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SanMar published its corporate responsibility report earlier this year. Jeremy Lott, president of SanMar, shares his thoughts on corporate responsibility, what it means to the company and how we’ll share stories and updates over the coming months.
What does corporate responsibility mean to SanMar?
To us, corporate responsibility means more than simply doing no harm. It’s about understanding our impact and what’s important to our stakeholders – and working on those issues. We aim to do the right thing to make a positive impact on people around the world.
What is SanMar’s approach to corporate responsibility?
Corporate responsibility is about living our SanMar Family Values to passionately serve our customers, to do the right thing in our community and to make a difference each and every day. There’s not a single team tasked with corporate responsibility; it’s in all our job descriptions. I’m always pleased to see the various initiatives that spring up in our organization, like a companywide fundraising campaign, a team donation drive or recycling and reuse efforts spearheaded by individuals.
What is Spotlight?
Spotlight is our way of keeping the conversation going. We believe that corporate responsibility is a never-ending process and, while we won’t publish a full report every year, we will share updates on our progress.
Why did SanMar publish a corporate responsibility report?
It’s important to me that our work is visible so we can see where we started and chart our progress along the way. It helps to know where we’re succeeding and where we need to do more. By sharing our challenges, along with our successes, our stakeholders can hold us accountable.
What most inspires you about SanMar’s corporate responsibility efforts?
I regularly visit the factories around the world where our products are created and what impresses me most are the people. I’m also amazed by what our affiliates and local teams do in their communities – everything from medical support to training opportunities. It truly is about taking our SanMar Family Values and applying them to our worldwide supply chain.
Why did SanMar set 2020 goals?
As the saying goes, “what gets measured gets managed.” I’m serious about making a difference and working on the things that matter most to our stakeholders in the areas where we feel we can make an impact. Our goals serve as rallying cries that teams can get behind. By putting them out in the open, they become everyone’s goals. Everyone can chip in and we can all work together to make a positive impact.
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