Siwel Consulting, Inc. currently promotes corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives with four key areas of focus—environment, fair business practices, labor practices and human rights, and sustainable procurement—with the business commitment to behave ethically and contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of our workforce as well as of the local community and society at large.

We continually commit to:

  • Share CSR lessons learned with business customers, partners, and employees.
  • Explain the environmental, social and economic performance of the business to stakeholders and consider their ideas as the business develops.
  • Abide by an external code or standard or a set of business principles that provides a framework to measure progress on environmental, social, and community issues.

Environment

Siwel Consulting is fully committed to meeting its customer’s energy needs in a manner consistent with a clean environment. We believe in sustainable business practices and it is our duty to protect the natural and cultural resources of the communities we serve. In keeping with this belief, it is our policy to conduct our business in an environmentally responsible manner that protects the public, our employees, and the earth we all share.

Siwel Consulting works with technology suppliers that produce low-carbon solutions and energy-efficient products, safe materials and green packaging to reduce its overall environmental footprint.

Siwel provides employees with eco-friendly working options, such as:

  • Remote collaboration, teleworking and mobility: Cisco technologies (IP phones and Cisco WebEx) allow employees to collaborate from home, the office, or elsewhere. Employee use of collaborative technologies reduces travel, carbon emissions, and travel costs while increasing employee productivity and work-life balance.
  • TransitChek Program: as Siwel Consulting is based in New York City, this IRS-approved commuter benefits program helps employees save money by paying for their commute with tax-free dollars while reducing carbon emissions using public transit.

In addition to complying with environmental laws and regulations, we commit to:

  • Reduce consumption of electricity, energy, water and other natural resources, and emissions of hazardous substances.
  • Reduce, reuse and recycle: use recycled materials and minimize packaging.
  • Train staff so that they look for additional ways to reduce the firm’s environmental footprint.
  • Establish an environmental management system with objectives and procedures to evaluate progress, minimize negative impact, and maintain good practices.

Fair Business Practices

Siwel promotes responsible business practices at every level of the company and expects its employees to meet its high ethical standards in carrying out business. We are committed to doing business with honesty, integrity, and transparency.

All decisional makers who choose vendors, contractors, suppliers and other business partners must do so on the basis of quality, service, price, and similar competitive factors. It is a violation to make decisions on any other basis, or to solicit or accept favors in exchange for business.

It is the responsibility of all employees to help safeguard assets of the company whether owned, leased or borrowed. All assets should be maintained with care and respect, while guarding against waste and abuse. Employees are encouraged to ask questions and promptly report any ethical issues or concerns.

Customers are our most valuable asset. All employees should be fair, honest, and respectful whenever dealing with customers. If an employee’s job involves sales and marketing, they are expected to be familiar with the laws, regulations, and policies applicable to their job.

In addition to complying with fair business practices, we commit to:

  • Not tolerate jokes or behavior in the workplace that insult employees on the basis of gender, race, age, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or religion.
  • Pay comparable wages for comparable work.
  • Support organizations that promote fair trade and human rights compliance.
  • Check where products are manufactured and look into any associated human rights concerns.

Documentation on fair business practices are posted in common areas throughout the Siwel Consulting office.

Labor Practices and Human Rights

Siwel Consulting Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We maintain explicit policies against discrimination in hiring, salary, promotion, training or termination of any employee on the basis of gender, race, age, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or religion.

Siwel strictly follows the provisions of EEO and other fair labor employment practice laws in the recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting of individuals as well as administering personnel actions. Management periodically communicates information on fair employment practices to employees and EEO and/or fair employment practices posters can be found in the common kitchen areas.

EMPLOYEE HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Siwel works to help all employees attain work-life balance by providing:

  • Empire BlueCross BlueShield Exercise Reward’s Program: an insurance reimbursement toward local fitness facility dues.
  • Secure Intranet connection for remote and telecommuting employees.
  • Health Care FSA: an employer-sponsored benefit designed to reimburse out-of-pocket health care expenses deducted on a pre-tax basis.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND REWARDS

Siwel encourages employees to pursue Professional Development opportunities in order to develop their talents and achieve their full potential in a collaborative, inclusive, and healthy workplace.

Notable achievements:

  • 2015 CRN Triple Crown Winner: Siwel was recognized on all three of CRN’s pre-eminent solution provider lists, earning them the Triple Crown Award this year. Fewer than 60 North American solution providers had the necessary revenue, growth and technical expertise to be considered.
  • 2014 CRN Solution Provider 500: Siwel is ranked in the top 500 of CRN’s companies annual list which recognizes the top VARs, solution providers and integrators in North America, based on revenue size.
  • Donors of American Heart Association and MercyFirst.

WORKFORCE DIVERSITY

Siwel believes that a diverse workforce fosters innovation, creativity, and collaboration. We create an inclusive culture where everyone feels welcomed, valued, respected, and heard.

Notable achievements:

In addition to complying with fair labor practices, we commit to:

  • Establish policies to ensure the health and safety of all employees and make the policies known to employees.
  • Involve employees in business decisions that affect them and will improve the work environment.
  • Be open to job splitting, flextime and other work-life balance policies.
  • Avoid unequal pay for jobs that require substantially equal skill, effort and responsibility and that are performed under similar working conditions.
  • Avoid asking candidates questions that may lead to claims of discrimination.
  • Retain applicant data supporting hiring decisions as required
  • Provide reasonable accommodations for qualified disabled persons
  • Provide reasonable accommodations for religious requests

Documentation on labor practices and human rights are posted in common areas throughout the Siwel Consulting office.

Sustainable Procurement

We believe that Siwel has a social responsibility to conduct business in ways that benefit global communities and the environment. We recognize that responsible environmental stewardship is a continuous process.

The manufacturing of the products we resell are entirely outsourced. We work closely with our suppliers to improve sustainability and maintain high standards for ethics, labor rights, health, safety, and the environment.

We encourage employees to procure supplies and services in a manner that integrates fiscal responsibility, social equity, and community and environmental stewardship.

We encourage our employees to incorporate the following factors when obtaining supplies and services: pollutants, waste generation, greenhouse gas emissions, depletion of natural resources, and impacts on biodiversity.

Social equity factors to be considered include: human health impacts, use of local business, and use of minority-owned business.

Fiscal factors to be considered include, but are not limited to: use reduction—buy only what you really need, product performance and quality, life-cycle cost assessment, leveraging buying power, and impact on staff time and labor.

Siwel will utilize best practices in sustainable procurement as they evolve.