Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) is a global leader in structural composite design and manufacturing. CSP is a dedicated community member and strives to conduct research and business in a way that is environmentally conscientious, respectful to our neighbors and transparent.
Sustainability is a key driver for our composite product research and development. Our materials development team continues to investigate the use of organic and renewable materials like soy and rice hulls. We also incorporate natural fiber composites in our structural design and manufacturing processes, which help reduce synthetic material processing.
Not only are we researching alternative materials that reduce environmental impact, we’re also working aggressively towards reusability. Our thermoplastics have a high molecular weight allowing materials to be remolded and reused in a second round of products with the same strength-to-weight ratio, which reduces waste.
Corporate Environmental Policy
The Environmental Policy of Continental Structural Plastics is to be a responsible corporate citizen in protecting the environment. We are committed to complying with accepted environmental practices, including the commitment to meet or exceed applicable legal and other requirements, to strive for continual improvement, and to minimize the creation of wastes and prevent pollution. We will, therefore, manage our processes, our materials, and our people in order to reduce the environmental impacts associated with our work.
Continental Structural Plastics pledges to implement and operate an effective Environmental Management System that includes stated objectives and associated targets that will enhance environmental performance. Such objectives and targets will be periodically reviewed as part of our corporate commitment to continual improvement.
This policy will be communicated to all employees and when requested to other interested parties in the performance of our environmental management system. Every employee has a responsibility to comply with this Environmental Policy.
Frank E. Macher
Chairman and CEO
January 31, 2011
Natural and Organic Processing
As pioneers in materials and process development, the team at Continental Structural Plastics is dedicated to discovering environmentally friendly methods of reducing our ecological footprint, which will help us provide customers with greener solutions. With more than 50 patents demonstrating our deep understanding of composite materials, we are one step ahead of the industry, continuously exploring eco-conscious alternatives including carbon fiber, natural and organic fillers, and synthetic packaging.
CSP recognizes its social responsibility and commitment to our employees and to the communities in which we live and work. As an organization, CSP requires that our employees comply with all policies related to our corporate responsibilities and report any activities that may violate such policies and standards.
In all areas of CSP business operations, employees must comply with all applicable laws, regulations and directives of the countries and regions in which the organization operates. Additionally, CSP will ensure that its employees receive adequate information and training in relation to all relevant legal, regulatory and internal requirements that apply to their jobs.
CSP will not engage in any form of forced labor. All work will be voluntary and employees will be free to leave their positions upon reasonable notice. CSP will not use forced or involuntary labor, whether bonded, prison or indentured, including debt servitude.
CSP will not use child labor in any stage of manufacturing. The term “child” refers to any person employed under the age of 17 (or 16 where the law of the country permits), under the age for completing compulsory education, or under the minimum age for employment in the country, whichever is greatest. The use of workplace apprenticeship programs, which comply will all legal regulations, is supported.
Hours of work in workweeks and workdays are not to exceed the maximum set by local, state, and federal law. Compensation and benefits are to be provided in accordance with all applicable wage and benefit laws. The basis of an employee’s wages shall be communicated, paid timely and accurately documented. CSP will pay overtime in accordance with federal and state labor laws. Furthermore, all employees will be paid no less than the legally established minimum-wage.
CSP promotes a work environment free from harassment and unlawful discrimination. Harsh and inhumane treatment of employees is prohibited. CSP employees are required to comply with all anti-harassment and discrimination policies.
Employees have the right to join associations of their own choosing or to refrain from joining them, in accordance with local law. CSP prohibits retaliation against any employee for communicating openly with management regarding conditions of employment.
Health and Safety
Employee exposure to potential safety hazards is to be eliminated wherever possible. CSP employees are to be provided with appropriate personal protective equipment. Employees will not be disciplined for raising health or safety concerns. CSP supports continuous improvement of working conditions in all of its facilities.
CSP will obtain, maintain and keep current all required environmental permits and registrations. All employees are required to comply with operational and reporting requirements. CSP supports a proactive approach to environmental challenges and encourages initiatives to promote environmental awareness and responsibility. CSP will comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations and will promptly develop and implement changes to correct any non-compliance issues as CSP is made aware.
Corruption and Ethics
CSP expects the highest standards of integrity from its employees in all business interactions with a strict prohibition against all forms of corruption, extortion and embezzlement.
CSP will never pay, offer, promise, or authorize the payment, directly or indirectly, of any bribe or corrupt payment (in the form of money or anything of value) to anyone for the purpose of inducing or rewarding any favorable action or obtaining any improper advantage. CSP will obtain and retain business by providing the best product or service at the best price. An occasional business dinner is acceptable, but frequent or lavish entertainment must be avoided. CSP places the primary responsibility on our employees for ensuring adherence to these standards. Violations to the CSP Ethics Policy will not be tolerated.
CSP will maintain a process for employees to raise issues of concern in a confidential manner. CSP will ensure that the employee’s confidence is maintained to the extent possible and protect any employee from retaliation. Community engagement is encouraged to help create improved social and economic development.