Growing Greener Every Day
TransPak is committed to improving the impact on the environment caused by our products and services. We constantly look for new methods and materials that promote a sustainable supply chain. Through the promotion and use of recycled (sustainable) raw materials, TransPak provides solutions for the packaging /crating products supplied to our customers that are kind to our environment. Our mission is to produce quality packaging & crating to meet the increasing demands for environmentally friendly products and address our customer's obligation to be socially responsible for the environment.
Recycling, or diversion from landfills, of material waste is a key element in TransPak's drive for a cleaner environment. Annual benchmarks and goal are established for each of our plants and these are measured on a monthly reporting basis.
Sustainability is fundamental to the way we do business. It's built into our corporate culture, decision making, supply chain management and operations in a way that allows us to deliver innovative, quality products and exceptional service our customers expect while protecting the environment and being corporate citizens. TransPak believes that sustainability is a long term continuing process.
At TransPak, we:
- Are transparent with our stakeholders;
- Strive for continuous performance improvement;
- Comply with all laws & regulations that apply to our business;
- Use raw materials, energy and other resources efficiently and seek to reduce resource use;
- Manage people, processes and technology to prevent pollution and reduce green house gas emissions;
- Use as much recycled materials as is practical, available, cost effective and compatible with our processes;
- Source raw materials used in our products fr
- Recycle almost all materials where feasible;
- Encourage continuous environmental performance improvement throughout our supply chain;
- Provide safe and healthy workplaces for our employees;
- Are a socially responsible corporate citizen who is ethical, practices mutual trust and respect and participates in the communities where we operate;
Global Solutions | Green Supply Chain
Eco-friendly Shipping Solutions
TransPak is committed to improving the impact on the environment caused by our products and services. We constantly look for new methods and materials that promote a sustainable supply chain.
Reusable & Refurbished Crates
TransPak designs, engineers and builds 100% reusable crates. You can choose from a variety of recommended hardware components to suit your specific needs. High reusability is accomplished by designing interiors that are much different from single-use crates, allowing easy installation and de-installation of your product while at the same time properly securing and protecting it during transit. TransPak will also retrieve unpacked crates from your facility and refurbish worn and damaged components, reducing the use of new source materials and providing a cost savings.
Green Packaging Materials
TransPak has access and experience with a variety of cutting edge environmentally friendly materials including soy and water based inks and adhesives. We also carry EnviroKraft, a 100% Post Consumer Recycled Corrugated box. The single-wall is 32 ECT C-flute and Kraft, which is common for UPS shipments that are 30 pounds or less. EnviroKraft also comes in a heavy-duty 51 ECT Double-wall, which is effective with heavier packages or items that are more fragile. TransPak offers void fill alternatives like Molded pulp Cushion Cubes. This cube is a good alternative for blocking and bracing fragile or odd sized items. We also offer a small triangular paper tube called ExpandOS that can be manufactured in your facility on-demand. The equipment requires just four square feet and a standard 110-volt outlet to produce enough void fill for the highest volume applications. Another option, GeoSpring, is a thermoformed reusable plastic that is made from recycled HDPE, milk cartons.
TransPak knows that the proper design of crates can minimize material usage and scrap. We have the experience and knowledge to create designs that minimize outside dimensions and weight for reduced shipping costs and fuel usage. TransPak utilizes special design and assembling techniques to make the components of your crates easy to separate in order to increase the recycling capabilities. This is particularly important when shipping to Europe and many Asian destinations that have strict recycling regulations.
TransPak follows an aggressive recycling program for its waste stream. All scrap wood is ground and recycled into fireplace logs or press board, while all scrap foam is compressed into bails and converted into carpet padding and/or returned to the foam manufacturers for use in recycled products.
Diversion and Power Reduction Goals
In 2014 TransPak diverted over 5 million pounds of waste from landfills into recycling projects for a global diversion rate of just over 92%. As we continue to fine tune our current location-specific plans and add new locations, our 2014 goal is 94%.
In 2014 TransPak used 2.4 million KW of electricity. Our 2015 goal is to reduce that by 500,000 KW through the installation of solar panels on our San Jose facility and other energy reduction efforts. The positive results of that effort will be:
|CO 2 Offset||421,589 lbs|
|NO x Offset||360 lbs|
|SO 2 Offset||309 lbs|
|Miles driven in average car||997,693 miles|
|# cars @ 11.7k miles/year||76|
TransPak developed and maintains a Social & Environmental Management System (S&EMS) as a guide to help us better understand and more effectively manage our social responsibilities and environmental impacts and reduce the potential risks that our operations may pose to the environment. The S&EMS is also the primary mechanism we use to help us follow through on the commitments expressed in our Environmental Policy below.
TransPak's company-wide S&EMS covers all operations. On the environmental aspect, from the point of entry of raw materials and energy to the point of exit of finished manufactured products. In addition to manufacturing processes and activities, all other operations fall within the scope of the S&EMS, including maintenance, grounds keeping, offices, and the activities of onsite contractors. TransPak's S&EMS excludes the environmental intersects of products to the extent that TransPak does not have influence over their design or disposition. TransPak's S&EMS includes waste disposal/diversion into account in evaluating the environmental impacts of activities at all locations.
TransPak conducts its business operations in a manner that preserves the environment and protects the health and safety of workers, customers and neighboring communities. TransPak will only utilize wood raw materials that comply with established sustainability programs such as the Forest Stewardship™ (FSC)®, Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) standards. TransPak's diversion rate, monitored monthly, is the industry benchmark and we strive for continual improvement on increasing it. TransPak will work closely with its clients to develop RRR (reuse, refurbish, recycle) programs whenever practical. TransPak will always promote utilizing recycled products whenever that alternative is available.
- Forest Stewardship™ (FSC)® : https://us.fsc.org/
- Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) : http://www.sfiprogram.org/
- Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) : http://www.pefc.org/
Social Awareness and Policies
Forced Labor - (Social Management)
TransPak will not use forced or involuntary labor of any type (e.g. forced, bonded, indentured or involuntary prison labor); employment is voluntary.
Forced or prison labor
Forced or prison laborers are prohibited from employment if they are constrained to work as a requirement of the sentence and without compensation. Forced or prison labor occurs most often where the supplier is using a government or military-controlled agency to provide or arrange for the hiring of workers.
Indentured and bonded labor
Indentured labor refers to situations where an employer forbids workers from leaving at the worker's discretion. Bonded labor refers to situations where employees work to pay a debt, which is often incurred by another person, offering the worker's labor in exchange.
Other forms of forced labor
Includes situations in which labor contracts create unreasonable legal or practical limitations on a worker's ability to leave his/her employment. Such instances include: employers keeping worker identification documents; payment of excessive fees upon entering employment; or the requirement that workers pay a penalty upon termination of the contract.
TransPak will not use child labor. The term “child" refers to any person employed under the age of 15 (or 14 where the law of the country permits), or under the age for completing compulsory education, or under the minimum age for employment in the country, whichever is greatest. We support the use of legitimate workplace apprenticeship programs which comply with all laws and regulations applicable to such apprenticeship programs.
- TransPak verifies the age of each worker prior to employment.
- TransPak does not accept incomplete or missing age documentation records verifying the age of all employees when workers appear to be of lawful age within the facility, particularly with regard to young looking workers.
- TransPak ensures that young workers are not performing hazardous work.
- TransPak ensures that young workers are only employed within the legally specified number of hours.
- TransPak has a clear program for hiring, training, and promoting apprentices.
Wages and Benefits
TransPak, at a minimum, complies with all applicable wage and hour laws and regulations for every state and country we have facilities, including those relating to minimum wages, overtime hours, piece rates and other elements of compensation, and provide legally mandated benefits.
- All employees are paid the legal minimum wage applicable in the country of operation.
- Workers are compensated for overtime hours at the legally mandated premium rates, or where such rates do not exist, payment for overtime hours are at least equal to the regular hourly wage.
- Employees receive all statutory benefits mandated by law, including but not limited to pension benefits, annual leave, and holidays.
TransPak does not discriminate in hiring and employment practices on grounds of race, religion, age, nationality, social or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, political affiliation, or disability. The job candidates and/or employees are judged solely based on their ability to perform the job they are applying for or currently engaged in.
- TransPak periodically reviews hiring practices to determine that there is no prohibited discrimination
- HR, employment agencies and supplier management are trained in nondiscrimination and applicable nondiscrimination laws.
- Managers receive recurrent training on harassment and nondiscrimination
- TransPak has written job descriptions that focus solely on occupational qualifications.
- TransPak has an active affirmative action program to hire and promote a diverse workforce
- Management communicates its written policies on nondiscrimination to its employees in its employee handbook.
Respect and Dignity
TransPak treats all of their employees with respect and would never use corporal punishment, threats of violence or other forms of physical coercion or harassment.
- TransPak has written policies and practices are in place prohibiting harassment and abuse.
- TransPak has and established training program for management and supervisors delineating policies and disciplinary action regarding abuse and harassment.
- All disciplinary actions are clearly documented.
- TransPak has an established a communication system where workers can raise issues of concern including treatment by their supervisors or coworkers.
- Management communicates its written policies on respect and dignity to its employees.
Freedom of Association
TransPak respects the legal rights of employees to join or to refrain from joining worker organizations, including trade unions. TransPak make every attempt to have favorable employment conditions and to maintain effective employee communication programs as a means of promoting positive employee relations that make employees viewing third-party representation as unnecessary.
- TransPak makes every attempt to create employment conditions which foster mutual trust between management and employees.
- We present open channels of communication and employees are encourage by management to use them.
- TransPak actively works to continually improve its employment practices and conditions
- TransPak does not unlawfully discriminate in employment decisions against workers because of their affiliation with worker groups.
- TransPak does not unlawfully engage in threatening or harassing behavior towards workers because of their affiliation with worker groups.
Health and Safety
TransPak provides their employees with a safe and healthy workplace in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. Consistent with these obligations, TransPak has effective programs that encompass life safety, incident investigation, chemical safety, ergonomics, etc. and provide the same standard of health and safety in any housing that is provided for employees. TransPak has a current experience modification rating of 52 which sets us as a top performer in providing a safe working environment in our field.
- TransPak has a management system that identifies and controls potential hazards and strives for continuous improvement.
- TransPak has several health and safety managers appointed to oversee compliance.
- Employees are involved in safety programs and management leadership is evident.
- Health and safety education is provided during initial orientation and on an ongoing basis.
- Workplace incidents are reported and investigated and action taken to minimize the potential for future occurrence.
- Formal and informal management self-assessments are completed on a routine basis.
- Health and safety trends (example: incidents, employee perceptions, regulatory deficiencies, etc.) are monitored and properly addressed.
- Contractor firm selection and safety performance are monitored.
- Emergency evacuation drills are conducted regularly.
- Emergency response capabilities are appropriate to the risk.
- Health and safety professionals are consulted for guidance and evaluation
Committed to Our Local and Global Communities
TransPak also cares about the communities in which we and our customers operate. We are active members of these communities and support the charitable organizations and events that serve the needs of the people in our neighborhoods. Often, it's the people we work with around the world who make us aware of these opportunities to help.
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