our own commitment
For us, engineering sustainable solutions for ground-breaking industries and everyday life, goes hand in hand with a sustainable way of doing business
To integrate responsible consumption and production into our own operations, we use a pragmatic sustainability framework covering health & safety, environment and integrity. Ongoing interactions with the group companies enable us to share and learn and to lead by example. In order to level the difference in performance between our operations, this is discussed during executive team meetings and business team meetings. Environmental performance and health & safety are integrated in the operational excellence programme, chaired by the CEO. For more information, please see the section about sustainable entrepreneurship in the annual report 2018.
health & safety
At Aalberts everything revolves around safety. We are focused on preventing incidents that may be harmful to our employees and neighbouring communities. We continuously invest in a culture in which people know what their own responsibility is to make Aalberts a safe place to work.
There are health & safety training programmes in place for employees, such as toolbox safety sessions, training on use of personal protection equipment, emergency preparedness procedures and hazard identification. Safety trainings are part of the onboarding process of new employees and are regularly repeated. Our policy focuses on improving procedures at all group sites that do not perform at the group average according to the KPIs and targets set. Since we started measuring our health & safety KPIs in 2010, we had zero fatalities.
Best practices to improve health & safety practices are being shared ongoingly, for example registration and follow up of near misses. Each business has developed health & safety improvement plans. Moreover, most companies have safety management systems in place in accordance with the ISO 45001/OHSAS 18001 standards and safety policies and manuals are in place at all our production and service locations.
improvement safety culture
Focused health and safety communications on a daily, monthly and quarterly basis, to all employees and based on actual examples, accelerated the decrease of LTIs for Metalis France. The full involvement of the safety committee members in these communications has been key to improve the safety culture among the team members, increase awareness and better detect risks.
At an Aalberts integrated piping systems company in North America structural safety measures are taken to ensure that everyone is committed to their ‘zero accident culture’. These include safety meetings, toolbox safety walks, training and a safety incentive programme to provide encouragement at regular intervals. As a result, the LTIFR was reduced with 60% in 2015 and one of their facilities received three safety awards from external parties for having zero lost-time accidents during the year.
health & safety management
At an Aalberts integrated piping systems company in the United Kingdom, health and safety management is an on-going process of continuous improvement. That is why a yearly strategic safety plan is developed, including a performance review, objectives for continuous improvement, health & safety gearing, specific improvement programs and site-specific health & safety plans. At three of their sites this resulted in more than 1,000 days without a lost time accident, which makes this company one of the safest workplaces in the industry.
responsible consumption and production
Reuse, reduce, recycle is the common thread in our activities. Not only in the production and manufacturing processes, but also in distribution and logistics and the product design phase. The Aalberts environmental management policy covers energy consumption, water consumption, CO2 emissions and waste.
Eco-design guidelines are incorporated in the processes to reduce the use of raw materials and energy. We also reduce the use of raw materials by applying additive manufacturing in our own production process. The circular economy concept is integrated in the design process of many of our products to make sure that they can be reused at the end of their lifetime. We conduct lifecycle assessments of the environmental impact of various of our products.
environmental performance indicators
Reducing also means taking responsibility for our own CO2 footprint, energy and water use. We measure the energy and water consumption of our entire organisation as from 2017.
CO2 neutral production location
At Aalberts we strive to reduce our CO2 footprint and we operate waste handling programmes. Aalberts integrated piping systems has the first production location that is CO2 neutral due to CO2 reduction programmes and use of renewable energy. Extensive waste handling at that location results in 79% recycling of all materials used, at the production location as well as at the ancillary office location.
approved to self-check the quality of the treated water
Aalberts surface treatment was the first plating company in France to be approved to self-check the quality of the treated water. We are 10 times below the authorised nickel and copper content norms, and have also set up a system for optimizing waste treatment, with the goal of achieving zero non-recycled waste in the near future. We also follow an ethical and responsible raw materials purchasing policy.
Aalberts is committed to conducting its business with honesty and integrity, to follow the law and to make sure that each employee and business partner is treated respectfully.
Code of Conduct
We are proud of our excellent reputation as a responsible and reliable employer and business partner. The Aalberts Code of Conduct contains seven main business standards as rules of ethical conduct all Aalberts employees must follow, including business integrity. We train our people on these standards via the Aalberts integrity academy. Doing business all over the world requires taking appropriate measures relating to topics like anti-corruption & bribery, export control & sanctions and competition law. Via our Speak up! procedure we enable employees and business partners to report violations of the Code of Conduct or other misconduct, to keep our standards high.
supply chain management
We not only focus on our own operations, but ask our business partners to live by the same main principles as our Code of Conduct. We contractually bind our suppliers to adhere to the principles of our Supplier Code of Conduct and take sustainability as one of the key topics for our selection process. In addition, several initiatives are implemented to support local procurement.
human rights & labour relations
Aalberts’ commitment to respect human rights is laid down in a formal human rights policy. Aalberts wants to build long-term, sustainable relationships with its employees by paying fair salaries and benefits. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are self-evident, fundamental rights, which we respect. At Aalberts, the principle of free choice of employment is inviolable. It applies to every employee in every country we operate.
Aalberts recognises and respects the differences between individuals. Recruiting and developing a diverse workforce gives us a wide range of perspectives and allows us to explore and adopt new ideas and innovations in technology. It also allows us to better understand and meet the needs of our diverse customers and communities.
labour training centre for refugees
In the past few years, Norway received an increasing number of refugees. The activity level of the assembly plant of our Norwegian group company grew to a higher level, so it was necessary to increase capacity. Together with the local labour office, a programme was developed for refugees, including language training on the job combined with education, for example in quality systems. The programme was also implemented for Norwegian young unemployed people, who work side by side with the refugees. During work time it is only allowed to speak Norwegian language, so that the refugees get practice. Through this project we give back to community and the participants are qualified for the Norwegian job market
responsible supply chain management
An Aalberts precision extrusion company is mainly active in Southern Europe, Eastern Europe and Asia and the majority of its procurement is done locally. The company focuses on responsible supply chain management by concluding and implementing sustainable development partnerships with strategic suppliers. As a result, substantial percentages of the purchases done by customers are reallocated to environment, public services and jobs in the local territory. ECOVADIS has assessed and positioned our group company among the 2% most advanced companies in terms of responsible business.
Some of our group companies are doing business at remote locations. At such locations they ask local auditors for custom local practices which could qualify as bribery, corruption or fraud under other jurisdictions. These local practices might be acceptable in the jurisdiction of the remote location, but not under the business integrity rules of the Code of Conduct. In this manner local conduct can be aligned adequately with the conduct expected at Aalberts as requested by the Code of Conduct.
fair wage in China
employees in our Aalberts surface treatment factory in China are paid wage, which is competitive with average wages in the host countries. Our wages are composed and paid in accordance with the OECD guidelines and ILO guidelines. This fair wage enables our employees to properly support their families.
code of conduct
Our code of conduct contains seven main business standards as rules of ethical conduct all employees must follow.
supplier code of conduct
Our supplier code of conduct explains the business standards and principles as rules of ethical behaviour of Aalberts and specifies what we expect from our suppliers.
human rights policy
Aalberts' commitment to respecting human rights, as defined by the United Nations in its Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is laid down in a formal human rights policy.
Should you become aware of any conduct that you believe violates our Code of Conduct, please speak up!speak up