Azelis has launched its CSR programme, representing the efforts that Azelis makes throughout the entire supply chain and beyond. This launch follows two years of research, preparation, definition and implementation of the programme's goals and KPIs. Azelis is committed to follow the United Nations Global Compact key pillars of Corporate Social Responsibility: human Rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. The CSR programmes ensures each of these commitments has a framework to measure and monitor performance and develop action plans, as appropriate, to ensure continuous improvement. Furthermore, Azelis is committed to communicate progress and report annually on its CSR programme from 2019.
Dr Hans Joachim Mueller, Azelis CEO, comments: "The CSR programme we have launched is exactly what has been the core of Azelis ethos: showing respect in everything we do, day in day out. We believe this is the only way of making a true and lasting difference. And of course, the bigger our efforts, the greater our impact will be. At Azelis we are committed to maintaining the highest human, environmental and ethical values through unwavering cooperation with local communities, industry bodies, authorities and regulators. Only together can we reduce the environmental impact of our workplace as much as possible, and improve social values in whatever we do, wherever we can."
The CSR programme is implemented in all Azelis' processes and practices, building on the Corporate Social Responsibility Policy and Sustainable Procurement Policy Azelis launched last year when it also signed the UN Global Compact initiative.
"Our commitment to Responsible Care and Responsible Distribution is unchanged", adds Almenar. "While the new CSR programme demonstrates the company’s deeper, long-term commitment to sustainability. Many of the activities and KPIs which will now fall under the CSR umbrella are not new to us; we have already had quite a few in place, but now the KPIs we measure will have one common framework and are a part of a bigger picture."
As a result of the work done by Azelis in 2016, the group’s EcoVadis* score improved in only one year from 39 to 60, i.e. from Bronze status to Silver status. This placed Azelis in the top 7% of all the suppliers evaluated by EcoVadis
*EcoVadis operates the first collaborative platform providing Sustainability Ratings for global supply chains.