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Our Future: Plastic Sustainability

Our Future: Plastic Sustainability

All materials, be they glass, aluminium,  plastic, or paper, all impact the planet in different ways. In fact, they are all necessary and balance each other if used correctly. If one is too predominant it will have greater impact on the planet. We actually need all four, as they all play an important role, and abuse of any of them is actually what is bad for us.

The truth is, in a lot of ways, plastic actually makes the world a better, safer place. Almost everything we use, touch or interact with has plastic in it,  from the gowns our surgeons wear, to our cars, to the cellphones we hold in our hands.

Safripol is all about ‘responsible plastic’. We are fundamentally opposed to littering, dumping, over-packaging and pollution of any kind. We are for plastic recycling, re-use, innovation and the environment.

We are leaders when it comes to the cause of using plastic responsibly.

We are the responsible polymer partners to our customers and clients.

We are active in the movement against plastic pollution.

Safripol’s 2025 Sustainability Goals:

Safripol’s approach to Sustainability is driven by the “Lets Plastic Responsibly” movement. Our strategy is guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development goals and focusses on addressing the global challenges i.e.  plastic pollution and climate change, by transitioning towards a sustainable circular economy for plastics, while ensuring economic growth, and wellbeing of society and the environment.

Our three major Sustainability Goals for 2025 are: Enhancing the Circular Economy; Reducing our Environmental Impact; and Socio-economic Development of our People and Communities

 

SG 01: Enhancing the Circular Economy: The circular economy has been identified as one of the cornerstones for our sustainability strategy as it is critical to our business as we move forward.  The circular economy aligns with our extended producer responsibilities, while presenting vital opportunities for economic growth, innovation, and job creation. Here we are prioritising the following focus areas i.e: 1) Advancing Recycling; 2) Design for Circularity; 3) Reducing Plastic Leakage; 4) Renewable Feedstocks.

SG 02: Reducing our Environmental Impact: A major focus of our sustainability strategy is to reduce the direct impact of our operations on the natural environment for our Cradle-to Gate operations. We will continue to look for ways in which we can reduce our GHG emissions, and energy and water usage, and waste generation. Our strategy is driven by our operational excellence, Responsible Care commitment and product stewardship, and a major focus is to optimise and improve the efficiency of our operations, while responding to climate change issues.

SG 03: Socio-economic Development of our People and Communities: To achieve our sustainability goals, we will accelerate our efforts towards cooperate social development and work together with our employees, fence-line communities, NGO’s,  and the youth for socio-economic good. We will continue to expand our programmes on developing our employees, education and skills development, and community development.

Partnering for Sustainability: Safripol realises that it cannot deliver on its sustainability goals on its own. To achieve these goals, we will develop multi-stakeholder partnerships across the value-chain, as well as in the innovation ecosystem to unlock innovative and sustainable solutions fit for purpose for our local market.  Through our strategic partnerships, innovation, commitment, and bold leadership, Safripol will differentiate itself to become the most innovative, customer-centric, and sustainable polymer-producer in the country.

We are committed to the pursuit of a circular economy and creating a sustainable future for all, and we invite our customers, clients and competitors to join the “Let’s plastic responsibly” movement.

Being a good corporate citizen

We are a significant and regular contributor to the LUSA Community Chest Outreach Project at Tsatsi Primary School in Zamdela, Sasolburg. Asibavikele is a daily feeding program and aftercare service managed by Child Welfare Sasolburg which provides nutritional meals and homework in support of more than 100 children in the township.

We also contribute annually to the LUSA Community Chest Impact Fund, which focuses on capacity building and training programs with affiliated community-based organisations. The training programs equip organisations which support previously-disadvantaged communities in and around the Vaal Triangle region.

We support the North West University Ikateleng program, a Saturday school focusing on the sciences and mathematics, building on the school curriculum and offering much-needed life skills to students in grades 10, 11, 12.

The Komati foundation self-leadership tutorial program is an exciting venture with Wits University to address much-needed skills through the use of university post-grad students as mentors, the focus is on senior secondary school students. This is a Safripol pilot project aimed to increase the future engineering pool and promote the STEM shortage of skills.

Other beneficiaries we support are the LUSA Community Chest’s Wish upon a Star and Winter Warm Projects, and the Kamohelo Centre for Disabled Children.

We offer bursaries to engineering students and to children of employees, from primary school through to tertiary education.

To amplify our impact on society, each of our employees is granted an extra day’s leave which may be used in fulfilling a community need. This in effect provides 265 extra days for community service.

We have a proud history of employing apprentices and providing opportunities for experiential learners to fulfil the requirements of their tertiary qualifications.

We have an annual intake of unemployed learners at both our manufacturing plants, many of whom are permanently employed by us or other companies in the chemical industry.

We currently support 12 disabled learners to help them obtain an NQF 1 qualification in office administration in partnership with the Skills Development Corporation based in Cresta, Johannesburg. We will continue to support this group of learners in their efforts to obtain NQF level 2.

We have participated in a number of beach clean-up operations

We distributed food parcels in the South Durban Basin during the COVID-19 lockdown

We sponsored a play gym for the Wentworth Primary School

In Durban, we agreed on a TOR doc with community leaders whereby SAFRIPOL will support schools foster employment from fenceline communities and promote the wellbeing of our fenceline communities. Safripol also collaborates  with TUT, KZN and UP to promote the studies in science and polymer technology.