Our company is driven by the belief that upholding the highest standards of ethics and responsibility is not optional - it is the only way to succeed in today's business world. Our deep commitment to ethical operations and legal compliance shapes every interaction with our employees, stakeholders and customers. We have been building our operations around decency, integrity and respect since we were founded in 1992.
When the 2004 UN global compact was launched, with its 10 guiding principles relating to human rights, labour, the environment, and anti-corruption, all of which aligned with our core principles, we began filing a yearly progress update. This now forms the framework within which we operate, and its elements can be grouped under three main headings.
Our environmental stewardship includes minimising our own businesses impacts on the planet, as well as providing smart solutions that underscore the importance to our customers, stakeholders, and end users. As an example of our environmental credentials, we have been independently assessed and attained ISO14001 certification, the global environmental management standard.
By applying the expertise of our workforce and leveraging our research, philanthropic capital, technology, data insights and partnerships, we are developing commercially sustainable social impact at scale. We are ISO 45001 accredited, meaning that we meet the international standard for occupational health and safety management systems, and we have had social responsibility independently assessed by SGS according to ISO26000.
Ethical and responsible operations are embedded in our core values and daily work. Through collaboration with industry experts, sustainability audits/assessments and robust risk management guide us in managing the highest business standards. ATG® is an SEDEX member and has been independently assessed and found to comply with the SMETA Ethical Trade Audit.
How we look at the environment
Sustainability has become a very hot topic in recent years, with many within the industry working to offer solutions. We at ATG® see sustainability as a complex problem that has many intertwined pieces but is fundamentally about greenhouse gases and how they're managed.
In an industry driven by outsourcing, ATG® as a traditional manufacturer, that guarantees nothing is outsourced, is best placed to provide fully integrated sustainable solutions.
We see the thousands of intertwined pieces under 4 main elements, as illustrated below.
Percentage of the total carbon footprint of a glove during it's life cycle.
Why is ATG® best placed?
As most of the industry outsources the glove production, fully or partially, they reveal that they cannot control the largest part of the puzzle - the manufacturing process - which accounts for 85% of the sustainability challenge. Our focus is on the things we can fully control -- the manufacturing process.