Sustainability report 2017/18

Reliable supply chain

In order to be able to reliably provide sustainable products, it is a major prerequisite that we maintain a trusting and long-term cooperation with our suppliers and partners. Our customers can rely on us – and we can rely on our suppliers. Our customers’ requirements are constantly growing in this respect: they are increasingly calling for proof of sustainable economy within the supply chain. This interaction between ourselves and our customers and suppliers places our commitment to sustainability on an important footing. It enables us to provide a high level of quality and product safety and ultimately ensures our success. This is how we secure our position on the market in the long term.

Ulrich Schniedergers (head of Corporate Procurement and Supply Chain) and Katja Kuhlmann (head of the Procurement Management Dept.) ensure stable processes within the supply chain.

For these reasons we rely on strategic partnerships which guarantee stable processes within the supply chain. This demand for reliability not only affects the quality of our bought-in components and assemblies or the exact time of delivery or optimization of costs. It also applies in particular to the aspect of sustainability and to values which are relevant to society in general. When selecting potential new suppliers we therefore take the utmost care to ensure that our code of conduct for suppliers is strictly adhered to. This covers the following important points:

  • Prohibition of child labor
  • Prohibition of forced labor
  • Adequate working hours
  • Fair pay
  • No discrimination.

Our code of conduct for suppliers also deals with various ecological aspects, such as environmental regulations, climate protection and the careful use of natural resources.

Adherence to our suppliers’ code of conduct is taken into account and monitored by our supplier management system. The demands we make of our suppliers may not be any different from our own demands as a supplier. For this reason KHS was awarded a silver medal in the EcoVadis CSR rating in 2018.