The German Sustainability Code [Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitskodex (DNK)] is an important tool for burgbad for demonstrating and dealing with relevant sustainability issues. burgbad submits a statement of compliance of the DNK and a progress report in accordance with UN Global Compact. The issues dealt with there form the basis for our sustainability report. You can download the sustainability report for 2017 here.
INITIATIVE PRO RECYCLING PAPER
Entrepreneurial success for burgbad as a wood processing company is closely linked to the claim of sustainability. An essential objective for us is to save resources. Our goal is to reduce paper consumption as much as possible by increasing the use of digital media. Nevertheless, burgbad cannot do without paper completely. For this reason, we are deeply committed to nailing our colours to the mast and will switch our paper for office communication and business correspondence from FSC-certified to recycled paper with the Blue Angel over the course of the year.
FIRST CLIMATE NEUTRAL BATHROOM FURNITURE PRODUCER
After joining the „climate compact for the furniture industry“ in 2016 we worked consequently on reducing our carbon emissions and on compensating the rest completely. Based on the DGM criteria we have done calculation of the direct and indirect carbon emissions in the areas of Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018 and neutralized our carbon footprint completely buying high-quality Gold Standard certified CO2- emission rights. burgbad get involved actively with climate protection.
WE SUPPORT DGM- CLIMATE COMPACT
As the first bathroom furniture producer we joined the „climate compact for the furniture industry”. Beginning of 2016 »German Furniture Quality Assurance Association e.V.« (DGM) initiated this voluntary climate protection project for the members. Focus of the climate compact this year is the balancing of the greenhouse gas emissions of the participating companies – also at burgbad.
WE ARE PART OF THE ALLIANCE FOR DEVELOPMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has set up the Alliance for Climate and Development to combine climate protection with the promotion of economic and social development in non-industrialised countries. We expressly support this by focusing our high-quality offset projects on co-benefits in non-industrialized countries. More at: http://www.bmz.de/de/themen/klimaschutz/klimaallianz/index.html.
RESSOURCE PROTECTION CERTIFICATE
Since 2013 burgbad in Germany cooperates with the recycling programme operated by the Interseroh company. Thereby we are able to ensure that any product packaging that is brought into circulation re-enters the recycling loop. Only in Germany, we use 3 times more of raw materials than the amount due to us. Recycling is a way to work against that development. By practicing recycling not only new products are developed but also primary ressources are preserved and greenhouse gases are reduced. That makes sense for burgbad.
CLIMATE NEUTRAL LETTER SHIPPING
We care about reducing environmental pollution. That’s why we are using the gogreen service provided by Deutsche Post and DHL. The transport-related CO2 emissions are calculated and neutralized through verified climate protection projects. Consequently, all shipped letters and parcels from burgbad in Germany are climate neutral. One component of our climate protection activities. Download certificate.
WE SUPPORT UN GLOBAL COMPACT
burgbad decided to participate in the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. With signing the Compact in November 2015, we want to underline our focus on these important issues.
burgbad orientates its purchasing decisions on verifiable facts showing that the wood materials for the product in question originate from ecologically, economically and socially sustainable forests. All our wood materials are from verified sources. About 90% of the wood raw materials we buy are PEFC certified. Wood carrying the PEFC certificate of origin is free from any suspicion of originating from illegal logging or exploitation. It is proven to come from forests that are managed in harmony with nature and in line with strict criteria – so that they are fully retained for future generations.
WE SUPPORT THE INITIATIVE "WE TOGETHER"
We are member of the initiative “We together”. “We together” is a platform where German businesses share their integration projects, with the aim of building a network of members who are dedicated long-term to the issue of integration. The businesses involved run their own integration projects funded by compulsory sponsorship. The website www.wir-zusammen.de serves as a joint platform where German businesses present their integration projects.
Involvement of burgbad in “Blue Responsibility” reflects a sense of common purpose regarding the responsible use of natural resources. The three pillars of sustainability – economical, ecological and social – are firmly rooted in the corporate philosophy of those brand manufacturers in the German sanitary industry who are involved in the initiative.
DECORATED AS FAMILY FRIENDLY COMPANY
At burgbad the human takes center stage. burgbad lives a family-conscious corporate culture and seeks for a good working atmosphere as well as good working conditions for healthy and content personnel. Compatibility of family and job is for us an utmost concern. For that long lasting commitment burgbad feels confirmed earning this certificate now. At our site in Bad Fredeburg burgbad was certified as family friendly company in Hochsauerlandkreis (a district in Germany, where burgbad is located). Decorated are companies, which support their colleagues with individual family friendly actions, helping to master the balancing act between every day family and every day job.
GERMAN QUALITY COMPANY
In Germany we are member of the »German Furniture Quality Assurance Association e.V.«, an association of furniture manufacturers and suppliers. It awards environmentallyfriendly quality furniture its seal of approval. Because, furniture should not only be beautiful, it should also be durable and must not harm health.” The German Furniture Quality Association e.V.” has products of their members regularly tested by the neutral furniture institutes according to their strict regulation RAL GZ430. This consists of all actual standards and sometimes requires even further demands.
EMISSIONS LABEL FOR FURNITURE
In Germany burgbad achieves best possible classifi cation in the world’s fi rst emission label for furniture.
The DGM emissions label gives you information on emissions of harmful substances at a glance and is intended to protect you against negative impacts on your health. The entire range of burgbad furniture is classified in emissions class A. For your safety.
The electronic description of our furniture consists of tested parts and complies with the requirements in the CE directives.