SAE-A takes corporate social responsibility seriously and has established a range of outreach programs in all the regions it works.
Over the past thirty-plus years, as SAE-A's business has grown, so has its commitment to employees, corporate social responsibility, and the environmental stewardship. These commitments extend across the entire organization—from its corporate headquarters to its manufacturing facilities. The company is a member of each community in which it works. SAE-A invests in its future, not only through the jobs at facilities, but also through pro-social programs extending beyond the company's campuses. From traditional charitable giving to professional training programs; from infrastructure investments to the environment; and from childhood education to public health, SAE-A strives to be an exemplary member of the community. Understanding that no two places are the same, and to best respond to the needs of each community, pro-social programs are designed locally in conjunction with local employees.
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 corporate social responsibility at its headquarters through in-house CSR seminars and providing opportunities to participate in community outreach projects. Employees are eager to give back to the community whether by visiting orphanages and rehabilitation centers or supporting an orchestra of underprivileged students by helping them buy instruments and pay for music lessons.
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 its Indonesian branches for people in need.
In Cilegong, SAE-A partnered with the local government and communities to build a bridge that is helping ease transportation burdens and facilitate economic activities in the community.
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, SAE-A sponsors the Tam Binh Shelter and Tam Bihn Orphanage. Located near its Vietnamese facilities, Tam Binh Shelter cares for children born with HIV. 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 local labor union and the Health Department of Thanh Hoa have worked together to provide free anthelmintic medication for employees. The program included training in preventative measures to guard against parasitic infections.
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. 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.
Edy Fernando, Guatemala :
"Learning how to use computers has been on my wishlist for a very long time. I’d appreciate the company giving me this opportunity."
Delia Joachin, Guatemala :
"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), Haiti :
"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), Haiti :
"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), Haiti :
"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 strives to provide a safe and comfortable working environment. In each of its facilities the company comply with local and international standards and programs, such as the ILO/IFC 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 programs. The company's 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.
SAE-A understands that best practices on paper are one thing, but without regular training they achieve little. That is why it holds regular health and safety training at all of its facilities. Each training is tailored to respect and reflect local laws and regulations, while ensuring compliance with the company's 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, the company is dedicated to understanding the impact its business. It is constantly exploring ways to be promote environmental sustainability and responsibility. Including 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. Adhere to 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. Work to curb 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. Partner with companies who 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.
6. Work to raise awareness around issues of sustainability and environmental impacts among executives and staff members through continuous trainings.
In July 2008, SAE-A’s Board of Directors established a dedicated Sustainability Board, the first for a Korean apparel manufacturers. The Board advises on 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 it works, 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, and SAE-A’s own high standards.
SAE-A releases annual Sustainability reports which contains economic performance, quality innovation management, compliance, social responsibility and environmental management activities since 2013.
In 2013, SAE-A was a signor of Eco-partnership joining abound 40 major domestic and overseas vendors. The vendors that took part in the Eco-partnership received environmental diagnosis and solution consulting from SAE-A.
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. SAE-A writes its buyer's protocol and 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 installed an inverter that controls the revolving velocity, thus maximizing energy efficiency while minimizing electric consumption.
Overseas subsidiaries installed LED lights consuming less electricity. In some regions, subsidiaries replaced 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 facilities use waste heat recovery system that recycles disused heat from the dyeing process to heat water. SAE-A’s Indonesian branch saved approximately 138,000 dollars in annual fuel cost in 2013.
Each of SAE-A’s overseas subsidiaries installed 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.