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Welsh Medical Devices Company Rocialle Achieves SA8000

15th October 2014

Building Procedure Packs in Rocialle's CleanroomRocialle is pleased to confirm that it has been awarded the coveted SA8000 Social Accountability Standard.

SA8000 is the certification of Social Accountability International, the non-governmental, international organization, dedicated to improving workplaces and communities by developing and implementing socially responsible standards. It is one of the world’s first auditable social certification standards for decent workplaces, across all industrial sectors. Based on the UN Declaration of Human Rights it spans countries and industries to create a common language for the measurement of social performance.  To comply with SA8000, Rocialle has adopted policies and procedures that protect the basic human rights of workers at the sites of its suppliers around the world, as well as those at its sites in the Cynon Valley.

Liam Keene, Quality Manager at Rocialle said, “The SA8000 Standard is central to our work here at Rocialle. Certification proves our commitment to social accountability and to treating our employees and those of our suppliers ethically and in compliance with global standards.”

Economy Minister Edwina Hart congratulated Rocialle on being the first medical device company in the UK to gain the certification and commented: “Gaining this prestigious certification is a major achievement particularly as Rocialle is the first company in its sector to do so.  It is important that all employers in Wales are committed to employee welfare, as healthy workplaces are inherently more productive and add value to the economy of Wales.  The fact that five of the thirteen UK companies to gain this certification are based in Wales is testimony to the quality of our employers.  I am pleased to see that Rocialle, one of our life sciences companies, which has recently increased its export activity with Welsh Government support, is also leading the way in implementing responsible business practices.”

SA8000 improves the management and performance of a company’s supply chain, ensures compliance with global standards and reduces the risk of negligence, public exposure and possible litigation. It can also reinforce the loyalty of employees, customers and stakeholders. Steve Burt, Rocialle’s Managing Director said; “We are proud to have earned this certification. It’s satisfying to have confirmation that we are going about things the right way. Of course, we are hoping that it also helps us win business; it’s only right that customers, especially those in the healthcare sector, look for evidence of social accountability when deciding where to place orders.”

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Rocialle, with wide ranges of medical packs and single use surgical instruments, packed and sterilised at its facilities in the UK, is helping healthcare providers to improve efficiency, control infection and drive down the cost of high quality medical products. In Acute care, Rocialle serves almost every National Health Service Trust in the UK. Rocialle employs 350 people and is part of Berendsen Plc, a FTSE250 company.

Social Accountability International has established one of the world’s preeminent social standards – the SA8000 Standard for decent work, a tool for implementing international labor standards – that has improved the lives of over a million workers. SA8000 guides employers to consider the importance of each job and to recognize the equal dignity of each person involved in the supply chain – from the worker to the retailer to the consumer. The SA8000 Standard leverages the power of business and consumer to purchase products made from workplaces that enrich, not denigrate, the livelihoods of people.

For more information: Mark Birchmore, Marketing Manager, Rocialle.

Tel: +44 (0)7827 830 384

e-mail: [email protected]  

Cwm Cynon Business Park, Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF45 4ER, UK

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