Penang, Malaysia - March 22, 2019
The United Nations Global Compact Network Malaysia on 22 January 2019 presented two Certificates of Recognition to ESCATEC for its efforts in addressing climate change and improving human rights within the organization.
The UN Global Compact (UNGC) is a voluntary United Nations pact to encourage companies worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies and to report annually on their implementation. It is the world’s largest corporate social responsibility initiative with over 13,000 corporate and other participants in some 170 countries.
The UNGC states ten principles - covering the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption – which companies are encouraged to adopt and instill in their business operations. ESCATEC signed on to the UNGC in 2013 and regularly expresses its commitment to integrate the ten principles into its strategy, culture and day-to-day operations.
The two Certificates of Recognition awarded to ESCATEC specifically commends the group’s initiatives over the past several years to improve the Environment and Human Rights aspects of its operations.
In the area of Human Rights, ESCATEC’s initiatives include adopting strict personal data protection standards and providing training to the Human Resource Department at all its facilities on how to best administer these standards. As a result, employees are assured that their personal data is confidential and will solely be used for employment purposes within the group.
Also in 2017, ESCATEC conducted internal audits on all of its foreign worker dormitories to ensure these are clean and safe and provided with appropriate emergency, adequate ventilation and reasonable personal space. All issues relating to the dormitories are formally recorded and attended to promptly, resulting in a real positive impact on the living conditions of ESCATEC’s foreign workers.
In addition, ESCATEC encourages various company-sponsored sporting and exercise activities to improve health awareness among its employees.
ESCATEC further in 2017 committed to a Conflict Minerals Policy to address human rights concerns associated with minerals sourced from conflict-affected locations. The sales of such minerals can contribute to the perpetuation of armed violence, instability, insecurity and associated human rights violations. As a guiding policy, ESCATEC is committed in ensuring ethical sourcing and has made significant progress in developing supply chain transparency.
As for environmental protection, ESCATEC remains strongly committed to the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) and to the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals Regulation (REACH) programmes.
Both RoHS and REACH have the goal of protecting communities and the environment from potentially harmful chemical substances, and makes industry responsible for managing these risks and to provide relevant safety information to users and consumers. The REACH programme further prioritizes the progressive phase-out of the most dangerous chemicals once suitable alternatives are found.
ESCATEC continuously strives to ensure that the parts obtained from suppliers for the assembly of products are REACH and RoHS compliant, this does not just involve receiving declarations from its suppliers but requires lab reports and at times full material disclosure of the manufactured parts. Awareness and training are provided to ESCATEC’s suppliers on the importance of complying with the group’s RoHS and REACH programmes.
Another notable achievement in 2017 comes from ESCATEC’s facility in Johor receiving the “Notable Achievement in Environment Performance Award”, presented as a component of the annual Prime Minister’s Hibiscus Award. This is the premier environmental award for business and industry in Malaysia.
At the group level, ESCATEC also established an Environmental Management Program (EMP) to identify, monitor and control the environmental performance of its business units. Most commendably, all of ESCATEC’s business units in 2017 achieved the new ISO 14001:2015 standard for environmental management systems.
Moving forward, ESCATEC will continue to uphold and implement the ten principles of the UNGC. While ESCATEC’s intention is to be a good corporate citizen, receiving awards and recognition does act to motivate the group and its employees to greater effort in this regard.