Taking Corporate Social Responsibility seriously, SAE-A has established a range of outreach programs located all around the world.
As SAE-A’s business has grown in scale and scope, so too has our commitment to our employees, corporate social responsibility, and the environmental stewardship. These commitments extend across our entire organization—from our corporate headquarters to our manufacturing facilities. We see ourselves as a member of the community with the opportunity to invest in its future, not only through the jobs at our facilities, but also through investments and programs that extend beyond our core business. From traditional charitable giving to professional training programs; from infrastructure investments to the environment; and from education to health outreach, we strive to be a productive and supportive member of the community. We know that no two places are the same and as such we build our programs at the local level to ensure responsiveness. For SAE-A, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is more than a type of program.
From funding a Guatemalan orphanage to supporting the police and fire departments in Nicaragua to providing free sewing classes to the disabled in Vietnam, SAE-A is committed to making a positive impact all around the world. More information about several of our programs follows.
SAE-A cultivates an appreciation for CSR activities within our own employees by holding in-house CSR seminars and providing opportunities to participate in various community outreach projects. Employees are eager to give back to their communities through activities like visiting orphanages and rehabilitation centers for disabled people.
SAE-A has always been a company that cares about its people. With 50,000 employees in ten countries, we have a responsibility to a diverse range of individuals in a broad range of conditions. This requires individual strategies.
In celebration of Lebaran, the biggest holiday in Indonesia, SAE-A’s Indonesia branch donates aid kits containing clothes to community service centers in Cikumpay and Cijaya near our Indonesia branches. These aid kits are distributed to people in need, including seniors who live on their own.
Infrastructure is critical to a community’s social and economic well-being and too often weak or fragile infrastructure has detrimental effects. In Cilegong, SAE-A has partnered with the local government and communities to build a bridge that is helping ease transportation burdens and facilitate economic activities in the community.
Clean water is incredibly important to the health and well-being of all communities. SAE-A has worked with the community to build a water reservoir providing clean water families in the area while also helping them save money previously spent on procuring water.
In Vietnam, we sponsor Tam Binh Shelter and Tam Bihn Orphanage. Located near our Vietnamese facilities, Tam Binh Shelter cares for children born with HIV. The Tam Binh Orphanage organizes international adoptions for children in need. Employees from the Vietnam branch visit the shelter and orphanage twice a month to drop off food and clothing donated by employees and the management.
SAE-A’s Vietnam branch, the local labor union and the Health Department of Thanh Hoa worked together to provide free anthelmintic medication for employees. The program included training in preventative measures to guard against parasitic infections.
Openness is essential to our success. We believe that inclusive workplace culture fosters creativity and fuels innovation. By valuing different perspectives and encouraging employee engagement, we tap into the full potential of our workforce and become a better company. Each of our facilities hosts a range of activities for employees, across all levels of seniority, to further cultivate teamwork and foster a collaborative environment.
SAE-A offers diverse training courses providing our associates with the knowledge and resources necessary for advancing their careers. Classes focus both on skills of importance to an employee’s job at SAE-A, including language classes, but we also, broader professional development courses. For example, SAE-A’s Guatemalan branch found many employees were interested in learning computer skills, but few had access to the technology or education. In response to the incredible interest, SAE-A invested in a new computer lab where we hold computer literacy classes for employees and their children.
"Learning how to use computers has been on my wishlist for a very long time. I’d appreciate the company giving me this opportunity."
"I want to learn how to use Excel among other computer programs. I’ll work hard to learn it so that my kids would be proud of me."
SAE-A's Haiti branch holds leadership seminars on a regular basis to equip local workers with the skills necessary to solve problems and improve communication. Understanding that many of the employees in Haiti have never been part of the formal economy, we are committed to helping them improve their skills, many of which can be refined through further on-the-job training positions available to employees. Together, these efforts improve working conditions and prepare local employees to take on leadership roles within SAE-A’s international organization.
Dorainwil Innocent (Cutting Supervisor):
"This is a good initiative, I have worked in several companies, but it is the first time I have participated in this kind of event, it helps us to unite more one and other, the chat on the leadership was very positive for me and helped me a lot to lead my group, I hope that this initiative will repeat in the future."
Mendouard Dieuvelt (Packing Supervisor):
"I appreciate very much the event, it helped me a lot in my daily work, I learnt how to solve a problem without much complication with my workers, it would be very important to organize this kind of activity every three months."
Pierre Bernard (General Line Supervisor):
"It was an excellent idea, all gathered together at the same table to share our joy, food and drink, even though we work in different area but we are all belong to one company, I hope we can continue with this type of activity to achieve together what we want all success"
SAE-A spares no effort to provide a safe and comfortable working environment. In each of our facilities we comply with local and international standards and programs, such as Better Work programs and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP). To do this, SAE-A established a company-wide integrated system focusing on industrial safety, occupational health and hygiene prgrams. Our Industrial Safety and Health Committee focuses on company-wide workplace standards, working with employees to ensure that we hold ourselves to the best practices, and implementing site-specific preventive activities.
We understand that you can have the best practices on paper, but without regular training they achieve little. That is why we hold regular health and safety training at all of our facilities. We tailor each to respect and reflect local laws and regulations, while ensuring compliance with our own high standards. Trainings focus on a range of skills including: fire prevention; first aid; personal protective equipment; workplace safety fundamentals; chemical safety; and maternal health and safety.
Environmental stewardship is incredibly important to SAE-A. From carbon emissions to waste management, we are dedicated to understanding the impact of our business. But of even greater importance, we are constantly exploring ways to be promoting environmental sustainability and responsibility. This includes unlocking new technologies, innovations and policies that help reduce the impact on the global environment.
1. Comply with global and local environmental legislations and requirements, and perform environmental due diligence and management above what clients expect.
2. Minimize the potential negative effects on environment by continuous EMS management (Environmental Management System) and studies that confirm impact levels.
3.Comply with global regulations and customers’ requirements on use of hazardous substances with a dedication to provide safe products, and commit to enhance customer values by providing eco-friendly products.
4. Contribute to curbing climate change world-wide through eco-friendly production including improving the efficient use of energy, reduction in Greenhouse gas(GHG) emissions and water use, safest wastewater disposal practices, lowest emissions, and most advanced and safe waste management.
5. SAE-A Trading Co., Ltd. and its partner companies commit to take into consideration of environmental issues as we plan and conduct business activities. While also working to raise awareness around issues of sustainability and environmental impacts among executives and staff members through continuous trainings.
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In July 2008, SAE-A’s Board of Directors established a dedicated Sustainability Board for the first time among Korean apparel manufacturers. The Board oversees the creation and execution of company-wide strategy to advance SAE-A’s sustainable management practices. The Sustainability Board also created a cohesive whole-of-company Environmental Management System across all branches and facilities to promote eco-friendly production. In order to ensure SAE-A is sensitive to the different environments in which we work, regional committees report to the sustainability board regularly. The Sustainability Board holds seminars for employees and partners, across our operations and locations, providing basic information and updates to employees and partners about pressing environmental issues as well as ensuring full compliance with both the government’s regulations, as well as SAE-A’s own.
SAE-A releases annual CSR reports (Sustainability report) which contains economic performance, quality innovation management, compliance, social responsibility and environmental management activities since 2013.
In 2013, SAE-A entered an agreement of Eco-partnership with about 40 major domestic and overseas vendors. The vendors that took part in the Eco-partnership received environmental diagnosis and solution consulting from SAE-A.
Additionally, the textile industries deal with diverse domestic and foreign laws and regulations restricting products factories can use. We have established a process to make sure we are in compliance. We are also working with our buyers’ protocol, and by sharing information with vendors and sales department in collaboration with all Supply Chain Management (SCM) to build the most effective countermeasures.
SAE-A established the Conflict Minerals Policy to deal with Dodd-frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. (Conflict Minerals: 3TG_Tantalum, Tungsten, Tin and Gold_ or their derivatives from the DRC or an adjoining country). Please click the below ‘Conflict Minerals Policy’ button for more details.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC”) is a Central African country with vast mineral wealth, including reserves of cassiterite (tin), columbite-tantalite (aka coltan – source of tantalum), wolframite (tungsten) and gold. For many years, armed groups have fought to control mines within the DRC; those armed groups have been cited for committing violent crimes against locals, including murder, rape and forced labor. Armed groups controlling mines smuggle minerals out of the DRC and the proceeds are used to further finance conflict and perpetuate criminal behavior; hence, cassiterite, coltan, wolframite and gold are considered conflict minerals.The elements tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold are metals used in many manufactured goods across many industries, including the aerospace, appliances, automotive, electronics, jewelry, medical and tool & die industries. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, passed into law in July 2010, contains requirements that U.S. companies report to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on the origin of conflict minerals or their derivatives and show due diligence if conflict minerals are sourced from the DRC or an adjoining country. The goal of the act is to cut direct and indirect funding of armed groups engaged in conflict and human rights abuses.The SEC published regulations implementing Dodd-Frank Section 1502 on August 22, 2012; the first reports to the SEC are due May 31, 2014 for the calendar year ending December 31, 2013. If a large company cannot be sure of the origin of its conflict mineral derivatives used in its products during the first two reporting years (four years for smaller companies), it may report that the products are DRC conflict indeterminable.
Respect for human rights and the environment are core commitments of SAE-A. We are particularly concerned about the human rights abuses that may be associated with extracting, trading, handling and exporting minerals from the DRC and adjoining countries. Tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold contained in our products shall not be derived from sources that finance or benefit armed groups in the DRC or adjoining countries. SAE-A requires its suppliers to be DRC conflict free in order to prevent an embargo and associated worsening of economic conditions and human suffering.
※Definitions Related to Conflict Minerals (Source: Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative, http://www.conflictfreesourcing.org/)
As defined in 2010 United States legislation, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Section 1502(e)(4): (A) columbite-tantalite (coltan), cassiterite, gold, wolframite, or their derivatives; or (B) any other mineral or its derivatives determined by the Secretary of State to be financing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or an adjoining country. Per the SEC 1502 regulations, conflict minerals are necessary to the functionality or production of a product, but must be contained in the end product in order to be considered a conflict mineral under the rules (so tools used to manufacture parts are not included in the scope of products covered by the SEC regulations).
These countries include the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the nine countries with which it shares an internationally recognized border: Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
Armed Group means an armed group that is identified as perpetrators of serious human rights abuses in the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices under sections 116(d) and 502B(b) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2151n(d) and 2304(b)) relating to the Democratic Republic of the Congo or an adjoining country.
DRC Conflict Mineral Free means products that do not contain conflict minerals that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or an adjoining country. This term also applies to materials determined to be processed from scrap and/or recycled material. Materials that were already incorporated into products or were already within the supply chain as of December 31, 2012 will not be subject to inquiry or reporting rules (The first reporting period covered by the new SEC rules is January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013).
Any resources, materials or products contain conflict minerals
Some overseas subsidiaries replace the existing soft method which fully operates electric power with the inverter method that controls the revolving velocity, thus maximizing energy efficiency while minimizing electric consumption.
Overseas subsidiaries install LED lights which consume less electricity when new factories are built, and continuously replace existing regular lights with LED lights. Some subsidiaries replace existing mercury lights with five wavelength electric bulbs which are highly energy-efficient, and reduce electric consumption from 300W to 85W.
To minimize energy consumption, some overseas subsidiaries utilize waste heat recovery system that recycles disused heat from the dyeing process. By supplying hot water using the waste heat, SAE-A’s Indonesian branch saved approximately 138,000 dollars in annual fuel cost in 2013.
Each of SAE-A’s overseas subsidiaries install wood pellet boilers as it rarely generates air polluting materials in the process of combustion and heightens thermal efficiency. Replacing the existing bunker C oil boiler with wood pellet boilers has reduced fuel costs by over 73%.
As part of efforts to minimize the amount of waste materials, SAE-A sorts and separates industrial and daily waste. In particular, fabric waste is completely burned down in incinerators not only to reduce the amount of discarded fabric waste, but also to prevent soot and smoke from occurring.
Saving Energy, Reduction of Greenhouse Gases. Management of Air pollution, Water usage and Waste water & Waste treatment.