At Estron, we are passionate about innovation, and behind that innovative spirit is the drive to be sustainable.
Sustainability is deeply embedded in our company’s culture – how we set policies and procedures, define goals and objectives, plan tasks, perform actions, and generate results. We strive to optimize the triple bottom line – to make a positive financial, environmental and social impact with the smallest footprint left behind. This responsible mindset extends to employee safety and health, raw material procurement, packaging and shipping logistics, customer service, regulatory compliance, product commercialization, manufacturing processes, waste minimization and overall business development.
From an environmental standpoint, we deeply respect what nature generously provides in Western Kentucky and appreciate the beauty and bounty of the land, water and air around us. To help protect and preserve these gifts, we have active programs within our facility to reduce waste and emissions, recycle trash, and reuse chemicals, materials and equipment where and when possible. We participate in the state of Kentucky Adopt-a-Highway program to make sure the roads in our vicinity stay clean. Furthermore, we engage in industry-community outreach projects that lend support to social causes and provide educational opportunities in the area, such as Calvert City’s Good Neighbor Night, which has been taking place for 25 years.
We are proud to have initiated a program to eliminate any single-use, non-biodegradable plastics and styrofoam from our manufacturing and corporate headquarters.
Estron’s administrative staff, operators in the manufacturing plant, chemists in the lab, sales reps on the road, management – all of us are guided by practical Sustainability Principles and a meaningful Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy.
Estron Sustainability Principles
- Products and services
We will commit to developing and providing products or services that have no undue environmental impact and are safe in their intended use, that are efficient in their consumption of energy and natural resources, and that can be recycled, reused or disposed of safely. We will attempt to use renewable materials wherever possible and practical.
- Reduction and disposal of waste
We will minimize the creation of waste, especially hazardous waste, and wherever possible reuse or recycle materials. We will dispose of all wastes through safe and responsible methods.
- Wise use of energy
We will make every effort to use environmentally safe and renewable energy sources to meet our needs. We will invest in improved energy efficiency and conservation in our operations. We will maximize the energy efficiency of products we produce and sell.
- Use of sustainably-produced local materials and resources
We will work with local vendors and purchasesustainably-produced, locally available materials to manufacture and package our products whenever possible. We will also strive to consume locally grown or made resources for company functions and events.
- Risk reduction
We will minimize the environmental health and safety risks to our employees and the communities in which we operate by employing safe technologies and operating procedures and by being constantly prepared for emergencies.
- Process of improvement
We will make the effort to keep abreast of rule changes and employ best practices to improve our corporate policies and programs relating to environmental performance. This refers to technical developments, scientific understanding, consumer needs, community expectations and legal regulations.
- Employee education
We will educate, train and motivate employees to conduct their activities in an environmentally responsible and forward-thinking, socially conscious manner.
We will disclose to our employees and to the public incidents relating to our operations that cause environmental harm or pose health or safety hazards. We will disclose potential environmental, health or safety hazards posed by our operations, and we will not take any action against employees who report any conditions to management that create a danger to the environment or pose health or safety hazards.
- Assessment and audit
We will conduct an annual self-evaluation of our progress in implementing these principles and in complying with applicable laws and regulations throughout our worldwide operations. We will work towards the timely creation of independent environmental audit procedures which we will complete annually.
Estron Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy
Definition and Purpose
Our company’s CSR policy reflects the values and behaviors of our employees both in our immediate physical setting and the surrounding natural environment. We understand that Estronis part of a broader ecosystem consisting of diverse organizations and people that ought to be viewed as an interrelated and interdependent whole that also includes plant and animal life. The social responsibility of a business is to give back to the world just as it gives to us and to embrace opportunities to protect the balance of nature and improve conditions on our planet wherever and whenever possible.
This policy applies to our company and its subsidiaries and will eventually be expanded to our suppliers and partners.
We want to be a responsible business that meets the highest standards of ethics and professionalism.Our company’s social responsibility falls under two categories: compliance and proactiveness. Compliance refers to our company’s commitment to legality and willingness to observe community values. Proactiveness is shown every time we take the initiative to promote human rights, help communities, conserve natural resources and protect the environment.
Our company will:
- Respect the law of the countries that we operate in
- Honor its internal policies.
- Ensure that all business operations are legitimate and legal.
- Keep partnerships and collaborations open and transparent.
We will always conduct business with integrity and respect human rights. We will promote:
- Safety in the workplace and fairness in our dealings.
- Respect towards the consumer and our fellow co-workers.
- Anti-bribery and anti-corruption practices.
Protecting the environment
Our company recognizes the need to protect the natural environment, and we believe that keeping our environment clean and unpolluted is a core responsibility that we have as global citizens. We will always follow best practices when disposing of garbage and using chemical substances and ensure that we are leaving the planet in a healthy condition for the next generation.
We will ensure that we:
- Don’t risk the health and safety of our employees and community.
- Avoid harming the lives of local and indigenous people.
- Support diversity and inclusion.
Estronis dedicated to protecting human rights. We are a committed equal opportunity employer and will abide by all fair labor practices. We will ensure that our activities do not directly or indirectly violate human rights in any country (e.g., forced labor).
Donations and aid
Our company may preserve a budget to make monetary donations. These donations will aim to:
- Advance the arts, education and community events.
- Alleviate those in need.
Our company will encourage its employees to volunteer. They can volunteer through programs organized internally or externally. Our company may sponsor volunteering events run by other organizations.