Sustainability report 2017/18

Certified sustainability: certifications and awards

The fact that our efforts to achieve sustainability are not just goodwill, but tested in daily practice is evidenced by numerous certifications and awards in the form of site-specific audits that KHS has received for its locations in Germany and abroad.

Inga Lindstaedt-Meister and Joachim Peinemann work together on global quality management.

This topic is also becoming increasingly important to our key customers. The focus is more and more on subject areas such as supply chain, quality assurance, labor and human rights. With these audits, we pursue our goal of reducing emissions, improving working conditions and supplying reliable machinery. KHS undergoes the following audits on a regular basis:


ISO 9001: Quality management

KHS has been ISO 9001 certified since 1995. This certifies compliance with the quality management standard, which is the most widespread standard nationally and internationally. The most recent certifications were received in 2017 for our sites in Dortmund, Bad Kreuznach, Worms, Hamburg, Kleve, Ahmedabad in India, Waukesha and Sarasota in the USA, Zinacantepec in Mexico and São Paolo in Brazil.

BS OHSAS 18001: Occupational health and safety management

The minimum requirements for best practices in occupational health and safety management have been certified by the BS OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) since 2011. Among other things, this helps to identify risks in advance and implement effective measures to protect employees and to improve prevention of failures and disruptions during operation. BS OHSAS 18001 is widely implemented in more than eighty countries, making it one of the best-known occupational health and safety management standards in the world. The certificate was last awarded to our sites in Dortmund, Bad Kreuznach, Worms, Hamburg and Kleve in 2017. In 2019, we intend to achieve certification according to the new ISO standard 45001 as a replacement for OHSAS 18001.

SEDEX: Transparency and safety according to SMETA

Since 2013, TÜV-Rheinland Cert GmbH has carried out audits in accordance with the increasingly significant SEDEX (SMETA4Pillar audit). The issue of ethical and social sustainability has been become increasingly important to many of our key customers in recent years and they also require the SEDEX certificate from their business partners. The related SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) online platform allows its members to provide customers and business partners with detailed information on social and ethical processes to increase transparency and safety throughout the supply chain. Subject areas such as working conditions, occupational safety and hygiene and environmental management are evaluated according to the SMETA (Sedex Members' Ethical Trade Audit) audit procedure. The most recent certifications were awarded in 2019 to all of our sites in Germany and in 2016 to all of our locations abroad with the exception of Suzhou in China.

ISO 50001: Energy management

Optimizing and defining energy savings as management goals are two of the prerequisites for successful certification in accordance with ISO 50001. This worldwide standard defines requirements for an energy management system. KHS has been receiving this certificate since 2014. Most recently, all of our sites in Germany received the certificate in 2017; our site in Ahmedabad, India in 2016.

ISO 14001: Environment

The ISO 14001 standard is the globally accepted and applied standard for environmental management systems and regulates the planning, execution, control and improvement of these systems. KHS has been receiving this certificate since 2014. The most recent certificates were issued in 2017 to all sites in Germany as well as our location in Ahmedabad, India.

Awards / ratings

EcoVadis: Silver medal for CSR

KHS has been receiving annual awards from EcoVadis since 2015 and again worldwide in 2018 with a silver medal for all sites. This independent rating tool assesses Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the fields of environment, labor law and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement.


We have been receiving this certificate since 2011. The modular consulting and qualification program ÖKOPROFIT stands for "Ökologisches Projekt für Integrierte Umwelt-Technik" [Ecological Project for Integrated Environmental Technology] and is a cooperation project between communities and local businesses. The aim of this program is to reduce operating costs while sustainably conserving on natural resources such as water and power. The last certificates were presented to the Hamburg site in 2014, Bad Kreuznach in 2013 and Dortmund in 2012.

Green power throughout Germany

KHS has been sourcing electricity from renewable sources in Germany since 2016. We received the green power certificate for all our domestic sites again in 2018.

Self-regulation in the interest of sustainability

In addition to external audits, KHS also conducts in-house audits at its sites in Germany in the areas of quality, occupational safety, environmental protection and energy management. They additionally support our efforts to transparently introduce our production process steps to our customers.