It is the best way to encourage a feeling of responsibility and innovation, while avoiding waste. The concept of Kaizen is a pillar of continuous improvement at Dakri Cartons. Discover how the Mauritian company applies this Japanese principle.
Small positive changes show great promise, especially if they are maintained over time. This idea is one of the foundations of Kaizen. The term, which literally translates to “changing things for the better”, coins a philosophy which recommends a stable and progressive approach, based on the ideal that one can always do better. Rather than chaotic change, this concept values small, incremental adjustments and details that go the distance, as one small gesture, multiplied by Dakri Cartons’ 105 employees guarantees improvement. These very reasons motivated the company to adopt this principle which empowers employees and drives their engagement in company culture. Kaizen also boosts problem solving, while encouraging innovation and improving team dynamics. It also enables growth, productivity and long-term success.
Kaizen at Dakri Cartons
“Our travels allow us to keep learning from foreign companies we meet and visit. It is therefore our duty to share this knowledge with our employees, clients and suppliers, especially if said know-how proves beneficial to them”, says Nazir Dakri, CEO of Dakri Cartons.
Over time, the company culture, as a whole, revolves around this philosophy which places well-being, safety and efficiency at the heart of operations. “Improvement is, after all, a question of means. We need to create a safe and stimulating environment where all the necessary resources and support mechanisms are in place to drive every team member’s trust and participation. Investing our time and resources to create such conditions is the best way for us to set an example”, the CEO insists.
Improve to reduce waste
This japanese principle is closely linked to the concept of Muda, which means “waste”. As such, the optimal use of resources constitutes an important part of the improvement paradigm. It therefore implies that a truly efficient process reduces waste. Therefore, at Dakri Cartons, the return percentage of 0.02% of faulty boxes is encouraging, although it still shows room for improvement. The company is also determined to expand its use of photovoltaic energy which will, by 2025, cater for 100% of its energy needs.
This lifestyle, which has proven its worth, is an inspiration to be happier and more independent, in a view to gain efficiency.
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