RAK Ceramics receives certification by Environment Protection and Development Authority

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Published April 29th, 2012 - 06:24 GMT
RAK Ceramics receiving the award
RAK Ceramics receiving the award

RAK Ceramics, the world's largest ceramic tiles & sanitaryware manufacturing company, has announced that the Environment Protection and Development Authority (EPDA-RAK) has awarded it a certification for its outstanding performance in complying with the environmental regulations and requirements. RAK Ceramics received the certificate during a special ceremony held at Acacia Hotel, Ras Al Khaimah on 26th April 2012. 

Environment Protection and Development Authority (EPDA-RAK) is aimed at protecting the environment and biological diversity in its natural environment, offering suggestions, making recommendations and conducting studies and research to conserve the environment and protect biological diversity. 

Earlier this year, RAK Ceramics had signed a contract with Environment Protection and Development Authority (EPDA-RAK) for the mutual cooperation between RAK Ceramics and EPDA in protecting and preserving the environment. According to the agreement, EPDA will provide services and technical training for the environmental issues to RAK Ceramics, and in return RAK Ceramics HSSE department will provide health, safety, security and environmental training to RAK EPDA employees.   

Commenting on the certification Mr. Abdallah Massaad, Deputy CEO, RAK Ceramics, said “Environmental conservation and sustainable business process is a top priority at RAK Ceramics and we are pleased that the Environment Protection and Development Authority has recognised RAK Ceramics' commitment towards environmental protection. With the continuous efforts RAK Ceramics undertakes to meet the environmental regulations, the company believes in setting a benchmark in environmental sustainability by developing innovative ways to limit the ecological impact of our operations. The EPDA Certificate will encourage is further to be environmental accountable within region and reinforce the company's reputation as a leading environmental advocate.” 

Recently RAK Ceramics participated in Emirates Road Clean-up campaign organized by EPDA, where the desert areas surrounding Emirates Road was chosen to be cleaned. RAK Ceramics was one of the sponsors for the event with around 150 RAK Ceramics employees participating in it.

RAK Ceramics is also awarded the Environmental Performance Certificate (EPC) by the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water (MOEW), in recognition of its successful efforts to comply with environmental protection standards and regulations. 

RAK Ceramics is a USD 1 billion global conglomerate that supplies to over 160 countries and has been officially recognised as the world’s largest ceramic tile manufacturer with a global production output of 117 million square meters. RAK Ceramics offers a comprehensive product portfolio comprising over 8,000 designs in ceramic tiles, Gres Porcellanato, and several models in bath ware. RAK Ceramics has earned distinctions such as the Best Brand of 2010 and CSR Company of 2011 at Middle East Business Leader’s Summit and Awards and recently the CMO Asia’s Best Brand 2011.

The company was also honoured by the Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA) for complying with good governance and transparency according to best international practices. RAK Ceramics has also maintained its Superbrand status for the third consecutive year and continues to be a global pioneer in the world of ceramics through innovative eco-friendly products such as RAK SLIM, 45x45 Wood Collection, Stone Art Collection and Orion Collection using the latest Nanopix digital printing technology. RAK Ceramics is also the founding member of Emirates Green Building Council, which supports the development of sustainable buildings in the UAE.

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RAK Ceramics

RAK Ceramics is one of the largest ceramics’ brands in the world. Specialising in ceramic and gres porcelain wall and floor tiles and sanitaryware we produce 110 million square metres of tiles and 5 million pieces of sanitaryware per year at our 16 state-of-the-art plants across the United Arab Emirates, India, Bangladesh and Iran.
Headquartered in the United Arab Emirates, we serve clients in more than 150 countries through our network of operational hubs in Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Asia, North and South America and Australia. Across our global operations we employ approximately 15,000 staff from more than 40 nationalities.

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