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Flexo Sustainable : Year-End 2013
• Product Steward- ship: Offering a broad portfolio of products that allows for convenience and ease of mind from customers • Printing Inks: The company uses raw materials “deemed acceptable by industry, regulatory and other expert standards” and a number of its ink manufacturing ac- tivities and products are recognized by various environmen- tal organizations • Pressroom Chem- icals: Flint’s press- room chemicals offer reduced VOC, comply with environ- mental regulations and are OEM/FOGRA and ISEGA approved • Transfer Media: Even in areas where recycling is not as simple as leaving a pail of empty cans or a bushel of old newspapers outside your house, the company seeks out ways to properly dispose of reusables. That effort has paid off—one site reported double digit reductions in natural gas consumption and kilowatt hours • Pigments: An Elizabethtown, KY pigment, chips and resin manufacturing site that produces sodium chloride as a byproduct utilizes a water reclamation facility that has saved more than 600 million gallons • Across All Product Lines: When it discovers a benefi- cial sustainable practice in one area of its business, the company is able to apply that same measure to other product lines Flint’s sustainable platemaking efforts began in 2007 with the formation of an Eco Efficiency Analysis to determine whether solvent or thermal plate processing was the better choice. It uses compressible sleeves and several nyloflex products to reduce waste and cut processing times. Packag- ing also plays a part, and the company uses materials based on a single component, making recycling significantly easier. Through a plate recovery process, plate waste is obtained and converted into energy. And internally, the company has dedicated individuals who are tasked with maintaining certi- fication with various industry standards regarding hazardous materials and emissions and waste removal. When REACH (Regulation, Evaluation and Approval of CHemicals) was established in 2006 across the EU as a means of protecting the environment and humans from chemical sub- stances, Flint made it a major focus. “ While in principle REACH is a European regulation, it has global impact on the sourcing of raw materials and the selling of finished goods,” the compa- ny says. Measures it has undertaken have included: • Registration of all 2,715 substances it uses • Replacing all SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern) • Extended safety data sheets • Prompt classification and labeling Chiefly, energy and water consumption is minimized with things like automated systems, notifications of demand spikes and various digital monitoring setups. There has also been a host of upgrades to facility lighting, equipment and heaters with energy efficient options. Carbon dioxide emissions have dropped from 184,000 metric tons in 2010, to 178,100 metric tons in 2011, to 171,600 metric tons in 2012. Water usage also declined by 23 million gallons from 2011 to 2012. ECONOMIC “ We believe that the honesty, integrity and the sound judg- ment of our employees, officers and directors is essential to the reputation and the success of Flint Group and also that these should never be compromised,” reads Flint’s sustainabil- ity report. To enforce that idea, the company uses a Code of Conduct. It requests that employees certify they follow the code on an annual basis. The percent of Flint workers who take part has gradually increased to nearly a third of the company. A risk assessment yielded a Risk and Compliance Man- agement process, spearheaded by Flint’s Executive Man- agement Team and other members of the company. When the group meets throughout the year, it identifies risks and categorizes them by likelihood and potential impact. These risks can include: • Financial • People www.flexomag.com YEAR END 2013 Sustainable FLEXO 7 CodeofConductCustomerSatisfactionEthicsWasteReductionQualityTrainingMater i a l sEnergyReduction Safety Recycling PeopleProcessesReformu l at i onCommunicationProcessOptimisationInnovationProcurement Continual Improvement Employees Integrity Leadership / Team wo rk Customers 06 An increasing number of customers are asking Flint Group how we, as an organisation, manage our operations within the sustainability agenda. And although we have a long track record of taking the right steps and measures – as you will see through our Mission and Guiding principles – we have, over the last three years, started to take a more formal approach in the way we coordinate our sustainability efforts, track progress and report on activities in this area, resulting in this sustainability report. When tracing the evolution of sustainability throughout our organisation, it is important to first understand where Flint Group has come from to arrive at this point. In 2004 CVC formed XSYS, a merger of the Akzo Nobel Pigments, Inks and Plate divisions with the BASF ink divisions. Within a year Flint Ink was also acquired and Flint Group was born (2005). In 2007 Day International was acquired and the basis of what is, today, Flint Group was truly established. Initially all the separate parts of the company continued with their established sound and solid processes in regards to sustainability, but by the end of 2007 a “One Flint Group” approach was introduced, covering many aspects of our business – including sustainability. This process was governed by the introduction of Flint Group’s Mission and Guiding principles. The Mission and Guiding principles provide a strong framework for how we conduct our business, how we make our management decisions, our customer and employee focus, and how we strive for teamwork and integrity, as well as our continuous improvement ethos. Supporting the Mission and Guiding principles, Flint Group had, from its formation, a well-developed Code of Conduct with a strong annual sign-off process confirming that our principles are being complied with. In addition, Flint Group had also developed an internal audit process and team that would not be out of place in many public companies. All these elements together, with additional further developments such as our work on People Development, our Integrity Assurance Policy and our Risk and Compliance Committee, have provided Flint Group with a solid foundation for the overall sustainability agenda. Early in 2011, the decision was taken to move to the next stage and we started to develop a more focused and detailed Sustainability Statement, Policy and Framework. We incorporated the UN Global Compact as our base principles and have used the strong reporting structure of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) as our basis for reporting. The preparation work was ready in April 2012 when we published our Flint Group sustainability approach, followed by our first (internal) sustainability report at the end of 2012. Combining the Mission and Guiding principles with the four elements of the UN Global Compact (Anti-corruption, Labour, Human Rights and Environmental) with the three reporting “headings” of the DJSI (Economic, Social and Environment), we have created the Sustainability Wheel of Flint Group. As our framework is built on the strong foundation of the Mission and Guiding principles, we have created a continuum that allows us to develop our programme on the continuous improvements that are such a part of the genes of our company. This first external sustainability report is therefore a milestone for Flint Group and it covers our progress within the sustainability agenda up to and including 2012: continuous improvement, evolution rather than revolution, sustainable in all aspects. It is a programme that is built in the tradition of Flint Group, “no nonsense”, based on the principle “We say what we do and we do what we say”. Jan Paul van der Velde Senior Vice President Procurement, Sustainability, Regulatory and IT Flint Group’s Sustainability Model: Environmental Labour Human Rights AntiCorruption Social Economic Environment 2. UN Global Compact Anti-Corruption, Labour, Human Rights, Environmental 3. Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) Economic, Social, Environment Flint Group’s Sustainability Model combines three elements: 1. Flint Group’s Mission and Guiding principles – our way to ensure that we deliver on our commitments 2. The UN Global Compact 3. The reporting outline as defined by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index 1. Flint Group’s Mission and Guiding Principles FLINT GROUP SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2012 FLINT GROUP SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2013 Flint Group and Sustainability Flint Group and Sustainability Flint Group’s Mission Our Guiding Principles “Combining the Mission and Guiding principles, with the four elements of the UN Global Compact (Anti-corruption, Labour, Human Rights and Environmental) with the three reporting “headings” of the DJSI (Economic, Social and Environment), we have created Flint Group’s Sustainability model.” “Combining the Mission and Guiding principles, with the four elements of the UN Global Compact (Anti-corruption, Labour, Human Rights and Environmental) with the three reporting “headings” of the DJSI (Economic, Social and Environment), we have created Flint Group’s Sustainability model. ” The long-established Mission and Guiding principles cover, in five key areas, the way of working in Flint Group: This fundamental set of simple clear values, allows us to align our activities internally within the spirit of the UN Global Compact while our external reporting methods detail the delivery of integrated long- term economic, social and environmental solutions: At Flint Group, our mission is to be the best-performing supplier to the printing and packaging industries as measured by our customers, shareholders, and employees, through our ability to deliver exceptional value, consistent quality, and continuous innovation to customers around the world. • Our Customers are the focus of all that we do. • Every Employee contributes to our success. • Integrity shall never be compromised. • Continuous Improvement drives performance and supports our aspiration to achieve excellence. • Leadership and Teamwork are prerequisites to achieving our goals. Flint Group’s approach to continuously improve sustainability is underpinned by our own Mission and Guiding principles – a fundamental set of simple, clear values. Flint Group operates within the spirit of the UN Global Compact for sustainability. Every day our people and teams are committed to providing increased health, safety and wellbeing whilst a continuous improvement programme is in place to reduce our current environmental impact now and for future generations. An uncompromising integrity policy and strong ethical values set by our own Guiding principles ensure that you can truly Rely on us for sustainable development... This strategy enables Flint Group to deliver integrated solutions in the three key dimensions of corporate sustainability*: Economic guides corporate governance, code of conduct, risk and compliance. Environment steers our goal to continually reduce impact on the environment and regulates the reporting of progress with this. Social drives corporate citizenship, labour practices, people development, social reporting, talent attraction and retention. * - As outlined within the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Flint Group’s Sustainability Statement:
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