Sustainability has become much of a buzzword in the recent years. Its overused and seems void of meaning when people use it in the corporate context. This is because there are so many different definitions of the concept that as long as we don’t dig deeper we will likely not grasp its meaning. The Global Compact initiative tries to simplify and standardise exactly what is meant when companies talk about sustainability. As a company, in order to call yourself in alignment with GC standards you need to follow certain principles. Mater is a prime example of a company that strives for sustainability in a consistent and transparent manner. Their report on progress for 2014 speaks for itself and poses a good example for other players in the industry. Here are the 5 vital features for progress in sustainable development. (UN Guide)
Mater has come up with 6 of their own principles in alignment with Global Compact guidelines. The company has worked with mostly small suppliers and managed production themselves in the past. As their production needs increase in volume they need to scale up and work with bigger factories. In order to not drop the other suppliers completely Mater keeps producing the low volume designs at small players. They relied on BRICpro to help with this transition and stay true to the UN alignment even as things are scaling up and Mater staff is one remove farther away from production reality. BRICpro’s initial assessment and dialogue tool is a way to increase its clients (like Mater) production transparency and diffuse its sustainable production practices.
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