Amidst the apparent shift in corporate sentiment across the globe towards sustainability, Greatech acknowledges both its opportunity and responsibility to make a positive impact towards a more sustainable world. Our sustainable strategy has been meticulously planned and developed with the aim of achieving more than just profitable growth for our businesses. We aspire to create and promote long-term value for all our stakeholders, including our customers, vendors, the communities in which we operate, and most importantly, address the growing concerns regarding environmental matters.
Greatech has taken a proactive stance by committing to implementing, enforce, and reinforce energy efficiency measures at our facilities, thereby significantly reducing GHG emissions.
Given the nature of our business as one of the world’s leading automation solution providers, we are aware of the impact of our electricity consumption, which is the primary source of carbon emissions at Greatech. The electricity is primarily used for lighting, office equipment, ventilation and air conditioning (“HVAC”) systems, as well as for the manufacturing equipment.
In September 2023, Greatech has joined more than 3,900 companies worldwide to support the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). As part of our efforts to deal with rising temperature challenges, we shall strive to align to TCFD disclosures in keeping with the complexity of our operations, climate risk and opportunities exposure. Greatech strongly believes the climate-related disclosures would enable us to minimise risk and maximise the opportunities in a climate-smart economy.
Our facilities at Bayan Lepas and Batu Kawan, Penang, and those currently under construction at Batu Kawan are equipped with rain harvesting and storage system as a supplementary water source. To date, Greatech has installed 4 rainwater harvesting systems and was able to harvest 43m³ of rainwater in 2022.
Rain harvesting tank to store rainwater for non-portable water reuse.
As part of our commitment to protect the environment, we have placed reasonable emphasis to reduce the production waste generated throughout its lifecycle and focus on the way we managed our waste.
Considering our business nature, majority of the waste generated is associated to the use of cutting oil and cooling lubricants during the metal fabrication and machining processes. Upon which, the mixed contaminated metal chips are managed and disposed of as scheduled wastes in accordance with the prescribed requirements under the Environmental Quality (Scheduled Wastes) Regulations 2005 and our internal policy and procedures.
Scheduled waste is waste with hazardous characteristics or can potentially adversely affect public health and the environment. Besides that, other non-hazardous wastes were also generated during the manufacturing process, including general solid waste, containers or drums, packaging materials, wood pallets, and any other recyclable material such as papers and cardboard boxes. Waste materials from production processes whether they are aluminium, mild steel or stainless steel are recyclable and can be reused in a circular fashion for other industrial companies. We strive to reuse or repurpose the packing and packaging materials such as wooden pallets and cardboard boxes as they are our most used commodities.
We uphold stringent ethical standards for our suppliers. Our Supplier Code of Conduct establishes clear principles, including a zero-tolerance policy towards corruption, to ensure ethical purchasing. Our effort on responsible procurements includes but not limited to the following:
At Greatech, in accordance with our Conflict Minerals Policy, we are committed to conduct socially responsible sourcing and does not support sourcing of conflict minerals originating from countries that are involved in or contributing to illegal armed groups, human rights violations, or financial wrongdoings. We do not purchase 3TG directly from the mines or smelters, which consists of cassiterite (tin), columbite-tantalite (tantalum), wolframite (tungsten) and gold and their derivatives that are mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo (“DRC”) or an adjoining country.