Corporate social responsibility

Maatschappelijk Verantwoord Ondernemen (MVO) speelt binnen ROTO een belangrijke rol. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) plays an important role within ROTO. ROTO has become a member of SDG Nederland, the Business Unit Grating technology is the first grating manufacturer to receive the Cradle-to-Cradle Silver certificate and several ROTO companies have the Metaalunie CSR certificate. CSR does not stop when obtaining a certificate. A sustainable result depends on every business decision striking a proper balance between people, the environment company interests. The most sustainable solution is explicitly considered for every investment.

“ The Cradle-to-Cradle Silver certificate is a direct result of ROTO’s CSR efforts.

The ROTO way of working and the ROTO products and services contribute to the CSR philosophy by:

  • translating the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into ROTO KPIs;
  • full recyclability of Cradle-to-Cradle grating application of gratings;
  • expanded metal in façade cladding for better climate control in buildings to achieve energy savings;
  • enduring protection of steel from corrosion by hot-dip galvaniding and powder coating in a Duplex system for long service life and lower maintenance costs;
  • recycling of a galvanised product with steel and zinc being recovered and reused;
  • recycling of zinc from zinc ashes and zinc scrap into reusable zinc. This leads to a reduction in waste flows, and lower energy and water consumption than in the production of primary zinc from ore.

The gas and electricity consumption have been mapped and the CO2 production (scope 1 and scope 2) is continuously measured. In 2020, ROTO emitted 19,700 tonnes of CO2: approximately 10% less than in 2019, the decrease being partly the direct result of the covid crisis and a lower production volume. At the same time, there is less efficiency, which, relatively speaking, leads to higher consumption, i.e. more CO2 emissions.

ROTO supports the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and will therefore take further steps to ensure that in the next 9 years its Business Units achieve a CO2 decrease of 40% compared to 2019. The key to achieving that target is mainly the reduction in energy consumption and partly generating one’s own energy. The phasing-out of low-caloric natural gas is closely monitored in the context of the fact that no adequate solutions are currently available for the energy-intensive hot-dip galvanising process and zinc recycling process at the Business Units Surface treatment and Zinc recycling.

The first 3,240 solar panels were installed

Within the company car scheme, diesel cars are now excluded and the choice for an electric car is encouraged. There is an increasing demand for e-alternatives, several fully electric company cars have already been put into use and at there are charging points for electric cars at every location in the Netherlands. Diesel-powered forklifts have been replaced by electric forklifts and LED lights have been installed in most offices and production halls. The first 3,240 solar panels were installed and put into use at the end of February 2021. The decision was taken to install solar panels at a second location and plans for installing solar panels at other locations are being examined.

There is focus on waste separation at the various locations, additional waste bins have been installed and employees are being actively encouraged to contribute to waste separation and work without paper as much as possible to spare the environment. The digital newsletters and ROTOtaal and the digital invoicing processing (incoming and outgoing) will continue unabated. On the forklift trucks tablets are used to guide the work digitally and electronic waybills are being used. Also, in the factories, more and more work is paperless.