During 2018 UK based MRO specialist Entec International stepped up its engagement with the UN Global Compact UNGC), moving from a signatory to ‘Active Member’ status.
As the world’s largest global corporate citizenship initiative, the Global Compact is concerned with demonstrating and building the social legitimacy of business and markets. Entec joined this voluntary initiative in 2016, also supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year, the company has increased its commitment and joined the UNGC Network UK, as CEO Mike Robinson explains.
“Entec understands that corporate sustainability starts with our company value system and having a principled approach to doing business. This means operating in ways that, at a minimum, meet our fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
By incorporating the Global Compact principles into our strategies, policies and procedures, and by establishing a culture of integrity with our staff, Entec companies are not only upholding their basic responsibilities to the people we interact with and our environment, we are setting out to ensure we deliver compliant long-term success.”
A key example is the zero plastic policy implemented throughout the company’s main Birmingham-based warehouse, where all plastic packaging from incoming products is now stripped out and replaced with biodegradable alternatives before shipping overseas to clients.
Chris Syner, Managing Director says, “We have been doing business in Africa for almost 30 years, most of the plastic pollution we see originates from outside the continent, so we felt that removing this plastic from our shipments was something we could do that was both ethically and environmentally responsible and also puts something back into a continent in which we’ve built a very successful business.”
By being a UNGC Network member, Entec is already contributing to support and apply some of the UN SDG’s throughout its organization and is encouraging its partners to engage too. Further initiatives are planned in line with Entec’s commitment to the UNCG Network in 2019.
The UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles
The UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles are derived from: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.
More information at: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/what-is-gc
Leading MRO logistics specialist Entec International has implemented a zero plastic packaging policy at its Midlands based warehouse in Halesowen, stripping out all plastic packaging from incoming products and replacing with biodegradable alternatives before shipping overseas to clients.
A high percentage of the firm’s business serving blue-chip companies is conducted in Africa, which according to Pollution & Waste Management magazine, has the ‘dubious honour of being the second most polluted continent on the planet’, largely due to inadequate waste management infrastructure.
Consequently, Entec International has embraced this year’s World Environment Day theme of ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ and committed to remove and recycle all plastic waste from incoming packaging. The company has invested in new biodegradable shrink wrapping and box shredding machinery to enable shredded cardboard to replace the plastic packing around products.
Managing director of Entec, Chris Syner comments, “We have been doing business in Africa for almost 30 years and most of the plastic pollution comes from outside the continent, so we felt that this was something we could do that is ethically and environmentally responsible in any case, but that also puts something back into a continent in which we’ve built a very successful business.”
He adds, “In our first month, we have removed and recycled 8.5 CBM of assorted plastic waste that serves no purpose other than to fill a void in a package and protect the enclosed parts. Over a year, we will be removing the equivalent of 3.65 20ft shipping containers of plastic pollution – over five years, 18.25 containers. Apart from investment in new machinery and recycling, the cost to us is time, effort and energy, which we all deem well worth it!”
Eighty percent of the continent’s GDP is concentrated in just 11 African countries, including Nigeria and Ghana, where Entec operate – all of which are have prominent coastlines and rivers likely to transport a large quantity of land-based waste, including plastic pollution, as they make their way to the ocean.
While cardboard biodegrades in 8 weeks, Styrofoam takes 60 years with some types of plastic taking between 400 – 10,000 years.
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