MEPEO Manager Rolando C. Reyes.

Lepanto first obtained its ISO:14001 compliance certification in 2016 but that was the 2004 version.