When it comes to Corporate Social Responsibility a market leader has a duty to operate in a way that sets a good example. This is a duty that we at Paardekooper take very seriously. We want to inspire other companies by having a forward-looking and clear CSR policy. Social issues challenge us to take a critical look at our own business. We do this on the basis of ISO 26000. How do we contribute towards People, Planet and Profit? We tell you an honest and clear story.
Employees, suppliers, clients… People make our company. This has a flip side. Our employees receive what they are entitled to. Not just in terms of an honest wage, but also in the area of respect and (social) provisions.
We are exceptionally alert regarding the working conditions at our suppliers. That’s why we are members of the BSCI, an international code of conduct aimed at improving working and environmental conditions in the supply chain.
We also support a number of worthy causes, including the Ronald McDonald House Sophia in Rotterdam and various local (sports) clubs.
We undertake various activities in order to minimise our impact on the environment. We comply with the ISO 14001 standard for the efficient control and improvement of our environmental performance. CSR also challenges us to look critically at our products. We do this in several ways. As a leading supplier of packaging to companies in the recreation and leisure branch many of our products meet the Green Key criteria. Products that carry the Green Key logo preserve the environment, for example by using FSC materials.
We also deem it our task to provide clarity regarding environmental claims. This is why we have invested in setting-up our own research centre, The LCA Centre, in which we determine the environmental-impact of our packaging and disposables in accordance with the LCA method. Insight into this information helps us search out alternative products with a lower environmental-impact. It is, for example, how the Bright® range of packaging came into being. Bright® products have a measurably lower environmental-impact. Our scientific approach is supported by Stichting Natuur & Milieu (Nature & Environment Foundation).
Making a healthy profit is vital for the continuity of our company and provides a solid basis for our CSR policy. At the same time, sustainability contributes towards our profitability. Everything revolves around the right balance between finance and the interests of people and the environment.
Striving to be a ‘good employer’ stimulates the commitment of our employees. Selecting respected suppliers is a guarantee that our products will be of a good quality. Offering sustainable packaging solutions, for example, packaging that provides a better protection against decay or that uses less material without jeopardising functionality, can be attractive from an economic point of view for both the client and us. Energy saving and a thrifty use of raw materials result in direct cost-savings.