Social responsibility in our supply chain
König + Neurath works in close partnership with all suppliers and there is a strong customer focus. Our supplier relations are characterised by their long standing, competitive nature, quality and reliability. König + Neurath has a systematic and consistent system for supplier evaluation and risk management. To achieve this, we also consider aspects of environmental protection and occupational safety, as well as human rights.
As soon as we become aware of breaches or false statements, we stop using that company as a supplier, or we insist that they meet our requirements. König + Neurath reserves the right to pass on information to third parties - in particular to non-government organisations that support compliance with fundamental social and environmental standards.
We review our regular suppliers on the basis of a supplier self-declaration on a two-year rotation. In this self-declaration, our suppliers have to provide information on all relevant themes complete with evidence. As of 01.01.2022 we introduced new supplier guidelines (see Annex 4 Supplier guidelines – a Code of Conduct for suppliers).
König + Neurath also applies the ten principles of the UN Global Compact directly to their own suppliers. The company is committed to observing the ten principles and also assuring compliance by sub-suppliers.
We received self-declarations from around 95% of suppliers (in terms of purchasing volume) for the business years 2020 and 2021. We are not aware of any breaches of the König + Neurath requirements, or any false declarations.
In 2020 the number of suppliers stood at 645, in 2021 this figure dropped to 584.
82.4% of the purchasing volume was accounted for by suppliers within Germany in 2020. The percentage of suppliers within Germany was 84.5% based on purchasing volume in 2021. This means that the high environmental and social standards in Germany also apply to the majority of our direct suppliers. The rest of the suppliers are based in Europe, from countries that include France, Poland and Austria.