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RESPONSIBILITY

In a dynamic industry and a globalised world, legal requirements and social expectations are constantly changing. As a family business with 130 years of history, Zschimmer & Schwarz plans and acts for future generations as well as for sustainably successful business development.

Since the company was founded in 1894, social commitment has been deeply rooted in our corporate culture, and we are committed to our values, which are practiced at all locations of the Z&S Group: innovation, tradition, trust and respect.

Our corporate values create identity and serve as a guide to meeting our social, environmental and economic responsibilities. We have always placed the highest demands not only on the quality of our innovations and products, but also on ourselves. In our daily actions, these standards are reflected in the collaboration with our customers and teams as well as in our active memberships in global organisations and initiatives, our declaration of principles and our Code of Conduct.

OUR CODE OF CONDUCT

The Zschimmer & Schwarz Group stands for clear values and principles. Acting responsibly at all times and not only fulfilling our duties but going one step further for the benefit of all people is therefore a matter of course for us. You can find more information on this in our Code of Conduct.

 

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Portrait of a smiling businesswoman holding a tablet in a modern office building

POLICY STATEMENT

RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

Respect for human rights is an integral part of our Group-wide Code of Conduct for Employees and our Code of Conduct for Suppliers. In order to express our recognition of and respect for human rights in the Zschimmer & Schwarz Group, we have implemented a declaration of principles on respect for human rights. These commitments form the basis of our daily actions and express our expectations of our business partners. You can find our policy statement on respect for human rights here.

 

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ZSCHIMMER & SCHWARZ SUPPORTS THE UN GLOBAL COMPACT

In 2021, Zschimmer & Schwarz joined the United Nations Global Compact. This is our explicit commitment to responsible corporate governance. By joining, we have committed to integrating ten binding principles from the areas of human rights, labour standards, environmental protection and corruption prevention into our corporate strategy. Since 2022, we have been submitting Communication on Progress reports, which are published on the UN Global Compact website.

 

About the UN Global Compact

The United Nations (UN) Global Compact was launched in 2000 to encourage companies worldwide to align their strategies and activities with ten universal principles. These principles cover the areas of human rights, labour standards, environmental protection and corruption prevention and support the general goals of the United Nations. By developing, implementing and disclosing responsible corporate policies and practices, companies are supposed to ensure that markets develop in a way that benefits the respective economies and societies. The Global Compact is a voluntary platform for dialogue and mutual learning and, with more than 24,300 companies and organisations in over 170 countries, the world's largest initiative for sustainable and responsible corporate governance.

DR CHRISTOPH RIEMER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

CREATING A WORLD WORTH LIVING IN

"Our company history is characterised by innovation and tradition, trust and respect. As a family-owned company, it is particularly important to us to not only live these values within our company, but to also represent them clearly to the world. As a global player, joining the UN Global Compact was a further step towards living up to our responsibility for human rights, labour rights, environmental protection and the prevention of corruption. Through our joint efforts and commitment to a sustainable future, we are creating a future worth living for generations to come."

 

ZSCHIMMER & SCHWARZ IS A MEMBER OF RESPONSIBLE CARE

As a member of Responsible Care, we strive for constant improvement in the areas of environment, safety and health, regardless of legal requirements. With the RSPO certification of several locations, we commit ourselves voluntarily to the use of sustainably grown palm oil. As a system partner of bluesign®, Zschimmer & Schwarz stands for resource-efficient and environmentally conscious production. Many of our chemical auxiliaries comply with GOTS and meet the OEKO-TEX®-Standard 100, which means they are certified sustainable and pollutant-tested. By strictly avoiding the substances listed in the ZDHC MRSL list, we eliminate potentially harmful chemicals from the supply chain.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND RESOURCE CONSERVATION

We aim to play an important role in the chemical industry when it comes to environmental protection and resource conservation. Modern security measures as well as internal and external monitoring ensure that our work processes protect the environment. We reduce emissions and clean our wastewater in our own wastewater treatment plants at several locations. We check our products for their environmental compatibility at every stage – from production to further processing. Protecting the environment is not a burden for us, but part of acting on our sense of responsibility.

 

WE STAND FOR HIGH QUALITY STANDARDS WORLDWIDE

We live up to our responsibility in the area of quality by means of strict controls. This ensures that we can guarantee consistently high quality standards anytime, anywhere in the world. Every work step is thoroughly checked, our processes, methods and machines are state-of-the-art, and our employees are perfectly qualified. The certification of our quality management according to DIN EN ISO 9001 is a matter of course for us. Open and transparent communication with our clients is as important as our rigorous testing – because in the lively exchange with international customers, we are able to anticipate desires and optimise applications to create custom-fit solutions. And that’s exactly what Zschimmer & Schwarz stands for: Chemistry tailor-made.