May 7, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Salem, VA - MedecoŽ High Security Locks, an ASSA ABLOY Group company, has led the security industry in innovation and quality for decades and is now leading efforts to increase transparency after receiving GreenCircle certification for ten of its locking systems. Medeco is committed to attaining the highest level of transparency which is becoming increasingly important to facility owners and end-users. The ten Medeco products earned the Certified Environmental Facts (CEF) multi-attribute certification from GreenCircle Certified, LLC, the leading certifier of sustainability claims in products and operations.
Much like a nutrition label, the CEF label (pictured right) details all necessary environmental information in a straightforward, easy to read manner. The CEF label highlights product attributes as well as sustainable advances in manufacturing. Products made in the Salem, VA plant utilize recycled and regional materials, while the plant itself has reduced impacts including its carbon footprint, energy consumption, and water use.
"The sustainability strategy at Medeco adds value to our business across the board," says Amanda Troise, Medeco's Mechanical Product Line Manager. "Third-party certification not only helps communicate our sustainability story, it also helps us satisfy customer demand for transparency."
Medeco's certifications are part of the Department of Defense's Multi-Attribute Label Pilot Program, which is designed to help institutional purchasers from federal agencies meet sustainable procurement mandates including the new Executive Order 13693. "Tasked with meeting sustainable procurement requirements in the short term, while also working to meet long-term objectives, these federal agencies are turning to third-party multi-attribute certifications," says Annie Bevan, GreenCircle's Certification and Operations Manager. "Following continued complaints of greenwashing and misleading sustainability claims, these agencies see third-party certification as the catalyst for ensuring accuracy and transparency in federal procurement."
"Medeco locks protect U.S. government and military installations, both here and abroad," says Troise. "Sustainability continues to be a key component in federal purchasing decisions, and GreenCircle certification reinforces our position as an ideal supplier. As one of our key markets, this certification is an invaluable tool in communicating our sustainability success to government agencies."