17 November 2013 - Supreme Group has unveiled its first major Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, which describes the company’s ethical, social and environmental performance globally in 2012.
The report, which has been published on Supreme’s corporate website, was compiled using the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) standards and covers topics related to ethical workplaces; investing in employees; safe and healthy business practices; respecting the environment; and supporting local communities. In recent years, Supreme’s CSR strategy has been strengthened by the implementation of a number of sustainable initiatives across its global operations; reaffirming the company’s commitment to the highest industry benchmarks.
“We have been actively integrating sustainable business practices across our organization and have achieved some impressive milestones along the way,” said Stephen Orenstein, Principal, Supreme Group. “This report is an important step for us to achieve our goal of embedding a socially responsible culture in our operations, and also enables us to share the positive contributions we make around the world with our stakeholders.”
“The road to sustainability is not without challenges. We operate in many countries ranked as among the most corrupt and difficult places to do business. We serve clients that are based in hostile environments, where there is often a lack of legal infrastructure and systems. To address this, we have established global standards to help ensure that our values are upheld wherever we operate, and that we conduct business fairly and honestly in all areas around the world,” Orenstein added.
Supreme has established a formal Ethics and Compliance program that ensures adherence to the highest workplace standards and a worldwide hotline that provides employees and stakeholders with an anonymous channel to ask questions, express concerns, and raise issues about workplace activities. In addition, Supreme’s Code of Business Ethics and Conduct was created to ensure that all business is conducted legally and to the highest ethical standards. The Code has been translated into 13 languages and applies to all employees, at all levels of the organization, including management.
One of Supreme’s strategic objectives in 2012 was to promote and further entrench ethical business practices across the company. Some of the initiatives taken included creating new guidance to provide additional clarity to staff on key issues; developing and implementing a group‑wide training and awareness program; and the strengthening of audit capabilities and whistle- blowing processes.
As a socially responsible company, Supreme launched the Supreme Foundation in 2009 to support underprivileged children in local communities where it operates. The Foundation focuses on improving the health, education, safety and living conditions of disadvantaged children in Afghanistan, Ivory Coast and Bosnia. Through its work, Supreme Foundation has helped hundreds of children and families survive amidst the ravages of brutal winters, wars, and severe deprivation.
Furthermore, Supreme’s commitment to, and adoption of, internationally recognized standards for quality, health and safety within its operations has earned it the ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications for quality management and occupational health and safety management systems. In 2012, Supreme also implemented an Environmental Management System and earned ISO 14001 Environmental Management accreditation, as well as completing its first Carbon Footprint audit.
“In addition to recycling programs, we have implemented a number of initiatives to reduce our impact on the environment. For instance, in our Afghan-based catering facilities we have introduced automatic hand dryers to replace the use of paper hand towels. With most of our facilities now fitted with these dryers, we have completely eliminated the transportation and use of paper towels from the supply chain. By switching from paper hand towels to the hand dryers, we were able to save an estimated 80 tons of CO2 from being released to the atmosphere from our Kandahar facilities alone,” said Victoria Frost, Supreme’s Director of Corporate Development, Marketing & Communications.
“Corporate responsibility initiatives therefore are an integral part of our business. Looking ahead, we aim to bring further coherence to our programs and improve our measurement and data collection techniques, which will allow us to expand our reporting in crucial areas and develop new initiatives that align with our CSR efforts,” Frost concluded.
For more information about Supreme or the CSR report, visit www.supreme-group.net
“Most of Supreme’s work is performed in some of the world’s most remote locations. It is ‘mission impossible’, every day.”