Over 50 executives gathered for INDEVCO Sustainability Summit on 4 September 2018 at Reston Hotel in Jounieh, Lebanon. INDEVCO Chairman & CEO, Neemat Frem, opened the second annual summit, identifying sustainability reporting as a clear focus for the group. During the summit, Dr. Ellen Kussman Feghali, VP at INDEVCO, presented the group’s current sustainability framework and core areas for reporting, as well as communicated workshop goals. Gacia Apikian, Global Communications Specialist, discussed Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) sustainability reporting requirements and highlighted corresponding data automation gaps and needs.
Third-party German consultants presented the business case for sustainability and data automation insights and case studies, followed by a moderated workshop. During the afternoon workshop, group, division, and headquarter service department leadership, as well as management information systems and business intelligence teams worked together to present ideas and action plans.
Participants received INDEVCO’s 2017 GRI-Referenced Sustainability Report which presents key sustainability objectives and initiatives in environmental sustainability and social responsibility. The report links to the UN Global Compact Ten Principles, as well as UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): SDG3, SDG4, SDG5, SDG7, SDG8, SDG10, SDG12, SDG15, and SDG17.
As a diversified manufacturing group, INDEVCO produces corrugated, paper, and plastic raw materials and packaging, jumbo tissue rolls, consumer and away-from-home disposables, renewable energy solutions, converting machinery, and CNC machined parts. With sustainable development as a major driver, INDEVCO is dedicated to integrating environmental sustainability in our operations, from raw material and energy efficiency to waste management and emission reduction. The group also heavily engages communities and launch social initiatives to address key UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Headquartered in Ajaltoun, Lebanon, INDEVCO employs over 9,900 people in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and the US in 38 manufacturing plants and 38 commercial companies.