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Environmental Social and Governance Report

EnvironmentalSocial and Governance Report

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Throughout our 100-plus year history, Samsonite has been proud of our commitment to being a good corporate citizen. 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. 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.

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, ensuring water consumption remains relatively low compared to other industries. Local laws also require regular reporting of waste. By nature, the production processes in our plants only create minimal hazardous waste. Samsonite uses third-party waste management companies to pick up and dispose of this waste properly. Each Samsonite plant identifies and then implements its own energy and emissions reduction efforts. Samsonite then applies this in its other locations.

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.

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 use the highest standards in all 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.

Community

Community

Community engagement is an important part of our operating practices. Samsonite brings a strong commitment to the communities where we operate and where our employees live. Samsonite is also committed to supporting the communities by giving employees the opportunity to offer financial support, employee time, and in-kind donations to their communities. Samsonite regards local engagement as an opportunity to contribute to the health and financial wellbeing of these communities.

Product responsibility

Samsonite takes product responsibility seriously in all its operations. Below we detail our in-depth 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

report
report

Environmental, social & governance report

You can find Samsonite’s Environmental, Social and Governance Reports of Samsonite below. This shows Samsonite’s commitment to Sustainability and what the goals are for the next years.

Report 2016

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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 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 Environmental Stewardship section); these actions have contributed to Nashik’s plant offsetting their annual energy consumption via carbon sequestration.
environment
environment

Environmental stewardship

and support for education in India

Samsonite management and employees are making a difference in Nashik, India, through significant investments in local primary school education and the environment, in collaboration with a local foundation and community leaders. Key Company employees serve on the foundation board and participate in all the initiative’s decisions.

Inside like a hospital. Outside like a garden,” is the oft-repeated motto of a longtime Samsonite plant manager in Nashik, Yashwant Singh. The plant is investing in the community through a greenhouse where saplings grow. The greenhouse is adjacent to the modern facility that manufactures hardside Samsonite luggage for domestic and export sale. Special fast-growing shrubs and trees are planted on Samsonite-owned land, creating a green space that prevents soil erosion and contributes to greenhouse gas offsets. But the work does not stop there. Since many of the lands surrounding Nashik have been overgrazed, Samsonite has stepped in to help. Thousands of trees have been planted, and tree guards are being placed around saplings to prevent cattle from reaching them.

When it comes to schools, Samsonite employees work with community leaders to select villages that are in the most need of assistance. Often these villages are isolated from the city of Nashik and its available resources. Upgrading of school buildings, toilets and play areas are a priority with the support and participation of affected communities.

The rationale for the focus on the environment and education comes from deep local knowledge and the commitment of Company leadership in dialogue with community leaders. Primary school education is viewed as key to the betterment of girls’ futures. And reforestation is critical to providing a better environment. What have been the results? Thousands of students and hundreds of schools, teachers and principals in 120 villages have benefited from these programmes. “We can’t change everything, but we can do these small things,” remarked Milind Vaidya, a long-time executive at the Nashik facility.