His Royal Highness Prince Joachim yesterday inaugurated a health and wellness program that Denmark’s largest manufacturer of workwear, Mascot International A/S, has established at the new MASCOT factory in Laos.
MASCOT has created a health clinic with a full time doctor and initially, one nurse, as part of the establishment of the factory. “The purpose of the health program is both to offer consultations to employees with health problems and to systematically provide information in an effort to prevent disease and improve health among employees”, says MASCOT CEO Michael Grosbøl, who attended the inauguration today along with the prince and the local authorities.
MASCOT already has very good experiences from Vietnam, where the company operates two health clinics in connection with MASCOT Vietnam's production facilities. “The health and wellness programs in Laos and Vietnam are just one of the elements in our comprehensive CSR efforts that we have initiated from the outset. In addition to the health programs, we place great emphasis on decent wages, good working conditions, a good working environment, professional training programs and a responsible environmental policy”, said Michael Grosbøl.
He points out that CSR efforts are, in reality, good business for MASCOT. "In 2014, our production units in Vietnam set a new record with an output greater than we have seen anywhere else in the world, and the quality of the products is top notch. I have no doubt that the good working conditions at MASCOT are the reason. Happy employees are good employees. That’s just how it is”, said Michael Grosbøl.
MASCOT employs 1700 people at its own factories in Vietnam and so far, there are 300 at the new factory in Laos. Today the company is Denmark’s largest manufacturer of workwear and exports throughout Europe, the US and other overseas markets.