Community and Dialogue with Stakeholders

2015 Corporate Responsibility report > Social Resilience

Community and Dialogue with Stakeholders

Transparency as a Guideline and Dialogue with Stakeholders

Nesher is guided by the principle of transparency and the Company’s management is well aware of the importance of an open, trustworthy dialogue with stakeholders. The Company is continuously broadening and deepening its relations with the Company’s stakeholders.

Defining and choosing stakeholder groups is undertaken with maximum attention to all groups with which Nesher comes into contact. Stakeholder group specifications are aimed at enabling direct contact between Nesher and the general and business public, in order to promote ongoing cooperation through transparency and direct dialogue between Nesher and the different groups.

  • Interested parties groupDetails
  • Neighboring CommunitiesSocial activists, voluntary organizations and representatives of committees from Beit Shemesh, Ramla, Gezer Regional Council, Modiin region, Lod, Tamra, Kabul, Nesher and Haifa
  • Local Authorities Local authority heads, city engineers, planners and environmental units.
  • Government MinistriesThe Ministry of Environmental Protection, Ministry of National Infrastructures and Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor.
  • Additional Statutory AuthoritiesThe Israel Nature and Parks Authority, the Jewish National Fund, the Antiquities Authority, the Israeli Land
  • Civil SocietyAcademic institutions, labor unions, environmental organizations, industry organizations
  • ShareholdersClal Industries and Investments, CRH
  • Debenture HoldersInstitutional organizations.
  • CustomersThe building industry in Israel, national projects, contractors and builders
  • Company EmployeesWorkers in the various production sites and at the headquarters divisions.
  • MediaLocal and national newspapers.

Over the years, Nesher has zealously maintained relations with its stakeholders over different channels, mainly regarding environmental issues.

  • TopicFrequency
  • Updates on the Company’s website with an environmental focus on air pollution www.nesher.co.ilMonthly
  • Dialogue with employees – Nesher uses an annual Employee Opinion Survey, as well as interviews
    with a cross-section of all company employees, as tools to get feedback about the company's procedures and managers.
    Monthly
  • Meeting with residents of neighboring communities for an update on plant activities and future plans, particularly
    environmental protection programs. Nesher’s environmental manager participates regularly in these meeting to answer questions and issues
    brought up by stakeholders.
    Bi-annual(Ramla plant)
  • As of 2004, a biyearly public environmental report is published in accordance with the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative.
    This is a cross-sector initiative for environmental-social reporting in businesses, with the participation of social-environmental organizations and businesses.
    This is the seventh published report; the report meets level G4 of reporting
    Every 2 years

Employee Community Involvement

Nesher believes that social involvement, and participation in activities for the community, strengthen our company morally and ideologically, and increase both workers’ and managers’ pride in, and identification with, the company. We strive to serve as an example of the coexistence of industry, environment and community and will therefore exert our influence on the communities in the environs of our plants in a responsible manner and work together with them to improve their welfare. Our social activity focuses on issues that are in line with the company’s strengths: developing technological and environmental excellence as well as social solidarity activities with specific populations, with emphasis on IDF soldiers and senior citizens. This population is relevant to Nesher due the large number of senior citizens employed by the company and the many Nesher pensioners with whom the company maintains ongoing contact. Each of the Nesher plants holds social outreach programs in their neighboring communities in collaboration with the local social and municipal organizations. In 2015 the Company invested some NIS 2.5 million, as well as 1400 employee work hours, in community activities.

Basic Principles of Nesher’s Social Involvement Policy
Activity Objectives:

  • Improved environmental protection and quality of life.
  • The promotion of personal, social and national strength – support for weak populations, especially for senior citizens.
  • The promotion of technological excellence.
  • Nesher’s activities in the community will be planned so as to respond to real needs of the community and their positive influence will be measured and assessed against pre-determined targets and goals.
  • Partnerships between Nesher and the community will be based on ongoing dialogue with all populations, social organizations, and the public authorities in the local community.
  • Employees and Retirees voluntary work - Nesher encourages its employees to volunteer in the community and runs a volunteering program for its employees, enabling each employee to contribute in a variety of fields.
  • The program includes training, assistance and appreciation.
  • Managers will set personal examples as volunteers.
  • Community Outreach - Nesher will allocate resources for community activities, the amount of which to be determined on a yearly basis by a Community committee comprised of the CEO and company executives.
  • Allocations will be based on predetermined criteria, mainly suitability to defined areas of activity and the potential for involving employees in the activity.
  • Responsibility for Implementation of the Policy - The implementation of Nesher’s ties with the community is the responsibility of the managers of all the company’s main plants.
  • The VP of Human Resources is responsible for implementing the company’s social responsibility policy.

Community Projects:

Community Projects:
Education towards technological excellence – Taasiyeda:

Since 2010, Nesher has been funding the Taasiyeda (“Industry for advanced education” - the Manufacturers Association’s educational program) in 10-14 middle-school classrooms in locations near its plant facilities in Ramla, Gezer Regional Council, Beit Shemesh, Mate Yehuda Regional Council, Nesher, Cabul and Tamra. The program focuses on the development of a green industrial park, and also includes lectures given by Nesher employees and visits to the plants.

Education towards
technological excellence -
Robotics in Ramla:

Nesher sponsors science school pupils in Ramla in the FIRST Israel national robotics competition. The company contributes funds to pay for activities and employees in the professional mentoring program serve as mentors for the pupils.

Education towards technological and
environmental excellence –
Nesher grants to students in Ramla:

Each year, the Nesher Ramla grants program awards three yearly student grants to Ramla residents studying one of Nesher’s core professions (engineering, chemistry, environmental studies or architecture.) In return, grant recipients run social programs related to the environment in Ramla or the city’s senior citizens. The Company also awards two grants to students as part of the Technion’s Atidim program.

Education towards environmental
excellence – support
for matriculation studies in chemistry and
environmental quality in Lod:

Nesher supports highschool students studying 7-point chemistry and environmental quality for matriculation in the Arab Ort School for Science and Engineering in Lod. This includes a donation for the school laboratory, student mentoring by Nesher professionals and hosting students for learning sessions at Nesher’s laboratory.

Professional technology education –
support for the welding track at a high
school in Ramla:

Nesher Ramla helped to establish the welding track in the Dror Arab High School in Ramla. The Company donated funds to establish a welding laboratory and also helps finance the teacher’s salary. Plant managers and employees volunteer to mentor 9th to 12th grade students in the hope that in the future graduates of this track will enter the Nesher workforce.

Education towards
environmental excellence – support
for agricultural education and
environmental quality studies in Tamra:

The Nesher plant finances the environmental enrichment center for school and kindergarten children. The center, built by the Shaar Hagalil environmental unit and the Tamra municipality with the help of the Ministry of the Environmental Protection, deals with a range of currently relevant subjects such as saving water, recycling and waste treatment, environmental agriculture and animal protection.

Support for the
elderly:

The plant donates a substantial yearly sum for the financing of cultural activities at the daycare center for senior citizens in Ramla. Every year, the plant in the city of Nesher donates blankets and heaters to senior citizens in Tamara, through the city council. For the last few years, Nesher has funded a hotline for Russian speakers operated by the “Ken Lazaken” organization. In 2015 many senior citizens called this hotline to ask for assistance.

Providing Assistance to soldiers:

Within the framework of the “Adopt a Soldier” project, Nesher sponsors the Nahal Regiment’s Shaham Infantry Battalion, the Gaza Division Command, and the North Regiment Command in Gaza. The company funds equipment and social and recreational activities for the soldiers, and Company employees participate in social activities and ceremonies with the soldiers. The plant in the city of Nesher helps lone soldiers from the Kfir regiment.

Dialogue
with Neighboring
Communities:

Since 2005 Nesher has held bi-annual meetings with residents of the Gezer and Ramla-Lod regions, in which Nesher’s VP for Environmental Protection updates the residents on innovations and new developments and answers all questions raised by the audience. Periodic meetings are also held with local council heads, environmental department heads, residents and representatives of social organizations.

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