Spotlight: Maritza Sanchez Arias, SHEQ coordinator at LPR Spain
“In my role as SHEQ coordinator, I ensure that LPR Spain and its suppliers comply with all the rules and regulations related to safety, health, environment and quality. I make sure that all SHEQ training is in line with the latest regulations, and all the required certifications are in place.”
Sustainability is part of LPR’s identity, and it is inherent to the long lifetime of our pallets. Our purpose ‘Working together towards a sustainable supply chain’ is something that I contribute to every working day. By involving our suppliers, we take action together to achieve our sustainability goals and to create more impact in our value chain. This is why we don’t only audit our suppliers, but also train them, so that we grow together. For example, in 2021 we relaunched the ‘Lean&Green’ programme in Spain. In this programme we actively work together with transport partners to structurally reduce CO2 emissions in our logistics.
Last year I also worked together with our suppliers to improve ISPM15 management. ISPM15 is a key regulation to our business; it requires heat treatment of pallets to prevent the spread of diseases and insects that could be harmful to plants or ecosystems. We got all suppliers to align with the Ministry, a result that I am really pleased about. To achieve sustainability, we cannot lose focus: we need to have a balance between environmental, social and economic sustainability.
I am proud to work for a company that offers equal opportunities; at LPR great work is valued whatever your background, gender or profile. My promotion to SHEQ coordinator was a great recognition of my work. It showed me that I could grow within the company and it has been a great motivation to keep working hard and to keep learning.