Among the many strong points highlighted by the audit are the agency’s environmental initiatives (its approach to protecting biodiversity in mainland France and French Guiana, the execution of work on the launch complex for Ariane 6, its partnerships with universities and non-profit associations, and efforts to reduce energy consumption), high-environmental-quality methods advocated for the construction and refurbishment of buildings, a strong innovation dynamic in projects and the quality of project management, effective application of lessons learned at all levels of the organization and powerful communication tools.
In their conclusions, the auditors underlined that CNES’s management system has effectively integrated the new requirements of ISO baselines (analysis of context and challenges, management of risks and opportunities, improvement of environmental performance, and knowledge management) thanks to the impetus injected by management and the commitment of the agency’s employees. No non-compliances were identified.
Commenting on the announcement of this latest success for the agency, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall said: “In a shifting landscape, the renewal of our ISO 9001 quality and ISO 14001 environmental management certifications is a federating and integral part of CNES’s management methods. We are proud that these certifications are being applied by all of our employees and I would like to thank them all for this remarkable achievement, which is the best audit result CNES has ever obtained and confirms that our four field centres really are centres of excellence.”
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