YES TO CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
YES TO SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
In a world where inequality and injustice are widespread and many textile manufacturers turn a blind eye, we at Segers prefer to confront the issues head-on. And resolve them too. All too often we hear of how companies use suppliers that violate human rights or are otherwise involved in unethical practices. At Segers, we want to be a leader in bringing about change. Whether you are a purchaser or a consumer, you are entitled to know where and how our clothes have been produced. CSR is a natural and integral part of our business â€“ it is about showing respect and consideration and recognising our responsibility towards society.
WORKWEAR THAT PUTS YOUR CONSCIENCE AT EASE You are welcome to compare us with other textile companies. While most others are refusing to face up to the reality of the world, we at Segers are saying YES to social responsibility. We have a Code of Conduct. That's why we hope that when you buy our clothes, you do so with a clear conscience. It is a small but significant step towards to a fairer and more equal world.
WHAT IS CSR? Corporate Social Responsibility is essentially a concept whereby companies voluntarily decide to contribute to a better society and a cleaner environment. It involves taking actions that extend beyond regulatory and legal requirements. The idea is that corporate social responsibility can be of direct economic value.
BASED ON THE UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL COMPACT In the area of HUMAN RIGHTS, our company should:
1. support and respect the protection of internationally recognised human rights.
2. ensure that it is not complicit in human rights violations. In the area of LABOUR LAW, our company should:
3. uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.
4. eliminate all forms of forced or compulsory labour. 5. uphold the effective abolition of child labour. 6. uphold the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. In the area of the ENVIRONMENT, our company should:
7. support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.
8. undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.
9. e ncourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies. In the area of ANTI-CORRUPTION, our company should:
10. work against all forms of corruption, including extortion and bribery.
SEGERS' SUPPLIERS Our Code of Conduct is integral to our relationships with our suppliers. All new suppliers are assessed by Segers' purchasing department and our current suppliers are continuously monitored and evaluated. Just 10 percent of Segers' sales comes from products purchased from other manufacturers. We produce the other 90 percent of our range in our own manufacturing facilities.
SEGERS' CODE OF CONDUCT
SEGERS' suppliers must comply with our Code of Conduct which aims to ensure that all our business operations are conducted in a socially, ethically and environmentally sound and responsible manner. SEGERS' suppliers shall comply with the national laws and regulations of the countries in which they operate. If any requirement in the Code of Conduct conflicts with national legislation, the law takes precedence. IN COUNTRIES where freedom of association is restricted or being developed, the supplier must promote an environment where employees and company management can meet to discuss salaries and employment terms without any negative consequences. EMPLOYEES have the right to freely form and join trade unions and other work organisations that represent their interests. THE COMPANY recognises and respects the rights of its employees to collective bargaining. SEGERS does not tolerate forced labour, involuntary or unpaid work, of any kind. SEGERS does not tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, colour, gender, religion, political opinion, social or ethnic origin or sexual orientation. COMPULSORY SCHOOLING must be completed. EQUAL PAY for men and women for equal work or work of equal value. SALARIES must be paid regularly and the statutory minimum wage is the lowest acceptable. EMPLOYEES have the right to be given information that enables them to check the details of their pay.
EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT to a statutory holiday period and other leave, including paid sick leave, without any negative consequences. ALL EMPLOYEES have the right to a written contract of employment. EMPLOYEES SHALL be provided with safe and hygienic working conditions. The company shall focus on providing personal protective equipment, a clean workplace, hygienic toilets, access to clean water and compliance with national laws and requirements. WORKING HOURS must not exceed the legal limits. SEGERS' suppliers comply with all relevant environmental legislation in each country in which they operate and work to reduce the use of energy and resources. SUPPLIERS shall be committed to working against all forms of corruption, extortion and bribery. Segers expects its suppliers to conduct all their business in compliance with the Code of Conduct and work actively to maintain its standards. SEGERS conducts visits to monitor and ensure supplier compliance with the Code of Conduct. NONCOMPLIANCE with the Code of Conduct can result in the termination of the business relationship.
90 PERCENT of our range of workwear is produced by our own staff in our own factories. SEGERS' Code of Conduct sets the minimum level for our suppliers. IT IS OUR AMBITION that all goods supplied to Segers are manufactured under conditions that far exceed the minimum level.
Photos of Segers' newly-renovated facilities in Ukraine.
SEGERS KEEPS AHEAD IN CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY OUR COMPANY does not employ anyone under the age of 18 to work at any of our units. IN OUR OWN factories, the salaries of the production staff are significantly higher than the 足national statutory minimum wage. All our employees have a written contract of employment. ALL EMPLOYEES, regardless of which country they work in (Sweden, Estonia, Ukraine) shall work in a similar working environment which is properly lit and hygienic, with good access to heating and ventilation. ALL OF SEGERS' EMPLOYEES have the right to join organisations of their own free choosing. A 40-HOUR WORKING WEEK is the norm, and pension and insurance schemes have long been natural provisions for employees at Segers. ALL EMPLOYEES who work in our production plant are entitled to 28 days of paid holiday. THE RATE OF COMPENSATION for overtime in the production plant is 100%.
OUR ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
Segers Fabriker is a textile company that produces lightweight workwear and it has long been our goal to reduce our impact on the environment. To enable the long-term development of our company in line with changing environmental requirements, we will: • P rovide all our employees with sufficient information and knowledge to enable them to undertake their work in an environmentally-sound manner. • C hoose suppliers and partners according to our own environmental standards and thereby put pressure on companies and authorities with whom we interact. • D o all that we can to make the best use of our resources and coordinate our work as far as possible to minimise the wastage of resources. • S tay abreast of research and developments in the environmental field, particularly those related to textiles.
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REST ASSURED! Since 1992, the Öko-Tex Standard 100 has become an international measure of reliability throughout the entire fabrics chain. The Öko-Tex system ensures that fabrics that have passed the tests and been certified do not contain harmful substances. The list of requirements contains over 100 test parameters to ensure that the fabrics are not harmful.
SEGERS' ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICES Recent years have seen environmental issues come to the fore and today these issues have a prominent place in our business concept. Our customers are becoming more and more environmentally committed, which is reflected in their purchases of clothing. They require their suppliers to be environmentally certified. That is why we began to introduce the ISO 14001 environmental management system in November 1998. ISO certification was completed in May 2000.
PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY Segers is affiliated to the Swedish REPA register, which means we accept our responsibility as a producer and are committed to helping Sweden become one of the best recycling countries in the world. Sweden introduced producer responsibility for packaging in 1994. This means that any company which manufactures, imports or sells packaging is responsible for the collection and recycling of its packaging.
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REACH - a new chemical regulation for a non-toxic environment The REACH set of regulations on chemicals came into force on 1 June 2007 and thereby replaced most of the chemical legislation and regulations that had previously applied in Sweden and the European Union. The objective of the REACH regulations is the protection of human health and the environment from the risks related to chemicals. The REACH regulations require professional users and consumers to be given new and important information about the chemical substances they are using. REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals and provides a single system for chemicals regulation within the European Union.
Pressure on companies REACH is based on the principal that it is the responsibility of manufacturers, importers and downstream users to make sure that the substances they produce, place on the market or use do not harm human health or the environment. There are specific rules for registration of chemicals and some 30,000 substances are to be registered before 2018 at the 足European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki.
Segers works actively Segers is part of the Chemicals Group that regularly monitors the registration and evaluation of new and old substances that are fabric related to ensure that the products do not pose any health risks to you as a customer. More information is available on the National Chemicals Inspectorate's website, www.kemi.se/reach For more information about the Chemicals Group, please visit http://extra.ivf.se/kemi/
For more information about Segers, please visit our website at www.segers.se/omsegers
"Segers is a well-established producer of professional clothing for the hospitality and healthcare sectors. As specialists in the professional clothing sector, we aim to exceed customer expectations. We are proud of our design, performance and service and have strong ethical and environmental principles all of which provides a good foundation for long-term partnerships."
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