Matex's Global Compact COP 2017

Participant
Published
  • 2018/02/21
Time period
  • January 2017  –  December 2017
Format
  • Stand alone document – Basic COP Template
Differentiation Level
  • This COP qualifies for the Global Compact Active level
Self-assessment
  • Includes a CEO statement of continued support for the UN Global Compact and its ten principles
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Human Rights
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Labour
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Environment
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Anti-Corruption
  • Includes a measurement of outcomes
 
  • Statement of continued support by the Chief Executive Officer
  • Statement of the company's chief executive (CEO or equivalent) expressing continued support for the Global Compact and renewing the company's ongoing commitment to the initiative and its principles.

  • January, 2018
    To our stakeholders:

    Matex continues to work towards sustainable growth and strives harder for balanced profitable business.

    Matex made good progress this year by partnering ETAD as a regular member to supports it’s vision to work together for safer colorants!

    It was further recognized by Singapore's Finance Minister Mr Heng Swee Keat who quoted Matex in parliament as a good examplary of a Singapore Enterprise constantly adapting, creating new values and technology solutions to contribute meaningfully and have a strategy for change.

    Finance Minister, Mr Heng Swee Keat:

    “We need a spirit of enterprise, willingness to try new things, to seek creative solutions to problems, to venture where few others have gone. An attitude of continually striving of persevering of drawing out the best ideas from every individual.

    Businesses must also adapt and create new value. Singapore specialty chemicals firm Matex International is one such that combined advanced membrane technology with its in-house knowledge, to find more efficient ways of treating waste water. And now it has plans to expand.”

    Matex participated in 17th China International Dye Industry, Pigment and Textile Chemicals Exhibition - China Interdye 2017 from 12 to 14 April 2017 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center and it’s products have been reviewed and re-approval by Intertek’s Green Leaf Mark on Oct 24, 2017 for Criteria on Azo Dyes and Extractable heavy metal content under the Green Leaf Mark Intertek Environmental Certification

    Listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange Main board (SGX-ST) in 2004, Matex is a leading global clean color science technology, material and specialty chemical company committed to innovation, world-class quality standards, high service levels technical support, cost-efficiency and sustainability.

    As a solution provider, the Group offers a comprehensive range of colorants, auxiliaries and services with a reliable and long term commitment to develop new product solutions, application development, process technologies and services which delivers enhanced sustainability performance, introduces significant cost savings, and reduces raw material cost.

    Established and headquartered in Singapore since 1989, Matex has its global sales presence, offices, centers of excellence, agencies and production plants in over 40 countries. With more than 300 employees worldwide armed with a collaborative culture and active engagement of people, this forms the driving force to achieve success in culture and commitment to shape the businesses of today and the world of tomorrow.

    Encouraged by its credible successes, Matex remains grounded and adheres to the values of clean ethical business practices, technology upgrades, consistent learning, selfless environmental concerns, and all this while keeping the customer and his needs at the centre of all that we do.

    Our never-ending exploration and proactiveness for innovation within our interest areas makes us an ideal one stop strategic partner of choice.
    Lifestyle, Products, Performance Value Add – “Living the culture of Colour !”.

    Our Vision
    To be a world-class integrated service provider in CLEAN COLOUR SCIENCE TECHNOLOGIES the WORLD seeks, with our Center of Excellence in Singapore for PEOPLE, INNOVATIONS, PRODUCTS, SERVICES, TECHNOLOGIES and SOLUTIONS to our Markets.

    Our Mission
    To EXCEL as a global Competent SOLUTIONS PROVIDER with Pools of INNOVATIVE TALENTS ready to Explore BUSINESS Opportunities and to deliver credible and sustainable business growth.

    Our Values
    We Are CUSTOMER-FOCUSED for full SATISFACTION and we aim TO BE ON-TARGET to the RIGHT NEEDS, provide on time DELIVERY on-demand for the HIGHEST AND CONSISTENT QUALITY at AFFORDABLE PRICEs.

    Our Promise
    To meet the needs of our customers we value add through competitive and innovative VIABLE SOLUTIONS. The needs of our EMPLOYEES – with our CORPORATE VALUES. The needs of our STAKEHOLDERS – with HEALTHY RETURNS. And the needs of our ENVIRONMENT – by BEING SUSTAINABLE.

    Key events and activities throughout the year further encourages the group's efforts in its growing success and its passion to continue to embrace innovation, leading best practises and ideas, to differentiate and make meaningful contributions and differences.

    Matex International Limited's unwaveringly reaffirms its support of the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact in the areas of Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-Corruption.

    In this annual Communication on Progress, we will further describe our actions to continually improve the integration of the Global Compact and its principles into our business strategy, culture and daily operations. We also commit to share this information with our stakeholders using our primary channels of communication, wherever possible.

    On behalf of the Board, we wish once again to extend our deepest gratitude and heartfelt thanks to all our valued customers, clients, business partners, associates, suppliers and shareholders, for your unwavering trust, support and confidence.

    People continue to be the greatest assets of the Group. To our fellow board members, management and all staff around the world, we say a very big thank you for your loyalty, contributions, dedication, hard work and high level of commitment.

    Wishing one and all a great new year ahead!

    Sincerely yours,

    Dro Tan Guan Liang
    Executive Director

Human Rights
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of human rights for the company (i.e. human rights risk-assessment). Description of policies, public commitments and company goals on Human Rights.

  • Globalisation, technological change and changing family structures are redefining the way organizations have to engage their employees.

    Matex continues to review and update its own Employee Handbook, which is in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, details employees’ rights and resources within the organization. Employees are invited to give suggestions and once adopted as Code of Conduct, comply to the handbook.

    The Code includes guidelines related to professional ethics, best management practices as well as other clauses that aim to protect employees and external parties in the conduct of daily operations.

    The Company revisits this document on a progressive basis, to ensure that it follows the organization’s growth path, reflects encountered experiences and issues and contains timely and accurate provisions for the protection of its stakeholders.

    Working with new and upcoming promise talent, supporting local schools and institutes with internship and part work and study programmes are an important experimental change to develop the future team in the organization. Matex is placing good emphasis on these areas.

    Amidst tighter labour markets and increases in cost, Matex understands the need for a supportive work environment to attract, retain and motivate talents who are looking beyond the pay package, but for greater work flexibility to fulfill both their work and family aspirations.

    As a next step the group has pledged its commitment to implementing fair and merit-based employment practices being that it makes good business sense and is also the right thing to do.

  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions to implement Human Rights policies, address Human Rights risks and respond to Human Rights violations.

  • The Human Resources department is responsible for receiving employees’ issues and suggestions to improve the overall quality of the work environment, while respecting privacy.

    HR will then be committed to resolve the issues until they are resolved in conformity with the country’s laws and Universal Human Rights principles.

    Further incentive systems are looked at to encourage more proactive and reward good ideas.

    Matex, in its labor contract, maintains a culture of openness, honesty and transparency. Its staff are encouraged to discuss issues encountered in the work place so as to find adequate solutions and prevent similar situations from happening in the future.

  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates performance.

  • Some indicators that were developed to monitor and evaluate to show performance were
    A) Increased Employee Productivity, KPI scores and company business growth
    B) Lower Absenteeism
    C) Lower Sick Leave
    D) Higher levels of engagement
    E) Higher retention of talent
    F) Increase ability to attract talent

    To date, Matex has not encountered major incidents of Human Rights violation, due to its senior management frequently reassessing the Company’s policies and ensuring that its employees and stakeholders are treated fairly and equally helped by its in house IA and its external IA Internal Audit teams.

    Matex also encourages its external partners to follow its steps and act ethically in the work place which contributes to a healthier business environment and fewer cases of violation.

Labour
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of labour rights for the company (i.e. labour rights-related risks and opportunities). Description of written policies, public commitments and company goals on labour rights.

  • Within the coming year, Matex aims to continue to incorporate and communicate in its compensation packages a wider range of employee’s benefits and foster a greater sense of ownership within the organization and a common spirit of esprit de corps.

    Maintaining the mindset that People are our assets, capital and not cost.

    Matex recognizes the importance to provide an organizational culture based on respect and trust. As a result, the Company benefits in terms of productivity and growth.

    The Employee Handbook clearly states employee rights and responsibilities and their career path and benefits. At company gatherings, management takes the opportunity to further inculcate the importance of this aspect.

  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions taken by the company to implement labour policies, address labour risks and respond to labour violations.

  • Matex has written guidelines to ensure that Labor Rights are respected and in case of violation, resolved with the best interest of the neglected party at heart. Below are a few examples of implementation measures taken by the Company:

    - Employees are aware of their rights and responsibilities;
    - Complaint/suggestion system is in place to allow effective communications between top management and the staff.

  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates performance.

  • Matex is proud to encourage freedom of speech and diversity in the work place, having employees from different nationality, religious and educational backgrounds.

    Human Resources and senior management work hand in hand to ensure that all employees are given access to common resources and treated possibly as best, equally in the work place.

    Matex also encourages its external partners to follow its steps and act ethically in the work place which contributes to a healthier business environment.

Environment
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of environmental protection for the company (i.e. environmental risks and opportunities). Description of policies, public commitments and company goals on environmental protection.

  • Matex made good progress this year by partnering ETAD as a regular member to supports it’s vision to work together for safer colorants!

    It was further recognized by Singapore's Finance Minister Mr Heng Swee Keat who quoted Matex in parliament as a good examplary of a Singapore Enterprise constantly adapting, creating new values and technology solutions to contribute meaningfully and have a strategy for change.

    Finance Minister, Mr Heng Swee Keat:

    “We need a spirit of enterprise, willingness to try new things, to seek creative solutions to problems, to venture where few others have gone. An attitude of continually striving of persevering of drawing out the best ideas from every individual.

    Businesses must also adapt and create new value. Singapore specialty chemicals firm Matex International is one such that combined advanced membrane technology with its in-house knowledge, to find more efficient ways of treating waste water. And now it has plans to expand.”

    Matex participated in 17th China International Dye Industry, Pigment and Textile Chemicals Exhibition - China Interdye 2017 from 12 to 14 April 2017 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center and it’s products have been reviewed and re-approval by Intertek’s Green Leaf Mark on Oct 24, 2017 for Criteria on Azo Dyes and Extractable heavy metal content under the Green Leaf Mark Intertek Environmental Certification

    Targeting to be a world leader and a specialist in clean colour science technologies through its’ dyestuffs and chemicals production. Matex has continue to promote its energy and water saving range of low temperature reactive dyestuffs under the Megapro RE brand name. The company typifies its growing commitment towards sustainability in the global textile industry further with Megapro CF a solution to T/C, CVC blends to increase significant savings and enhanced productivity. It added Megapro ECO a salt free system to assist its customers to meet stringent environmental regulations and increase productivity and process cost multiple folds.

    Matex is a manufacturer and formulator of quality specialty chemicals and dyes focused on sustainable, low-carbon and cleantech initiatives.

    In 2011, via its 3R Reduce, Reuse, Recycle initiative to drive towards Zero Emission, Matex channels funds to its in house team and work extensively with consultants from its partners like Sinochem in China, to make use of renewable energy sources and/or develop ways to transform waste into energy and resources still. For 2012, more than 80% from 70% in 2011 of its products can now be produce with its continuously improving production techniques that employ Flow Chemistry Techniques.

    For 2017, a combined of the above efforts allows up to 80% of the plants waste to be recovered or reused with a target to push for zero discharge in the next 3 to 5 years as the pinnacle and its duty to be a leading example to its contemporaries and share the benefits with its global customers.

    In addition to business activities being directly involved in fighting climate change, the Company has continue its easy to adopt and simple guidelines to reduce energy consumption in the work place and raise awareness among its stakeholders, rewarding appropriatedly good ideas and best practises of workable schemes. Encouraging and motivating the inventors and stakeholders internally.

    Further to that, the company makes a point to invest up to 10% of its revenues/funds into research and development for clean technologies with an aim to provide a world of innovative solutions and practical technologies in sustainable textile processing. Through close collaborative seminars, tradeshows in various countries, advertisement in ATA and related magazines and Matex webpage, wwww.matex.com.sg and with workshops with the brands, retailers and industrial partners etc, Matex shares these ideas to gain market ideas, feedback and acceptance.

    Matex continues to support international competitions that promote the theme of sustainability. With SDC, as in last 6 years, 2017’s theme of

    Theme for 2017: Circular Economy
    ‘The circular economy is an alternative system in which products and materials are kept in a high-value state of use for as long as possible’

    Today’s linear ‘take, make, dispose’ economic model relies on large quantities of cheap, easily accessible materials and energy and is a model that is reaching its physical limits. A circular economy is an attractive and viable alternative with huge benefits for the environment.

    Design of a closed loop product requires innovative thinking and working methods. Areas important for economically successful circular design include:

    As this design brief focuses on colour and its use in the design process, critical analysis and justification of resources used and investigated will be expected to be demonstrated. This includes the dyes, chemicals, materials and processes used to commercially produce the product within a circular economy.

    Design of a closed loop product requires innovative thinking and working methods. Sustainability is key. Areas important for economically successful circular design include:

    Careful material selection – yarns, colours and fabrics
    Consider the manufacturing techniques and processes – use of resources and pollution. What are the wastes generated during textile manufacturing? What are the resources used? How can these be reduced?
    Designed-to-last products – what is the final product and its intended lifecycle?
    End of life separation or reuse of products and materials
    Design-for-manufacturing criteria that take into account possible useful applications of by-products and wastes.

    Singapore Winner: Mr Indraputra Bin Hassan from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts represented at the Grand Final of SDC’s International Design Competition in Sri Lanka.

  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions to implement environmental policies, address environmental risks and respond to environmental incidents.

  • Matex's business solutions aim to find innovative ways to fight climate change and raise awareness among the population.
    and this is by actively participating at the seminars and competition as described earlier.

    In addition, energy saving and environment protection guidelines are mentioned in the Company’s Webpage and Employee Handbook.

    Matex’s goal, continues to take improving steps to measure its carbon footprint from its day-to-day operations, business travel and events, on a continuous basis. In the coming year, Matex will also look out for right opportunities to partner like minded, environmentally and global compact members to further efforts in saving and caring for the environment.

  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates environmental performance.

  • Via setup guidelines and targets agreed within departments, Matex reviews these regularly, depending on subject matters, can be weekly, monthly and quarterly to measure the targets set against achieved. It also empowers key leaders to come up with creative ideas with its team to further improve on existing plans.

    At the office, employees now apply the guidelines stipulated in the Employee Handbook and continuously seek new measures to limit their environmental footprint.

    Matex started a programme on carbon and water footprint measures internally with its IA team and hopes to utilise some of these information as part of its sustainable report to complement with its annual report in the near future.

    More emphasis will be placed on WEC emissions through help from finance in its segregation of expenses attributing to these areas and by department to find ways to reduce waste and through the universal popular Kaizen system eliminate waste for increase bottom lines. These are plot into graphs and quick charts for trend analysis and actions to follow.

    Matex also encourages its external partners to follow its steps and act ethically in the work place which contributes to a healthier business environment.

    It continues to work on its prospects for ISO 14064 part 1 & 2 Green House Gas Management System and ISO 50001 Energy Management. Hopefully with the guiding principles of these processes, identify more ways to better monitor and evaluate our environmental impact as baseline and performance as guiding targets.

Anti-Corruption
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of anti-corruption for the company (i.e. anti-corruption risk-assessment). Description of policies, public commitments and company goals on anti-corruption.

  • Matex's headquarter continues to be located in Singapore. As a public listed company it tends to face a higher need to uphold transparency and corporate governance.

    In order to avoid such violations, the Company holds a strict zero-tolerance policy for corruption and bribery. The Employee Handbook, available to all employees, contains the Company policy and protocol to follow in the incidence of corruption and bribery violation. In case staff is confronted to situations where corruption and bribery are likely to take place, the Company’s protocol provides guidance on how to react and report this type of violation.

  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions to implement anti-corruption policies, address anti-corruption risks and respond to incidents.

  • The selection of business partners and opportunities is done through a competitive bidding process, based on transparency and fairness, as to encourage market competitiveness and avoid corruption. Additionally, the Company works with an online platform where employees’ work and responsibilities can be tracked, allowing senior management to closely monitor projects and the way business is conducted with external parties.

    Matex also encourages its external partners to follow its steps and act ethically in the work place which contributes to a healthier business environment.

  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates anti-corruption performance.

  • As a result of the Company’s policy, all employees are made aware of consequences related to corruption and bribery violations. Senior management ensures as best that junior and mid level employees are best trained and a open system allows transparency to best reduce possibilities of such undesirable incidents occurring.