Azelis Launches Company-Wide Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme

Monday, May 7th, 2018 | 728 Views


Azelis has launched its CSR programme after two years of research, preparation, definition and implementation of the programme’s goals and key performance indicators (KPIs).

The company is committed to follow the United Nations Global Compact key pillars of CSR: Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-Corruption.

This CSR programme ensures each of these commitments has a framework to measure and monitor performance and develop action plans—as appropriate—to ensure continuous movement.  Furthermore, the company is committed to communicate progress and report annually on its CSR programmes from 2019.

It believes that CSR concerns everyone: employees, customers, principal and other stakeholders—including regulatory bodies, governments and local authorities.

Being in the centre of the equation and providing the company with a strategic position to affect everyone’s behaviour, it trusts that it is a matter of taking responsibility and acting with respect whenever social, ethical, environmental choices or human rights and laws are concerned.

Dr Hans Joachim Mueller, chief executive officer of Azelis, comments: “The CSR programme we have launched is exactly what has been the core of the company’s ethos: showing respect in everything we do. We believe this is the only way of making a true and lasting difference. And of course, the bigger our efforts, the greater our impact will be.”

“At Azelis, we are committed to maintaining the highest human, environmental and ethical values through unwavering cooperation with local communities, industry bodies, authorities and regulators. Only together can we reduce the environmental impact of our workplace as much as possible, and improve social values in whatever we do, wherever we can,” Mueller continues.

Maria Almenar, head of Azelis safety, health and environment quality, who is leading the implementation of CSR at the company, says: “Responsible Care and Responsible Distribution are already part of our daily work life. They focus on operations and product stewardship while our CSR programme complements it and takes it one step further. It will concentrate on the complete picture: company values, ethical behaviour, human rights, environment and fair operating practices.”

The CSR programme is implemented in all the company’s processes and practices, building on the CSR Policy and Sustainable Procurement Policy it launched last year when it also signed the UN Global Compact initiative.

“Our commitment to Responsible Care and Responsible Distribution is unchanged,” adds Almenar.

As a result of the work done by Azelis in 2016, the group’s EcoVadis* score improved in only one year from 39 to 60—from bronze status to silver status. This placed Azelis in the top seven percent of all the suppliers evaluated by Ecovadis.

In 2018, data collection across all CSR policies has been implemented and Azelis’ first sustainability report is expected to come out in 2019.

 

*Ecovadis operates a collaborative platform providing Sustainability Ratings for global supply chains.

 

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