Dores Factory was recently the first company in Latvia to try out the new online self-assessment tool called Responsible Business Evaluation. Previously a sustainability assessment index was available only for larger companies, however, now also smaller businesses can use the tool to evaluate their level of sustainability. Dores was praised for its foresight, determination and awareness.
Dores Factory CEO Mikus Zībergs says: “It was a very valuable hour and a half, as some questions on the survey prompted thoughts, others new ideas, while some also brought out a sense of pride.” A business is part of the community, which is why a business should be measured as to what kind of value it brings to the community. For inspiration here are a few aspects in which Dores Factory does well in terms of sustainable practice:
– Employees. Dores believes that its employees are the most important aspect of long-lasting and successful operation.
– Education. Each year a small number of students obtain work experience at the factory.
– Microclimate. Dores staff members go on skiing and bicycle trips together, as well as organise little ice hockey matches on the frozen lake outside the factory.
– Environment. The factory was built on an old forest clearing, which was cleaned up after having been used as a small illegal dumpsite for waste.
– Smart management. 100% use of all materials and by-products in the production of an ecological insulation product.
– Energy efficiency. The purchase of new equipment has reduced energy consumption in the production of Dores houses by 45%.
– Investment. All Dores staff members volunteer to take part in reforestation efforts at least once a year.