LRQA certifies BIC Violex SA to EWS and ISO 50001

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Achievements demonstrates BIC’s commitment to sustainable environmental practices & performance

LRQA has recently certified the energy management system of BIC Violex SA against the requirements of the international standard, ISO 50001. In addition to this achievement, LRQA has also awarded BIC Violex SA with an EWS (European Water Stewardship) certificate for its water management practices. The scope of the certification covers the design, production and distribution of razor blades and razors. Both of these represent major developments for the company’s environmental performance and underline the company’s clear focus towards sustainable environmental practices.

Following the EWS award , BIC Violex SA has become the first factory in Greece to hold the certificate and has also become one of the first organisations to gain the award globally.

The EWS and ISO 50001 certifications have been achieved in addition to the existing ISO 14001 (environmental management system) certification held by Bic Violex SA, in an effort to further promote their well-established commitment to environmental protection, with emphasis now upon sustainable water management and energy efficiency.

Commenting on BIC’s achievement, LRQA Area Technical Manager Katerina Liana said, “LRQA congratulates the management and staff of Bic Violex SA for achieving these two important certifications as well as for their commitment to innovation and continuous improvement.”

About LR Management Systems (LRQA)
LRQA is a member of the Lloyd’s Register group. LRQA is a leading independent provider of assurance services including assessment, certification, validation, verification and training across a broad spectrum of standards, schemes and customised assurance programmes.

About Lloyd’s Register (LR)
Lloyd’s Register (LR) is a global engineering, technical and business services organisation wholly owned by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a UK charity dedicated to research and education in science and engineering. Founded in 1760 as a marine classification society, LR now operates across many industry sectors, with over 9,000 employees in 78 countries.

Lloyd’s Register has a long-standing reputation for integrity, impartiality and technical excellence. Our compliance, risk and technical consultancy services give clients confidence that their assets and businesses are safe, sustainable and dependable. Through its global technology centres and research network, Lloyd’s Register is at the forefront of understanding the application of new science and technology to future-proof its clients’ businesses.

Further information about LRQA’s ISO 50001 and EWS – European Water Stewardship services is available at or contact LRQA at T:+302104580904, E: piraeus-qa-services(at)lr(dot)org

About BIC Violex SA

Violex was founded in 1952 as a family business in Peristeri, Attica, Greece. In the early sixties, the company had the largest market share in Greece producing two-peak razor blades (ASTOR). In 1973 the company designed and produced the first disposable razor worldwide. In 1974 Violex joins forces with the French group BIC that had made a similar revolution with the disposable pen. In 1999 Violex is being acquired by BIC group, however BIC Violex in Greece rightly retains its global profile as in the company’s premises in Athens the group designs, fabricates and produces 70% of the branded razors that are being sold across the globe. Over one billion BIC razors -10 million blades per day- are being manufactured per year in the company’s four- unit production facilities in Attica and from there they are dispatched to the five continents, to 153 countries. BIC razors occupy the first place in the list of products that are being exported to America. Exports last year grew by 25.5% with sales reaching 106 million Euro. Innovation is deeply engraved in the company’s DNA, as in the past eight years Bic Violex SA has registered more than 40 patents, proving in practice that the company’s 1250 employees in Greece work in a hard and methodical way.

About ISO 50001
ISO 50001 is the international standard for energy management systems. It requires the development and implementation of an energy policy and establishes objectives, targets and an action plan. Its purpose is to improve energy performance, taking into account the energy use, consumption and efficiency.

About EWS
The European Water Stewardship initiative (EWS) addresses everyday challenges of water users in and outside Europe. It applies to a wide range of businesses that may affect the availability and quality of water. EWS provides practical guidance for water users across the board and is a viable solution for those who seek a reliable and expertly reviewed certification scheme for sustainable water management.

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