September 2020 | Happy New School Year!
We love what we do and that’s why we do it well! Sometimes of course, we have even more reasons to enjoy our production process!
All the children of the employees of the company, currently attending Primary & Secondary Schools, received SARMED gift boxes which contained basic school supplies depending on the academic level of education.
We enjoyed every moment of the process from the collection, the preparation, to the distribution of these “happy” boxes!!
We would like to wish a Happy New School Year and Academic Progress to all children!
September 2020 | Confirmation of SARMED Logistics high level of performance in sustainable development issues
SARMED Logistics for a third consecutive year received the “Silver Recognition Level” rating from EcoVadis for its performance in sustainable development. EcoVadis is an international platform that allows companies to monitor the sustainability performance of their suppliers. Its methodology covers over 65,000 suppliers annually from 200 sectors and 160 countries. The system analyzes and evaluates the performance of the company in four main categories: Environment, Labor and Human Rights, Fair Business Practices and Sustainable Procurement.
In 2020, the even higher performance (64 points versus 58 in 2019) ranks SARMED Logistics in the top 7% of companies in the sector (instead of 15% in 2019). Its performance places the company above the industry’s average in all 4 rating categories.
It has to be noted that until last year such a score would correspond to the highest possible level of recognition (gold recognition level), nevertheless in 2020 ECOVADIS redefined the levels of recognition and their limits.
This result is a recognition and re-confirmation of SARMED’s top Management and employee’s commitment to the ethical and socially sustainable provision of services, which is captured through four main pillars:
- Working Conditions and Standards
- Health and Safety
- Business Practice and Integrity
These pillars are reflected not only in this certification but also in the way the company operates by incorporating them into the Integrated Management System.
July 2020 | Diamonds of the Greek Εconomy 2020
SARMED had the honor and pleasure to be awarded the “Diamonds of the Greek Economy 2020” again this year.
The event was held at the Athens Hilton Hotel, under the auspices of the Ministries of Economy and Development, Environment & Energy and SEV, where SARMED was once again the only representative from the logistics industry awarded for its developmental and financial performance, as well as for its socially responsible role.
Yiannis Ch. Sarantitis, Chairman and CEO, who received the award on behalf of all SARMED employees, emphasized the anthropocentric culture of the company, beyond the numbers and indicators, as well as informed about the company’s past performance and its immediate future plans.
You can watch the relevant video at the link below.
July 2020 | Warehousing capacity increase
SARMED increased its warehousing capacity in July by leasing a 9,000 m² roofed warehouse in Magoula, Attica.
This action is part of the expansion plan of its warehousing facilities, according to its strategic development plan.
The company has invested in upgrading the infrastructure of the warehouse, in order to improve its functionality, and has completed all necessary actions to obtain a license as customs bonded warehouses for the provision of upgraded services to its clients who carry out such activities and transactions.
SARMED constantly invests in customs tax procedures management, as it has a leading position and decades of experience in this field.
June 2020 | Our membership in CSR Hellas
April 2020 | 1st Voluntary Blood Donation for 2020
SARMED held the 1st Voluntary Blood Donation for 2020 on April 27th, the 15th in a row since 2012, in order to support our fellowmen in need of blood during these difficult times.
The action was planned in detail and with special attention, taking into account all the preventive measures against the spread of the corona virus already implemented by the Company.
The volunteers were divided into groups according to their working facility and shifts having been informed well in advance about the specific time of their arrival. Also, in order to avoid congestion, the necessary forms for the blood donation had been prepared in advance.
The area where the blood donation took place was cleaned with special care and was divided into distinct zones of waiting area, blood donation, rest area and doctor’s office, strictly observing the prescribed distances. The necessary disinfectants were placed in each zone.
We would especially like to thank the Municipality of Mandra – Eidyllia for sponsoring our Company by kindly allowing us to carry out the Voluntary Blood Donation at the Open Care Center for the Elderly of the Municipality.
Special mention should be made to the participants and voluntary blood donors, who once again actively demonstrated their solidarity, which is a key component of our philosophy and corporate culture.
We would like to thank all the participants who in this difficult time donated thirty-eight (38) valuable units of blood!
April 2020 | Re-certification of SARMED LOGISTICS Integrated Management System
The re-certification process of SARMED Logistics Integrated Management System by TÜV AUSTRIA Hellas and DQS was successfully completed and the relevant certificates were issued. More specifically, the certifications granted concerned the new version of ISO 22000:2018 regarding Food Safety and the transition from OHSAS 18001 to the new standard ISO 45001:2018 regarding Occupational Health and Safety. In addition, the following certificates were re-issued: ISO 9001:2015 for Quality Management, Certificate of Good Practice for Storage and Distribution of Medical Devices in accordance with Ministerial Decision 1348/04 and Certificate of Conformity in accordance with Regulations (EC) No 834/2007 and (EC) No 889/2008 for the storage of organic products.
The confirmation of the effective implementation of the Integrated Management System is one more evidence of our commitment to operate by providing our clients with high quality services that meet their needs and expectations.
Top Management of SARMED Logistics warmly thanks the Heads of Departments and Divisions and all the employees for their active and decisive participation in the successful completion of the re-certification.
April 2020 | Corporate Social Responsibility Actions
SARMED with responsibility and solidarity in the era of COVID-19
At this unexpected time, SARMED unhinderedly supports its customers while highlighting its anthropocentric character.
SARMED supports its employees through the implementation of practices to ensure their health thus setting an example to follow. At the same time, a 24/7 Employee Support and Counseling Program was activated in order to support employees and their family members by mental health professionals to more effectively manage this critical situation. To this end, SARMED is cooperating with Hellas EAP, the first company to introduce the International Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) in Greece.
In turn, SARMED employees are making a resounding contribution to the Voluntary Blood Donation campaign organized by the Company, in collaboration with the Red Cross, in order to support the effort to ensure the adequacy of blood for people in need especially during this period where blood donation activities have been significantly reduced. This action has been designed with special care and with an emphasis on ensuring the health of SARMED’s volunteer blood donors – employees.
SARMED, in response to a call from the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), made a donation to the Institute of Pharmaceutical Research & Technology S.A. (IFET) for the supply of additional hospital equipment to combat the spread of COVID-19.
The support of our joint effort to address the effects of COVID-19, from each and every one of us and in every possible way, is vital and it will certainly lead us to a faster return to normalcy but also strengthen the spirit of solidarity for all of us.
April 2020 | Happy Easter wishes
April 2020 | SARMED on the front line
At this critical time, the hospital staff who work day and night, striving to ensure the health of our fellow citizens and the civil protection that works feverishly to ensure the restriction of the COVID-19 spread are on the front line… The employees and companies that make sure we all have the goods and products we need are also on the front line.
SARMED is on the front line with the primary purpose of providing uninterrupted service to the market while protecting and caring for its employees with undiminished zeal so that they remain healthy.
Most SARMED employees cannot work remotely. They must be on the ramparts. They even need to work on Sundays and public holidays in order to meet the demand for mainly food, consumer goods and electronic products.
SARMED has borne the required additional operating costs, whilst it does not enjoy significant relief measures designed by the state for affected businesses, it suffers “collateral damage” from those measures, such as the mandatory suspension of operations that have led to a reduction in demand for a significant number of its clientele’s products, the extension of the expiry date of bank cheques, etc.
Despite the unprecedented adversity, SARMED remains an absolutely healthy company that will once again be able to overcome this crisis and remain intact. Even more empowered, it will continue to provide reliable and quality services to its customers and will further strengthen relationships of trust with them.
March 2020 | How SARMED takes measures for COVID-19
SARMED has responsibly and prudently developed an integrated plan based on the triptych: Prevention – Effective Intervention – Ensuring Business Continuity.
Driven by focusing on its people and offering optimum, uninterrupted customer service, SARMED has developed a comprehensive business plan and organized a crisis team for its coordination, implementation and follow-up. SARMED is constantly updated on all relevant issues from responsible bodies, while participating in institutional bodies such as the Logistics Development and Competitiveness Council and contributing to the adoption and implementation of relevant measures and policies across the industry.
In the context of its integrated business plan, it fully adopts all the rules and guidelines for personal hygiene of the Ministry of Health, the National Public Health Organization, ELINYAE and other relevant bodies, as well as taking additional measures, such as follows:
- Perimeter fortification: inspection of incoming persons and objects, installation of protective gear and disinfectants at the entrances of the premises and at other points of interfaces.
- Internal partitioning: defining small indoor units and restricting the movement of employees of each unit strictly within the premises.
- Elimination of internal physical interconnection between compartments: Total isolation of buildings within the complex and segmentation and access control of public spaces, e.g. toilets, kitchens, meeting rooms, etc.
- Teleworking to the maximum extent possible: mainly for administrative staff.
- Extension of shift hours: in order to meet operational needs with shifts that are not interfacing.
- Shift gaps: each shift starts 30 minutes after the previous one expires to avoid interfaces.
- Creating backups: Determining the percentage of employees and transportation vehicles which don’t participate in the operation of the company and utilizing them to replace employees who may be infected by the virus.
- Regular preventive disinfection of all facilities by a specialized external provider and by intensifying internal cleaning services.
- Supply and use of additional prevention equipment: gloves, masks, thermometers.
- Creating an internal climate and a culture of solidarity and responsibility: regular communication, information on measures, encouraging employee participation in tailor-made risk-mitigation proposals, rewarding suggestions, rewarding compliance behavior, providing a helpdesk at the Human Resources Department to support any incidents, etc.