Distributor in Fridley certified for environmental stewardship

Global quick services restaurant distributor Martin Brower Company, LLC announced its Fridley distribution center achieved ISO 14001 certification (International Organization for Standardization), following an external audit, in recognition of its environmental stewardship.

The ISO is an organization that promotes worldwide industrial and commercial standards that support national regulations. The Fridley operation is the sixth U.S. Martin Brower operation to be ISO 14001 certified. The certification considers an operation’s effect on the environment, compliance with environmental laws and improvement in a company’s sustainability efforts.

Martin Brower is known for providing supply chain management solutions to fast food restaurants, such as McDonald’s.

“We applaud Martin Brower’s efforts in incorporating sustainability goals into their business and investing in the systems to manage, measure and continuously improve operations. This achievement is a demonstration of their leadership within our supplier community. Their work helps us create a more sustainable supply chain that delivers value to our customers and our business,” said Susan Forsell, McDonald’s vice president of Quality Systems.

All of the company’s operations are required to follow the company’s environmental management system, which helps distribution centers reduce the carbon footprint of the products they deliver while reducing costs and impact on the environment, said Brian Hancock, Martin Brower North America President.

“Our sustainability efforts began years ago, but our greatest improvements did not happen until we deployed a consistent environmental standard for all of our operations and opened ourselves up to external audits. Through the findings of the separate ISO 14001 audits at each center we were able to make improvements to our Environmental Management System (EMS) resulting in tremendous reductions in the amount of resources we use and the amount of waste we generate,” Hancock said.

The company has taken advantage of waste reduction opportunities and energy efficiency measures to reach its goals of zero waste and continuous green house gas emission reductions. For example, the company increased the recycling of shrink wrap and cardboard, among other practices to reduce landfill contribution; and its uses of trailer skirts, or wings under the trailers on long haul routes, to increase fuel efficiency.