What are the values of ALIPA ?
Respect is our key value:
Respect for customers : we aim to deliver on time, supplying products that respect its values. We know that it is our customers who pay our salaries and can drop us whenever they want!
Respect for colleagues, their cultural identity and physical integrit: at Group ALIPA, we have a mix of nationalities speaking different languages and who have different customs and lifestyles. We ask our staff to take this opportunity to open up to the world.
Respect for authority : as in any organisation that functions properly, there are rules that must be respected at ALIPA. The first is to obey orders given by superiors or their representatives.
Respect for the equipment and installations provided : order and cleanliness are vital to quality production and worker safety.
Respect for quality standards and certifications : to meet our customers and stakeholders demands, the ALIPA Group complies with the stringent standards and certifications.
Respect for the environment : with ISO 14001 certification, we are committed to reduce the environmental impact of our activities as manufacturer.
Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development
In March 2011, the companies NO-NAIL BOXES, AllPack Services, CODIPRO and LIFTEUROP have been certified as a corporate social responsible (CSR) firm by Luxembourg’s National Institute for Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility (INDR).
This certification, renewed in 2017, recognizes ALIPA as a group committed to integrating the three pillars of sustainable development: the social dimension and equal opportunities, governance and the environment. We are convinced that a CSR procedure has more than a financial impact, because it allows us to differ from our competitors, to win qualified and motivated employees over, as well as to introduce us as a producer of environmentally sound products.
- On the commercial side, have a positive impact on customer satisfaction and loyalty and improve our image as a quality manufacturer.
- On the social side, create, maintain and develop jobs, increase our human capital over the long term and have a positive image in the jobs market.
- On the environmental side, minimize the negative impact of our activities on the environment.
- On the community side, contribute to sustainable development of the surrounding community.
On the economic side:
Our main concern, in respect of sustainable development, is to maintain a healthy balance sheet for our companies and respect the principles of good governance. At Group ALIPA, we try to select only the best suppliers: we are very particular about the quality of their services as our products are very high quality and we need good quality raw materials in order to make them. On the other hand, we are loyal customers and always pay on time.
On the community side:
To give young people a better understanding of the world of work, we regularly conduct work experience placements for students of all levels. We are particular about the quality of their work and make sure they are able to learn the realities of the workplace: punctuality, attention to detail, working as a team, professional awareness. We participate in information days organized by local schools aimed at students.
On the safety side:
Group ALIPA has for several years been enacting a whole series of measures aimed at effective management of health and safety at work. These measures meant that NO-NAIL BOXES was granted the Luxembourg label “Sécher & Gesond mat System” by the French ‘Association d’Assurance Accident’ (AAA).
“We want our workforce to be safe at all times. To achieve this, we have for several years been enacting a whole series of measures such as nominating a safety officer, which is a legal requirement. Their mission is to teach about health and safety at work, evaluate risks and establish the measures necessary to eliminate any sources of danger. We also regularly organize various training courses and information sessions for staff on the subject of health (noise, back injuries, etc.)”, explains Management Representative, Michèle Detaille.
On the environmental side:
Our products are environmentally-friendly in terms of their design and materials. Group ALIPA also holds the Luxembourg title of “SuperDrecksKëscht® fir Betriber“ in recognition of our commitment to the prevention, management and reduction of waste. In order to maintain this title, Group ALIPA promises to train and motivate its staff to correctly handle waste products and to be subject to annual inspections of its ecological waste management by SuperDrecksKëscht® fir Betriber advisers. The Group also participates in the « Clever akafen » campaign launched by the organization.
On the social side:
Because we wish to engage quality colleagues who are competent and motivated but our funds are limited, we listen to the wishes of our employees who may have ideas about increasing the profitability of our company.
- For example, at the request of employees, we adopted a flexible working hours policy: the manufacturing workshops work from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. as the result of a large majority vote by manual staff. Managerial staff can choose to spread their working week of 40 hours between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- In the context of preventing accidents while traveling to/from work, to improve our employees’ spending power and to save fuel, in agreement with the city of Wiltz and the various other authorities concerned, we have proposed that our staff make use of the Bastogne-Wiltz-Ettelbruck bus instead of their private vehicles. As a result of this initiative, a bus stop has been set up at the entrance to the industrial park. We will, if necessary, modify working times to suit.
- We are also keen to recruit workers over 40 years old in order to maintain a range of age groups within our manufacturing workshops as we believe this is a motor of effectiveness at work.
ALIPA also promotes safety outside the workplace
The management of Group ALIPA is obligated to train 10% of its employees in the industrial sector in first aid. ALIPA therefore offered to any employee who wanted to take an intra-group training session organized at the Wiltz factory by the STI, the Workplace Health & Safety Team of FEDIL (Business Federation Luxembourg). 14 employees successfully completed the cycle of 4 days of 8 hours each. This training cost the Group in total nearly €11,000 .
So, what was the motivation?
To respond to legal requirements, sure, train people to be ready to help in the workplace, obviously, even though the workplace accident rate has been below 1% for years, thanks to a strict policy of prevention. The main motivation was elsewhere: to train people to be ready to help in everyday life: on the road, at home, at sports and social clubs used by employees and where the skills gained at work can avoid accidents and help to save lives.
Group ALIPA also purchased a defibrillator which has been made available to all neighboring businesses located in the Salzbaach industrial park in Wiltz. In this way, lives can be saved for less than 3,000 Euros (purchase price). The defibrillator has an annual maintenance cost of 218 Euros.
However, the best equipment in the world will be of no use if the people present don’t know how to use it. We therefore asked the defibrillator’s supplier, Center.Med, to familiarize and train a dozen employees in the use of the apparatus.
“Where do you put the paddles? How far back do you have to stand? The defibrillator’s integrated audio system provides these kind of instructions, which has proved essential for keeping your cool. In this type of situation, a moment of panic could be fatal!” says Philippe Winkin, Technical Director responsible for Health & Safety for the Group.
The list of trained personnel is permanently displayed right next to the defibrillator along with emergency contact numbers.
NO-NAIL BOXES and CODIPRO joined the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate social responsibility initiative, while STAS has joined the Global Compact France, official local relay in France.
What is the Global Compact?
The Global Compact is a United Nations initiative launched in 2000 to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt a socially responsible attitude by committing themselves to incorporating and promoting various principles concerning human rights, international labour standards, protection of the environment and the fight against corruption.
It is the most important international voluntary commitment initiative regarding sustainable development. This platform for commitment and collective action, which favours stable, inclusive companies, has around 13,000 participants in 160 countries.
Why has ALIPA joined this compact?
Social responsibility and sustainable development are an integral part of the group’s philosophy, as reflected in its numerous commitments, certifications and labels. Therefore, it was completely logical for NO-NAIL BOXES, CODIPRO and STAS to join the Global Compact in April 2016.
What commitments has ALIPA made in joining this global compact?
The 10 principles of the United Nations Global Compact concern respect for human rights, respect for international labour standards, protection of the environment and the fight against corruption.
ALIPA Group undertakes to:
- integrate the 10 principles into its corporate strategy, culture, and day-to-day operations, and promote them in its area of influence.
- participate in collaborative projects to further the United Nations’ broader development objectives, particularly the sustainable development goals
- communicate to stakeholders about the10 principles and about its commitment
- describe the company’s efforts towards integrating the 10 principles in an annual publication.
What are the benefits of this commitment for customers?
- Customers who are themselves committed to a CSR approach will appreciate the same stated values.
- Respect for the customer is one of the commitments.
- The marketing of products that are safe and reliable, environmentally friendly and respect the security of people and property, is ensured.
- Honest and ethical business practices, taking into account the circumstances of each customer, are implemented.
- Regular assessments of suppliers focus on quality and their commitment to ethics and the environment.
- Compliance with the strictest standards of safety, health and the environment is observed.