Multi-national security group dormakaba has been awarded the EcoVadis gold medal for sustainability management, placing the organisation in the top five percent of its sector.
EcoVadis is a leading third-party provider for monitoring sustainability in global supply chains, with more than 50 000 companies already assessed in over 150 countries across 190 sectors. These assessments have been done on environment, labour and human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement.
“Such an evidence-based, independent assessment on sustainability helps us meet customers’ and investors’ expectations. Increasingly, they are asking for proof of responsible social and environmental management. This prestigious award not only provides this, but also strengthens the trust of our colleagues and shows them that the company acts ethically and in accordance with their own values,” says Barry Conway-Cleaves, Marketing Manager, SSA (Sub-Sahara Africa) at dormakaba South Africa.
The EcoVadis assessment survey includes over 70 individual questions, for which supporting evidence must be supplied. Each of the four assessment themes is scored individually and weighted to an overall score.
“Compared to 2018 when dormakaba received a silver medal, this latest assessment shows significant improvements in the labour and human rights (jumping 20 points) and environment (10 points) categories. This could be attributed to the increased transparency in reporting from our human resources colleagues on various policies and on improved reporting of key performance indicators such as training hours,” he adds.
Furthermore, he says, the company’s newly released Statement of Commitment on Human Rights and its human rights due diligence process, which EcoVadis highlighted as “exceptional”, paid significant dividends in this year’s assessment.
“All told, dormakaba is especially strong in the areas of ethics as well as labour and human rights with both categories putting us in the top seven percent globally. We are proud of this achievement and are committed to maintaining our high standards in sustainability. This achievement is only possible because of the hard work and contributions of our many sustainability champions worldwide,” Conway-Cleaves says.
As part of the EcoVadis assessment, dormakaba has been provided with a Corrective Action Plan which it will consider as it strives for continuous improvement and looks to develop even further in terms of sustainability.
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