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Focus on Training and Education Result in 42% Reduction in TRIR for creative werks

ELK GROVE VILLAGE – creative werks, a leader in design, manufacturing, and co-packing, is pleased to announce it has improved its Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) despite a 17.6% increase in hours worked across its three facilities and a 30% increase in finished good pallets from 2016.

In early 2017, creative werks set a corporate goal to reduce its safety TRIR from 5.25 to 4.9 by placing a special focus on safety prevention and encouraging feedback from floor personnel.  Specifically, creative werks management and floor associates engaged in meaningful dialogue about potential safety hazards and near-misses to reduce risk and create a safer work environment.  As a result, creative werks improved its TRIR to 3.03, a reduction of 42%.

“Taking responsibility and accountability as a business is key,” explained Vito Notarnicola, Safety and Security Manager. “When a safety incident occurs we focus on preventing accidents instead of correcting them. Our goal is for every associate to return home to their families the same way they came.”

In 2018, creative werks will continue to reinforce a culture of safety with more training, signage, and positive enforcement of safe work practices. Specifically, creative werks will focus on job specific training and ergonomics to give associates the skills they need to perform at their best. The training will increase in frequency and scope, down to specific roles and tasks performed on the job.  The TRIR goal for 2018 is 2.5, a 17.5% decrease in safety incidents.

“Fostering a culture and mindset of safety is the only way to enact real change,” remarks Vice President, HR Sarah Bajek. “Investing time in education and training will bring awareness so every associate can be empowered to promote safety and be an agent for change.”

 

About creative werks:

creative werks’ mission is to be the ultimate packaging partner, to deliver the highest quality products that exceed clients’ expectations and win the hearts of consumers.  The creative werks team brings over 60 years of entrepreneurial energy to its state-of-the-art manufacturing, co-packing and design facility. It maintains SQF Level III food-grade facilities to provide both labor-intensive and automated fulfillment for Fortune 100 food brands.   In addition, creative werks is an EPA Green Power Leader and runs nearly one million square feet of space on wind energy.

creative werks, llc joins with CDP for transparent supply chain reporting

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL – creative werks, llc has submitted its 2016 CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) Supply Chain report, disclosing its annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. CDP is an international non-profit working with companies to reduce their impact on climate change through supply chain reporting on GHG emissions, water usage, and deforestation. A top-rated climate research provider, CDP works with over 5,800 companies, 500 cities, and 100 states and regions to maintain a full database on global supply chain information.

The disclosure, completed in August 2017, includes information on creative werks’ energy consumption, carbon impact, and environmental challenges. creative werks is proud to report that by running on 100% wind power it registers zero GHG emissions from an energy standpoint, which is verified by the Environmental Protection Agency and Green Power Partnership. It reiterated its goal to continue reducing its carbon impact year-over-year and its investment in the research and development of more sustainable packaging solutions. creative werks is in its second year of an advanced zero waste program, with an expansion in 2017 to track materials throughout the supply chain and their ability to be recycled or recovered for other uses.

In 2017, creative werks has recommitted to reducing its carbon footprint by setting more ambitious targets to improve energy efficiency and reduce consumption by 100,000 kWh; reduce waste-to-landfill by 20%; and water by another 10%, as stated in their CSR Report entitled Making Progress, Making Impact.

 

 

About creative werks, llc:

creative werks’ mission is to be the ultimate packaging partner, to deliver the highest quality products that exceed its clients’ expectations and win the hearts of consumers.

The creative werks team brings over 60 years of entrepreneurial energy to its state-of-the-art manufacturing, co-packing and design facility. It maintains SQF Level III food-grade facilities to provide both labor-intensive and automated fulfillment for Fortune 100 food brands.   In addition, creative werks is an EPA Green Power Leader and runs nearly one million square feet of space on wind energy.

About CDP:

Over the past 15 years, CDP has created a system that has resulted in unparalleled engagement on environmental issues between investors, companies, cities, states, and regions worldwide. The CDP aims to see a thriving economy that works for people and planet in the long-term. To do this, it focuses on investors, companies, and cities to take urgent action to build a truly sustainable economy by measuring and understanding environmental impact.

Environmental Performance Surpasses 2016 Goals Across Energy, Gas, Water, and Waste to Landfill

Bensenville, Ill.: creative werks,llc, an industry leader in design, manufacturing, and co-packing, today announced the release of its 2016 inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report.  The report highlights creative werks’ achievements in social and sustainable business practices, reduction targets for 2017, and its commitment to serve the communities in which it operates.  Despite producing 15 million more consumer units than 2015, creative werks reduced emissions across water, energy, gas – and most notably – waste to landfill, a key focus in 2016.  The 2016 CSR Report entitled, Making Progress, Making Impact includes:

  • Recommitment to Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Leader program: In 2016, creative werks ran 9,088,780 kWh on wind power
  • Water reduction of 10.5% year over year: consuming 200,000 + gallons of water less than 2015
  • Waste-to-landfill, one the of biggest contributors to greenhouse gases (GHG), was reduced by over 15% in 2016 and over 4,000 tons of material was
    2017 goals infographic for PR diverted through recycling practices
  • Community involvement and giving increased with creative werks’ Werk Your Heart Out campaign: the company attended 10 events in 2016 with record attendance

In 2017, creative werks has recommitted to reducing its carbon footprint by setting more ambitious targets to improve energy efficiency and reduce consumption by 100,000 kWh; reduce waste-to-landfill by 20%; and water by another 10%.  “As creative werks’ footprint expands, we will remain steadfast in our commitment to enhance our environmental program and strengthen the communities where we operate,” remarks Colleen Coyle Sr. Manager of Marketing and CSR.  “We remain committed to the mission of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and will be transparent as we make strides toward a cleaner, more sustainable future for our global supply chain and  our local Chicago community.”

One of creative werks’ challenges remains in developing and creating more sustainable packaging. Starting in 2017, every material will be identified and monitored for recyclability.  Additionally, the design and procurement teams are encouraged to explore alternative, more sustainable materials to use in the design, development, and fulfillment process.

Community outreach and making a positive social impact will continue to be a focus for the company. In 2016, creative werks launched a workforce engagement survey to understand and improve the lives of its workforce. Moreover, philanthropy and charitable giving – specifically focused on education, community health, and helping those affected by poverty – will challenge creative werks to be at the forefront of social change.  Sarah Bajek, Vice President, Human Resources explains, “Reaching outside the walls of cw and giving back in various ways, no matter how small, makes a difference.”

About creative werks, llc:

creative werks’ mission is to be the ultimate packaging partner, to deliver the highest quality products that exceed its clients’ expectations and win the hearts of consumers.  The creative werks team brings over 60 years of entrepreneurial energy to its state-of-the-art manufacturing, co-packing and design facility. It maintains SQF Level III food-grade facilities to provide both labor-intensive and automated fulfillment for Fortune 100 food brands.   In addition, creative werks is an EPA Green Power Leader and runs nearly one million square feet of space on wind energy.

 

 

 

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