At Stahl we strongly believe in taking responsibility. Being the market leader brings an obligation to act responsibly and secure a sustainable future so that we can keep providing the best quality to our customers, our shareholders and to do so without wasting the planet’s natural resources.
An organisation’s performance in relation to the society in which it operates and its impact on the environment has become a critical part of measuring its overall performance and its ability to continue operating effectively. This is, in part, a reflection of the growing recognition of the need to ensure healthy ecosystems, social equity and good organisational governance. In the long run, all organisations’ activities depend on the health of the world’s ecosystems. Organisations are subject to greater scrutiny by their stakeholders.
Therefore, we are convinced that only a commitment from the highest level, ensuring that CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) is embedded in our daily business and operations, guarantees that we actually can make a difference.
What has been done already?
Over the years Stahl has implemented many good initiatives without labelling them as CSR actions. Nearly all production sites are compliant with ISO 14001, the environmental management policy, and all strive for continuous improvement in both environmental and safety performance. This is audited annually.
Furthermore, dedicated staff in R & D is working on development of (substitute) products that are less invasive than traditional solutions.
In 2012 a global program to deliver Stahl’s first carbon footprint measurement will be launched. This will lead to initiatives that reduce carbon impact.
Commitment to UN Global Compact
Stahl commits to the guiding principles of UN Global Compact as from 1st January 2012.
With this commitment we take a standpoint that we will live up to these principles and that we will develop a programme to improve our performance on either of these principles, if required. We will define goals and an implementation plan so reduce our impact on the planet or to improve the circumstances for those in our sphere of influence. On a yearly basis we will report on our progress.
UN Global Compact Guiding Principles
1. Support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges
2. Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
3. Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies;
4. Support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights
5. Make sure that there is no compliciticy with human rights abuses;
6. Uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
7. The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
8. The effective abolition of child labour;
9. The elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation;
10. Work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.