Baltika wins IMS certification

august 8, 2014

First movers in Carlsberg Group single IMS push by '18

Baltika Breweries has been recognised by an external auditing agency for its successful implementation of an integrated management system.

In a ceremony in Moscow this month, Baltic CEO Isaac Sheps accepted the certificate presented by DNV GL country manager Gunnar Castberg.

“The IMS certificate demonstrates that the company indeed cares about different areas of its business processes and sets the bar high by defining strict requirements and meeting them in everyday work,” commented Castberg.

Prior to 2013, Baltika had in place standalone quality management systems and environmental management systems. There was also a food safety management system, in six of its 10 breweries.

Baltika set out to implement IMS at the beginning of 2013. Over the past year all system procedures were implemented in line with international standards: rules and regulations were reviewed; employees received relevant training; and risk assessments were undertaken in food safety, environmental protection and health & safety. Plans for risk mitigation strategies were developed.

“Building an integrated management system is yet another proof that we are the market leader open for new innovative methods to develop our business,” said Baltika CEO Isaac Sheps.

“I am proud that other companies in the Group will use Balitka’s expertise and continue implementing IMS elsewhere. And by 2018 a single integrated management system will be created in the Carlsberg Group.

“We, Baltika, are the first movers in the area. We will support other markets in the Group and share our experience with other companies in Russia.”

Baltika Breweries is one of Russia’s largest FMCG companies and the leader in the beer market with a 38% share. It operates 10 breweries with a combined capacity of 51 million hectolitres, along with two malthouses. Baltika has approximately 8,500 employees in its Russian operations.

DNV GL is one of the world's leading certification bodies. It has issued over 70,000 certificates all over the world, with it committed to ensuring safety, quality and environmental protection. - 23 June, 2014

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