Posts Tagged ‘Timberland Code of Conduct’
Categories: Boots With Roots: Tree Planting, Making Our Difference: TBL CSR
Timberland’s Code of Conduct team works to ensure fair and safe working conditions inside the factories where our products are made, as well as positive living conditions beyond factory walls. In the course of their important work, they often uncover inspirational stories – like this one, which comes from a Timberland supplier in Bangladesh:
In July 2011, Timberland footwear supplier Bangladesh Pou Hung (BPH) launched a massive tree plantation initiative, called ‘Plant Trees and Save Environment.’ Under this initiative the BPH has already started to plant trees at its factory premises and all around the BEPZA trade zones (Bangladesh export processing zone authority).
BPH launched this tree planting initiative with the realization that tree planting is something positive for the environment that everyone can do; there’s no big budget to plant a tree, and its returns are valuable and sustainable.
We’re proud to partner with suppliers like Pou Hung that are committed to taking positive action for the environment, and inspiring others to do the same!
Timberland’s code of conduct coordinator in Vietnam had this success story to share from General Shoes Co. Ltd., one of our factory partners there:
In front of me is a garden full of green vegetables and laden with fresh squashes. This is the vegetable garden at the General Shoes factory.
Looking at the vegetable garden in the morning sunshine makes me recall the strike that happened in this factory 10 months ago, sparked by workers dissatisfied by the lack of clean, healthy food. When the strike occurred, the manager asked me how to solve the problem. I advised him to use his own workers instead of a food subcontractor to supply and serve food for the factory, and think about how to provide healthy, fresh food for their employees.
The factory hired one new manager who took care of their canteen, and used the factory’s own workers to serve the food. The employees’ food was significantly improved, and feedback showed workers were satisfied with the changes.
6 months later this 2500 square meter vegetable garden was born, planted on the available land behind the factory. Several factory employees who have planting experience tend to the garden, which is filled with morning glories, bitter melon, squash, cucumbers … planting varies on a seasonal basis and the garden provides fresh vegetables for factory workers every day.
Factory employees shared this positive feedback about their “victory garden”:
“I feel safe when I have lunch in the factory. Outside vegetables are very expensive and have a lot of chemicals. I think the factory is kind to plant (the garden) for us.”
“I worked here for years and witnessed many strikes relating to food, but now the factory is much better. They changed the kitchen people, improved our meals and now we have fresh vegetables.”
“I like to do this job (picking the vegetables). When I pick, I feel very happy as I see the achievement from my planting. I would like to have more land for more planting.”
Guangzhou Huiling is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 by a group of Chinese people for the care of mentally disabled people.
ISA is one of Timberland’s tannery suppliers, and also one of the long term sponsors for Guangzhou Huiling. Vincent He, Timberland’s Code of Conduct senior specialist was invited by ISA to join the event of the 8th Huiling Charity Walkathon on May 22, and shared his experience with us:
When I woke up the morning of the Huiling Charity Walkathon, it was pouring rain. I wondered whether the event would be cancelled, but people arrived on time and gathered quietly, optimistic that the collective passion for this charity event would cause the rain to stop! The students of Huiling were not bothered by the heavy rain and were happily surrounded by their teachers, volunteers and people who cared about them.
About an hour after the event was scheduled to begin, the sunshine did in fact break through the clouds and light up the ground. People moved to the stage. Students sang songs and danced along with volunteers, full of happiness and joy:
There were about ten booths with fun games, souvenirs, paintings and accessories for sale made by Huiling students. At one booth, students proudly informed attendees that they grew the beautiful flowers and plants themselves on the farm at Huiling:
After the performance, volunteers, families and students participated in a fundraising walk / run:
More than 20 companies and organizations sponsored the event, and about 400 people joined the event. It raised RMB154,953 (USD23,912).