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