With nature as its grand inspirer, it goes without question that durability is high on Esschert Design’s agenda.
Pioneer in Social return
Esschert already implemented “ social return “ before the term came into fashion. Since 2009 we have a group of “wajong” youngsters and employees with a disability and/or have smaller prospects in today’s labour market who do all kinds of work and form an integral part of our workforce. To give this group a firm position in society we have started a training program where these employees receive an “MBO” education in order to give them a solid base for their next step in their working process. At the moment the group consists out of 12 people who are being full-time coached by a specialized work-coach.
We offer internships to students. Being an official certified training company for Beroepsonderwijs Bedrijfsleven we offer students in the creative industries the possibility to gain experience in, among others, graphic and industrial design and styling. As we are also acknowledged by the knowledge-center for trade, our doors are always open for interns who follow a vocational training in trades. During the entire year we facilitate projects for one or more interns.
Esschert is a member of BSCI, the Business Social Compliance Initiative. The BSCI expects their suppliers to follow the BSCI code or conduct. In this conduct BSCI describes the principles of social Entrepreneurship towards the employees. Examples are; reasonable wages and working hours- prohibition of forced labour, child labour and discrimination, the right of association and a healthy and safe workplace.
The Forest Stewardship Council® promotes responsible management of the world’s forests. Its main tools for achieving this are standard setting, certification and labeling of forest products. The FSC Chain of Custody (CoC) system allows the tracking of FSC certified material from the forest to the consumer. Only companies that have FSC chain of custody certification are allowed to use the FSC trademarks and labels to promote their products. The FSC label therefore provides a link between responsible production and responsible consumption and helps the consumer to make socially and environmentally responsible buying decisions. Esschert Design is a partner of the FSC.
Esschert tries to separate it’s waste as much as possible. Plastic, paper, metal, wood and glass are precisely separated. Due to this separation our average volume of remaining waste is less than 1CBM per week.
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP REWARDED
Central in the policy for the labour market of the city of Enschede is social entrepreneurship. For employers who distinguish themselves through social entrepreneurship the Municipality has a mark: Werkpakt (EN: Workpact). Werkpakt-entrepreneurs recognize the talents of (long-term) jobseekers, offer them perspective and translate this into succes with a corporate social responsibility.