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We recognise that our business activities can impact communities and are mindful of our duty to uphold responsible practices. Central to our business decisions is the creation of a better, more sustainable future and concerted efforts are carried out to conserve, restore and replace the natural resources expended in our daily operations.

In line with SDG 13: Climate Action and recognizing the effect of climate change as an impactful risk to the business, community and environment, we measure our CO2 emission and aim to reduce 8% emission annually. We are committed to minimize our carbon footprint through the following initiatives:

 
Initiative Our Commitment

Environmental Policy & Environmental Management System
  • We are committed to the preservation of our environment, the measures for which are articulated in our Environmental Policy (Click HERE for the Top Glove Environmental Policy)
  • All our factories are in the process of being ISO 14001 certified to ensure a robust Environmental Management System is in place.

Water Management
Water is essential to the glove production process and we are particularly concerned about conserving this important resource. To ensure an uninterrupted supply of water, we:
  • Adopt 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) System
  • Installed On-Site Detention (OSD) tanks and rain harvesting tanks with a combined capacity of 2,500M3 at factories
  • Invested in the Reverse Osmosis Treatment Plant (ROTP) to treat wastewater discharge from surrounding factories to produce clean water and channel back into factories for reuse in production

Fuel & Energy Management
  • 6 factories are powered by biomass, a renewable source of energy
  • Heat exchangers are employed to recover heat from hot waste water and hot air emission, thereby reducing heat energy consumption
  • More advanced energy efficient systems are implemented at new factories
  • We are gradually replacing all old air conditioners and refrigerators with 5-Star Energy Rated machines to enhance energy efficiency
  • Retrofit fluorescent lamps are being substituted with LED lamps, while inverters for energy saving and newer energy-efficient pumps are also being installed

Raw Materials
  • At least 50% of the gloves produced are natural rubber gloves, the main component for which is a renewable, naturally biodegradable and environmentally-friendly resource

Transportation
  • As transportation is a major contributor to climate change, all 17 Klang factories are strategically located within 500 meters of each other, substantially minimising fuel consumption and enabling more efficient inter-factory transportation
  • Video-conferencing facilities are also available for all multi-location meetings thereby reducing the need to commute for staff located outstation

Waste Management
  • All solid waste is segregated into scrap metal, paper, plastic, wood pallets, containers and other recyclables for recycling and reuse with minimum solid wastes disposed to landfills
  • Our rubber waste is sent to government certified companies for purposes of recycling, rather than being disposed as scheduled waste in secured landfills

Facilities Investment & Improvement
  • In FYE 2018, we allocated up to RM2 million per factory, for environmental facilities such as Industrial Effluent Treatment Systems, scrubbers and dust collectors
  • Our corporate office, Top Glove Tower is a Grade A and Green Building Index (GBI) certified Gold office building, featuring high performance glazing, an efficient chiller plant system design and LED lights for optimum energy and water efficiency

Product Innovation
  • Development of Biogreen biodegradable nitrile glove in 2019 which biodegrades at least 10 times faster compared to conventional nitrile examination gloves

Upcycling
  • We give torn rubber second life by turning reclaimed rubber into shoe soles & rubber mats

Data Monitoring
  • We disclose and monitor our environmental data to measure our progress and review our performance