ICT Poland: workshop on feedback
In previous years, we dedicated a lot of time and commitment to developing a culture of respect at our company. We have now taken it to the next level and honed skills in sincere conversation, on both easy and challenging topics, applying the principles of mutual respect. For this purpose, we will use the capacity to offer feedback. This is important because through sincere conversation it is easier to establish and nurture relationships with others, in addition to creating a good work climate that undoubtedly affects the sense of safety and satisfaction in the workplace. To tackle such a challenge, in September and October this year we held workshops on “Providing feedback in line with the culture of respect”. These workshops involved all of the leaders of our organisation such as Managers, Foremen, Coordinators and Head Engineers. About 190 people in all.
The main objective of these workshops was to reflect on the current situation regarding feedback, creating a common position on the aim to pursue and learning a simple technique on how to give feedback. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, workshops were carried out in compliance with safety guidelines.
A new investment to reduce emissions and save energy
ICT continues to make progress in pursuing the goal of reducing the impact on the environment and announces a new sustainable investment: the methane gas burners of the hoods on machine 4, installed at the Piano di Coreglia plant, have been replaced. The hood blows hot air on the paper, which helps to dry it. This revamping project involved the installation of two new high energy-efficient burners with low CO (carbon monoxide) and NOx (nitrogen oxides) emissions.
The first Foxy fit 2020 run for employees was held!
This year the traditional event “Kostrzyńska Dziesiątka” [The Ten of Kostrzyn] was not held, but we did not give up.
More than 50 employees decided to participate in a unique initiative, i.e. the Foxy Fit Virtual Run. In fact, for many the virtual alternative was also a bit of a way to get back to normality in these strange times. With the Endomondo app we were able to connect regardless of the position and the distance that separated us. Each participant was rewarded: those who ran 5 km received an exclusive water bottle, and those who finished 10 km got a thermos. Participants were able to organise the Virtual Foxy Fit run differently and individually. During the weekend the weather was good for outdoor exercise. Route and time were chosen by the participants: some ran in groups, others ran the distance alone, while others chose to participate in recreational activities with their families or to run in the stadium. It is important that each of us had fun during the run!
ICT Ibérica committed to Sustainable Development. We contribute to Goals 12 and 14 by reducing single-use plastics
ICT Ibérica reinforces its commitment to Sustainable Development by initiating the campaign to reduce single-use plastics consumption within the organization and contributing, in particular, to the Sustainable Development Objectives (SDO) of underwater life and responsible consumption.
From the first moment, we have counted on the collaboration and involvement of all the organization's personnel, initiating good practices with the removal of plastic cups from water fountains and replacing them with a more sustainable choice. In addition, we are working with the coffee machine supplier to also eliminate the plastic generated by this service.
From now on, we will continue to be involved with this cause to try to eliminate all sources that generate this type of waste, whenever possible.
Friday 25th September dedicated to sustainability
Today we join #FSCFriday, the international day of responsible forest management promoted by FSC©, which aims to raise awareness of the role of forests in everyday life.
Since years, ICT Group has chosen to be part of a responsible supply chain to contribute to preserving forests and promoting sustainable management activities, respecting the environment, people and forestry ecosystems.
Cellulose is one of the most sensitive materials we use in ICT and must be carefully managed throughout the supply management and production process; products bearing an FSC label guarantee consumers that the raw materials used come from responsibly managed forests, respecting high environmental, social and economic standards.
SIX SIGMA / Quality and the Challenge of Big Data
Within the continuous improvement process, ICT Ibérica puts special effort in people training, as one of the main pillars. In a social, economic and industrial world where data have an increasingly higher impact, the Quality department has echoed the Six Sigma methodology, focused on data-based problem solving. In that context, four members of the quality team obtained the Green Belt Six Sigma certification, having passed a theoretical exam and presenting a project to the Top Management. Each of the Green Belt projects, approaching real problems through data-driven problem solving, has generated a positive economic return. The certificates were handed out by José Luis Pérez Quintana, General Director, proving that CT Iberica is firmly committed towards a dynamic working environment that need experts capable to properly manage data to drive the effort to continuously improve our processes
Health and Safety first
ICT spa is pleased to announce that it has obtained the ISO 45001 certification, for the protection of the health and safety of its employees in the workplace.
This certification has replaced the previous one obtained in compliance with the obsolete OHSAS 18001 standard.
With ISO 45001, ICT spa has managed to further improve its health and safety management system through compliance with clear and strict guidelines as required by the new legislation and has strengthened its commitment towards this sensitive and important issue.
ICT Ibérica contributes to the fight against covid-19
Since the start of this pandemic, ICT Ibérica has cooperated closely with institutions active in the fight against COVID-19. The company’s contribution has mainly focused on three areas:
- Locally, ICT Ibérica has contributed by helping the Ribera Baja social services, which support the municipalities of El Burgo de Ebro, Fuentes de Ebro and Mediana de Aragón. It has provided the services of its purchasing department to find vendors that would assure the necessary supplies, especially at the beginning of the crisis, when it was more difficult to obtain protection equipment. Concrete donations included gel dispensers, disinfecting gel, protective overalls, disposable gowns, sleeve covers, caps, shoe covers, gloves, goggles and masks.
- Regionally, it has contributed with a significant monetary donation to the “Aragón en Marcha” programme, promoted by the Aragón Government and other social agencies and coordinated by CEOE Aragón, an institution that has dealt with collecting the donations by the various Aragonese companies, funnelling them towards the purchase and distribution of medical devices and personal protection equipment within the Aragonese region. Furthermore, three vehicles of the Aragonese emergency service 061 have been outfitted with the appropriate safety equipment.
- Nationally, it has contributed with a further significant monetary donation to UNICEF, which was allocated for purchasing medical devices and personal protection equipment, distributed nationwide.
ICT Ibérica is proud of the contribution it has made and keeps being committed to fighting COVID-19.
At the same time, the company has maintained a high level of disinfection, protection and safety at its facilities in order to seek to prevent infections among workers and their families.
We share our products - ICT Poland provides help during the pandemic
Throughout this particularly difficult period, we have supported and continue to support local institutions. We donated toilet paper, kitchen towels and tissues to all hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions in the area that are fighting on the front line against the epidemic. Among these: Provincial Hospital of Słubice, Independent Public Hospital Complex of Szczecin, Nursing Homes of Słubice, Tursk, Pyrzyce based in Żabów, Kamień Wielki. Our company also joined the Widzew Łódź fans initiative by providing help to the hospitals in Łódź.
In short, we delivered 765 pallets with disposable products made by us, for a total of 18 tonnes. We also shared over 10,000 protective face masks and 15 litres of disinfectant.
In addition, the company made a financial contribution to the Gorzów Wielkopolski Regional Hospital, aimed at fighting the epidemic - I’ve seen a lot in my life and I’ve had diverse experiences. However, the last few days have been extraordinary from this perspective. (...) I warmly thank you on behalf of our patients and our employees. This is real solidarity. I guarantee, on behalf of all the hospital staff, that we will not forget this gesture, and when we will be put to the test, we will be up to it - writes on his Facebook profile Robert Surowiec, the vice chairman of the Regional Hospital of Gorzów Wielkopolski.