At Medicoir we take our commitments to the planet and its people very seriously.
We have a team in place to make sure that every aspect of our business is taking our local environment and community into consideration every step of the way.
We have invested heavily in a water treatment plant so that excess water from our production is treated and completely safe before being pumped back into the local water systems.
The sustainability of coir products is a question that comes up more and more as people are moving away from unrenewable resources into coir. In Sri Lanka at the moment, only about 70% of the coconut husks that are harvested every year are used to make products like coir, the other 30% goes to waste, so there is still a lot of capacity available to us as an industry. At Medicoir, we are very much involved with the Sri Lankan authorities in the research which studies how to increase the productivity of the coconut plantations through new varieties and hybrid plants.
We must also not forget that while Sri Lanka is a main exporter of coir products, it is a very small island compared to India and Indonesia, for example, which have billions of coconuts available that are, at the moment, not being utilised.
As a sign of our commitment to our responsibilities, we have been successful in gaining the following internationally recognised certifications:
Ethical working standards
The criteria for this certification is that facilities must go beyond simple compliance to the standard. Prospective facilities must integrate it into their management practices and demonstrate ongoing compliance and commitment. It measures the performance of companies in eight areas important to social accountability in the workplace: child labour, forced labour, health and safety, free association and collective bargaining, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours and compensation.
Environmentally responsible working standards
This certification specifies the requirements for an environmental management system that an organization can use to enhance its environmental performance. It is intended to help businesses achieve the intended outcomes of its environmental management system, which provide value for the environment, the organization itself and interested parties.
ISO 9001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.
As with all ISO certifications, regular internal and external audits are conducted to ensure that the standards are maintained at all times.