As the Chinese lunar calendar transitions from the year of the dog to the year of the pig, the team at Responsabilitas would like to showcase some of the activity over the last twelve months. We thank each of our customers and colleagues for their commitments to us and continuing our journey to achieve optimum world class ways of working!
March to May
March saw Responsabilitas’ first ever involvement with a solar panel production factory. As the global environmental objectives increase, we naturally aim to promote more cooperation with this type of industry. The result was seeing some best practice examples of the factory using its own product on their roof demonstrating a clearly defined saving with benefit cost ratio and showing that renewable energy sources are becoming competitive with pre-existing fossil fuel-based methods. Responsabilitas head office in Shanghai also delivered a comprehensive five-day training program to ‘MGTS’, a leading European car accessories company. Their vision is to be the leader of mobility products around the globe. April was further followed up with ‘Festilight’ customer visit from France for audit follow up program in their respective factories who jointly create ‘Festilight’s product for festive illuminations. The LED factory is responsible for providing Zhongshan city’s riverside illuminations, with Zhongshan being the epicenter of Guangdong province’s LED manufacturing industry. The month ended with the annual meeting for north and south teams in Shanghai head office for industry training and updates. At the end of May activity shifted to automotive and two audits in central Taiwan for ‘MGTS’ and ‘Norauto’ customer. Products involved were window tinting film and hub caps.
June to August
The end of June saw a conference in the prestigious Vendome room nearby Luxembourg garden in Paris for Corporate Social Responsibility of luxury brands. Co-organized by Responsabilitas and Carats Institute from engineering school Mines De Paris, Responsabilitas GM Cyrille Champagne delivered a presentation on risks and opportunities in Chinese CSR in front of professionals from the luxury brand industry. A hot July summer with 35-degree average heat facilitated all audits to verify workers were receiving hot weather allowances. This was also the month that the new legal minimum wage standard was introduced with verification of changes being undertaken as part of the salary checks. The heat continued into August and General manager Cyrille Champagne personally flew down from Shanghai to oversee the audit of another factory for LV with lead auditor Alix Robinson giving the feedback based on the importance of fire safety in the workplace. This was followed by further audits on behalf of ‘Pacteam’ customer based on glassware decorative products. The highlight of the month was ‘MGTS’ customer audit of a factory for car tyres. The factory had over 3500 workers and the quality audit entailed analysis of over 25 process points.
September to November
September ended on a high when it was deemed that ‘Pacteam’ customer’s main supplier factory was successful in addressing the highlighted elements of their previous corrective action plan to enable their official SEDEX status. This was then followed by simultaneous October audits in Dongguan and south Malaysia. The products based around plastic and glass lenses offered a new tangent for the team, with foreign expert Clotilde Pallier overseeing the Malaysian operation. October activity was rounded up with a specifically requested mannequin factory audit in Xiamen, Fujian province. November had come and immediately began with audit for ‘Overland’ shoe factory – one of the biggest shoe importers in New Zealand. Responsabiltas team in the south evaluated their operation since relocating their factory, focusing primarily on fire safety and emissions of VOCs relating to the vulcanization process. Back to packaging then, and the team were again at the forefront of cutting-edge package making techniques when they visited another factory in Dongguan. Top management showed a specifically designed in-house machine that they were exclusively using on their ‘Richard Mille’ line.
December to February
The festive season then arrived, and it was time to welcome the ‘IHEIE’ delegation from France spearheaded by Cedric Remis. Responsabilitas GM Cyrille Champagne and Lead auditor Alix Robinson joined the fifteen strong delegation in Hong Kong, where they would begin their journey across the border with mainland China to Shenzhen for a meeting at ‘Tencent’ before flying up to Shanghai for further entrepreneurial endeavors. The south team continued with overseeing inspections and conducting audits, most notably attending a luxury display unit factory who cater for the likes of ‘Dior’, ‘Gucci’ and ‘Burberry’. The end of the year saw Deputy auditor Cherry Huang personally overseeing ‘MDD’ customer inspection in Kunming, Yunnan province due to her experience with electronics. January was the last big push before the Chinese New Year as many customers increased their production volumes before the factories shut down for two weeks. The team introduced a new anti-corruption policy procedure where all inspectors must sign a joint agreement with factory QC to ensure no coercion. Responsabiltas’ fundamental core value has always been integrity and our motto of “Make safe, make fair, make well” is as steadfast as ever!