Te Vaerua Rehabilitation Services
During the 28th annual Pacific Power Association Conference and Trade Exhibition in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, S&C Electric Company endowed AU$10,000 to local non-government organization Te Vaerua Rehabilitation Services. The sponsorship is part of S&Cs commitment to ongoing development in the Pacific Islands. Te Vaerua has two physiotherapists, an occupational therapist, and a rehabilitation assistant working to enable people with a disability to maintain mobility and independence and to improve the quality of their lives.
Food For Families
S&C Asia Pacific prepared a team barbecue breakfast, raising AU $2,140, and donated four boxes filled with nonperishable goods for Food for Families. Run by community organization Uniting, the initiative relies on donations of food and other essential items to people facing crises and who are going through a difficult time during the holiday season.
Spark Engineering Camp
For the third consecutive year, S&C Asia Pacific took part in the Youth Without Borders’ Spark Engineering Camp. Youth Without Borders is an organization developed by students at Melbourne University. The camp brought together 60 high-school-aged students from disadvantaged backgrounds from across Australia. Three S&C team members spent the day at the university providing students insights into what an engineering career has to offer.
In July, the S&C Asia Pacific team accepted the challenge of taking part in Plastic Free July. The global initiative encourages people to reduce plastic pollution for cleaner oceans, streets, and communities. To show its support, the team undertook group-session training on how to reduce use of single-use disposable plastic items and how to better dispose of items in the office through battery and plastics recycling.
S&C Electric Canada’s sponsorship support for the Girls’ Empowerment Camp enabled girls ages 10 to 13 who could otherwise not afford to participate to benefit from the camp’s confidence-building activities, such as improv, dance, and public speaking. The girls also learned valuable skills, including meditation and journaling, to raise their self-awareness, self-esteem, and resilience. Several S&C team members also volunteered at the camp for two days to help with activities and to share their own inspirational stories with the girls.
Later, in October, S&C Canada celebrated International Day of the Girl by hosting an afternoon of activities for girls ages 9–11 as a local Girl Guides unit joined team members’ families at S&C. S&C showed what working in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields can be like and all of the interesting things S&C does. After a full afternoon, the girls went home with items to keep their interest in STEM alive, including a book about science and inventions throughout history.
Group Team-Building & Volunteering
In November, S&C Canada’s Future Grid Group Planning Committee participated in team-building activities, including a planning meeting and volunteering at Good Shepherd Ministries, which provides hot meals, clean clothes, and safe accommodation for the homeless population in the downtown Toronto area.
Clothing Donation Drive
S&C team members donated new or gently used clothing and accessories for men and women who use services at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health in Toronto.
Global Initiatives Riding to Conquer
In June, three S&C Canada team members participated in the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer to raise money for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre by riding a bike more than 200 kilometers (124 miles) from Toronto to Niagara Falls. With short notice to meet the team’s donation goal, S&C contributed half of the required funds while the team raised the rest from individuals. They ended up raising $7,630 to contribute to the $213.2 million dollars raised in the 12 years since the ride began.
Toronto Urban Growers visited S&C Electric Canada in April. Team members learned about urban agriculture such as community gardens, growing a vegetable garden in containers on balconies, and tips on growing food in the city.
Team member waste generated at a summer company BBQ was placed in organic bins or beverage container (bottles & cans) recycling bins, and biodegradable cutlery was used instead of plastic knives, forks, and spoons.
Environmentally Friendly Paint Line
In mid-December 2019, S&C Electric Canada’s paint line was removed from production for a week to undergo several upgrades, including changing over from using trivalent chrome to an environmentally friendly non-chrome sealer.
In 2019, of all the waste S&C Canada generated:
- 75% was recycled
- 22% was converted from waste to energy
- 2% went to treatment
- 1% went to landfill
- <1% went toward fuel blending and incineration
During 2019, S&C China completed ISO 14001:2015 environmental management system certification. To comply with requirements of China’s environmental protection bureau, the S&C business strived to reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions; investigated ways to reduce and replace organic solvents; cut back on wasteful use of resources; and increased recycling of metal parts, wooden pallets, cardboard boxes, and other recyclable resources.
In 2019, S&C China recycled 70.5 tons of material, up 25% from two years earlier. S&C China continued to strengthen its management of hazardous waste. The business unit installed monitoring equipment, flammable-gas alarms, fire extinguishers, and other emergency equipment in its hazardous waste warehouse. It also put a stainless steel cabinet outside the warehouse to store fire extinguishers, flammable-gas alarms, and other hazard equipment. Hazardous waste classification training and leakage-emergency drills were conducted in September.
HEALTH & SAFETY
Team member safety also was a high priority. In 2019, zero Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred (DART) injuries or recordable occupational injuries/illnesses occurred. To improve team member safety, S&C China continuously strives to reduce noise in its workplace environment. The team in China installed a sound shield to reduce the noise from two pressing machines and to keep noise levels below 85 dBA, China’s maximum manufacturing industry sound level during an 8-hour workday. Additional safety precautions included continued implementation of respiratory-protection plans and fit-testing for those team members who wear respirators.
Europe, the Middle East & Africa
S&C’s Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) business maintained ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Standard certification. As part of the standard, the S&C business set targets to reduce its natural gas use by 2.07 tons compared to 2018 use. The unit also set out to increase the amount of waste recycled, resulting in recycling 92.86% of waste during the year.
In 2019, the S&C business introduced Ecobricks at its Baglan, Wales, offices to help reduce the amount of soft plastic waste sent to landfill. An Ecobrick is a plastic bottle packed tightly with clean, dry, non-biodegradable waste. These bottles are used as building materials to create insulative structures and furniture. By introducing Ecobricks, along with other waste-reduction targets, the S&C business is reducing the amount of nonrecyclable waste it generates.
The S&C EMEA business is a member of the Low Carbon Swansea Bay network, which consists of public, private, and voluntary organizations in Swansea and South West Wales that work together to reduce carbon emissions and energy costs.
Mexico, Central America & Caribbean
Besides maintaining ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certifications, S&C Electric Mexicana in 2019 received recognition as a “Safe Company” by Mexico’s labor department, known as Secretaría del Trabajo y Previsión Social. This recognition identified S&C Electric Mexicana as a company that:
- Promotes methods for Compliance with regulations on Occupational health and safety
- Induces improvements in Occupational safety and Health management with the Participation of its workers
- Decreases accidents and Illnesses at work
- Strengthens leadership in the Organization
HEALTH & SAFETY
As part of an initiative to increase fuse production capacity from 500 fuses per week to 5,000, S&C Mexicana implemented various improvements tied to safety and team member health. These improvements included placement of safety guards, improved ergonomics, and more efficient and safer processes.
TEAM MEMBER SUPPORT
In June, S&C Mexicana team members spent the day with family and partners to recognize the important supportive role family members play. With the transfer of the SMU-20® Fuse Unit line to Mexico and the resulting need for increased production, many team members had to work overtime to meet production goals. To show appreciation for the team member commitment, S&C held a raffle for a trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
In October, electrical engineering students from the Technological Institute of Culiacan visited S&C Mexicana’s facilities in Aguascalientes. The visit enabled S&C to contribute to the training of future engineers and to show them how electrical systems are created and the capabilities of the equipment S&C manufactures.
S&C globally has a goal to reduce the waste it sends to landfills and increase the amount of recycling. In 2019, despite its large production boost and a 35% workforce increase, waste S&C Mexicana sent to a landfill only increased by 17%, while scrap metal, cardboard, plastics, and wood sent for recycling increased by 92.8%.
HEALTH & SAFETY
S&C’s operations in South America kept up a focus on health, safety, and team-member integration. This included:
- Continued participation in an early warning safety program that helps S&C protect its team members by preventing accidents
- Installation of safety signs
- Participation with other companies in its industrial complex in a fire brigade group
S&C donated R$211,113 (US$51,500) directly to nongovernmental organizations in support of sports, children’s activities, and local culture. Organizations receiving S&C donations included:
- Pequeno Principe (Little Prince) Hospital, which takes care of newborns and children until they are 18 years old (The hospital’s focus is on complex diseases.)
- Alegro Musical Association, which educates more than 400 at-risk children in the state of Parana through classical musical education
- Compartilhar (Share) Institute, whose focus is on educating children and youths by teaching volleyball but also essential principles and values to good citizens