As a responsible and ethical corporate citizen, sustainable growth is high on our list of strategic goals. We continued to drive environmental improvements, and our development agenda focusses on where we source, make and sell because those communities have the biggest influence on our business, and us on them. We are committed to lead sustainable manufacturing as we focus on becoming water-positive, reducing our carbon footprint and maintaining the highest levels of safety. With our commitment, a prudent approach and focussed initiatives, we have successfully pursued sustainable manufacturing and created a robust foundation to boost environmental efficiencies around all our 74 manufacturing units.
Our investment in the community is part of our mandate to embrace sustainable growth and create shared value for all stakeholders. Our efforts to benefit the communities where we operate are manifested in our water harvesting and conservation initiatives that aim to provide safe drinking water, and improve health and hygiene standards, particularly of women in the villages surrounding our manufacturing facilities.
We are committed to concurrently improve our manufacturing practices to reduce water and energy consumption, minimise waste and enhance safety standards. Our water conservation strategy is driven by our goal of better water management, which we are working on to realise through an extensive water-mapping initiative, while stressing priority on water-stressed areas.
The process of creating rainwater harvesting structures, pond-desilting, and better water management practices has helped us build additional water capacities. Villages benefiting from this now enjoy 100% piped water facility inside every home, and have achieved their goal of becoming 100% ‘open defecation free’ – an initiative that has also been acknowledged by the government.
In line with our global environmental focus, we are also working consistently to reduce our carbon footprint through several proactive measures, which include:
- Changing our boilers to utilise bio-mass
- Migrating to LED lights while exploring solar options
- Using turbines for internal power generation
We are also partnering with our vendors to reduce their carbon footprint through the use of Tetra Packs and recycling of market bottles. We are continuously striving to become a collective zero-discharge unit through effective waste management.
We have progressively improved on our safety matrix and significantly brought down Lost Time Accidents (LTA) and near misses.