Sustainability - CSR

Royal Bammens

Sustainability and CSR at Royal Dutch Bammens

 

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) or sustainable business is a form of enterprise focused on economic performance (profit) with respect for the social side (people), within the environmental preconditions (planet).

Bammens takes its social responsibility seriously and makes a positive contribution to the local economy and business. That’s why Bammens produces in its own factory, without outsourcing to low-wage countries. This has created long and stable working relationships with the local environment.

All suppliers are critically reviewed by Bammens. In the case of suppliers with the same suitability, we favour those from the Netherlands. Purchasing is done without exploitation and child labour, for which we have statements from our strategic suppliers.

The concern for CSR and sustainability was laid down in Bammens in its policy statement and management system. The management system is certified according to ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 14001 (environment) and CO2 performance ladder level 5 (CO2/energy), MJA energy efficiency (rvo.nl) and VCA** (safety). In addition, Bammens has its best-selling waste bins Cradle to Cradle certified (Bronze).

The policy statement and certificates are available by sending an e-mail to info@bammens.com.

ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

The integral management system of Royal Dutch Bammens has been certified since 17 December 2010 according to NEN-EN-ISO 9001, the international requirements for quality management systems.

Since 2 January 2013, the management system has also been certified according to NEN-EN ISO 14001, the international requirements for environmental management systems.

CO2 Performance Ladder

In 2003, Bammens joined the Multiyear Energy Efficiency Agreement 2001-2020 (MJA3), an energy savings covenant within the industry, supported by the Dutch National Enterprise Authority. This results in Energy Efficiency Plans (EEPs) to achieve energy savings.

Both the plans and the annual results (including energy consumption figures) are reviewed and accredited by the Dutch National Enterprise Authority and the competent authority.

Bammens has determined its CO2 footprint for scope 1, 2 and 3 according to ISO 14064-1

Some examples of reduction measures are:n:

  • Inkoop van 100% groene stroom, afkomstig uit windenergie in Nederland.
  • Procesoptimalisatie, waaronder inrichting in productiecellen en daarmee vermindering van intern transport.
  • Gebruik restwarmte compressoren en poedercoatinstallatie voor verwarming naastgelegen fabrieksdeel.
  • Verlichtingsplan waarin de verlichting is afgestemd op de behoefte en waarin de schakeling van verlichting in relevante segmenten is ingedeeld.
  • Preventief en jaarlijks onderhoud aan o.a. stookinstallaties, compressoren, machinepark, wagenpark, transportmiddelen.
  • Bij vervanging worden moderne, zuinige machines / installaties / voertuigen aangeschaft; recente voorbeelden: lasmachines, HR verwarmingsketels, compressoren met frequentieregeling, Euro 6 vrachtwagen, hybride personenwagen, ICT servers.

MJA Energie-efficiency (rvo.nl)

Attention to the environment is a firm part of our business processes. Since 2003, Royal Dutch Bammens has been a member of the Multiyear Energy Efficiency Agreements (MJA). The Multiyear Energy Efficiency Agreements between the government and companies and institutions strive for the more efficient and effective use of energy.
Like all MJA participants, we report annually to the Dutch National Enterprise Authority (rvo.nl), the competent authority for environmental management legislation and our own industry organisation. The business report contains energy consumption and insights on the progress of the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Plan (EEP). The EEP includes the planned energy saving measures (both focused on process and chain efficiency) for a period of 4 years.

Since 2008, MJA3 has been in force. The common goal is to achieve an energy efficiency improvement of 30% between 2005 and 2020. We strive for this and therefore continue to work on energy-saving programmes throughout our company.

Cradle to Cradle

Two product families from Bammens, Capitole and Metropole, have been certified as Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Basic by an independent institute. The products are designed and manufactured according to the Cradle to Cradle® philosophy.

Cradle to Cradle® means that the product (including materials) is safe for humans and the environment and that it can be reused after the life cycle or dismantled so that the components and materials can be used as raw materials for other high-quality products.

Social Return on Investment (SROI)

Definition:
‘Social return agreements aim to contribute to increasing the employment participation rate of people excluded from the labour market and are mandatory as part of procurement.’

Bammens offers work in its organisation to people excluded from the labour market. Social employment companies enter into employment contracts and/or posting contracts. There are also jobs for people who are long-term unemployed. The contractors perform work at the office, in production, service, logistics, cleaning and landscaping. They perform activities aimed at what they can do, instead of going beyond their capabilities. Bammens also offers both internships and apprenticeships structurally.

Every year, there are about ten places at all levels of education. Bammens is a recognised learning company.

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