Once again winner in the category of large companies
CSR Index Awards were presented for the 12th time at the annual corporate social responsibility conference. The awards are given to companies for the best achievements in corporate social responsibility, and they are organized by the Croatian Business Council for Sustainable Development (HR BCSD) and the Croatian Chamber of Economy. Companies have been awarded in nine categories and more than one hundred have competed this year. AD Plastik won the award in the in the category of large companies again this year.
“We are proud that our continuous work and progress have been recognized by the professional public and I hereby thank for the award. First of all, I want to thank all of our employees who have most of the credit for the fact that social responsibility is part of our day-to-day business.” said Marinko Došen, president of the Management Board of AD Plastik Group, while receiving this significant recognition.
The central theme of this year’s conference was climate and climate change. Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Gordan Grlić Radman praised the efforts of HR BCSD and the CCE to contribute, through concrete activities, to achieving the sustainable development goals as effectively as possible under the 2030 Agenda.
Participating in the panel discussion, Marinko Došen emphasized the fact that the number of cars in the world has been constantly increasing and that despite new trends, the automotive industry is aware of its impact and is constantly taking various measures to reduce its negative impact on the environment. “This approach is imperative in the automotive industry. You really cannot be on the automotive supplier panel, whether you are a Tier 1 or Tier 2 supplier, unless you have a clear sustainability strategy and goals. We are also obliged to influence our suppliers, to choose them according to these principles and to exercise regular control,” Došen pointed out.
Došen emphasized that corporate social responsibility is an absolute choice of AD Plastik Group and a part of all business processes. “By researching and developing new materials, we reduce the weight of the components we produce and consequently the weight of the vehicle. We care about the emissions of gases generated in our production processes using state-of-the-art technologies according to the highest EU standards. We use recycled materials increasingly in the production itself. We have introduced a model of chemical leasing, taking care in this manner of the entire life cycle of a chemical or solvent. We dispose of the waste solvents from our painting production process to an authorized waste disposal company which regenerates the waste solvent and returns it back to the process for use. In cooperation with our customers, we have been working on reducing the amount of packaging waste, so the packaging of our products is mostly returnable,” Marinko Došen emphasized, and as an additional indicator of quality and social responsibility, he pointed out the various certificates that all production sites, where AD Plastik Group has its factories, obtain, starting with IATF 16949, to ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 50001, ISO 27001.
The CSR Index enables companies to objectively manage, monitor, measure and interpret their own specific impacts. Using this tool, it is more visible for the companies what is being done well regarding their stakeholders and compared to other companies, and potential areas for improvement are indicated. In order to ensure their own sustainability and development, companies in all aspects of their business and in all relationships must show continuously good results.