Royal Smit & Zoon has received an EcoVadis GOLD medal. With this recognition, the Dutch company belongs to the top 7% of all companies rated by EcoVadis and is a confirmation of belonging to the absolute top in sustainability-related activities. The EcoVadis rating methodology reflects the quality of a company’s CSR management system – through its policies, actions, and results and focuses on 4 dimensions: Environment, Labour Practices & Human Rights, Ethics, and Sustainable Procurement.
In comparison to previous years, Royal Smit & Zoon has demonstrated the biggest progress in the fields of labour & Human rights and Sustainable Procurement. The EcoVadis GOLD Award is a confirmation of the validity of their strategy.
“To be named one of the leading companies in creating a socially and environmentally sustainable leather value chain by a highly respected organisation like EcoVadis is a great reward and encouragement for our efforts. It also gives a clear compass for future efforts and further improvement,” says Hans van Haarst, CEO of Smit & Zoon.
EcoVadis assessments focus on 21 issues which are grouped into 4 themes (Environment, Labor & Human Rights, Ethics, Sustainable Procurement). The 21 issues or criteria are based upon international sustainability standards such as the Global Compact Principles, the International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standard, the ISO 26000 standard, and the CERES principles.