We are committed to promoting the health, safety and well-being of our employees, our business partners and the communities where we operate.
The safety of our employees is our No. 1 priority. Employees on the production floor of our manufacturing centers and in our offices deserve and expect a safe working environment. In order to deliver on this promise, we have implemented industry-leading workplace safety policies and programs to constantly improve safety performance across the company. We also provide extensive training to our employees, closely track our Total Injury Recordable Rates and require our subcontractors to follow our health and safety practices. Our goal is to achieve zero injuries company-wide.
We are an essential infrastructure industry serving the food and health sector supply chains according to the federal government and have maintained operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the onset of the pandemic, Novolex has worked hard to protect the health and well-being of our employees. Following guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we have put in place rigorous procedures designed to help ensure our employees stay safe. Face masks are mandatory, and taking temperatures is required of employees and visitors, who are limited to providers of essential services. Our Mask-Up campaign raised awareness by inviting employees to post selfies and explaining why wearing a mask is important to them. We also have implemented enhanced cleaning procedures to further protect our employees. Novolex products including tamper-evident packaging, carry-out and grocery bags, and hot-food containers have all been in high demand as the pandemic has increased take-out orders, meal deliveries and grocery sales. As demand soared for personal protective equipment, our manufacturing facilities pivoted to make non-surgical isolation gowns, face masks and other products to support frontline workers.
Responsible business practices and ethical conduct are fundamental to every aspect of Novolex operations and are set out in the Novolex Employee Code of Conduct. As part of that commitment, we respect and support efforts to promote human rights across our business and within our supply chain. We have zero tolerance for child labor; illegal, abusive or forced labor; and human trafficking anywhere in our operations. We encourage employees to report cases of potential abuse through our Ethics Hotline. We follow all applicable employment laws and pay competitive wages and benefits. Learn more about ethics and integrity at Novolex. Learn more →
At Novolex, we are committed to giving back to our local communities. Our Focused Giving Program prioritizes support for organizations that promote sustainability initiatives, support food and hunger programs or promote health. These efforts are particularly meaningful to us because we are in the business of providing food packaging and are committed to promoting the health, safety and well-being of our employees. Over the years, we have proudly supported – both at the local and national level – a number of organizations that feed the hungry. These include Feeding America, Feed the Children and the Greater Chicago Food Depository, among many others. The COVID-19 pandemic has only heightened the need to help impacted communities.
Our employees also participate in World Clean-Up Day, a global initiative to collect plastic waste in the environment and drive awareness about the simple ways that we can all make a difference. The program is part of the important work sponsored by the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, whose members collected waste in 73 countries in 2020. Novolex employees were excited to contribute to the worldwide effort. Multiple company sites organized events within their communities which enabled employees to compete individually and in small groups, to collect trash across North America and Europe.
In addition, Novolex supports the National Forest Foundation, which promotes the health and public enjoyment of forests, watersheds, wildlife and recreation resources. We partner with the foundation to plant trees to replace those lost due to natural disturbances such as wildfire, insects and disease outbreaks. We’re proud to help because trees are a vital resource that replenish our eco-systems and provide Novolex with renewable materials for some of our products.
We encourage our employees at our facilities to submit ideas for philanthropic efforts. Novolex employees suggested and took part in everything from food drives to fundraisers to cleanup events. Each help make a difference in our local communities.