Appliances manufacturer Hisense has been awarded a silver accreditation medal from EcoVadis – the ‘world’s most trusted business sustainability ratings provider.’ The company says this recognises Hisense’s commitment to sustainable business practices and is testament to its ongoing efforts to minimise its impact on the planet and promote social responsibility.
Hisense’s focus on sustainability is evident in its efforts to recycle 96% of generated waste, use 100% recyclable packaging by 2024, and reduce CO2 emissions from transportation. The company has also outlined five key areas to focus on continuing to improve, including the environment, sustainable products, sustainable supply chain, people and social responsibility, and new business models.
According to EcoVadis, a company must address all stages of production to minimise its carbon footprint, including the energy consumption during manufacturing, the materials used in the products and their lifespan, as well as the packaging and transportation processes. In these areas, HisenseEurope made significant progress in the last five years with a 38% reduction in water consumption and a 24% reduction in electricity consumption. Hisense’s home appliances are produced from ecologically sound, degradable materials, which undergo rigorous testing to increase their longevity, which was also commended by the EcoVadis board.
The brand was also recognised for its commitment to promoting ethical business practices such as creating equal opportunities for all and establishing a knowledge-sharing culture. In 2021, Hisense Europe allowed for more than 136,000 training hours, equating to 20 hours per employee – just one of the brand’s initiatives to promote a healthy work-life balance and encourage staff to continue to learn and develop in their roles.
Commenting on the EcoVadis medal, Hanson Han, CEO of Hisense Europe said: “Sustainability is at the core of our values, and we will continue to work hard to minimize our environmental impact and promote social responsibility. This certification is a great achievement, and we are proud to be part of the EcoVadis community.”