In a rapidly changing world, we are striving to adapt to the evolving needs of society and contribute to the overall health and wellness of our communities. We are further increasing our efforts to lessen our impact on the environment, nurture a workplace of diversity and inclusion, conduct responsible business practices, care for our communities and uphold the highest ethical standards. Manuchar is concerned about the negative consequences of climate change and believes in safeguarding soil, water and air quality for future generations. Therefore, we want to drive change towards a truly sustainable economy for people and the planet.
Frameworks like the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Reporting Initiative help us to guide our vision and to measure our performance and progress by providing a clear structure. Our ambitious We Care program is built on four pillars: Environmental Protection, Community Wellbeing, Ethical Workplace and Sustainable Procurement. Early 2021, Manuchar NV was accepted as a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact. In this third Manuchar sustainability report, we are pleased to present a summary of our 2020 actions integrating the Global Compact and Responsible Care® principles into our business strategy, culture and daily operations.
"Please join us on our continuous improvement pathway towards a sustainable future.”
— Philippe Huybrechs, CEO Manuchar
UN Global Compact
Manuchar signed up to the United Nations Global Compact. The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, representing almost every sector and size. The main objective is to align corporate strategies and operations with the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact focused on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal wellbeing. At Manuchar we will further incorporate the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact into our strategy, policies and procedures.
United Nations Sustainable Developments Goals
We support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Manuchar is committed to operational excellence and aligned global practices which limit the impact of our business activities on the environment. We are implementing targets covering reduction of greenhouse gas emissions or compensation by carbon credits.
As of 2021, 95% of our company-wide scope 1 and 2 emissions will be included in our mapping. Our Environmental Policy will include our main environmental target: a 50% reduction of our Manuchar Group ecological footprint by 2030 from a 2020 base year, covering the scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions (in CO2e), waste sent to landfill and water use. We also aim to map and increase our use of renewable energy sources. We are working in partnership with our supply chain partners to map and reduce our scope 3 emissions. We are committed to ongoing improvement and have therefore implemented external validation by 3rd party consultants and alignment with recognized reporting standards for our carbon emissions disclosure report.
We are working in partnership with our supply chain partners to map and reduce our scope 3 emissions. We implement external validation by 3rd party consultants and alignment with recognized reporting standards.
We are promoting and communicating our commitment to the 5 R’s – Reduce, Recycle, Reuse, Repair and Resell – in order to minimize our waste generation and more specifically to reduce the waste sent to landfill. We’re concerned plastic waste from packaging would find its way to local waterways or oceans. Therefore, we’re committed to work together with our supply chain partners to drive circular solutions. Our hazardous waste is responsibly managed in our operational sites by authorized licensed contractors. Manuchar also provides a 24/7 contracted emergency service which in case of accidental release informs about the required environmental precautions to be taken to limit any adverse impact.
Our 5-R program - Reduce, Recycle, Reuse, Repair and Resell – assists in minimizing our waste generation and more specifically reducing the waste sent to landfill.
We are risk mapping our on-site water management systems and we monitor and prevent possible contamination or impact on the local waterways or oceans. According to the World Resources Institute, 48% of the countries where Manuchar is operating in, are categorized as medium to extremely high water-stressed areas. Although our water demand is rather limited as we are not directly involved in manufacturing processes, we need water to be treated as a scarce resource. Therefore, we will be challenging all our teams to implement ways to control and limit their water consumption.
We work together with supply chain partners to find solutions in order to avoid pollution of local waterways or oceans by plastic packaging.
Health & Safety
Manuchar places the highest priority on ensuring the health & safety of our employees. We work proactively to enhance our health & safety culture by training, empowering and protecting our employees.
Potential hazards are identified via our 5S Lean desktop assessments and regular site audits. Both corrective and preventive actions are taken when health & safety improvement opportunities are uncovered.
We adopted the necessary governance policies like our Health & Safety Policy and Dangerous Goods Policy, and these are strictly enforced by transparent global internal communications. Practical toolbox guides are generated about hands-on topics to further raise safety awareness and protect our colleagues.
In our warehouse locations, both owned or managed by 3rd party providers, all employees are inducted into the warehouse and informed of the operational and product risks. Personal Protective Equipment is mandatory in our warehouses and is therefore worn by all employees, contractors and visitors in accordance with the defined hazards. In every warehouse location there is always at least one employee on site trained in the use of firefighting equipment as well as first aid. In 2021, we will enhance our local skill development programs with additional training on health & safety topics via our global training platform.
In 2017 Manuchar launched the first version of our online global INR system in order to report on all lost time injuries within the Manuchar group. The Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (in relation to the number of working hours) and the Lost Time Injury Incidence Rate (in relation to the number of employees) are globally recognized KPIs and measured by Manuchar. This measurement is required to ensure a safe working environment with the appropriate risk controls for our employees. Internal business intelligence reports are generated on a quarterly basis to allow an overview of our LTIFR and LTIIR status. All registered incidents and accidents are followed up with a root cause analysis aiming to identify the events leading to the incident and the required preventive measures.
2020 Injury severity in lost hours
1,85 LTIFR Manuchar 2020 (GRI 403-2)
We Care for our Communities
At Manuchar we care about the communities in which we operate. We see the results every day: community projects really do make a difference. As a global company we employ 2.125 employees (GRI 102-7) and operate in more than 35 countries. Many of our employees around the world already commit some of their time to community projects, raising funds and participating in local events.
But we can do more, so much more if we join forces as one global company, one global team, one global family. Early 2021, we have launched our global social responsibility program – ManuCare – centered around the Sustainable Development Goals 4 Quality Education and 8 Decent Work.
Food For the Poor: Provide emergency support to the people of Honduras after the impact of hurricane Eta, supplying them with food and shelter equipment.
LIV2Educate: Support LIV2Educate in South Africa whose mission is to equip orphaned and vulnerable children with essential moral values and life skills so they’ll grow up to influence positive change in South Africa.
Koka-school project: Contribute to the renovation of a school in Ethiopia where about 200 children are now enjoying their new classrooms, furniture and playground equipment.
Manuchar has a tradition of investing in training. In 2020, we started the implementation of our global Manuchar training platform and learning management system to launch and manage employee training. From this platform we work against corruption in all its forms, including bribery and extortion, and reinforce our principles and values in general.
Maintain full compliance training applicable to each employee’s role and responsibility.
Upon recruitment, all Manuchar employees acknowledge their mandatory compliance to our Group Code of Conduct. In 2020, 905 employees have successfully completed the Manuchar business ethics training, including antitrust, sanctions and cash, gifts and entertainment.
In 2020, 905 employees have successfully completed the business ethics training.
Manuchar attaches great value to safeguarding the trade and confidentiality of our business and of our customers and suppliers. All and any personal information about individuals, such as suppliers, consumers or employees is handled with full respect for the protection of their privacy and in accordance with all relevant privacy laws and regulations. Unfortunately, as remote working has increased worldwide, so has criminal activity.
We work against corruption in all its forms, including bribery and extortion and we reinforce our principles and values.
The amount of cyber-attacks increased significantly and therefore our IT team continuously strengthens our network security and the protection of our user community. Phishing attack simulations and regular reinforcement communications have been set up to raise cybersecurity awareness.
Manuchar uses Bitsight®, a third-party validated security rating company, to identify, measure and analyze cyber security incidents and practices. BitSight® is committed to the Principles for Fair & Accurate Security Ratings, helping us to communicate transparently on cybersecurity, and to drive continuous improvement.
Cyber security rating
Manuchar adopted the Bitsight® cyber security rating standard.
At Manuchar we strive to ensure that the products we purchase and supply to our customers are manufactured and procured in a responsible manner. We conscientiously source and procure products and services for our operations. We expect our business partners to conduct themselves in a way that is consistent with our values. When selecting and developing our supplier base, we consider their performance in regard to health & safety, environment, social standards and fair business practices. For all recurring orders and every product destined for specific market segments, Manuchar targets a 100% coverage of these supplier assessments. We are committed to continuously upgrading our assessment procedure as required to ensure a full integration of our environmental and social standards into the procurement process.
We have developed a Sustainable Procurement Policy which is constantly being improved in order to better reflect our commitment to a sustainable supply chain. One of the crucial points in our policy is the collaboration with clients, stakeholders and business partners to ensure our sustainability goals are aligned and reached. As we are not a producer ourselves, we will be working together with our strategic supply chain partners to enable more sustainable solutions or projects like recycling plastic waste or offering eco-friendly alternative products. We also consult and engage with other stakeholders like collaborative platforms, NPOs or voluntary initiatives to ensure sustainability challenges are addressed and improvement opportunities are created.
Under SDG 12, we have stipulated requirements to our relevant suppliers for their environmental performance and have supported our customers in their sustainability efforts.
Promote sustainable procurement practices across our entire supply chain and offer responsible product alternatives and circular solutions.
In El Salvador we are offering customers a different type of packaging without stitching, so the bags don’t have to be broken. This makes the bags returnable. At each delivery the empty bags are collected, and an accumulation of packaging waste is avoided. The bags can be reused approximately ten times guaranteeing zero waste deliveries.