Glossary and Abbreviations

Glossary and Abbreviations

“EMAS decree”, or Regulation (EU) 2017/1505 of the European Commission, refers to the voluntary participation of organizations in an environmental management and audit system. “EMAS” is an acronym derived from the words, Eco-Management and Audit Scheme, and it is a management tool for organizations for the assessment, reporting and development of the environmental performance.

“Environmental policy” is the body of objectives and practices of the organization, including compliance with legislation and commitment to the continuous improvement of environmental performance. Environmental policy provides the framework for defining actions and specific targets, as well as evaluation.

“Continuous improvement of environmental performance” describes the annual continuing process of improvement through the measurable achievements of the environmental management system. This improvement relates to the company’s environmental policy and the environmental objectives in accordance with said policy and individual targets.

“Environmental aspects” are aspects of the organization’s activities, products or services which have or can have an impact on the environment. “Significant environmental aspects” mean those environmental aspects which have or can have a significant environmental impact.

“Direct environmental aspect” means an environmental aspect associated with activities, products and services of the organisation itself over which it has direct management control.

“Indirect environmental aspect” describes an environmental aspect which can result from the interaction of an organisation with third parties and which can to a reasonable degree be influenced by an organisation.

“Environmental impact” includes all of the positive or negative changes in the environment, fully or partially as a result of the organization’s activities, products or services.

“Environmental program” is a description of the planned and implemented actions to support environmental objectives (responsibilities and methods), as well as the time frames specified for the achievement of environmental objectives and individual targets.

“Environmental objective” is the overall objective set on the basis of the organization’s environmental policy.

“Environmental target” is a target based on the environmental objectives and defined in detail. It should be as measurable as possible.

“Environmental management system” is part of the overall management system which applies to organizational structures, planning activities, responsibilities, operating instructions, as well as the procedures, processes and means used in the development, implementation, assessment and continued pursuit of environmental policy and management of environmental aspects.

“Verification” is a broad examination of the organization’s environmental issues, environmental impacts and environmental protection measures, performed by an external verifier. Verification involves an examination of whether the environmental management system of the organization fulfils the requirements of the EMAS decree.

“Environmental verifier” is an individual or organization authorized to carry out environmental verifications in accordance with the requirements and methods defined in the EMAS decree. The verifier should not be linked to the organization to be verified.

“Sustainability” at Eckes-Granini means taking responsibility for ensuring that environmental, social and economic systems are preserved for future generations.

“EGFin” is the abbreviation for Eckes-Granini Finland Oy Ab.

“ISO 14001” is the environmental management system standard published by the global International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

“FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)” is an international non-governmental organization, whose goal is to promote sustainability in the use of global forest resources. It grants FSC certificates for products and services.

“SGF (Sure-Global-Fair)” is an organization which monitors the quality, safety, authenticity and sustainability of fruit and vegetable juice industry.

“Luomu” is an abbreviation of the Finnish word for “organic” and it refers to crop farming, livestock farming and the processing and marketing of food by monitored production methods bound by agreement. Eckes-Granini Finland is in the organic production monitoring system.

“IFS (International Featured Standards)” is the party that publishes and maintains international standards. “IFS Food” is the management system for quality and food safety used at Eckes-Granini Finland. The fulfilment of the requirements of this standard is annually assessed by an external auditor.

“HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points)” is a system to ensure a high-quality food production chain through the analysis of all possible critical points.