At Omega Industries, we believe in doing fair business; one that is transparent, safe and sustainable as well. Responsible practice is essential and these are the fundamentals, without which there is no chance for the industry to build trust and good faith with everyone we work with.
We have a full understanding that we need to be responsible to be sustainable. That is why we put importance on taking our responsibilities seriously, especially when it comes to health and safety. Nothing is more important than the well-being of everyone involved in or affected by our operations.
Our target is to eliminate all future accidents. And though this may be a little too ambitious, we have full confidence that it is achievable as we are committed to putting the safety and health of our people on top of our priorities.
Of course, we also know that we have responsibilities beyond that. We also need to assure that our sustainability campaigns are delivered and we understand that we have a role – expected of us – to play in dealing with social, environmental and economic challenges.
The pace in the change in the modern society is something we have not seen before – or since in industrial revolt. The world’s population is increasing fast and major demographic shifts are also changing global dynamics. Additionally, factors like mass migration from rural to urban areas, rising middle class population in developing countries and aging western population, are all making never-before-seen demands on water, food, energy, infrastructure, housing, and the environment.
Aside from the need to aim for commercial sustainability, businesses must also respond effectively to a new economic structure where being competitive is an advantage and is determined by environmental and social dividends in their activities.
We know that the success of our business is dependent on how we manage the interlinked issues. But, we need to be honest that if we are to achieve our goals, we need to acknowledge the scale of what we have to work for. Thus, we focus on our commitment to find the right solutions and be ready to acknowledge that we do not know all the answers.
Structuring our Activities
We have categorized our sustainability objective into four sections: health and safety, our people, the environment and the marketplace. We call our Australian branch’s sustainability activities as the organization’s EPIC agenda. We set clear targets and we ensure that we put the best efforts in focusing on adequately addressing our activities so that we can make the most positive impact and lessen negative consequences.
- Health and Safety – This objective is designed to provide protection on everyone’s health and safety and we aim to be totally accident free by 2020.
- People – The goal here is to entice, develop and keep our talented pool of people. We ensure that we have a healthy environment so that we can keep on inspiring everyone to give their best.
- Environment – It is our goal to effectively minimize our operation’s negative impact on the environment and to maximize the build environment’s quality.
- Marketplace – In order to be competitive, we deliver the utmost value to our shareholders – suppliers, clients, communities and the entire industry.
To be sustainable is to maximize economic, social and environmental performance. This should be done with the objective of putting the interest of the business, the stakeholder and the Earth on top of our priorities.
Omega Industries put greater importance on making sure that our sustainability policy is working well alongside our other policies on Health and Safety, Human Resources, Environment and Customer Service.
We intend to remain an enduring engineering business and thus we implement a strategy that creates sustainable growth by meeting the social, environmental and economic challenges of this changing world.
As an integral component of fulfilling our business vision, sustainability is going to be pursued. Our expectations are:
- To be injury and accident free
- To create long term and exceptional sustainable result for our clients
- To have zero lost working activities
- To work on the highest standards of social, environmental and social aspects
- To lead in low-carbon emission performance
- To stimulate a culture of diversity, education, and inclusion
- To develop our most valued assets – our people
- To enrich and improve the communities where we operate
- To ensure zero environmental accidents
- And to engage our partners and supply chain to promote our policy
We annually review and update our policies to meet client need and to successfully evolve with the fast changing world. We intend to be our stakeholders’ first choice, while we also aim to challenge and change the global image of the construction industry.
Omega Industries is heavily investing in training, development and education campaigns for our people. We are nationally supporting 122 employees on professional, academic and trades programmes.
It is a fact that there are not that many young people who are enticed to work in the paint industry. If this thread is not reversed, our sector’s growth, along with the wider economy, is going to be negatively affected.
In the meantime, our increasingly advanced manufacturing and contractor delivery operations will make more demands and will require more efforts from our employees. To make sure that we can provide the requirements, we put importance in attracting and retaining the best of our workforce by offering them with rewarding careers and genuine development opportunities.
Enticing the Young
To fill in the skills gaps, Omega is working with TAFE, universities, and schools to motivate more young people to choose careers in the coatings industry. By integrating vocational guidance and learning experiences, our project teams are designed to assist students in making informed and important career choices by providing them with exciting new insights into the many benefits that the industry can offer.
Additionally, we highly invest in world-class education. This initiative is not just implemented so that we can develop our own talent, but also to help widen the chance of building and enhancing skills in the industry so that we can sustainably and profitably meet all future challenges.
Many people still consider the engineering and construction industry as a predominantly male territory. But we need to address this imbalance if we are to resolve the skills gap. Thus, it is our goal to work harder in encouraging diversity in every way – or we have to take the risk of restricting our choices when it comes to human resources.
Recently, we started to monitor ethnic diversity through employee profiling system. A part of the objective is tracking gender ratios across the sector, putting specific focus on high-potential talent agendas.
Engaging our People
Omega’s employee engagement score is essentially an evaluation of our people’s satisfaction in their jobs. We regard this as a major indicator of how we can effectively retain talent. Annually, we are tracking this figure by using an employee survey. Once again, in 2015, we were able to achieve an unprecedented outcome – a score of 96.4% against the 57% global average.
At Omega, we base our approach to health and safety on the idea of individual empowerment and personal commitment. It is our belief that every person deserves the right to return home every day safe as they also have the responsibility to take care of themselves and the people around them.
The paint industry is getting safer. Though injuries and fatalities still occur as they are somehow totally unavoidable of what we do in this business. Omega Industries aim to ensure that our Focus Zero agenda will be able to completely eliminate work hazards and accidents on site.
Focus Zero is the organization’s campaign to eradicate possible accidents in all our future operations. It may be a tough objective and it is not an easily achievable feat, but it is a worthwhile goal to attempt to keep everyone safe and well. To help us achieve our target, we have several new initiatives and have improved on our existing ones.
Communication to Help in Cultural Change
It is our belief that communication is one of the most essential tools that can help our Focus Zero campaign be a success. It is vital that our people have a full understanding of our approach to health and safety – they should also feel empowered to take part in this initiative. For that, we also introduced the “one-to-one safety commitment interviews” for our new employees, as well as for our subcontractors. One of the main objectives of this activity is to stimulate a culture of care and mutual respect, which can be achieved with strengthened relationships throughout all levels of work orders – from the management to the staff.
Everyone has a part to play so that the work environment can be safe. An effective way to do it is by always being aware of the hazards and by having the capacity to take actions in addressing these risks. Thus, we actively motivate our people to assess their work environment regularly and to be vigilant in reporting any noticeable risk as soon as it arises.
Enhancement of Well-being
One major priority of the Focus Zero campaign is to prevent work-related illnesses. Though there is clear proof that employment has a positive outcome on personal well-being, poor health in the work environment can mean significant safety hazards.
In view of that, we have implemented several services that can improve our employees’ health. These services include annual medical check ups and subsidized gym memberships. We also enforce education campaigns designed to tackle lifestyle-related issues like high blood pressure and diabetes.
Climate change and the threat of dwindling natural resources are factors that compel us to rethink how we procure, formulate, protect and maintain buildings and infrastructure.
We know that there is an inevitable rising demand for housing, transport, power, hospitals, and other significant infrastructure. Of course, for us in the coatings industry, this is good news. But, we also know that to be successful in fulfilling the development of such scale, safety and sustainability should be assured.
Conventional building activities are carbon-intensive, and the construction environment is the biggest source of worldwide carbon emissions. Collectively, the build sector consumes about a third Earth’s natural resources, creating huge amounts of pollution and waste in the process.
The challenge we are facing is definitely enormous – it is so big that not one single organization can provide an isolated solution. To this end, Omega Industries is with industry and academic partners in an attempt at developing more sustainable products and smarter processes, as well as to deliver energy-efficient structures. Additionally, we aim to stay focused on our initiative to help reduce carbon emission and to eliminate waste.
Innovation for Change
At Omega, we implement the 3R Program approach, which has the potential to vitally decrease negative effects in leftover wastes, while maximizing utilization efficiency. We reinforce this approach with our in-house Technical Department, which is a NATA Accredited Laboratory, run by qualified Phds, process engineers and chemical engineers who allow us to effectively to incorporate methods to our commercial painting projects. These methods have an “end game plan” to all our materials either recycle, reuse or recover paints.
Carbon Emission Reduction
As a build organization, we have dedicated ourselves to ensure that we will be able to cut our carbon footprint up to 60% by the year 2020. By the year 2050, we should be able to achieve our target of 90% carbon footprint reduction. We have been taking the initiative to take active steps in gaining our targets and thus, we work with government regulators and independent environmental organizations. We also put more investments in fuel-efficient fleet and made improvements to our processes and systems.
For the first time, in 2011, our business was accredited by DNV-GL with an ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System. Our systems are consistently improving with new ideas and tweaking old ones to ensure we are a positive presence to our land.
It is one of our main objectives to eliminate waste at the source by ensuring efficient planning, procurement, chemical engineering, and manufacturing methodologies. Due to that objective, we are making sure that we are going to meet our stretched target of cutting up to 100% of our paint waste by the year 2016.
In projects where waste arises, we strictly implement firm management protocols like mandatory recycling allocation. Our APAS approved manufacturing facilities in conjunction with technical expertise empower us to bring wastes to our site and reuse, recycle and recover paints.
Because we believe in responsible sourcing we built a policy that mandates choosing products with the least environmental impact. Such policy also includes the use of reusable and/or non-hazardous materials whenever applicable.
Our organization’s Explore Manufacturing business got the “good” status for passing the responsible sourcing standard. In order to qualify for such status, an organization should be able to present detailed proof of how their environmental, social, health, safety, and other ethical aspects are being managed.
We aim to be able to get the “Very Good” status next year and we are going to focus on making sure that we can extend this accreditation to cover our manufactured products.
It is a part of our commitment to protect and, whenever necessary, enhance the natural environment wherein our sites and offices are located. This is strictly mandated through our organization’s policy of biodiversity and environment management system. It is also underlined and emphasized in our objective to eradicate all possibilities of Category 1 environmental incidents. On our new projects, we ensure the delivery of environmental launches to make sure that all responsibilities are understood.
It is our organization’s assurance that we follow and comply with the highest standards of environmental compliance and management. All Omega Industries businesses operate to ISO14001-accredited environmental management systems.
Strengthening the Systems
At Omega Industries, we modified our ISO 14001- certified environmental management system. The changes were necessary because we intend to guarantee that our sites are going to be as waste and as energy efficient as possible. The new system offers improved guidance that helps the projects to be sustainably easy to set up and dismantle.
Our company is also committed to providing protection and improvement for the environment. One of our ongoing priorities is to implement the best environmental performance, and it is achievable by our actions based on our environmental policy. Aside from this policy, we also have the Sustainability policy integrated into our policy framework.
It is our objective to lessen our operations’ negative impacts and to maximize our build environment’s quality for future generations. We employ innovations and good practice application to effectively drive the industry to make designs that are sustainable and with the least possible environmental impact.
Our organizational goal is going to be realized by:
- Continued enhancement of the environmental performance of our products, services, and activities by following our objectives, programmes, and targets.
- Compliance with the pertinent legislation and requirements, and by evaluating this compliance on a regular basis.
- Proactive lessening of our environmental impacts, which include leading in the decrease of direct and embodied CO2 emission, and in providing low carbon/energy efficient assets for our clients.
- Enhancing resource efficiency through the reduction of natural resources use, as well as reducing waste and deflecting waste from the landfills.
- Water consumption reduction and enhancement of water efficiency.
- Minimizing discharges or emission to the environment.
- Proactive protection, preservation, and improvement of wildlife and their natural habitat.
- Motivating worker comprehension regarding environmental sustainability by stimulation of cultural change and presentation of precise directions.
- Encouraging our supply chain to improve their responsible sourcing activities and environmental performance.
- Maintenance of our ISO 14001:2004 registration for the principal businesses and securing the registration of our services and products businesses.
- Strict management of our environmental agenda, supported by monitoring and reporting of the progress against our environmental objectives and targets.
We ensure annual review and updating of our policies to meet our client’s requirements and to successfully evolve and advance with the world around us and to make Omega Industries the organization of the first choice for our shareholders, while we attempt to challenge and change the global construction industry image.