17 July 2014 - Supreme Group, a global leader in the provision of end to end supply chain solutions in challenging environments around the world, has today (July 17, 2014) released its second annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, which highlights the major gains that the company has made over the past twelve months in five main performance areas. The specific business areas relating to CSR covered in the report are investing in people, ethical business practices, health and safety, respecting the environment, and supporting local communities.
“Supreme’s second annual CSR report clearly highlights our approach to sustainability and underlines how we are integrating sustainable business practices into our operations,” said Theo Reichert, Chief Executive Officer of Supreme Group. “We also have a new business strategy that is focused on diversification and growth in new markets such as Africa, and to complement this we have invested in the development of a three year sustainability strategy that translates our vision and goals into measurable actions with proven results. As a part of this, we are reviewing our sustainability practices, challenges, opportunities and overall social responsibility strategy to ensure that it aligns with our business objectives,” he added.
In 2013 Supreme made significant strides in terms of improving its CSR performance. Highlights of the year include launching an Africa First Program for its operations in Africa, which is an initiative designed to hire local nationals, source local products, nurture local supplier development projects, and invest in local communities wherever possible. Supreme also successfully reduced its carbon footprint by more than 70 per cent; became signatories of the United Nations Global Compact initiative in support of the U.N.’s ten principles, improved health and safety reporting capabilities, and organized its first ever Ethics Awareness Week to help further embed ethical awareness across the organization. Through the work of Supreme Foundation, the company also expanded its charitable activities by organizing education projects in Cote d’Ivoire and Afghanistan to help disadvantaged children.
Supreme’s 2013 CSR Report was compiled using the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) G3.1 Guidelines. In addition to the CSR Report, Supreme will soon be launching a three year CSR strategy that outlines an effective program of creating measurable social impact in the countries where it operates.
“As an organization we have made a decision that integrity is one of our core values because we want Supreme to be respected and trusted for the way in which we do business. We are fully committed to making strategic investments that support impactful sustainability opportunities,” Reichert concluded.
“We like ‘difficult’. When everyone else thinks that a situation is hopeless and back away, we look at it from another angle. This is what we specialize in.”