May 1, 2006

Quebec environment industry formally adopts code of ethics

Quebec's Council of Environmental Service Enterprises (CESE) has formally adopted a code of ethics aimed at affirming the association members' high standards of practice and quality of service, as well as their professional and commercial ethics.

Council president and general manager Pierre Lachance said CESE members are seeking to publicly convey their goal of carrying out their work in conformity with social goals as expressed in laws, regulations and standards of practice. "We felt it was important to clearly define the status of the environmental entrepreneur and to develop a document of obligatory adherence signed by company officers," he said.

The code calls for the creation of a monitoring committee to receive and deal with any complaints from the public or even other environmental service companies, in accordance with the code of ethics. Corrective measures may range from a verbal or written reprimand to full expulsion from the Council of the member company found at fault.

The code may be viewed on the CESE Web site, www.cese.ca.

The CESE is made up of 45 environmental service companies in Quebec, including firms specializing in waste management services such as collection, treatment, sorting, recovery and reclamation of recyclable materials, safe disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes, cleanup services, industrial cleaning and material recovery, and management of contaminated soils.

More information is available from Pierre Lachance at the CESE, 514/917-8242.

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