19/11/2013

Koops Furness receives Certified Sustainable certificate | ARN

Koops Furness receives Certified Sustainable certificate | ARN

Koops Furness, the first company to have completed the sector-wide Certified Sustainability programme, is now fully certified for its truck companies, car businesses and damage repair organisation. The first sector-wide Certified Sustainability certificate was presented on 18 November by Frits Huffnagel of FOCWA and Bertho Eckhardt of BOVAG.


“This programme suits us down to the ground,” explained an enthusiastic Aart de Koning. Certified Sustainability ties in well with the problems facing a damage repair company, a car business or a truck dealership. Nonetheless, the universal approach of the programme supports a simple and efficient rollout.”
At the same time, one of the 82 businesses that make up the Koops Furness group is the 900th company overall to receive an Certified Sustainability certificate. The honour goes to Koops Fivan Auto from Amersfoort. This respectable number is further evidence that sustainability continues to be a relevant theme among businesses in the automotive sector.

This is the first time that the sector organisations FOCWA and BOVAG have jointly awarded a certificate obtained according to the Certified Sustainability label. It is the result of the collaboration between BOVAG, FOCWA, the RAI Association and STIBA announced in June, in the field of CSR and sustainability. On behalf of these four organisations, IvDM (the Institute for Sustainable Mobility) is responsible for implementing the Approved Sustainability programme. This joint presentation is proof perfect that the sector organisations are serious about corporate social responsibility within the sector, under a single label. “Our clients include insurers, lease operators and government bodies and they all want clarity on how businesses fulfil the requirements of corporate social responsibility. Our cooperation under the label Approved Sustainability ties in perfectly with that need. In the words of Frits Huffnagel, chairman of the FOCWA Damage Repair Association, the combined approach according to the Certified Sustainability label is a positive development. “It is good for all our businesses, in particular those with a variety of activities such as Koops Furness. For them, a single combined approval programme works far more efficiently. Our joining forces further underlines the fact that there is just one certificate for the entire sector that enables operators to stand out from the competition in terms of sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Certified Sustainability confirms the strength of the collective approach; as Bertho Eckhardt added, “A win-win situation!”


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