Corporate Social Responsibility - The Superior Way
We support the communities where we manufacture through clothing donations and agricultural projects, designed to reduce childhood malnutrition today and for future generations.
Through corporate and employee contributions, we partner with charitable organizations in our community. This includes supporting organizations that provide assistance to domestic abuse survivors.
Superior Uniform Group strives to promote an eco-friendly environment at all of our facilities, while also supporting Green efforts in our community. When you visit our headquarters, you’ll notice water coolers and recycle bins everywhere!
Superior Uniform Group is committed to supporting the communities where we operate manufacturing facilities. This includes partnering with the Salvadoran Foundation for Health and Human Development(FUSAL) since 2011. Their program’s (“Libras de Amor” translated this means Pounds of Love) mission is to reduce malnutrition in children and provide a self-sustaining environment for families in high-risk communities in El Salvador.
Chicken farms provide a source of food and income for families of the Agua Shuca village. Superior Uniform Group’s support has helped reduce chronic malnutrition in children from 20 percent in 2011 to 14 percent as of 2013.
In the past 15 years, Superior Uniform Group has donated over 1.2 million articles of clothing to various foundations and missions all over the world, including FUSAL and Kings Castle International.
In 2013 alone, Superior Uniform Group donated over 30,000 garments to the Haitian people through Global Missions Ministries and Matthew 25 International. A core portion of those garments are used in sewing training centers, which take the adult-sized garments and cut them down into clothing for school age children. The remainder of our donated garments was given to local churches.
Superior Uniform Group’s donation gives citizens the ability to learn the marketable skill of sewing. After a two-year program learning how to design and produce garments, students are presented with their own sewing machine.
Ervin Hosak, director of manufacturing (second from left), surrounded by students and instructors at a sewing training center in Haiti.
We have always upheld a stringent social compliance program, so it was no surprise that Superior Uniform Group spearheaded the social compliance movement when the matter came to the forefront of the U.S. textile and apparel industry in the mid-90s. Through multifaceted education and enforcement initiatives, Superior Uniform Group set the standard for social compliance programs within the textile and apparel industry.
Notable recognition came in 1995 when Superior Uniform Group was one of 31 retailers/manufacturers listed on the Fair Labor Fashions Trendsetter list by then Secretary of Labor, Robert B. Reich.
Superior Uniform Group’s unrelenting effort to raise the bar on social compliance standards has been acknowledged nationally as “trendsetting” in the uniform industry.
Superior Uniform Group continues to enforce a zero-tolerance global social compliance program, ensuring compliance with the social standards for working conditions, wages and local laws within the countries we do business. Superior Uniform Group requires our suppliers to communicate and uphold the requirements listed in our Supplier and Vendor Compliance Manual with their employees, suppliers, and vendors.
Superior Uniform Group matches our local community efforts with what we know best, apparel. Since 2011, Superior Uniform Group has donated more than 17,000 new, first quality garments to Clothes To Kids. Our donations support their mission of providing a full wardrobe to low-income or in-crisis school-age children in Pinellas County, Fla., at no cost. Superior Uniform Group employees have also volunteered at the Clothes To Kids Pinellas County location.
New garment donations have also been made to other local organizations such as CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse). The donated garments are sold in CASA’s thrift store to fund community programming aimed at stopping domestic violence.
Superior Uniform Group employees have participated in several gently used clothing drives to further support the company’s local Corporate Social Responsibility efforts.
Since 1987, Superior Uniform Group has hosted quarterly on-site blood drives. Annually, Superior Uniform Group employees donate more than 60 pints of blood. Approximately 190 lives are touched annually by our efforts.
Our employees have donated enough blood to support more than 330 open heart surgeries!
Superior Uniform Group is proud to support an employee-led Green Team. In addition to participating in quarterly beach clean-ups throughout each year, the Green Team supports internal Green initiatives and keeps Superior Uniform Group employees in the know of how they too can help the environment.
Published by our employee-led Green Team, the Eco-Beacon features Green Tips and News. The Spring/Summer 2016 Eco-Beacon touches on a variety of topics from Earth Day to a delicious farm to table recipe!
Since 2008, Superior Uniform Group has participated in the Adopt-A-Shore program. Organized by the employee-lead Green Team, the quarterly beach clean-ups have allowed us to collect more than a half a ton of trash off a one-mile stretch of Madeira Beach.
Superior Uniform Group promotes an eco-friendly environment at all of our facilities. Beyond supplying educational materials, Superior Uniform Group has also implemented various Green programs to reduce our carbon footprint. Initiatives include:
- Saving more than 600 trees by reducing annual paper consumption over the past three years.
- Superior Uniform Group’s call center vertical, The Office Gurus, operates as a paperless workplace.
- Recycling 89 tons of corrugated material from Superior Uniform Group’s worldwide distribution center in 2013.
- Implementing single-stream recycling which eliminated the need to sort to encourage more recycling by employees.
This includes enforcing a stringent social compliance program, setting the standard within the textile and apparel industry. We were even named a Fair Labor Trandsetter.