Roto Smeets Group statement on Corporate
Social Responsibility (CSR)
Roto Smeets Group and its subsidiaries (RSG) declare that all business
decisions are devoted to securing both greater business profits as well as
to using every available opportunity to improve the environment and the
welfare of its employees and society at large.
In its implementation of this policy, RSG seeks to achieve an optimum
balance between people, planet and profit. The choices RSG makes are
communicated with full justification and in complete transparency.
RSG has utilised the OECD guidelines for multinational businesses
and the ISO 26000 standard to integrate the Group’s corporate
social responsibility systematically within the organisation. This
finds expression in the following ten pledges:
I. Good management
The RSG management respects the best-practice principles set
down in the Netherlands Corporate Governance Code and where
applicable they have been implemented within RSG for some
time. RSG complies with all legislation and regulations. A code of
behaviour governs internal ethical behaviour, while regular screening
is used to advance such behaviour externally. RSG accepts
accountability for all its actions and explains them to stakeholders,
always seeking to increase transparency.
II. Employment conditions
RSG encourages the vitality, flexible deployment and personal
development of its employees by means of dedicated projects. We
seek to increase employees’ opportunities to further develop their
talents, even outside their own industry, by offering a wide range
of education and training programmes.
The Group selects its employees with an eye to diversity in gender,
ethnicity, culture and age. We try to create opportunities for
groups that experience difficulty in finding employment.
RSG aspires to optimise safety in the production processes with the
most effective layout of working areas.
RSG appreciates the importance of satisfactory consultation on
employment conditions. To that end, employee representatives are
allocated the facilities they need for the proper performance of
their tasks. The Group strives to present an open and transparent
picture of corporate affairs.
III. Human rights
RSG shall only engage in such activities as do not violate current
human rights’ standards as set down in the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights, in accordance with international obligations and
valid rules of law in different countries. The Group rejects every
form of intimidation or discrimination on grounds of race, age,
gender, skin colour, sexual preference, religious convictions and/or
land of origin.
RSG places no restrictions on employees who wish to combine or
to join a trade union and does not do business with suppliers who
have products made by forced and/or child labour.
IV. Chain responsibility
RSG is convinced that a product may only be called sustainable if
all stages in its lifecycle are sustainable. This requires collaboration
with the supplier at one end of the chain, and the customer at
the other. When purchasing products and services, RSG pays close
attention to social, environmental and safety aspects and makes
agreements with suppliers that incorporate such aspects.
V. Honest business practices
The basis for all business transactions is integrity. All those who
have to do with RSG, both internally and outside the Group, can
count on respectful, honest and just treatment. In conformity
with the guidelines mentioned above, RSG utterly rejects all
forms of corruption. All RSG employees are aware of this company
policy and receive instructions on how to conduct their business
honestly, in the form of the RSG Code of Conduct. RSG respects
the fiscal regulations in those countries where it does business, and
subscribes to OECD regulations in this matter. RSG shall provide the
legitimate authorities with all the information needed to correctly
determine and levy taxes appropriate to the Group’s activities.
VI. Consumer affairs
RSG has no direct contacts with consumers but does deal with
personal information in the context of addressing and CRM projects
for clients. RSG guarantees that all personal data supplied to the
Group are treated with the utmost confidentiality. The RSG privacy
regulations are set up so that data cannot fall into the hands of
The safety and health of all stakeholders, including the end-users
of our products, is our greatest priority. RSG thus also strives to
use safe, healthy raw materials in its products by using the most
modern technologies and continuous monitoring of our business
VII. Environment, raw materials, energy and emissions
RSG aims to have the smallest possible footprint by reducing as far
as possible all environmental burdens, including energy consumption
and CO2 emissions.
RSG aspires to a better environment, both now and in the future.
RSG does all it can to prevent harm in any form. The strictest European
environmental, health and safety standards are maintained.
RSG contributes to the welfare of those areas, both local and
regional, in which it operates.
For example, the Group invests in the local business community
and the people who live and work there.
When purchasing products and services, RSG pays close attention
to the social and environmental aspects associated with their
production, transport and use. Agreements on these aspects are
made with suppliers and customers.
RSG periodically formulates new SCR objectives, reports progress
honestly and clearly, and is prepared to discuss them with
RSG is known for its openness. The Group maintains an active
policy on the supply of all necessary information to stakeholders.
X. Science and technology
RSG is continually searching for new opportunities to improve
sustainability and offer green services. RSG is open to collaboration
and partnerships and is prepared to actively share its knowledge
and experience. RSG’s scientific and technological activities are
pursued with an eye to the needs of the local market. This means
that employees are mainly recruited locally. Training is provided.
On behalf of all Roto Smeets Group
J.A. de Haas
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