Environmental Social and Governance Report

EnvironmentalSocial and Governance Report

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Over the course of our 100-plus-year history, Samsonite has built a legacy of acting responsibly, honestly and with integrity, and we are proud of the various sustainability initiatives that have been implemented throughout the company. In addition to providing consumers with high-quality travel and lifestyle products, over the past century our business has had a positive impact on the communities where we operate.

People

People

Our people are our greatest asset. Samsonite’s employment and labour practices govern a workforce of more than 12,000 people. As such, our corporate policy is to attract and retain the best talent across all regions, provide meaningful development opportunities, reward and recognise performance, and ensure a safe working environment, while promoting and supporting employee health and wellbeing.

Employment

Samsonite is committed to promoting both equal employment and advancement opportunities. Around the world, Samsonite strives to be a company where the most qualified people want to work, where people are hired and move forward based on their merits, and where opportunities to develop within the business are widely available.

Development & training

Samsonite focuses on developing and rewarding teams as well as fostering a culture of recognition to support high performance and the retention of talent.

Occupational health & safety

Samsonite is committed to protecting the safety, health and welfare of its employees in the workplace. Samsonite follows its established procedures to ensure compliance with applicable occupational health and safety (OHS) laws and regulations.

Labour standards

The Employee Code includes Samsonite’s corporate commitment to legal compliance, ethical standards, and a general commitment to labour standards enshrined by the ILO. These commitments are designed to protect our employees and to prevent illegal working conditions, including egregious violations such as child labour and human trafficking.

Planet

Planet

planet
Emissions

Emissions

Samsonite complies with relevant laws and regulations regarding air and greenhouse gas emissions, discharges into water and land, and the generation of hazardous and non-hazardous waste. We strive to mitigate emissions and reduce or recycle waste, where possible. We track and monitor energy consumption and emissions, discharge and waste at each of our manufacturing facilities. We also monitor energy consumption at distribution centres, regional offices and retail stores for which Samsonite pays utility bills.

Use of resources

Use of resources

Samsonite aims to implement energy use and water efficiency initiatives. The manufacturing process at our three plants uses a closed-loop water system for cooling purposes. Local laws also require regular reporting of waste. The production processes in our plants create minimal hazardous waste as defined by local laws and we use third-party waste management companies to pick up and dispose of this waste properly. Each Samsonite owned and operated plant identifies and implements energy and emissions reduction efforts. Samsonite then applies key learnings and best practices across all owned and operated plants.

Natural resources

Natural resources

Samsonite’s commitment to the environment can be seen in our ongoing efforts to reduce our overall impact on the environment and natural resources both internally, and, in certain cases, with third parties. Internal initiatives related to energy consumption, emissions and waste also benefit a broad range of employee stakeholder groups. Samsonite has focused on reducing higher CO2-equivalent emissions sources by using smarter techniques or alternative technologies, where possible.

recycling
recycling

Recycling

and capturing local natural resources
reduces our impact on the environment

Samsonite’s corporate philosophy encourages idea sharing to reduce waste and energy usage across our owned and operated plants. For example, materials used in the manufacturing process are recycled (e.g., cardboard, wooden pallets, and, most significantly, regrinds of plastics that are either reused directly or sold as scrap to third parties to be recycled into an alternative product). Some of our initiatives include the following:

  • Implementation of a “5S” initiative (1) in Nashik, India (to identify and remove redundant equipment and scrap) has led to increased recycling of unused materials and equipment;
  • Solar panels are installed at the Belgium and Hungary plants in an effort to increase the sourcing of renewable energy; and
  • At the plant in Nashik, India, water discharge and rainwater are treated onsite and used to grow saplings which are then planted in a regional initiative (see the below Community section); these actions have contributed to Nashik’s plant offsetting their annual energy consumption via carbon sequestration.

Operations

operations

Samsonite’s operating practices are based on a commitment to conducting business with honesty and integrity, and in compliance with applicable law. Our focus on corporate responsibility is not only on what we make, but also on how we make it. Samsonite endeavours to conduct business with the highest standards in mind, in all facets of our operations, and for all the products that we sell.

Supply Chain

Supply chain management

Samsonite works to ensure that our global supply chain partners follow socially and ethically acceptable manufacturing procedures. It was our concern for workers’ wellbeing that led us to establish our Ethical Charter — our supply chain code of conduct for direct and indirect manufacturers. The Ethical Charter sets forth our vision for acceptable business practices related to workers’ rights, working conditions, terms of employment, decent work, supplier systems, and worker protections. These standards are consistent with those established by the ILO, such as prohibitions against forced labour and child labour. Samsonite takes steps to evaluate, address and verify social risks in the supply chain.

Product responsibility

Samsonite takes product responsibility seriously in all our operations. Below we detail our approach to customer service, data protection and privacy, intellectual property, product quality and product.

customer service

Customer service

The warranty policies for Samsonite’s products, information on services and repairs, and customer service contact information are available on our websites. Customer service is managed locally within each region or country. Company-owned or third-party repair centres perform repairs.

data protection and privacy

Data protection and privacy

Samsonite’s policy is to satisfy applicable legal requirements with respect to data protection and privacy.

product quality

Product quality

There is a quality handbook for each of our major product categories. Samsonite has developed an extensive Product Quality Assurance programme to ensure the products we sell meet or exceed our strict performance requirements (e.g., wear and durability). The Programme outlines the required testing to be performed for our brands/products and the testing equipment that should be utilised for performing such tests.

product testing

Product testing

Product testing and inspection of raw materials, components and finished goods are conducted at each of the Company’s owned and operated manufacturing facilities, as well as at many third-party suppliers, to ensure that standards of workmanship are maintained.

Tumble Test Tumble Test

Handle Test Handle Test

Drop Test Drop Test

Wheel Test Wheel Test

Zipper Test Zipper Test

Locks Test Locks Test

environment
environment

COMMUNITY

Community engagement is an important part of Samsonite’s operating practices. We bring a strong commitment to the communities in which we operate and where our employees live. All our community engagement, investment and philanthropy are decided and implemented locally.

For example, in India, Samsonite has adopted a 125-acre parcel of land near our manufacturing facility. The land had been over-grazed and suffering from soil erosion for many years. The Company has already planted ten thousand trees on-site, propagated a mini-forest of teak and mango trees on the grounds of the factory and distributed saplings free of cost across the region to improve air quality, biodiversity and CO2 levels.

Samsonite Korea’s team has an extensive tree planting program, including the Samsonite Forest Project, a monthly voluntary tree planting activity for employees in Seoul’s Nanjido Park. Employees are also invited to donate US$14 to $34 monthly to World Vision, to help change a child’s life and community for good. Further, Samsonite Korea has partnered with Future Forest, a Korean NGO fighting against desertification by creating forests in deserts and creating a youth “green corps.” The Company is contributing to building a 16km-long and 0.05 km wide wind break forest to stop further expansion of the Kubuqi Desert in Inner Mongolia, China. Employees donate US$10 monthly and the Company also donates a percentage of sales to Future Forest, amounting US$170,000 annually. In addition, each year, a group of Samsonite Korea employees participate in Future Forest tree planting initiatives in the Kubuqi Desert. From 2017, Tumi Korea has also supported Future Forest’s efforts through a cash donation.

We remain committed to supporting the communities where our employees live and work by allowing employees the opportunity to give financial support, employee time, and in-kind donations to their communities. The Company regards local engagement as an opportunity to contribute to the health and financial well-being of these communities.

report
report

Environmental, social & governance report

You can find Samsonite’s Environmental, Social and Governance Reports of Samsonite below.

Report 2016

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Report 2017

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