AAK Zhangjiagang, China
Teamwork streamlines the GRI process
After an onboarding period, the Zhangjiagang plant was
asked to join all our other sites in contributing to the
Global Reporting Initiative, an international independent
standards organization that monitors impact on issues
such as climate change, human rights and corruption.
While some thought the reporting process would be
complex, the experience was universally positive and
Zhangjiagang is located in China’s Jiangsu province,
and is one of the many ports along the famous Yangtze
river. Workers at the new AAK site were initially apprehensive
when invited to get involved with the Global
Reporting Initiative and people were concerned it might
be complicated or time-consuming to complete.
Proactivity through training and support
Fortunately, these concerns were quickly put to rest.
On one hand, the Global Reporting Initiative has been
designed to be streamlined to alleviate any additional
pressure on a company’s reporting process, and on the
other, Mads Jules Feer, Global CSR Manager of AAK,
was on site to help manage the proceedings.
Mads was able to give face-to-face training to
everyone involved and used a special “card game” to
facilitate the group discussions. This enabled participants
to easily understand the key areas needed to
focus on and how to get them completed. In addition,
the senior management in AAK China gave its full
support and encouragement to the team, which gave an
even greater incentive to do the best possible job.