Corporate Social Responsibility
itsme has set the goal of making a contribution to our society. For this reason, itsme has renewed its Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility policy (CS&R). In addition to a new policy, we decided to have ourselves tested by a certification institute for a "MVO Prestatieladder" ("CS&R Performance ladder") certificate. The "CS&R Performance ladder" is a practical implementation of the ISO 26000. In our new policy three themes are leading, namely: People, Planet & Profit.
Itsme will have a policy, with specific goals and concrete actions regarding CS&R endeavors and topics. The "CS&R Performance ladder" will be used as a guideline for these policies, goals and actions.
A certification audit for the "CS&R Performance ladder" is planned for November or December 2019.
The worth and values of itsme are her people. The employees. Our colleagues. With their specific qualities these people add a sustainable contribution to the success of our customers. They make it succeed!
The correct itsme values and competences are distributed to all employees in the form of a competence handbook.
For continuity, family company itsme leans on the shoulders of its employees. We stimulate internal growth and development within the organization. To facilitate this growth, we developed an itsme job structure, in which it is clear for every individual what competences, experience and education are required for a specific function.
Based on the job structure and on the ambition of the employee, we give every employee, regardless of gender, background, religion or experience, the opportunity to perform a job that suits him or her.
Because we want to keep adding value for our customers, we need to keep developing our employee's skills in technical, process, commercial and personal areas.
We are a distributor and a good distributor consolidates and optimizes all flows of goods. Research has shown that distributors can even reduce the flow of goods by 75% in the supply chain. As a longtail specialist, itsme delivers a larger and more diversified product range to its customers. Therefore, we do not only have a bigger 'share of wallet', but also have a higher level of consolidation of flows of goods.
Our Connected Business department advises on and implements customer-specific logistics solutions. With these solutions we go one step beyond a run-of-the-mill distributor. We offer customers the opportunity to get an overview of and control over their logistic flow and give an insight into CO2 reductions. We have been able to create an additional saving of 65% in existing logistic flows for our customers.
As a distributor of electrical and mechanical components and systems for industry and mechanical engineering, we play a prominent role in the next levels of making the industry and our society more sustainable. We measure the energy and CO2 consumption of our customers and advise them regarding monitoring and cost-cutting measures in the areas of automation, compressed air and lighting. Additionally, we give proactive advice about sustainable products. Our itsme Lighting Technology department creates lighting designs for our customers, in which the design is based on possible energy efficiencies and CO2 reductions.
In order to reduce our own footprint, we measure our own consumption of resources, water and energy and reduce it by actively implementing policies that promote the use of sustainable resources and energy, instead. We use recycled paper and packaging materials and separate different types of waste. We actively stimulate our stakeholders to have a similar policy and take a stance on CS&R topics, similar to our own.
Family owned company itsme propagates a long term vision for the future. itsme's roots trace back to 1876 and we wish to continue doing business with our business partners for an even much longer time. This doesn't mean that we only look back at our past, but that we manage to reinvent ourselves again and again in order to stay relevant for our stakeholders also in the future.
Closely related to a long term strategy and vision, are a healthy and responsible financial management and a clear and fair way of reporting. Reinventing yourself results in a continuous stream of investments in the company, our stakeholders and our future, but with a clear view of the present performance.
We report our results based on national and international standards and renowned accounting firms check and approve our reports.
In addition, we stimulate the local economy and support local initiatives by recruiting employees, and purchasing goods and services, locally.
We make a sustainable contribution to the success of our customers, suppliers, stakeholders and our company.
We do business in an honest and open way.
We do this by giving advice about the effectiveness of using sustainable technology and logistics solutions.
We are customer minded, cooperative and show initiative.
We are itsme!