People at the heart

We want to make a positive impact on society and improve people’s lives wherever we connect with them.

This means taking action to enhance the lives of our employees and people who work with Ontex. It includes sharing and living the values we believe in and partnering with others to help deliver lasting positive change in communities impacted by our business.

Ensuring safe and healthy working conditions

The health and safety of our employees is of the utmost importance. We strive for a safe and healthy workplace so that our employees can do their best work, enjoy each day and do their jobs with confidence.

Ontex Health & safety at a glance

Diversity & equal opportunities

We do business in more than 110 countries across the world. Reflecting this, we need a culture of inclusivity that respects the communities in which we live and work and for our teams to reflect the diversity of our global consumers. We believe in diversity – as each of our employees is unique and brings new perspectives and ideas to our business.

Our workforce profile 2016 at a glance

Our values

We believe one of the key things that differentiates us is our belief that“everyone” is bigger than “team”. We want a culture where everyone feels included. It is our goal that regardless of level, location or function, every individual in Ontex is able to contribute to our success and to feel valued for doing so. So who better to help define our values than our people?

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In 2015, we engaged our global workforce to help establish a new set of corporate values for Ontex. We received more than 4000 responses and during 2016 we worked to consolidate these into Ontex’ five values: Passion, Reliability, Integrity, Drive, Everyone.

Our values

Creating global partnerships

In 2016, we committed ourselves to a long-term partnership with the UNICEF WaSH Program (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene). This program covers a wide range of activities, such as installing water pumps, educating adolescents on menstruation, spreading the practice of hand-washing, and constructing toilets and hand-washing facilities in schools and health centers.

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Engaging communities

Being active all over the world, we have a responsibility to support the communities impacted by our business: from those surrounding our operations to those indirectly affected through our sourcing and sales activities.

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1. Ontex Turnov.

Ontex Turnov contributed to the reconstruction of a playground in one of the local housing estates in Turnov. Since that day, the playground has offered a fun place for local children to play.

2. Ontex Turkey.

Ontex Turkey donated baby diapers and incontinence products to local institutions such as special education and rehabilitation centers, hostels for disadvantaged people, and a women’s prison.

3. Ontex Aalst, Belgium.

Every year all business gifts we receive are collected as prizes for an employee lottery. The money raised from the lottery is donated to the Make-a-Wish foundation, which enriches the lives of children fighting life-threatening conditions.

4. Ontex Mexico.

Ontex Mexico donated product to Casa del Sol, a local charitable organization that aims to protect and develop young children in a safe and harmonious environment. Casa del Sol welcomes babies, girls and boys from birth to eight years of age who are emotionally, socially and economically vulnerable.

5. Ontex Russia.

Ontex Russia donated over 3.5 tons of sanitary products to the immunology department of Dima Rogachev children’s hospital. This equates to many thousands of diapers and pants.

Doing business with integrity

The way we do business is closely linked to the values we live by, and specifically the value of Integrity. We want to do business the right way – always and everywhere – honoring not only the law, but also high ethical standards, as set out in our Code of Ethics.

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Fair competition in focus

A good understanding of competition and antitrust laws is key to our success. During 2016, our Sales teams took part in face-to-face training on competition and antitrust law. Two e-Learning modules on “Cartels and Dealing with Competitors’ and “Distribution, Market Power and Investigations” were organized for 340 employees.

Campaigning for compliance

In 2016 we ran our first International Compliance Day. A key feature of the day was the ability for our local compliance coordinators to meet their peers and to share compliance experiences and local approaches. We continued to roll out our compliance program. We focused on five key elements from our Code of Conduct: confidential information, company assets, integrity, anti-corruption and social media.

Offering customers insight into our social performance

A sustainable business is underpinned by fair working conditions for all those involved in the manufacturing and supply of our products. This is a core element of our promise to produce our products  responsibly.

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We use the Sedex platform to share information about our plants in four key areas with our customers. These are: labor standards, health & safety, the environment, and business ethics.

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Working with our suppliers to protect human rights

At Ontex we value all the people who are connected to our products or operations within our supply chain. We want to make sure that the human rights of everyone involved in the supply of our products are respected. To support this we have set a target for all our direct spend material suppliers to sign our Supplier Code of Conduct by end 2017.

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Each year we monitor the sustainability performance of our direct spend material suppliers through an online questionnaire. Based upon this, a supplier sustainability award is handed out to a supplier that realized exceptional sustainability achievements. The winner of the supplier sustainability award 2016 was GP Cellulose.