The Atlanta site of Sidel in the US has now joined Sidel’s four main manufacturing sites in successfully passing a Sedex audit, again with 100% compliance in the key areas of labour standards, health & safety, the environment and business ethics. This demonstrates Sidel’s focus on continuous sustainability improvement and is part of its commitment to contributing to sustainable partnerships with transparent exchange of information throughout the supply chain.
Independent auditing of good practice
A non-profit organisation, Sedex - the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange - is the largest collaborative platform for sharing ethical supply chain data. The gaining of yet another perfect score in the Sedex audit, with its 100% compliance of critical non-conformities, underlines Sidel’s continuing commitment to engaging in open dialogue and information exchange. The company collaborates closely with its partners in order to contribute to the growth of a sustainable industry.
Nicholas Bloch, Executive Vice President for Communications at Sidel, comments – “From raw materials to recycling and at every stage in between, we constantly look for opportunities to continue improving sustainability practices at Sidel to benefit our world, our customers and ourselves. Through initiatives such as Sedex, we are able to share information easily with our partners in the supply chain to help develop a more sustainable approach to beverage production.”
Sidel’s site in Atlanta was independently audited by Bureau Veritas, world leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) services, using the SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) four-pillar framework covering the key areas of labour standards, health & safety, the environment and business ethics. The audit of the Sidel site in Atlanta follows the successful result achieved in Parma, Italy along with Beijing, China in 2013, Octeville in France in 2014 and Mantova in Italy earlier this year (2015).
Members of Sedex cover 150 countries and 30 industry sectors and include many global companies within the food and beverage industry such as PepsiCo and Danone.
Developing relationships through sustainable partnerships
Together with its customers, suppliers, other external partners and the communities in which it does business, Sidel aims to create shared value through sustainable partnerships. One such recent industry partnership was the BioHub® programme in which Sidel consulted with its PET packaging expertise on a research project in plant-based polymer chemistry. Sidel has also created a neutral platform to encourage industry dialogue: KNOWLEDGEshare™ gives senior beverage industry players and thought leaders an event at which they can discuss common aims, challenges and the direction in which the market is heading.
Sustainability is at the heart of these ongoing partnerships and Sidel’s commitment to sustainability was recently independently evaluated in terms of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), with the company placed within the top 30% of the 20,000 businesses assessed in 2015. Eco Vadis - the sustainability rating platform used to understand, track and improve environmental, ethical and social performance worldwide - awarded Sidel a silver rating for its good sustainability practices.
Further information at sidel.com/sustainability