Sustainability at Pop! Promos
Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Promise
Pop! Promos is committed to running a business that is sustainable from environmental, social, and financial perspectives. This commitment is embodied through our product development, operational choices, philanthropy, and CSR commitments with a focus on environmental sustainability and improving our local community.
As we continue to grow, our overall potential impact on our communities, environment, and society increases. We have created a CSR Committee to formally articulate our goals, priorities, and policies in regards to our corporate citizenship. Our committee is comprised of individuals from various departments, who meet monthly to formulate plans of action for ongoing engagement in local initiatives as well as sustainability-driven choices for our business that will lessen our carbon footprint on a larger scale.
Our CSR Plan
Offsetting Carbon Emissions
When you ship on Pop!’s UPS account, you not only know your costs up front, but now you're also choosing a Certified Carbon Neutral shipment method! Starting August 1, 2022 every order shipped from Pop! Promos on our UPS account will have its carbon emissions offset using 3rd party verified carbon offsets.
Eliminate Single Use Plastics
By 2025, Pop! plans to eliminate all single use plastic from our product line. Since starting the initiative, we've already eliminated over 13,000 lbs. of plastic per year from our operations by removing individual polybags from some of our most popular products.
The amount of plastic Pop! has eliminated is equivalent to that of four Priuses!
Social Work Near and Far
Every quarter, Pop! is dedicated to hosting a give-back event to give back to our local community. Past events have included a wide range of social work and local environmental work. Recently, a team of volunteers spent an afternoon with Norris Square Neighborhood Project, cleaning and weeding local Philadelphia gardens.
(Scroll down to check out our recent social work projects!)
In 2020, during the height of the recent pandemic, our Buy One Give One program offered a donation for every face mask purchased. This program resulted in 15,000 masks donated to essential workers and communities in need through the American Red Cross.
Giving Back to the Local Community
Outside of taking action during the global pandemic, Pop! Promos’ President Sterling Wilson is an active member of the Pennsylvania Regional Board for Playworks, an organization that helps millions of children to stay active and build valuable life skills. Through company-wide fundraising, Pop! has donated over $18,000 - providing the children of Philadelphia with safe, healthy spaces to learn, play, and grow.
In addition to monetary action, Pop! also donates all unused products to local homeless shelters and the Lions Clubs of Bucks County - resulting in over 2,000 pairs of reading glasses, 1,000 winter clothing pieces, 1,000 bags, and 2,000 pairs of socks donated so far.
We’ve proudly contributed to Philabundance, an organization that works to provide food security in the local Philly area. Through donations, community service, and awareness campaigns, totaling over $7,000 in donations -- Pop! Has supplied enough meals to feed over 14,000 hungry Philadelphians.
Sustainable Products & Materials
Our products are retail-inspired - meant to be beautiful and coveted, with the intent that users will keep and reuse them for years to come.
We plan to take this commitment even further by setting a goal to launch 5 new products each year made from recycled or organic materials. So far, Pop! has curated 13 eco-friendly products in our Eco Line!
Supplier Code of Conduct
Pop! Promos has been a proud member of the Fair Labor Association since 2012. The FLA provides training and tools to build expertise in companies ultimately improving working conditions and the lives of the workers who make the products you buy.
Pop!’s Supplier Code of Conduct defines labor standards that aim to achieve decent and humane working conditions at all of our manufacturing partners. The Code is based on ILO standards and internationally accepted good labor practices.
Companies affiliated with Pop! are expected to comply with all relevant and applicable laws and regulations of the country in which workers are employed, and to implement the Code of Conduct in their applicable facilities.
75 % of Pop!’s overseas supplier base has undergone a third party social compliance evaluation within the past year.
Social compliance audits cover legal, social, and environmental regulations, and are carried out by internationally accredited third parties such as BV, UL, SGS.
The widely recognized standards to which Pop!’s factories have been audited include BSCI, SEDEX, and McDonalds, to name a few.
Recent Social Work
Norris Square Neighborhood Project
Recently, a few Pop! volunteers joined forces with Tristan Fuentes, a Co-Urban Garden Manager at Norris Square Neighborhood Project, in assisting with some weeding work in one of their local gardens. The experience was both humbling and eye-opening for our staff, "Volunteering at Norris Square was such a rewarding experience! I'm a newer employee at Pop!, and it was a great way to both give back to my community while also bonding with my new coworkers."
The volunteers spent the afternoon learning about how the garden projects impact the community while they weeded and made way for new growth. "It was great to have the group from Pop! Promos come to our gardens here at Norris Square Neighborhood Project. With the help of the group, we were able to weed out and clean up our Raíces garden to prep it for a new river rock path. This garden will soon serve as a permanent farm stand location and continue to preserve these Puerto Rican green spaces in the neighborhood," Tristan said of our visit.
Once the hard work was finished, the team was lucky enough to receive a tour of other local gardens from Tristan, to see what their progress would soon turn into. We are so thankful for the opportunity to learn about the culture, thoughtfulness, and community that goes into each garden project.
For our readers that are located in the Philadelphia area, check out some of the opportunities that Norris Square Neighborhood Project has to offer. Every Saturday from 10am-1pm at 2217 N 2nd St they host a farm stand that happens right outside of the same garden the team worked on. You can also sign up to volunteer on one of their volunteer days - every 4th Saturday of each month from 10am-2pm, at their local Las Parcelas garden! For more information, check out their website here: https://myneighborhoodproject.org/
School Supplies Drive
Pop! took notice of the recent struggles in Philadelphia’s inner city schools and their need for support and supplies. Together, the team at Pop! raised $1,200 in donations for local teachers in the Philadelphia area.
"With the amount of donations we received from our generous team members here at Pop!, we were able to knock out four teachers' Amazon wish lists [valued at $300 each], and bring a large box of supplies to a nearby elementary school. It's encouraging to know these will be put to good use as teachers and students are in need now more than ever!" said drive organizer Katie Kring.
Donations in physical supplies like notebooks, folders, pencils, erasers, markers, and more were collected among the staff and brought to a local school, Horatio B Hackett Elementary. The staff was ecstatic to receive the supplies and sent us a thank you for our efforts to help out!
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