For us, doing business responsibly means being conscious of our environment. Protag and Holding company Emma B.V. have rolled out a sustainability program that includes a number of social and durable initiatives. When it comes to the environment we apply our own Dutch standards across the globe, which also means carrying out regular inspections to ensure that waste is treated and disposed of responsibly. There is particular focus on the notion of a circular process in the development of new products, which means that recycling materials is key.Furthermore we are launching a reverse logistics network enabling customers and shoe trading companies to return used and/or worn shoes for recycling purposes. The company is taking several actions in logistics and housekeeping in order to reduce CO2 footprint.
PROTAG is a sustained social enterprise. The former Emma Shoes facility has a long record of empowering, educating and supporting its employees. Since the flourishing period of coal mining industry the workforce consist of people with limited capabilities but infinite engagement. Long before the rise of social entrepreneur-ship the company has adopted the principle of inclusive Human resource management; Everyone is talented in someway. Most of our workers have failed to enter the regular employment market due to handicaps or personal misfortune. Yet all our employees have found their vocation at Protag: A company with a big heart, offering care and respect for the inclusive workforce.
Traditionally we have always worked with people who are weaker on the employment market and we help everyone to be able to perform at their very best. As an employer we play a central role in society and feel responsible to keep up this special way of working.
We currently offer employment to 100 staff in the Brussum area. On a global scale there are thousands of people working with our shoe materials. We believe it's quite logical to extend this duty of care throughout the entire supply chain. Working conditions at our suppliers, the origin of our raw materials: we aim for honest and responsible production whereby people are treated and rewarded fairly.
Emma Holding and PROTAG comply to the highest social, quality and ISO standards. Recently the Dutch government had ranked the company amongst the top social enterprises of the country.