Responsible purchasing: suppliers’ training in Shanghai
Sharing best CSR practices with our suppliers
In November 2015, as part of our Responsible Purchasing program, we organized a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) training in Shanghai for our Asian suppliers. The aim was to share best practices in terms of CSR, explain our Sustainable Purchasing Policy and clarify our expectations towards our supply chain. We also took the opportunity to reward suppliers for achieving high level of CSR performance during their onsite audit.
50 participants representing 28 companies attended to this event and three companies were awarded for their good CSR performance.
"Adhering to policies aligned with CSR is the growing trend globally" - Winson Law, Executive Director, Dongguan Chang'an Fortunelane Co., LTD.
" It's good for us to know about CSR and have more action points" - Dennis Yang, Project manager, Might electronic CO, LTD.
Gemalto Beijing supports children from Sun Village
Sun Village is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Beijing, China whose mission is to aid the children of long-term prisoners. To attract sustainable donations, it encourages individuals and companies to sponsor its vegetable and fruit farms. This raises funds to grow food and at the same time supports the children's development. By growing their own food, they learn a sense of responsibility and independence and also understand the value of work.
Gemalto had sponsored 60 grape vines through our Your World community program. When crops produce a surplus, sponsors are invited to help in harvesting them. So in August 2015, 25 employee volunteers visited the village, attended a dance performance, had lunch with children – and harvested some grapes.
"It was really a very meaningful event. The enjoyment of dancing, playing and eating with the little children will stay deeply in our hearts", concluded Fion, an employee participating in the event.
Gemalto Curitiba helps children with special need
Huge efforts turned into rewarding moments when 26 employees from Gemalto Curitiba, Brazil spent part of their weekend making improvements to the facilities of APAE, a local organization that looks after children with special needs. Among the activities were painting the facilities and gates, and constructing a wall.
"The volunteering event is a great opportunity to help those in need. We combined our knowledge, expertise and abilities in the name of solidarity. Anybody who joins in and experiences the feeling of improving other people's lives will certainly participate again. Though the activity only lasted a day, the results will brighten the days of many children for a long time," said Jonathan, HR Assistant.
"Doing something for others was great, and even more so when our work helped APAE. This was the first time that I joined Gemalto in this kind of activity and from now on I will always participate!" said Elaine, Production Operator.
Coop Bank Denmark first to deploy Gemalto’s unique bio-sourced contactless EMV cards
Since March 2015 Coop Bank Denmark is deploying Gemalto’s unique bio-sourced Optelio Contactless EMV cards. This represents the first commercial rollout of its kind, further strengthening Coop Bank’s commitment to environmental sustainability. The cards are manufactured from a unique, corn-based PLA1 material that is biodegradable while retaining the potential for creative, high quality artwork solutions.
The innovative combination of bio-sourced technology and contactless EMV has been approved by the major international payment associations. In the summer of 2015 the card will also incorporate the national payment scheme, Dankort. Under the multi-year agreement, Gemalto is providing the bank with comprehensive artwork, production and fulfilment services.
“Having already deployed the first ever bio-sourced EMV cards from Gemalto’s Optelio range, it is a natural step for Coop Bank to also launch the first dual interface version of the product. We hope this will set a new global environmental standard for the banking industry,” said Charlotte Skovgaard, Managing Director for Coop Bank Denmark.
(1) Made from polylactic acid (PLA), a plastic substitute that is non-petroleum based, biodegradable, recyclable and is also non-toxic if incinerated.