At our Group, the commitment to Sustainable Development is deeply rooted in the core of our corporate culture, social role and corporate responsibility. We strongly believe that Sustainable Development is meaningful only if it is built on business ethics, social solidarity and respect for the environment.
Guided by the belief that our Group’s prosperity is inextricably linked with the prosperity of society and the planet, we have undertaken major initiatives reflecting our values and our expectations for a better future.
In this insert, we want to project and promote the voices of our colleagues, their own perspective, by asking them three simple questions. We hope to inspire more and more people about a better and more sustainable society.
With this in mind, today we are hosting our colleague Karolina Evryviadou, who holds the position of Marketing Manager (Coty).
1) What does Sustainability mean to you?
Sustainability is a topic that concerns us all – it encompasses a vision for a future in which there will be a harmonious balance between economic growth, environmental preservation, and social well-being. To be achievable, however, it requires a holistic approach. By now we are all familiar with the concept of environmental sustainability, but we should not forget its social and economic dimension. Fighting poverty, promoting equality and safeguarding the essential and fundamental elements of human rights are also necessary steps towards a sustainable society.
2) What sustainable practices do you follow in your everyday life?
- I once read somewhere that it takes 10,000 litres of water to grow one kilo of cotton. Since then I have switched to reusable makeup remover pads. For the record, you can find premium quality Reusable Facial Cleansing Pads by the Alma K brand, recently added to our Group’s product range.
- At home, I only use reusable bamboo straws for my beverages. When I’m out, I avoid using plastic straws as much as possible.
- All my electrical appliances are turned off when they are not in use, to save energy.
- I mainly choose local seasonal fruits and vegetables. In general, making local food choices cuts down on food miles and contributes to the local economy.
3) What have you learned as a member of our Group about Sustainability?
Simple practices and awareness messages that constantly surround us in the workplace, from the recycled printing paper to the company vision of aligning our business goals with the prosperity of society and the planet, serve as a daily inspiration as well as a reminder for all of us, to always incorporate sustainable behaviours into our everyday life. The Group steadily ensures to cultivate a culture of personal accountability in the workplace, and this is perhaps the most important achievement, since only through the continuous training and conscious effort of each one of us individually, we can have an effect on society and the planet as a whole.