Responsibility for the Environment
What is often referred to colloquially as sustainability is for HORNBACH simply a matter of responsibility. In times of global warming and the energy turnaround, we aim to make our contribution towards caring for our environment:
Timber only from responsible forestry
We are committed to attracting customers' attention to timbers bearing the quality seal of the Forest Stewardship Council ® (FSC®). Back in 1996, our company already provided the WWF and Greenpeace with a voluntary undertaking not to import any uncertified tropical timber. HORNBACH guarantees that all of the timber products it offers come from certified sources. One focus of the activities of our quality management, environment & CSR department involves working to protect rainforests and promote responsible forestry that also meets social and work safety standards. Given this focus, HORNBACH was very well prepared for the European Timber Regulation (995/2010) that took effect in 2013. Among other requirements, this regulation includes a duty of care for all timbers and timber products imported into the EU and also bans the import of illegally felled timbers.
Against hand-hewn natural stone
Stone is often hewn by hand in inhumane conditions. By consistently delisting these products, HORNBACH Baumarkt AG is sending a clear signal. It guarantees that it only offers stone from responsible sources. All direct import suppliers and their manufacturing sites are audited by accredited, certified audit institutes at regular intervals, and at least every twelve months. We have based the audit scope and contents on the accepted BSCI, ISA 9001ff, ILO, ISO 14001, ISO 26001, and SA 8000 standards and reinforced these in line with our own stricter requirements. Upstream suppliers of our own suppliers – in this case quarries – are directly instructed by our suppliers to comply with our guidelines.
The responsibility we assume towards the environment is part of our commitment to quality .
Rules intended to ensure that Hornbach lives up to their responsibility for men, society, animals and the environment: PDF (62.71 kB)
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