ANTWERP, Belgium — Azelis has launched a corporate social responsibility (CSR) program that represents efforts the company makes throughout the entire supply chain and beyond. The launch follows two years of research, preparation, definition and implementation of the program’s goals and KPIs. Azelis is committed to follow the United Nations Global Compact key pillars of corporate social responsibility: Human Rights, Labor, Environment and Anti-Corruption. The CSR program ensures each of these commitments and has a framework to measure and monitor performance and develop action plans, as appropriate, to ensure continuous improvement. Azelis is committed to communicate progress and report annually on its CSR program from 2019.

Azelis believes that CSR concerns everyone, including employees, customers, principals and other stakeholders such as regulatory bodies, governments and local authorities. Being in the center of the equation and providing the company with a strategic position to affect everyone's behavior, Azelis trusts that it is a matter of taking responsibility and acting with respect whenever social, ethical, environmental choices or human rights and laws are concerned.

Dr. Hans Joachim Mueller, Azelis CEO, said, “The CSR program we have launched is exactly what has been the core of Azelis ethos: showing respect in everything we do, day in day out. We believe this is the only way of making a true and lasting difference. And of course, the bigger our efforts, the greater our impact will be. At Azelis, we are committed to maintaining the highest human, environmental and ethical values through unwavering cooperation with local communities, industry bodies, authorities and regulators. Only together can we reduce the environmental impact of our workplace as much as possible and improve social values in whatever we do, wherever we can.”

Maria Almenar, head of the Azelis Safety, Health and Environment Quality group, who is leading the implementation of CSR at Azelis, added, “Responsible Care and Responsible Distribution are already part of our daily work life. They focus on operations and product stewardship while our CSR program complements it and takes it one step further. It will concentrate on the complete picture: company values, ethical behavior, human rights, environment and fair operating practices.”

The CSR program is implemented in all Azelis’ processes and practices, building on the Corporate Social Responsibility Policy and Sustainable Procurement Policy Azelis launched last year when it also signed the UN Global Compact initiative.