Sustainable purchase - Code of Conduct
Since its foundation, our company has been committed to acting in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner. We strive to conduct our business competently and on an ethical and moral basis and to compete fairly in all our activities. Our company's value chain covers product development, procurement, production, distribution and sales.
We commit ourselves and our suppliers to comply with the following guidelines:
The recognized rules of technology, the respectively valid legal and official regulations and the operational rules and regulations must be taken into account. In particular, the accident prevention regulations and the generally recognised safety and occupational medicine rules must be observed. Further points are compliance with the regulations on industrial safety when using machines and systems; existence of the EC Declaration of Conformity; CE marking...
• Goods to be delivered must comply in all points with the company-specific requirements. The composition, quality, packaging and declaration of foodstuffs must comply with the respective applicable foodstuff regulations and also meet the specific requirements. See general quality requirements and purchasing specifications applicable to each product
• Listing of authorizations in relation to raw materials and packaging: - in particular with regard to food and packaging materials, to request samples and specimens from the Supplier at the Supplier's expense. - to carry out inspections, also unannounced, in the fields, stables, production and storage facilities of the Supplier. The Supplier shall ensure that corresponding rights are also granted to the pre-supplier. This does not involve the inspection of incoming goods, but the inspections are only for orientation purposes. Defects that are discovered during the incoming goods inspection can therefore be claimed in full.
The basis are the fundamental principles (8 core conventions or core labour standards) of the ILO (International Labour Organisation), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations and the UN conventions on the rights of children
Respect for human rights is a fundamental principle of human coexistence. For this reason, the respective working relationships and conditions should correspond to these. As a prerequisite of any business relationship, suppliers and service providers, as well as their sub-suppliers and sub-subcontractors, agree to comply with the following conditions regarding social standards as elementary rights of employees:
• There is freedom of association and the right to collective action, e.g. to form or join trade unions of their choice.
• There is no discrimination based on personal characteristics or beliefs (e.g. according to ethnicity, religious affiliation, gender, age, etc.).
• There will be a fair payment, at least according to the legal minimum wage of the respective country.
• Regular working hours are required, at least according to the legal regulations of the respective country.
• Child labour, especially exploitative child labour, is not permitted.
• Young workers must be given special protection. For example, the employment conditions and minimum age must be taken into account and hazardous employment must be excluded.
• Precarious employment relationships are not permitted.
• Forced labour, physical punishment or mental coercion is prohibited.
Safe and as far as possible healthy working conditions must be guaranteed. If accommodation is provided for employees, the corresponding principles apply to. Bribery, venality and corruption in all forms, as well as extortion, are also rejected.
The company pays particular attention to environmental protection. The supplier or service provider or their subcontractors also commit themselves to the following points:
• In order to avoid possible environmental problems, a precautionary approach must be taken to exclude possible environmental problems in advance (e.g. risk analysis, environmental impact assessment)
• Environmentally friendly technologies and products are preferred and their use is constantly being further developed
• No animal testing is carried out.
The supplier or service provider generally undertakes to comply with the environmental protection regulations applicable in his country. In addition, they are also involved in the data collection, e.g. for the preparation of an ecological balance sheet.