Sustainability is our responsibility
We are committed to preserve for future generations
As a member of the Semperit Group, we have a very specific focus on sustainability. Our group-wide stringent benchmarks are derived from the group-wide code of conduct and encompasses a globally applicable sustainbility strategy that includes targets in the fields of energy, emissions and diversity, as well as business ethics and the sustainable design of the supply chain. All of those apply globally. Our strategy encompasses these four areas:
- Environmental issues
- Employee and social issues & respect for human rights
- Social & environmental issues
- Anti-corruption & anti-bribery
A 2021 milestone was the joining of the UN Global Compact and the "Together for Sustainability" initiative to accelerate sustainable development together with other companies worldwide. Find details about our measures and strategy in the current Semperit Sustainability Report.
Environmental Responsibility Our sustainability efforts have been rewarded
We are very proud that Semperit has recently been awarded with the EcoVadis Gold Certificate in sustainability. EcoVadis is a provider of business sustainability ratings, intelligence and collaborative performance improvement tools for global supply chains.
Their EcoVadis assessment covers a wide range of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issues, which are grouped into four themes: Environment, Labor & Human Rights, Ethics, and Sustainable Procurement. The selected CSR issues are based on several international CSR standards, such as the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, the International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)'s standards. Furthermore, the subjects covered in each assessment are based on the context of each company, such as particular industry, size of the company, and location of the audited site.
The Gold Standard can only be reached if a company meets certain requirements set out by EcoVadis. In particular, a company needs to have a structured and proactive CSR approach that is based on policies and tangible actions with detailed implementation information as well as reporting on actions & performance indicators. Over 75,000 companies covering more than 200 sectors in 160 countries worldwide use EcoVadis to assess themselves and their supply chain.
For optimal user and patient protection, medical gloves must only be worn once. As a result, minimising negative environmental impacts along the production process is the most important responsibility for my team and me.
Constantly improving our energy efficiency
In terms of processes, glove production requires a certain amount of energy. Therefore, we constantly try to improve the efficiency of energy use in our processes. We are proud that we achieved a significant improvement of energy intensity per produced glove in 2020 compared to 2019 and are looking forward to our 2021 result. At the same time, Sempermed is striving to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions it produces in the long term. This encompasses photovoltaic systems for our Wimpassing and Kamunting sites.
We even launched an energy-efficient product - The Sempermed® Green Glove. With its Green Glove Technology, it is not only energy-efficient, but also provides a number of other benefits. Learn more about the sustainable Sempermed glove products.
Social responsibility Our employees are our most important assets
To find employment in Malaysia, many foreign workers seek the help of recruitment agencies in their home countries. Unfortunately, these agencies operating in a system that allows them to do so, often charge high sums for their services, which in turn means that workers are subject to an employment contract with significant debt. In addition, this creates a situation where foreign workers are forced to stay with their employer to repay this debt.
At Sempermed, it is of utmost importance that all our workers are treated with respect and dignity. We actively maintain a very trustful relationship with our workers through a transparent and collaborative management style and active communication with the workers and representatives at the internal worksite committee. Therefore, when we became aware of this serious problem, we sought out the service of a renowned ethical trace consultancy to explore this issue in depth and help us find fair solutions for our workers.
Full commitment to our workers
Sempermed, as part of the Semperit Group, is committed to fighting all forms of modern slavery. We comply strictly with local laws and the Universal Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Right at Work. The issue of recruitment fees, however, has posed a challenge as the payment of recruitment fees from workers to recruiters happens before their arrival in Kamunting. As soon as we have fully understood the mechanisms, we quickly began to seek a systematic solution that is fair to both, new hires and current staff. With the help of a consultancy, we quickly moved to implementing a Zero recruitment Fee Policy in December 2019 for all new hires.
It is now our policy that workers shall not be required to pay fees to obtain or retain their employment. Where the worker is legally required to pay a fee or cost directly, the worker is reimbursed as soon as practicable upon employment, but no later than 90 days after commencement of employment.