Packages Limited recognizes the importance of being a good corporate citizen in the conduct of its business as well as fulfilling its corporate and social obligations. We have always acknowledged our social responsibility to the health and well-being of the communities in which we operate. We are committed to the principle of ‘giving back to the society’.
Our commitment to our stakeholders and the community are exemplified through our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities result of which is a recognition in the form of CSR Award 2018 by NFEH (National Forum for Environment & Health)
We endorse the spirit of definitions of sustainable development: ‘development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’’ and ‘improving the quality of life while living within the earth’s carrying capacities Our aim is to play a proactive role in contributing to achieving sustainability where we have influence. We are committed to accountability and transparency in our sustainability performance.
Responsible Sourcing Audit
Packages Limited as one of the leading Packaging Company is fully aware of the consequences, its operations can have, upon the forests. Therefore, it has acquired FSC CoC Certification which ensures buying of pulp and paper board from responsible sources and thus playing its role in forest conservation.
Considering our Religious Obligation and for the satisfaction of our food customers, we have acquired Halal Certification which ensures that all our product is being manufactured from 100% Halal Raw Materials.
Furthermore, we are RS compliant for our big customer Unilever. Its audit was conducted on 12th of July 2017 and we have now URSA Compliant site till July 2019.
Business Success rests upon Customer Satisfaction. Packages Limited therefore ensures to provide Quality Products to its customers fulfilling all the requirements through the following Audits:
- Supplier Member Ethical Trade Audits: We are also a SEDEX member by complying SMETA 4 pillars audit in year 2017 it is also recognized globally by many customers like PepsiCo, Nestle etc.
- Workplace Condition Assessment Audit: We are also WCA compliant for British American Tobacco which is also a social compliance audit in July 2017
- Supplier Workplace Accountability Audit: SWA audit was successfully conducted on August 2017 by Arsheadvisors on behalf of McDonald’s.
Energy & Environment
We are a member of the global network of green offices project of the World-Wide Fund for Nature, and the first company in Pakistan to be awarded Green Office diploma in the manufacturing sector. Green Office is an environmental service for/by offices. With its help, work places are able to reduce their burden on the environment, achieve savings and slow down environmental changes. We have got the diploma for all our major offices.
We have phased out Chloro Fluoro Carbons (CFCs) according to Montreal Protocol with environmentally friendly refrigerants and have been consistently reducing the consumption of Hydro Chloro Fluoro Carbons (HCFCs) by replacing them with approved gases to curtail our contribution to the greenhouse effect.
We routinely conduct energy audits to identify projects that can efficiently use, reduce or recycle energy. Replacement of factory’s conventional lights with energy efficient LED’s/LVD’s (environment friendly lights) have been completely done along with the usage of renewable solar energy of approx. 500kW. Lux Monitoring and Motion Sensors are also being installed in phases to reduce energy cost. Lux sensors are being used to measure the amount of available daylight and adjust the light levels accordingly to reduce unnecessary energy consumption by utilizing natural light resources while ensuring appropriate light levels are maintained.
Reduced Paper and Reduce Water Consumption – are being strongly focused upon for the entire year.
Through these activities, we demonstrate our commitment to the community to protect the environment. We have also calculated our Carbon footprint and are in process of reducing it drastically by efficient utilization and optimization of resources. Product Life cycle assessment (LCA) is another initiative we are aggressively working upon to exactly gauge our impacts and reduce them.
We have successfully done the transition on Environmental standard ISO 14001; 2015 version and based on above mentioned initiatives have got Annual Environment Excellence Award AEEA 2017 from NFEH.
Lastly, addition of another ISO certification En-Ms ISO 50001 is a milestone we got in 2017.
Health and Safety
Ensuring the protection of the health and well-being of our employees, customers and the communities in which we operate is an ongoing process and has always been one of our chief concerns.
Our main procedures in safety include Comprehensive Risk assessment and Controls, Permit to work, Near miss reporting, Incident reporting, Emergency response and compliance evaluation procedures. All newly hired employees go through safety orientation programs and sign an affidavit of their awareness. We routinely conduct trainings, both internal and external, regarding occupational health and safety, dengue prevention, road safety, safe removal of waste, first aid and fire safety. In 2017, amongst other trainings, an EHS awareness theater production was carried out for our employees to create awareness about the importance of environment and health related issues through a candid and relatable platform. In 2017, Road safety has been given due importance; guarded walkways & enforcement on Road Tickets (violation tickets) (within the factory) was done to collectively improve Road Safety inside factory premises.
Fully Equipped Ambulance facility at site, well maintained dedicated smoking rooms, Robust Fire hydrant system as per NFPA Guidelines etc. are few of major initiatives that have contributed in improving our safety infrastructure through PDCA.
We are certified for Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) which is a part of the world’s fastest growing Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification program accredited by The Consumer Goods Forum. Through this system, we ensure that the packaging material and tissue we manufacture is procured, processed, stored and transported by adopting and implementing the hygiene standards and controls. We also have ‘Halal Certification’ from South African National Halal Authority (S.A.N.H.A).
We are also making progress in our focus areas of behavior based safety and controlling risks with engineering as well as administrative controls and thus minimizing the risk of injuries and accidents.
We are also BRC certified The British Retail Consortium (BRC) – Food Safety Certification / BRC food safety standard began in the UK, it is now recognized as a global standard.
There are over 17,000 BRC certified sites worldwide, and a large network of BRC certification bodies in 90 countries. BRC initially developed its Global Standard for Food Safety in order to help the food industry meet legislative requirements of the EU General Product Safety Directive and the UK Food Safety Act.
BRC Certification audit
BRC certification audit was conducted on 2nd November 2017. We comply on all 230 requirements of BRC and now we are awarded BRC certificate with grade ‘A’ in High Hygiene Category.
We firmly believe that for an organization to be successful and for it to create value for its shareholders, it must also create value for its society. We consider it our responsibility to make sustainable positive impact on the communities in which we operate. Whether it’s through the grants we provide to various organizations that share our mission or through the inspiring volunteer efforts, we are passionate about helping people live better.
We strive to contribute to societal welfare through providing educational opportunities, employment, sponsoring various events, promoting culture, arts and awareness campaigns.
Community Welfare Schemes
In our 62 years as a corporate citizen, we have consistently and consciously tried to make a difference in the society by our corporate giving, assistance in community development and supporting groups; aiming for a progressive social change and the up-lift of the community at large. We formed ‘Packages Foundation’ through which we have offered our contributions and assistance to a number of hospitals and trusts and various non-profit organizations. EHS Training to educational institutes and industrial visits are also a part of it.
Every spring more than three hundred types of roses welcome our esteemed guests to ‘The Packages Rose Festival’. The vividly decorated gardens are graced by the presence of our customers, vendors, employees and guests from the local community. Another essential attraction in this famous event is the spectacular display of different types of peacocks.
Promoting Traditional ‘Mela’ Culture
We always look forward to arranging different events to promote traditional activities within the society. ‘Mela’ is one of such activities which we have been organizing for the last many years. The objective of this event is to provide traditional entertainment to the family members of our employees and the residents of our vicinity. More than 1,000 families participate in the event every year.
“Health is the thing that makes you feel that now is the best time of the year” – we at Packages believe that mental exertion must be balanced by physical activity; resultantly promotion of sports has always played a vital role in our CSR initiatives. To carry out all these sports activities, we have an in house sports complex. Some of these activities aim to promote sports at grass root level within the country are:
- Jaffar Memorial Inter School Hockey Tournament
- Babar Ali Foundation Inter School Football Tournament
- Babar Ali Foundation Inter School Hockey Tournament for Girls
In addition, we offer sports facilities for our employees as well. Every year, inter-departmental tournament starts the sports year of Packages and ends with the annual sports day celebrations. These sports activities also provide a platform to the employees to become part of the Packages Sports Teams which represents the Company in different sports competition
Our people are our greatest asset. We are committed to attracting, retaining and developing the highest quality and most dedicated work force. We strive to hire and promote people on the basis of their qualifications, performance and abilities, and are determined to provide equal opportunities to our employees and a work environment free of any form of discrimination.
Employee training needs are periodically reviewed, and various in-house and customized training programs are arranged as needed for production, marketing, human resource, supply management and finance personnel.
During the year, the Company conducted a number of soft skills and technical trainings both in-house and externally.
The Company also holds a recreational training at the end of each year primarily for sales team and allied personnel from various departments as a team building exercise and to freshen up the employees after the whole year’s hard work. The training involves various activities which ensures effective team building among cross functional employees in a highly interactive setting.
The objective of these programs is to develop human resource and provide personnel with the necessary technical and soft skills to enhance performance and prepare individuals for higher roles and responsibilities.
Fair Price Shop
We have established a fair price shop for our employees to facilitate them in the purchase of their grocery items. We provide subsidy on purchase of pulses for the workers. Fair Price shop is also offering other general stores and clothing items on no profit no loss basis to employees.
We offer merit scholarships to the children of our employees to appreciate their talent and promote healthy competition in the form of monitory re-imbursements that vary with the level of education.
Every year, Packages has the privilege to send 10 of its employees for Hajj through ballot. This includes 7 employees from non-executive staff and 3 from executive and management staff. We bear all expenses of these employees pertaining to this religious offering.
Long Service Awards
Every year, as a token of appreciation for the continued association with us, we give awards to our employees who achieve a significant milestone of service years.