Acushnet is a global organization and we work, live and interact with many communities. It is in our interest to be respectful of those communities, to be good corporate citizens and to do what we can do to respect and protect the environment and the workers that make our products – wherever they are located. It is good business – and it is the right thing to do.
Protection of the environment is one of our biggest responsibilities and we respect the needs and concerns of the communities in which we live and work. We are committed to responsible environmental practices that minimize our impact on the environment and protect the safety and health of our associates and the public. We will comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations and we continuously look for ways to reduce the environmental impact of our operations.
Our Environmental Compliance Risk Mitigation effort has been in place for over 30 years. Due to the complexity and changing nature of environmental rules and regulations, we employ a team of environmental compliance specialists and also contract with experienced, professional environmental consultants in pursuit of our goal of 100% compliance, and resulting mitigation of risk of damage to the environment. We have also made considerable investments in equipment and processes to reduce our emissions far below permitted levels.
In addition, our Energy Management Team has been in place since 2008. This team seeks to ensure that our facilities have reliable, cost effective energy supplies, with a focus on conservation, to reduce our overall energy usage. Acushnet maintains a long standing interest in energy conservation, and regularly explores and implements renewable energy opportunities such as solar and wind. Corporate policy requires that that all capital projects funding requests to be accompanied by a “Project Impact Report” that requires project managers to identify the impact (positive or negative) on energy consumption and the environment. This impact is one of the key criteria we use to determine how to allocate capital funds. We also dedicate resources to studying and understanding all the latest incentives provided by Federal, State and local utility programs to ensure that capital dollars are invested in the most cost effective manner possible.
Examples of past and current initiatives include:
Our associates are guided by our key beliefs of uncompromising integrity, values, and our constant respect for people. These key beliefs are vital to Acushnet’s success. To support this success, the Acushnet Company Supplier Citizenship Policy (the “Policy”) available here, establishes guidelines that respect human rights, workplace safety and protection of the environment. we are committed to responsible environmental practices some of which are available here.
Acushnet Company expects each of its suppliers worldwide to conduct their business activities in accordance with the elements contained in the Policy. These elements are the Company’s minimum standards and are not intended to supersede any applicable governmental regulations or requirements. All suppliers are expected to conduct their activities, including activities related to their employees, in compliance with all applicable national and international laws and regulations. Where differences or conflicts in standards arise, the highest standard shall apply.
Each supplier and its individual operations are expected to comply with this policy and, upon request, provide evidence of compliance. We also expect our employees and suppliers to conduct themselves in accordance with all other Acushnet Company policies, including the Global Human Rights Policy, available here, and our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, available here.
Suppliers will be selected, and then monitored, based in part on compliance with these policies and Acushnet Company global citizenship supplier expectations will be communicated to each supplier chosen. Acushnet Company suppliers will maintain reasonable evidence that the requirements of this Policy are being met by their suppliers and contractors, and, where appropriate, by their sub-suppliers and sub-contractors. This evidence may include certification forms, written questionnaires, audits, inspections, or other appropriate documentation. Appropriate levels of compliance review will be undertaken depending upon the risk exposure assigned to suppliers. The main objective is to bring suppliers into compliance in a reasonable amount of time. However, continued noncompliance in critical areas may affect the supplier’s business relationship with Acushnet Company, up to and including termination of the business relationship by us. To ensure suppliers demonstrate compliance with our policies, or evidence they are working towards such compliance, the Company performs supplier audits in accordance with its Supplier Review Program.
The Company’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of its Board of Directors has oversight responsibility for the matters contemplated by the Supplier Citizenship Policy and our Global Human Rights Policy. Company management is responsible for the ongoing administration of these policies and the Supplier Review Program.
Applicable Company employees will receive training on the requirements of these policies. Suppliers are expected to provide training on the requirements of these policies to appropriate personnel.
The Supplier Review Program is administered by the Global Citizenship Policy Subcommittee consisting of Company Compliance Committee (the “Committee”) members with expertise/responsibilities in this field. The Committee will receive approval for all programs/policies from the Acushnet Company Compliance Committee with oversight by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Helping to administer program for Company-owned factories will be the Acushnet Health & Safety Department.
In addition to the above, Company associates in various capacities such as Product Development, Quality Control, etc. may visit supplying factories. During these visits, on an appropriate frequency, the “Acushnet Company Supplier Citizenship Compliance Program Limited Factory Inspection Form” will be completed and submitted for review and follow-up.
Whether they design our products, make them, promote them, sell them, service them, account for them, or do any other task in support of any of these functions, every Acushnet associate makes a valuable contribution to the team. The Company is committed to a workplace atmosphere of trust and respect, free from discrimination and harassment. We recruit, employ, evaluate and promote qualified people without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status, gender identity or expression, genetic information or any other basis prohibited by law.
We are also committed to maintaining a safe, secure and healthy work environment. No activity is so important that it cannot be done safely. As a global leader in the golf equipment industry, employee safety and health is prioritized in each of our golf ball, golf glove and golf shoe manufacturing facilities, our golf club assembly facilities, and our distribution centers and support operations worldwide. Led by a dedicated team of approximately 25 associates, the Company is committed to implementing best-in class health and safety programs aimed at minimizing risks to our associates and complying with all applicable safety and health laws and regulations. To this end, the Company has established a comprehensive Health and Safety Management Program that covers the following elements: (1) safety & health education; (2) enforcement; (3) evaluation of workplace hazards; (4) associate involvement; (5) safety audits; and (6) communication. Each element contributes toward achieving the overall goal - eliminating safety hazards, minimizing accidents, and promoting a healthy workforce. This commitment is part of our culture and includes the following achievements:
Acushnet earned the distinction of being named one of America’s Best Mid-Sized Employers of 2021 by Forbes Magazine (as one of the top 500 mid-sized companies nationally). The list of best mid-sized employers was determined by Forbes in partnership with Statista, a market research firm. Forbes and Statista selected America’s Best Employers based on an independent survey in which 50,000 Americans working for companies in 25 different industries with at least 1,000 employees in their U.S. locations were asked open-ended questions. The evaluation was based on both direct and indirect recommendations.
“Great achievements are not born from a single vision, but from the combination of many distinctive viewpoints. Diversity challenges assumptions, opens minds and unlocks our potential to solve any problems we may face.” – Unknown Author
In the game of golf, success is directly contingent on the ability to utilize every club to its fullest potential and make the most of every shot. We feel the same way about our business. To us, each person in the Acushnet Company family is important. We draw from diverse experiences and ideas from all of our associates. In doing so, we strengthen and improve our global perspective, and are able to provide an environment where distinct contributions and new thinking are supported and encouraged. It’s a tradition we’re extremely proud of. One where the myriad of voices and opinions we invite help to make us a better company, distinguished above and apart from the rest.
In March 2021, the Company became the first global golf brand to sign the Women in Golf Charter (available here), which was launched by The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews (the "R&A") in 2018.
The Women in Golf Charter aims to strengthen golf's focus on gender balance, increase the participation of women, girls and families within the sport, and also ensure positive action is taken to create more opportunities for women to work within the industry.
We are committed to our communities through direct Company engagement. We encourage our associates to give back by providing their time to the community and through monetary contributions. Recent and ongoing community engagement includes:
In 2020, we continued our program of excess cafeteria food contributions to local homeless shelters, delivered by volunteer associates. To make up for the impact of COVID-19 on our cafeteria operations, we supplemented our donations to the program with monetary support.
Acushnet Company reserves the right to reject orders for imprints on our products that may, in our sole discretion, be inconsistent with our company values or brand identity, including, but not limited to logos, designs and/or personalizations that are negative in nature, advocate violence or illegal activity, or are slurs, hateful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene or pornographic.