Communication on Progress

Participant
Published
  • 2021/10/12
Time period
  • April 2020  –  April 2021
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.

  • Ms. Sanda Ojiambo
    CEO and Executive Director
    United Nations Global Compact
    685 3rd Ave, Suite 12
    New York, NY 10017

    Dear Ms. Ojiambo,
    On behalf of Matthews International, it is my honor to communicate our progress as a participant in the United Nations Global Compact to assist in advancing this vitally important cause.
    Matthews continues to support the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact on human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption. We are committed to make the UN Global Compact and its principles part of the strategy, culture, and day-to-day operations of our company, and to engage in collaborative projects which advance the broader development goals of the United Nations, particularly the Sustainable Development Goals.
    In 2021, Matthews has released its:
    - New Environmental Policy
    - New Diversity & Inclusion Statement
    - Updated Sustainability Report, complete with progress towards established targets
    - Updated Human Rights Policy
    - Updated Frequently Asked Questions regarding Matthews ESG Program
    We look forward to continuing to work with the United Nations Global Compact to advance the conversation about how businesses can play a more pivotal role in driving sustainability, and we are proud to re-confirm our support for the United Nations Global Compact.
    Respectfully,

    Joseph C. Bartolacci
    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Two North Shore Center
    Pittsburgh, PA 15212
    (412) 442-8200

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.

  • - Matthews has published its Human Rights Policy https://d1io3yog0oux5.cloudfront.net/_0e2bfd051d0c3fda030b9abb8b7131c0/matw/db/798/6908/pdf/Human+Rights+Policy_July+2020_F.pdf
    - Matthews requires that its suppliers adhere to this Human Rights Policy as well https://d1io3yog0oux5.cloudfront.net/_0e2bfd051d0c3fda030b9abb8b7131c0/matw/db/798/6921/pdf/Supplier+Code+of+Conduct_10.06.2020_F.pdf

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

  • - Matthews employees can also report suspected policy violations anonymously using the Ethics Reporting System
    - Matthews consistently seeks to engage our stakeholders with formal processes to provide timely
    and meaningful updates on current performance and, where appropriate, solicit feedback for
    improvement:
    • Investors – Quarterly calls and annual meetings (all occurred in 2020)
    • Suppliers – Supplier Quality and Purchasing departments through training and evaluations
    • Employees – Frequent updates from the CEO, internal website and Ethics Reporting
    System

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

  • - All submissions from the Ethics Reporting System are reviewed by the Legal Department and followed up on

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.

  • - The Matthews Human Rights Policy contains provisions for: Diversity and Inclusion, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking, Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining, and Living Wage and Income
    - https://d1io3yog0oux5.cloudfront.net/_0e2bfd051d0c3fda030b9abb8b7131c0/matw/db/798/6908/pdf/Human+Rights+Policy_July+2020_F.pdf

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

  • - Matthews employees can also report suspected policy violations anonymously using the Ethics Reporting System
    - Matthews consistently seeks to engage our stakeholders with formal processes to provide timely
    and meaningful updates on current performance and, where appropriate, solicit feedback for
    improvement:
    • Investors – Quarterly calls and annual meetings (all occurred in 2020)
    • Suppliers – Supplier Quality and Purchasing departments through training and evaluations
    • Employees – Frequent updates from the CEO, internal website and Ethics Reporting
    System

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

  • - All submissions from the Ethics Reporting System are reviewed by the Legal Department and followed up on

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.

  • - Matthews has published an annual Environmental Policy and Sustainability Report
    - https://d1io3yog0oux5.cloudfront.net/_0e2bfd051d0c3fda030b9abb8b7131c0/matw/db/798/6938/pdf/Matthews+Environmental+Policy+2021_F.pdf
    - https://d1io3yog0oux5.cloudfront.net/_0e2bfd051d0c3fda030b9abb8b7131c0/matw/db/798/6900/pdf/Matthews+Sustainability+Report+2021_F.pdf

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

  • Provisions for implementing environmental improvements are outlined in both the Sustainability Report and Environmental Policy
    - https://d1io3yog0oux5.cloudfront.net/_0e2bfd051d0c3fda030b9abb8b7131c0/matw/db/798/6938/pdf/Matthews+Environmental+Policy+2021_F.pdf
    - https://d1io3yog0oux5.cloudfront.net/_0e2bfd051d0c3fda030b9abb8b7131c0/matw/db/798/6900/pdf/Matthews+Sustainability+Report+2021_F.pdf

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

  • - Matthews monitors environmental performance by tracking sustainability metrics and setting targets
    - Matthews has a steering committee that meets on a regular basis to review projects and share as best practices
    - Matthews monitors all capital projects over $50,000 and reviews for improved energy and emissions performance

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.

  • - Matthews has an established Anti-Corruption Policy https://d1io3yog0oux5.cloudfront.net/_0e2bfd051d0c3fda030b9abb8b7131c0/matw/db/724/6505/file/Anti+Corruption+Policy+-+MATW+-+updated+as+of+September+29+2020+-+FINAL+as+of+10-01-2020.pdf

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

  • - Annual training is conducted for all employees for anti-corruption
    - Matthews employees can report suspected policy violations of the anti-corruption policy anonymously using the Ethics Reporting System

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

  • - All submissions from the Ethics Reporting System are reviewed by the Legal Department and followed up on