PUTEAUX, France, March 22, 2017 – Otis French operations have been awarded Gold status from EcoVadis, the sustainability and social responsibility rating agency, for its performance in environmental stewardship, fair labor practices, ethics / fair business practices, and ensuring these values continue throughout its supply chain. This places Otis France CSC (“Otis France”), the local Otis unit, in the top 4 percent of companies worldwide with the best performance in the category of sustainable development. Otis, the world’s leading manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways, is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NSYE: UTX).
Progress from Silver to Gold
After receiving a Silver rating in 2015, a number of actions undertaken by Otis France resulted in the awarding of four additional points, raising the company’s score to the Gold level.
“As the leader in the elevator industry, we seek to constantly improve our ecological footprint to limit the environmental impact of our activity. Social responsibility is a company value, for both our social commitments and our innovations,” said Rolando Furlong, president, Otis France.
Otis France is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen with the implementation of its “Millennial Voices” program to develop leadership skills in younger employees, a long-term partnership with the Special Olympics, and internal regulations, policies and procedures that align with the company’s Code of Ethics.
Globally, Otis aims to reduce energy consumption of its products and operations with reduced greenhouse gas emissions and improved waste management. Employee training programs on health risks and safety measures, as well as audits of work sites, offices and equipment by Otis France’s dedicated Environment, Health & Safety department contributed to maintaining a safe working environment.
The Otis Good Conduct Code for suppliers and associated rigorous supplier selection processes, along with training and oversight of subcontractors, supported improved marks from EcoVadis in the Fair Business Practices category.
EcoVadis defines Gold level as “confirmed commitment.” This certification, at the highest level, expresses Otis France’s ambition to distinguish itself, above and beyond innovative technologies, by good practices and environmental and social performance.
Otis is the world’s leading manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways. Founded more than 160 years ago by the inventor of the safety elevator, Otis offers products and services through its companies in more than 200 countries and territories. Otis is a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. By combining a passion for science with precision engineering, the company is creating smart, sustainable solutions the world needs. For more information about Otis and the CompassPlus system, visit www.otis.com, or follow Otis on LinkedIn, YouTube and as @OtisElevatorCo on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.