Dear RETAL Stakeholders,
First and foremost, I sincerely hope that you and your loved ones remained safe throughout the Covid 19 pandemic.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate all RETAL employees for their tremendous efforts throughout these trying times, with a special mention to our factory personnel, who faced and overcame difficult working conditions to successfully maintain our production activity.
Our people demonstrated once again that they are at the heart of RETAL’s success and long-term sustainability. Our people are at the heart of our CSR agenda too, through which we aim to provide the best working conditions and mitigate our social and environmental impact, to ensure we are a responsible business where our people are proud and happy to work.
As a company, we will take the learnings of the Covid crisis to develop and strengthen the social aspect our CSR action. We intend to improve our employees’ professional and personal life balance, for example, by continuing to integrate homeworking and optimising necessary business travel, while also contributing more to our local communities.
As we continue our sustainability journey, which was initiated in 2018, I am pleased to present our 2nd annual Sustainability Report, which I trust will meet your expectations and provide you with the relevant information on RETAL’s CSR action, achievements and performance.
In 2019, we further implemented the ISO 26000 standard across our operations and in our sphere of influence, and we are delighted to be reaching the high targets we set ourselves.
Following our Materiality Assessment, we have maintained a strong focus on the environmental aspect of our business, with Climate Change and the Circular Economy as our main material topics. As we positively progress in these areas, we have widened our Scope of Action to address in more depth
other material aspects such as Human Rights, Labour Practices and Promoting CSR in the Value Chain with, for example, the launch of RETAL’s Sustainable Procurement Program.
2019 also saw the first tangible results of our CSR action. We increased our EcoVadis rating to Silver and obtained a highly satisfactory B in our first CDP evaluation, demonstrating efficient management of our impact on climate change.
These quantifiable achievements confirm that RETAL is on the right path, and highly motivates us all to continue our efforts to integrate CSR throughout our organization and to ensure we contribute positively to sustainable development.
I look forward to sharing more of RETAL’s CSR progress with you next year. For now, keep safe!