Colaska companies' employees are committed to "doing the right thing in the right way". Each day we strive to make this part of our culture and to ensure that this approach takes precedence over short-term profits or simple convenience. To achieve this end, we avoid any actions or activities that could call into question our reputation, integrity or impartiality. For example, in every relationship with third parties, clients and suppliers, the men and women of the Colaska companies keep their word and fulfill their agreements. Likewise, we are committed to delivering our products and services on time, within budget and according to our customers' requirements and specifications. Finally, all of our subsidiaries not only comply with the letter but also spirit of all laws and regulations affecting our businesses.
There must be no conflict of interest (or even an appearance of one) between the roleof the employees in the company and any personal activity they may have. We also expect our subcontractors, business partners and suppliers to adhere to the same ethical principles that we live and work by. Each employee must also ask questions and promptly raise any concerns theymay have regarding any proposed course of action. If something does not seem right, we expect our employees to speak up!
To further our commitment to ethics, we are, through Colas, members of the Construction Industry Ethics & Compliance Initiative (CIECI). This organization brings together, in a non-profit, private association, companies within the U.S. construction industry that are committed to the highest level of ethics and conduct and compliance with the law. This association benefits us by providing numerous training opportunities for our employees.
Respecting and protecting the environment are inherent in Colaska’s responsible attitude in all aspects of our business. Colaska is committed to being a responsible organization and we constantly look to improve our business activities to ensure that our companies are responsible stewards of our natural resources. Ensuring energy efficiency and maximizing the use of recycled products is fundamental in each of our subsidiaries, each of which have their own policies and targets that they uphold.
Safety is a top priority in all of the Colaska companies and our target always remains the same, zero accidents. Subsidiaries are constantly researching and testing new approaches to workplace and transportation safety and modifying their accident prevention systems using risk evaluation, action plans, safety audits, toolbox safety talks on worksites, accident root-cause analysis, inter-company safety competitions, coordination of communication and management tools, safety induction for recently hired personnel, training courses dedicated to accident prevention, training days and awareness raising for road accident prevention. Safety is, and always will be, one of the utmost important aspects of the Colaska culture.
Preserving the environment is one of the Group’s priorities. It is part of the Group’s comprehensive policy in favor of sustainable development. Research is based on the principle of continual improvement. It involves the entire production, construction and maintenance chain from the extraction of raw materials to the end of the pavement’s service life.
The research programs focus on the following: