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 third parties. 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 processes.
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 interested parties. 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