To ensure the effectiveness of financial systems and operational performance, our auditing department provides an independent, fair, and objective appraisal of our facilities, operations, systems, and programs. These audits are performed in accordance with priorities established by the General Auditor in consultation with the CEO and the board’s audit committee. Additionally, we recognize that third-party verification of our efforts is also of value and so we have our EH&S management system ISO-14001 certified.
Consolidated Edison, Inc. (CEI) conducts an auditing program for all affected subsidiaries and affiliates. Both facility operations and companywide programs undergo periodic audits to determine compliance with regulations and procedures, as well as the adequacy of EH&S management systems in use.
EH&S audits are conducted by a division of Con Edison of New York’s Corporate Auditing department. Under corporate audit policy, this group audits facilities and programs. The EH&S Auditing Group is staffed with personnel experienced in auditing protocols, regulatory requirements, and company procedures. The EH&S Auditing Group has developed standard protocols tailored to each area of concern that may be encountered at facilities operated by the company to ensure comprehensive and consistent audits. Formal audit reports are prepared and distributed to all officers whose organizations have responsibilities for corrective actions based on audit findings. Senior officers receive copies of audit reports. The ombudsman, independent auditors, and the Environmental Quality Review Board also receive EH&S audit reports. The board’s audit committee receives a summary of all audits performed on a quarterly basis.
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In addition, we have established a formal self-assessment program for company organizations to monitor their own compliance systematically. The EH&S Auditing Group administers this program by developing the self-assessment protocols, training personnel in their use, and monitoring compliance with program guidelines.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) was created to standardize products, manufacturing processes, and management systems. Certification to the ISO Standards provides stakeholders a means of validating that Con Edison is operating effective management systems. Additionally, ISO Standards provide a framework for continual improvement throughout the company.
Con Edison of New York’s Environmental Management System is certified to the ISO 14001:2004(E), Environmental Management Systems Standard and the company’s Chemical Laboratory operations are certified to the ISO/IEC 17025:2005(E), general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories standard.
It is the policy of Con Edison to be a leader in protecting the environment and ensuring the health and safety of employees and the public. The company is committed to improving safety and environmental performance; strengthening environment, health and safety (EH&S) compliance; enhancing relationships with its stakeholders; identifying and reducing significant EH&S risk potential, and promoting wise and effective use of natural resources. In addition to complying with all applicable laws and regulations, Con Edison will: