PROTECTING THE FUTURE

ESG at ESCATEC

ESCATEC joined the United Nations Global Compact in 2013 and continues to support the initiatives’ ten principles, including human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption.

Environment

Learn more about our commitment to the environment. Read more

Social

Social responsibility is at the core of all our company activities. Read more

Governance

Our policies and code of conduct help build trust and transparency. Read more

Sustainable business

We are committed to sustainable products and business practices. Read more

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We are committed to ensuring that our business activities and services adhere to ISO 14001 environmental rules and country-specific governmental regulations. Our main goal is to conduct business in a way that is in harmony with and protects the environment.

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Our key objectives are to:

  • Ensure compliance with legal and other statutory requirements such as environmental quality legislation, regulations, and global environmental requirements to prevent environmental pollution.
  • Commit to continuous improvement to prevent depleting natural resources, reduce energy consumption, and control waste products
  • Identify environmental risks to prevent pollution
  • Promote the 3Rs of natural resources: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
  • Train and support our staff to ensure we meet environmental objectives and targets
  • Work with suppliers and subcontractors to ensure they are environmentally responsible
  • Support environmental protection of air, water, land, and natural resources.
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Water and waste

Water and waste are two critical issues for ESCATEC.

Many areas of the world suffer from water scarcity, so we have attempted to understand how we use water at each one of our facilities to decrease water consumption and implement sustainable design where possible. Our future projects aim to calculate our global water footprint and further reduce our impact.

We also try to produce as little waste as possible and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. And we comply with regulations concerning the storage, transport, and treatment of regulated waste materials. As an EMS company, we ensure that we follow international guidelines on how to dispose of electronic waste. Additionally, we currently have initiatives working with suppliers and customers to repurpose electronic products and develop reusable packaging.

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Environmental Management Program (EPM)

ESCATEC has established an Environmental Management Programme (EMP) to identify, monitor, and control the company’s environmental performance. These continuous improvement programmes are conducted by different Business Units and focus on the following areas:

Separating waste

Separating waste

Reducing hazardous waste

Reducing hazardous waste
(PCB waste and potting waste)

Reducing plastic runners

Reducing plastic runners

Reducing paper

Reducing paper

Reducing electricity

Reducing electricity

Our energy-saving efforts have yielded positive results. All our facilities actively try to reduce energy consumption, and we encourage our employees to use resources carefully. We have invested in energy-efficient lighting and air conditioning; for example, our Penang facilities have reduced electric consumption by 30% in terms of KWH per sale. In addition, in 2022, we began investigating a range of renewable energy solutions including the use of solar panels for our Malaysian factories. Our aim is to reduce emissions by 50% by 2030 and this is the first of many projects planned for the rest of our group.

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Penang facilities have reduced electric consumption by 30% in terms of KWH per sale.

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In 2022, we began investigating a range of renewable energy solutions including the use of solar panels for our Malaysian factories with the aim to reducing emissions by 50% by 2030.

ESCATEC’s Rare Earth Elements Compliance Programme

We want to avoid using materials that are harmful to health and the environment, including Rare Earth Elements (REEs). REEs are naturally found in very low concentrations in the natural environment, but near mining and industrial sites, the concentrations can rise to many times the normal background levels.

Our environmental compliance program includes Rare Earth Elements, and we require suppliers to declare and ensure that their parts/components that are manufactured through rare earth elements process are sourced from audited and safe facilities.

We constantly look to improve our REACH and RoHS programmes to ensure that the parts we obtain from our suppliers are compliant. Our due diligence programme often goes beyond receiving declarations from the supply chain; at times, it requires lab reports and complete material disclosure information for the manufactured parts.

ESCATEC appointed an external compliance service provider, Assent Compliance Inc, to strengthen its REACH and RoHS programmes during the next four years. Assent Compliance is also an active member of the United Nations Global Compact, and their annual UNGC Reports can be publicly obtained from the United Nations Global Compact website.

EU REACH Regulation and EU RoHS Directive aim to reduce and restrict substances that can be deemed harmful to humans and the environment.

REACH

A compliance framework, applicable to all parts and products sold in the EU. Companies must demonstrate thier robust, ongoing product compliance programme.

RoHS

A law that focuses on all electronic and electrical equipment, seeking to limit the impact and exposure of hazardous substances to consumers and the environment.

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ESCATEC is proud to have an inclusive culture where people feel comfortable being themselves and everyone has the chance to succeed, regardless of who they are.

Our global workforce spanning three continents, comprises employees from different races, cultures, religions, experiences, genders, and generations. ESCATEC is proud to have this mix, and we know that our diverse workforce strengthens our business as everyone has a unique blend of talent and insight.

Globally, we greatly appreciate our employees and host numerous social events annually to remind them they are part of our success.

Throughout the world, our businesses are also inextricably linked to the local communities in which they operate. Close relationships with local communities mean we can all thrive, which is why we promote social projects that positively impact local communities.

Human rights

At ESCATEC, we conduct our business with the utmost integrity. We adhere to our strict professional guidelines that regulate how we interact with each other, our customers, suppliers, and local communities.

ESCATEC does not engage in, or support, discrimination in hiring, remuneration, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement, based on race, national or social origin, birth, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, marital status, political opinions, age, or anything else that could be discriminitaed against. Competence is the primary selection criterion for employees on all levels.

We are committed to upholding workers’ human rights and treating them with dignity and respect, as understood by the international community and standards. Human rights apply to all workers, including temporary, migrant, contract, and direct employees. ESCATEC’s human resource policy supports fundamental human and labour rights.

Our conflict minerals compliance has significantly evolved since 2018. Through our partnership with Assent Compliance, we have upgraded our smelter validation process by scrubbing data collected on potential smelting facilities to determine which entries are legitimate smelters. Our strategic focus on a robust smelter programme provides greater supply chain traceability and reporting accuracy. It also helps companies working with ESCATEC gain a better understanding of the smelting industry, leading to better knowledge of data from the country of origin.

The public has a right to know which smelters ignore major human rights concerns in their operations. Smelters that profit from abuses are irresponsible, and we believe this way of generating revenue is both unethical and inhumane. Transparent reporting provides the public with information and sets a reasonable ethical bar for the industry. Compliance is also essential to assure the stability of corporate procurement practices by removing a major geopolitical business risk.

Employee safety and well-being

Ensuring every employee returns safely to their families at night is the highest priority for ESCATEC, so we implement the highest safety standards in our manufacturing plants and offices. We follow global health and safety standards, policies, best practices, and local legal requirements.

Whilst our primary focus is employee safety, we are also constantly developing strategies to increase employee well-being. Our initiatives include structured learning and development platforms, focusing on mental health, ensuring employees feel valued and respected in the workplace, and providing opportunities for employees to focus on their health.

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Today’s world continues to present highly complex challenges with partners and services interconnected globally. The importance of corporate governance and fostering a thriving company culture continues to grow daily.

ESCATEC is committed to good corporate governance. It sets our long-term strategy and ensures lasting value and success for our customers and partners.

These policies help us align business operations and values between our company, partners, and customers. They create an environment of trust, transparency and integrity for sustainable mutual growth.

Ethically conducting business is one of ESCATEC’s five core values. We operate our business with uncompromising integrity. The highest possible standards of ethical and business conduct are required and expected from all our employees.

All employees are made aware of the policies that focus on:

Ethical relations with customers

Ethical relations with customers

Ethical relations with suppliers

Ethical relations with suppliers

Ethical relations with governments

Ethical relations with governments

ESCATEC’s Code of Conduct

We conduct our business with uncompromising integrity, providing a safe, clean, and ethical workplace, taking care of the environment and contributing to our community.

ESCATEC Group’s Code of Conduct and Ethical Business Policy (Ethics Policy) was established to promote honest and ethical conduct, including fair dealings and ethically handling potential conflict of interest situations.

  • We promote full, fair, accurate, timely, and understandable disclosure
  • We comply with applicable laws and governmental rules and regulations
  • We protect ESCATEC’s legitimate business interests, including corporate opportunities, assets and confidential information, and deter misconduct

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