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MWV achieves ISO 14001 certification for environmental management at its folding carton plant in Bristol, UK

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MWV achieves ISO 14001 certification for environmental management at its folding carton plant in Bristol, UK

June 17, 2013 - 01:00

BRISTOL, UK, June 17, 2013 (Press Release) -

Following an internal continuous improvement initiative focused on operational excellence, and enquiries from customers on environmental performance, MeadWestvaco's (MWV) Bristol, UK facility took action to pursue ISO 14001 certification for environmental management. Preparation began in September 2012 and certification was awarded in March of this year.

The Bristol-based folding carton plant, which produces carton multi-packs for the UK's beverage and food markets, was already in the process of adopting high standard of practice focused on waste streams and environmental compliance. However, as highlighted in the operational excellence initiative, there was additional value in pursuing a more strategic and structured approach to achieve world class standards in an environmental management system.

"With the achievement of this standard, our operation is well aligned with MWV's long standing commitment to continuously improve the sustainability of our business year after year," shared Bristol plant manager Andrew Chisholm. "Delivering positive environmental performance is good for our shareholders, our customers, the communities and our employees. Going forward we plan to enhance our sustainability credentials using the environmental management system as the platform."

With current certifications in place for ISO 9001 Quality, BRC Global Standard for Packaging, and SFI, PEFC, and FSC Chain of Custody, it was also logical to integrate all the systems. Through application of the ISO standard, the Bristol facility has reduced the number of certification audits from 4 to 1, and lowered associated audit costs.

About MWV

MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV) is a global packaging company providing innovative solutions to the world's most admired brands in the healthcare, beauty and personal care, food, beverage, home and garden, tobacco, and agricultural industries. MWV's network of 125 facilities and 16,000 employees spans North America, South America, Europe and Asia. The company has been recognized for financial performance and environmental stewardship with a place on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index every year since 2005.