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Redaktion PSI Journal

Published on 05.03.2024

Family business uma Schreibgeräte Ullmann GmbH from Fischerbach in the Black Forest has announced that they are now ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015 certified, taking a further step towards climate protection.

With their approximately 250 employees, uma Schreibgeräte Ullmann is one of the internationally renowned manufacturers of promotional products that “write”, and has focussed on sustainability for many years. The company has established itself in the field of promotional writing instruments primarily through their use of alternative, sustainable raw materials, and has continued to set new standards for sustainable writing in recent years. In 2019, the family-run company decided to make its entire production in Fischerbach climate-neutral. After determining their CO2 emissions, their main focus has been on actively reducing CO2 emissions, in addition to offsetting them. Since the beginning of 2023, large-scale photovoltaic systems have adorned all three uma plants. As a consequent next step, uma decided to have its quality and environmental management system certified in the middle of last year.

By scrutinising all processes in the company and determining key figures, this specialist for writing instruments was able to define clear environmental targets. Through this, targeted measures could be taken to optimise and continuously improve the company’s processes. “To ensure that our work methods are maintained at the highest level of quality, we are focussing even more strongly on the quality of our work,” says Managing Director Alexander Ullmann. By additionally integrating a variety of environmental aspects into the daily work of the Fischerbach-based company, the risk in terms of environmental impact can be further minimised and an active contribution made to protecting the environment. “The ISO certification once again emphasises our continuous striving for quality and our commitment to environmentally conscious work and action,” continues Alexander Ullmann, adding, “Regular audits are carried out to check whether the targets we have set have been met and can be redefined. These certifications are therefore continuous steps towards an environmentally friendly and sustainable future. The company will continue to develop products with the aim of reducing its environmental impact and finding sustainable solutions.”

As a leader in innovation for environmentally friendly and sustainable writing instruments, the company was recently honoured with the German Design Award Eco and received the TOP 100 Innovator award for the third time, making it one of the 100 most innovative medium-sized companies in Germany.

Photo: uma Managing Directors Jochen Ullmann, Peter Ullmann and Alexander Ullmann (from left) in the factory area with the ISO certificate.