Responsible supply chain management
König + Neurath is conscious of its responsibility for environmental protection throughout the supply chain. In 2020 we bought 82.4 % of our purchased goods volume from Germany. In 2021 the percentage of suppliers based in Germany stood at 84.5% – measured by purchasing volume. This means that the high national environmental and social standards also apply to most of our direct suppliers. Furthermore our proximity to our suppliers means short transport distances. The other suppliers are based in Europe, in countries such as France, Poland and Austria.
A long-term cooperative partnership significantly minimises CSR risks (Corporate Social Responsibility), because we know our suppliers well and visit their premises.
In the 2020 business year, 53 % of suppliers (measured by purchasing volume) had installed a certified environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001 or EMAS.
Close cooperation with suppliers
König + Neurath AG works closely with suppliers, and one reason for this is to achieve ongoing improvements in environmental performance. For instance innovative ecological materials are tested for their production development feasibility.
Further examples of testing and implementation of environmental measures with our suppliers:
- In regard to seating packaging, we were able to reduce the thickness of LDPE plastic film by one third in 2021.
- In terms of purchasing extruded aluminium profile, we switched our production over to aluminium with reduced carbon emissions in 2021. The aluminium brand is Hydro REDUXA.
- For all seating and office furniture programmes we check with our suppliers whether it is possible to use recyclates.