Highest possible mark for Ionic Stone!

Brands and international buyers are demanding more effective measures for evaluating suppliers’ workplace conditions. Factories are also becoming more proactive in finding ways to benchmark themselves and track progress against competitors and national standards. We have seen a significant shift towards greater transparency and the implementation of sophisticated, yet practical, tools for assessing continuous improvement. To this end, Ionic Stone is regularly and voluntarily assessed by Intertek for its workplace conditions it provides for its employees, management practices and environmental policies. The Workplace Conditions Assessment (WCA) program provides a powerful, cost-effective solution for companies and facilities seeking to improve workplace conditions efficiently and in accordance with widely accepted industry standards and best practices. In Intertek’s latest Workplace Conditions Assessment, Ionic Stone scored the maximum possible mark, 100%. This mark underscores Ionic Stone’s dedication to improving work conditions for its employees.

WCA addresses the following and more:
- Labor (Child/Forced Labor, Discrimination, Discipline, Harassment/Abuse, Freedom of  Association, Labor Contracts)

- Wages and Hours (Wages and Benefits; Working Hours)

- Health and Safety (General Work Facility, Emergency Preparedness, Occupational Injury, Machine Safety, Safety Hazards, Chemical and Hazardous Material, and Canteen)

- Management Systems (Documentation and Records, Worker Feedback and Participation, Audits and Corrective Action Process)

- Environment (Legal Compliance, Environmental Management Systems, Waste and Air Emissions)  

Managing Director, Celil Kilinc, states that WCA benefited Ionic Stone by enabling:

- Improved work conditions for a more content, healthier and productive workforce

- Better decision-making support based on real-time data and knowledge management

- Good corporate governance and ‘preferred supplier’ status for implementing a program that is in full accordance with industry best practices

- Improved confidence in partnerships with suppliers through greater transparency and trust

- Reduction in excessive auditing and duplication (“audit fatigue”)

- Suppliers to showcase progress with a ‘Record of Achievement’ Award

He also states “with this management system setting a foundation for us, we are now going ahead with our full-automation production program, which consists of three phases, the first of which will be completed by the end of 2019. We have a very ambitious plan to become the world’s first factory to go fully automated in terms of marble processing for tiles”. 

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