As you have probably already heard, the JD’C Group is in the midst of transforming its organisational system. For 2021, we have set a fundamental objective: implementing an Integrated Management System (IMS for short). The three letters, IMS, express the desire to integrate all aspects of Quality, Worker Safety and Environmental Protection into our way of working.

The implementation of this system finds its roots in a desire to have a coherent approach aimed at enabling our organisation to create effective and efficient activities in harmony with the principles of sustainable development. As we move forward this year, we will rely on standards that, when properly understood and integrated into our organisation, will lead us to an overall improvement in the effectiveness of our business. Our reference standards are EN 9100 and ISO 9001 (Quality), ISO 45001 (Safety) and ISO 14001 (Environment). These 4 standards are structured in the same way and are therefore easy to understand and implement. They are based on 4 main principles :

1: Say what we will do (P for Plan)

2: Do what we said (D for Do)

3: Prove it and check it (C for Check)

4: Improve things (A for Act)                                       

There are many advantages to such a system. It should enable everyone to work in the same direction and with a common vision of our values and objectives.

How does this work in practice?

JD’C management decided to implement this new system in 2019. Our IMS Policy is now displayed in our various workplaces. We started by carrying out an analysis on the understanding of the needs of all “interested parties” in the areas of Quality (customers, suppliers, etc.), safety (staff needs, layout, etc.) and the Environment (local residents, current market, health situation, competitors, etc.). Then, on the basis of the information collected and on the basis of the Management’s will, the strategic vision validated by the Board of Directors and the values specific to our company, we will deploy the various actions necessary to meet all these expectations and all the defined objectives. This will involve a major phase of adaptation of our operating methods that will be applied at all levels.

Once all this has been implemented, we will carry out internal audits to check that everything is being applied correctly and we will validate the results in a management review. Any discrepancies and the desired changes will be identified and defined in order to continuously improve our organisation.

To support us on this path towards improvement, specific teams have been set up to explain, monitor and help with the implementation and to ensure that everyone, at all levels of the company, better understands the expectations. These teams are also aimed at ensuring that each member of staff takes ownership of this approach and integrates it fully. 

We will also encourage, via several channels, information feedback and remarks that the staff may make that are in line with the improvement of our operation, because we want this approach to be participatory… and for the commitment to this essential objective to be shared!

Some steps have already been taken:

– Follow-up audits of our companies’ ISO 9001 and EN9100 certifications,

– The Colibri projects (improved lighting, waste sorting, quick wins, etc.),

– Environmental audits of all our sites, which were started in early 2021 and are now almost completed;

others are still underway:

– Waste management on all sites,

– Suggestion box for the IMS,

– Integration of Safety and Environmental aspects into the Quality procedures,

– And many other things…

We are looking forward to December 2021 to conclude this process by, hopefully, obtaining the targeted certifications.