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We care for our Planet

Global warming is an inexorable issue impacting all of us and we all need to move the needle to limit and mitigate its negative consequences.

Acknowledging the finite reserves of our natural resources, we do our utmost in all our factories to make the most efficient use of our input, to avoid waste, to reduce consumption, to recycle where possible, and to market the best sustainable value products.

Likewise, we strive to stay on top of technology and best practices to improve our processes and constantly reduce our impact on the environment. Silox makes it a point of honor to convert its factories to green energies whenever possible.

One practical way to address these issues is to perform life cycle assessments of our products and processes. Thanks to these assessments, we are able to measure and compare their environmental impacts, we can identify hotspots and improvement alternatives, which in turn guide our development initiatives and investment decisions.

A scaly-breasted munia (Lonchura punctulata) spotted on our site of Ekalbara in India

A Nerium oleander on our site of Silvassa in India on a monsoon day

Preserving and recognizing the importance of biodiversity is also crucial for the future of our planet and of our society. Our manufacturing sites are conscious of this and strive to protect and preserve our natural heritage and richness.

In India for example, our three industrial sites have established “green belt” areas around their premises and have counted more than 130 species of plants, more than 120 species of birds, 13 species of mammals, more than 90 species of insects, butterflies, and spiders, and more than 20 species of reptiles and amphibians. One of our sites is home to a forest planted using the Miyawaki method, which is now witnessing the return of certain endemic species that had disappeared.

Our French site, located in Bouchain along the river Escaut, offers a humid biotope which is a refuge area for endemic species and includes several protected and endangered species of birds, bats, and mammals. We counted more than 190 species of plants, 44 species of birds, 5 species of mammals, more than 40 species of insects, butterflies, and spiders, and 5 species of reptiles and amphibians.

We care for our People

Relying on a large team of highly qualified employees worldwide, we cultivate a healthy work-life balance and respectful professional relationships. We work for the well-being and fulfilment of each staff member.

The rapid evolution of our business environment requires us to excel in execution as well as in our interpersonal relationships. To foster a respectful working environment, we believe in the recognition of good work and teamwork, and we strive to promote the personal development of our colleagues through training and on-the-job learning.

Silox cares about its people. We wouldn’t be where we are without our people and their dedication, their expertise and competence. Silox group wants to create bonds between people and promote a culture based on dignity, integrity and respect.

Our primary focus is the health and safety of our colleagues. We develop tools to build a zero accident safety culture and to nurture continuous feedback and reporting of near-misses and risks. Most of our sites are certified ISO45001 or equivalent.

The respect of human rights is paramount, including zero tolerance of harassment or any form of violence or abuse, and we encourage our colleagues and external parties to report any breaches.

We care for Society

Our activities are part of the communities living around our facilities. Most of our employees and their families come from nearby communities and, naturally, our activities have an impact on their lives.

We believe it is our responsibility to influence them positively, hence we measure our direct and indirect impacts according to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).

For example, our Indian facilities have an outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) record, focusing on health, hygiene and sanitation, education, environmental sustainability, rural development, the empowerment of women, and support to the poorer parts of society.

We have a team of employees fully dedicated to these initiatives. Our CSR committee monitors progress on a regular basis and allocates budgets. We also collaborate with partners such as governments, NGOs, and academic institutions for more efficiency and maximum impact.