Creating a sustainable future

We do care and are focused to make a positive impact on the environment and society with our products and engagements. Get to know more about our efforts!

Sustainability approach at 3A Composites Core Materials

Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. Our commitment to sustainability has contributed to our strong performance across the business and is fundamental to our success. We differentiate four sustainability pillars (Social, Industrial, Environmental, Corporate Governance & Financial) that are represented through our corporate social responsibility concept, environment, health & safety standards, sustainable forestry management, strong corporate governance, operational excellence practices, continuous R&D and innovations. All these are recognized contributions towards a greener, lighter and more sustainable future.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Our sustainability management approach is aligned with several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their associated targets. These goals came into effect on January 1st, 2016 as part of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Our contributions to the goals that are most important to our sustainability agenda are described here.

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Sustainable forestry mananement as a part of Environmental Pillar

3ACM understands its responsibility towards forestry and nature and uses available soils according to their best use potential, allocating them only to sustainable
production practices and protects and guarantees conservation of the biodiversity.

In 2010, 3ACM was awarded the FSC® Certification as the first global producer and since then has maintained the FSC® Certification for our plantations in Ecuador and Papua New Guinea as our commitment towards sustainable forestry management, ensuring long-term plantation productive capacity and sustainable attention towards nature with FSC principles.

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Sustainable industrial approach

3A Composites Core Materials demonstrates its best practices through regular external certification and compliance with international golden standards. Quality Management System at all our sites demonstrates its compliance with ISO 9001:2015. The Environment Management practices at our Swiss site are certified with ISO 14001:2015 and Health and Safety Management practices - with ISO 45001:2018. We highlight our commitment to continuous improvement in relation to environmental, quality and H&S management with annual audits and re-certifications every three years.

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Sustainable approach towards corporate governance and finance

3ACM recognizes honest, transparent and fair business conduct as fundamental to its operations. Our commitments are included in the Global Code of Conduct that applies throughout the company and is binding to senior and middle management, as well as to all employees, partners, customers and suppliers.

On top of being a responsible global employer and partner, we recognize the commitment towards financial performance and sustainable growth. We at 3ACM are fully aware of the company’s mission and aspirational targets for sustainable development and growth, acting towards increasing the value oering and our customers’ experience. The company is proud to show year-on-year sustainable financial results, market positions, as well as being recognized as a trustworthy and responsible long-term supplier, business partner and employer. Our approach of continuous improvement, both in R&D and sustainability areas, together with established preventive risk-management practices, secure our position against short and longterm risks

Social Programs

Pre-School education, Papua New Guinea

Pre-School education, Papua New Guinea

Adult literacy program, Papua New Guinea

Adult literacy program, Papua New Guinea

Water, food, and housing in Papua New Guinea

Water, food, and housing in Papua New Guinea

Infrastructure projects In Ecuador

Infrastructure projects In Ecuador

3A Avenue in China and other programs for elderly

3A Avenue in China and other programs for elderly

Pre-School education, Papua New Guinea

Pre-School education, Papua New Guinea

Pre-school education is not formalized in Papua New Guinea and left to private initiatives, although that might change in the future. We run two community centers for our employees and families and two playschools for the employees’ children aged three to six years.

The schools are free of charge and the initiative is managed by four teachers, who are trained and certified for early child development. The playschool curriculum follows an early childhood learning approach, and the teaching method follows the concept of Light Education Ministries Phonics.

We have an early learning class for children ages three to six years and reading readiness classes for children aged five to six years. All learning is in English.
The school runs from February through November, and graduation is in December.

In 2020, the class reached a maximum capacity of 40 students, who were spaced out in line with the most recent COVID-19 requirements and all 40 completed the year with 7 graduating and moving to grade 1 in 2021. The company will support children graduating the first grade by covering tuition, uniforms and school supplies costs. In 2019 we had 42 students enrolled, of which 36 completed the year.
Adult literacy program, Papua New Guinea

Adult literacy program, Papua New Guinea

An adult literacy program started in 2019 as a pilot project and we were the first business to participate in such an initiative. Classes are offered to co-workers that can speak English, but not read or write. The program comprises 12 weeks with two two-hour classes a week. The participants learn reading, writing,
math, and practical knowledge (filling out a deposit slip, using an ATM, etc.). The course is available for 20 people from each compound. The teaching concept is quite intense, giving a chance to young students to attend their lessons in the morning while their mothers and fathers attend later during the day and evening.

In 2020, we were forced to put the Adult Literacy Program on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions with lockdowns and schools closing. In order to continue
our support of the education initiative in Papua New Guinea, even in this challenging pandemic year full of varying restrictions, the company purchased more
than 300 new books and opened small libraries in each of our compound-based schools in Kokopo, PNG.
Water, food, and housing in Papua New Guinea

Water, food, and housing in Papua New Guinea

The company provides housing for employees and constantly works on improving living standards for people in neighboring communities. Securing water, food and housing for the employees and improving living standards of the contractors and partners is a constant focus of 3ACM. We regularly collect feedback with regard to living standards from our employees and report on the action plan and further improvements.
Infrastructure projects In Ecuador

Infrastructure projects In Ecuador

3ACM participated along with the local authorities in repairing a 15 km stretch of an access road in Cotopaxi, province of Ecuador. This project enabled local farmers to transport products to the large markets in the vicinity, thereby ensuring an income and welfare for their families.

In 2020, we planted balsa trees in the public areas of Quevedo, Ecuador as part of company’s plan to create a more sustainable and greener future. In addition to that, 3ACM donated several bus stops to the city of Quevedo, Ecuador. Once in place, the city will house architectural pieces made from our materials.
3A Avenue in China and other programs for elderly

3A Avenue in China and other programs for elderly

3ACM financed the construction of a road for a nursing home with more than 600 elderly people in China. The road connected the living and canteen areas, giving disabled people and wheelchair-users additional independence and flexibility. In order to thank the support of 3ACM, the nursing home decided to name this road after our company’s name.

The company sponsors on a very regular basis different social initiatives and projects. One of the recent initiatives in Asia is a professional nursing training program for the care of elderly people that gained particular importance during this pandemic year.

Environmental programs

Ecuador - Conservation Value Attribute Project, 2019

Ecuador - Conservation Value Attribute Project, 2019

Papua New Guinea - High Conservation Value Assessment Project, 2019

Papua New Guinea - High Conservation Value Assessment Project, 2019

Ecuador - Conservation Value Attribute Project, 2019

Ecuador - Conservation Value Attribute Project, 2019

Within the FSC®-Certification context, an FMU, or part of it, can be declared as a Conservation Value Attribute (CVA), if it guarantees the preservation of values, goods, and services that determine or influence the life of a community or an ethnic group. In this regard, three of our balsa farms in Ecuador contain elements that have been identified as archaeological and cultural values attributed to the Milagro- Quevedo Culture, which constitutes one of the pre-Columbian cultures of Ecuador withthe most significant territorial extension. This culture was located in the entire river system of the Guayas, including its two great rivers Daule and Babahoyo, and all their tributaries. One of the characteristic features of this culture is the tolas or artificial mounds that have been found both in groups and in isolation. It has been determined that different types of tolas exist according to their purpose: agricultural, funerary, ceremonial, and residential. The registered structures constitute a group of 11 tolas, although it is likely that there were much more of them. 3ACM fully recognizes its responsibility and its mission to preserve these tolas, as well as further develop a sustainability mindset.
Papua New Guinea - High Conservation Value Assessment Project, 2019

Papua New Guinea - High Conservation Value Assessment Project, 2019

An HCV analysis was carried out in cooperation with the PNG University of Natural Resources and Environment during 2019/2020. It presents findings and recommendations of the HCV assessment on six selected balsa plantations in East New Britain, including owned and managed balsa forest, small holder plantation blocks, and buffer areas. The evaluation demonstrates the commitment to the standards of FSC®. Biological diversity was proven in all plantations and buffer zones and a significant number of plant species within plantation buffers. All sites are shown to have rich avifauna diversity (Singing Sterling, Eclectus Parrot, Meyer’s Friarbird, etc.) as well as insects (moths and butterflies, beetles, cricket, dragonflies and damselflies, etc.), mammals (various bats) and endemic species (frogs, snakes, etc.). Based on this research, we take actions to ensure the values found are maintained and further enhanced. On the social/cultural side, this includes the continuous support of local community needs (i.e., minimizing the use of buffer zones for harmful activities, such as hunting, fires, and clearing; or monitoring of illegal harvesting within protected buffer zones). In contrast, on the ecological side, it covers water catchment (i.e., periodic water quality monitoring of priority sensitive streams and creeks) or erosion control (i.e., maintaining buffer zones on all rivers). In terms of the the biological aspects, actions taken ‘are preserving endemic species (i.e., raising awareness amongst staff and local communities) or protect places of critical temporal use (i.e., nesting trees in buffer zones close to the plantation blocks).

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Together towards a sustainable, lighter and greener future

75 years of experience Global footprint in sustainable core materials No. of employees 1855 13,450 ha. of FSC certified plantations Free education for over 50 preschool kids in Papua New Guinea ca. 2 million trees planted a year BALTEK® SBC The first carbon neutral core material in the world 27-29m, it takes 4-5 years for a Balse tree to grow that high 36% resin uptake saving thanks to pet SealX

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