Company policy – Supplier sustainability standard
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Last amended on: 07/11/2017
WETHJE Carbon Composites follows certain principles for responsible and lawful conduct and asks suppliers to also respect the following principles in their company policy and pass them on in their own supply chain.
The following guidelines represent the minimum requirement for all suppliers regarding business ethics, environmental protection and the conservation of resources as well as human rights and social standards. They are based on the fundamental principles of economical, ecological and social responsibility and are in compliance with applicable law and international standards.
- Business ethics and compliance
WETHJE expects suppliers to act responsibly and lawfully and to pass on this expectation to their entire supply chain. Any business operation must be performed by the companies in compliance with currently applicable laws with utmost integrity in an honest and just manner.
In particular, this refers to:
- Compliance with the applicable anti-corruption legislation / prevention of corruption
- Prevention of anti-competitive practices
- Protection of intellectual property and commercial confidentiality
- Compliance with legal provisions in the area of export/import controls
- Environmental protection and conservation of resources
WETHJE expects from suppliers and their subcontractors a sustainable and responsible and use of resources and raw materials.
Regarding products and processes, they are to ensure an efficient use of energy and resources and compliance with applicable environmental standards.
In particular, suppliers strive to:
- reduce energy and water consumption
- reduce greenhouse gases
- increasingly use renewable technologies
- use a suitable waste disposal concept
In their respective market segment, suppliers proactively promote the development and distribution of environmentally compatible technologies.
Suppliers are to support any effort to ensure the responsible procurement of resources. The goal is to prevent the acquisition and use of resources which were obtained in an unlawful manner or by ethically objectionable or unacceptable measures.
- Due diligence regarding the promotion of responsible supply chains for minerals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas
WETHJE expects suppliers to refrain from the use of any minerals from conflict-affected smelting plants. This applies in particular to raw materials which were mined in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. According to the definition of the “Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act” which was adopted in the United States of America in July 2010, conflict minerals are tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold (3TG). In addition, minerals are classified as conflict-affected if their extraction, transport, trade, handling/processing or export directly or indirectly support non-governmental armed groups.
Information on the smelting plants or refineries for conflict minerals which suppliers or subcontractors use must be submitted to WETHJE with the initial shipment using a Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) without request by WETHJE. WETHJE will not enter into any business relationship with suppliers who use conflict-affected smelting plants or refineries. If required, WETHJE can provide support regarding the possibility to use conflict-free smelting plants and refineries.
Our suppliers are requested to adhere to their due diligence obligations in their entire supply chain, even if their suppliers do not directly procure minerals from the DRC. This includes the implementation of measures to ensure that the minerals which are used by the supplier – in particular tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold (3TG) – do not directly or indirectly promote or support armed conflicts.
The due diligence requirements are an extension of the above-mentioned sustainability requirements for environmental protection, employee rights, transparent business relationships and fair market conduct which are integral parts of due diligence.
- Human rights and working conditions
For WETHJE it is of utmost importance that business activities take into account the social responsibility towards employees. This also applies to WETHJE’s suppliers and their subcontractors. WETHJE required its suppliers to respect social standards, include them in their own company policy and ensure a commitment to social responsibility in their entire supply chain.
The following principles are particularly important:
- Respecting human rights
- No discrimination, ensuring equal opportunities and equal treatment
- Ban on child and forced labour
- Respecting the positive and negative freedom of association
- Remuneration regardless of gender in accordance with the minimum requirements of applicable national laws
- Compliance with working hours as set out in the applicable country-specific legal provisions
- Compliance with the requirements for occupational health and safety
Florian Anzeneder (CEO)
Masao Anzai (CEO)