Our initiatives to make our world a brighter place
Our mission is to be an exemplary company. Not only in terms of our marketable output but also in terms of how our operations affect our people and stakeholders, the environment and our society. We may not be a multinational just yet but we try to mimic their social initiatives in order to bring positive change to our world.
The future will either be green or not at all.
To us, being green is about proactively planning our actions to reduce our footprint. It is about working ex-ante towards limiting the production of inorganic waste and our usage of natural resources, whether directly or indirectly. We use an ISO 14001 certified environmental management system that is revised regularly to incorporate better practices and technologies.
Thermo-insulated roof and energy-efficient windows to decrease the power consumed for heating our factory in the winter and cooling it in the summer. A biological treatment unit to turn sewage into clean water used to water our plot. Best-in-class, low-consumption lights. LPG-powered heating units to minimize CO2 emissions. Gradual replacement of our old electronic and electrical infrastructure with newer, energy-efficient equipment.
We had always been environmentally conscious but when our main factory was rebuilt from scratch in 2011, we seized the opportunity and equipped it with many great technologies that allowed us to significantly reduce our environmental footprint. And there is still room for improvement.
Decreasing the relative usage of natural resources – directly and indirectly – is an ongoing corporate target.
Since our facilities cannot efficiently generate their own energy from renewable sources (such as solar and geothermal) due to their location, we have shifted our focus to decreasing our usage of non-renewable energy sources. In 2015, we managed to decrease the absolute consumption of electricity and petrol in our Avlonas factory by 1.5% and a whopping 45% respectively, compared to the previous year. Petrol usage was partly substituted with LPG (consumption increased by 21,5%) as a cleaner energy source.
In terms of indirect usage, it is our philosophy to reuse and recycle everything that can be reused and recycled. Faulty electronic equipment will be repaired many times before being replaced -even though the latter is usually cheaper- and old equipment is maintained and donated to charitable causes so that it can be reused. Paper products, such as sheets and packaging, are used multiple times internally before being compressed and sent to our recycling partner. Raw material wastage is limited by value-engineering our products, finding alternate uses for leftovers and by working with our suppliers to tailor material dimensions to fit our products. Most-importantly however, we make signs that last longer, thus decreasing the use of additional resources needed to maintain, repair, retrofit or replace them.
Being a responsible employer is a lot more than honoring our legal and contractual obligations.
It is about caring for the well-being of the people that work with us and about treating them with
fairness and respect.
Our ways of giving back. To the society that hosts us, to the communities that we belong.
More on our social actions in the News Section.