Gränges Shanghai – Driving employee engagement and improved management systems to achieve strategic sustainability goals
Jiang Gu, VP Supply Chain talks about the impact of ASI certification on their workforce and internal management systems.
11 January 2023
Our ASI membership matters to us because ASI drives the responsible sourcing, production and stewardship of aluminium. Its mission is in line with our ambition to be the front runner in the heat exchange industry.
Achieving ASI Certification is consistent with our industry positioning as it gives us a competitive advantage in new projects with our customers. Through the ASI Certification process, we’ve been able to improve our internal management systems on our environmental, social and governance performance, ensuring sustainable growth.
Our certification journey involved significant change. For example, despite having to work to tight schedules, we completely adjusted our employee working hours and overtime schedules to meet ASI requirements. This meant going beyond general regulation and implementing hours that were better suited to the social and wellbeing needs of our workforce.
In addition, we improved our management systems, policies and records. We also extended ASI practices to our suppliers through regular training and conducting supplier due diligence. Our governance is more systematic and structured, and we have improved our transparency through public disclosures on issues such as waste management and other topics.
With such changes in the way we worked, the workforce is more engaged, and they feel safer. Suppliers feel pushed to make further improvements and have accepted the ASI concept positively. It was good for us to implement procedures that enabled us to close certain gaps in our performance and we seek to continually improve.
Moving forward with intent
Sustainability is at the core of our strategy, and we have set very ambitious targets. For example, at the Group level, we have 2040 Carbon Neutral goals. In Shanghai, we have appointed dedicated leaders for key projects on the circularity and climate change front, like sourcing recycled aluminium, green power sourcing and energy intensity reduction.
On the social side, we continue to develop more activities to improve employee engagement as we value our workforce and want to ensure that they are not harmed as a result of their work.
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