Code of Conduct

Supplier Code of Conduct

Compliance with applicable law is a matter of course for Chemofast Anchoring GmbH (hereinafter "Chemofast"). Values ​​in dealing with each other and with our business partners play a central role. Mutual respect, honest and tolerant dealings with each other, as well as predictability and straightforwardness internally and externally are basic principles that are firmly anchored at Chemofast. A way of doing business in harmony with people and the environment are principles that we follow and that make a significant contribution to our long-term corporate success. We see these values ​​as an essential cornerstone of our supplier relationship. The Chemofast Supplier Code of Conduct defines binding minimum requirements, which our suppliers must now observe and implement without the need for a signature. The Chemofast Supplier Code of Conduct is based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and on the principles of internationally recognized standards for responsible corporate governance. These include the UN Global Compact, the core labor standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. The basis of every entrepreneurial action is, of course, compliance with the respective national legal requirements. If the regulations of the individual countries, business areas or markets differ from the requirements of the Chemofast Supplier Code of Conduct, the stricter regulation applies.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights
10 principles of the UN Global Compact DIE-TEN-PRINZIPIEN-1.pdf
ILO core labor standards
Rio Declaration on Environment and Development

respect for human dignity
The supplier respects general personal and human rights. Violence, intimidation, bullying, sexual harassment and other assaults are prohibited.

prohibition of discrimination
The dignity of man is inviolable. It is to be respected and protected. Discrimination – i.e. any disadvantage, degradation and unequal treatment based on gender, gender identity, social or ethnic origin, nationality, language, skin colour, religion, sexual identity, physical or mental impairment, political conviction – is not tolerated in any way.

Rejection of forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking
All forms of forced labour, modern slavery and exploitation are prohibited. All employees volunteer their work or service. Any kind of punitive threats such as isolation, restriction of movement, exploitation, physical violence, intimidation, excessive overtime, withholding of identity documents and other sensitive documents or withholding of wages is prohibited.

Ban on child labor
Chemofast does not tolerate child labor or any kind of exploitation of children and young people. A “child” is generally defined as anyone under the age of 14. The minimum age for employment must not be lower than the age at which compulsory schooling ends in the country in which the supplier conducts business. Proof of age of the employees must be available.

Protection of vulnerable employees
Employees in need of protection are expectant mothers, people with physical and mental disabilities and young people under the age of 18. They must be particularly protected against overload and damage to health. Regulations must be made for this group to limit working hours and the type of employment.

Right to freedom of association and assembly
In accordance with national legal regulations, employees must be granted the right to freedom of association and assembly.

Adequate working conditions
The supplier must ensure that a safe, humane and non-hazardous working environment is guaranteed. This includes that
Sufficient clean sanitary facilities are available to employees, and that the company and offices are cleaned regularly to guarantee hygiene in the workplace.

corporate housing
If the journey times from the company location to the nearest private accommodation are disproportionately long, it is desirable for the supplier to provide accommodation for the employees, which the employee can use voluntarily. Accommodations must be decent, clean and safe.

The supplier must be aware of the possible operational risks and take measures to prevent and reduce accidents, emergencies, fires, etc.

safety briefing
Before starting work on machinery, equipment and potentially hazardous work, as well as for emergency situations and fire protection, employees are required to
to give a safety briefing. The instructions are repeated according to legal requirements or if there are changes in the workplace. Evidence of the instructions must be kept.

Based on a risk assessment, it must be determined and communicated in which area work safety equipment must be worn. the
Occupational safety equipment must be made available to the employees free of charge, in sufficient quantity and in a functional condition by the supplier.

The devices and safety devices must be serviced regularly and their functionality checked. The emergency shutdown of machines must be functional and accessible at all times.

substitution check
The use of hazardous substances is to be kept as low as possible. Hazardous substances are to be subjected to a substitution test. This means that with the same suitability for the machining process, the substance to be used is that poses a lower risk to humans and the environment. A safety data sheet must exist for every chemical present. Safety data sheets contain information on handling, storage, transport, disposal, critical and important material data, potential hazards and first-aid measures.

emergency planning and fire protection
The supplier maintains disaster and fire protection plans in his company. Corresponding exercises must be carried out regularly and documented. Fire alarms and an evacuation alarm must be present during operation. There are enough fire extinguishers, depending on the type and risk of the work, the size of the
Buildings and floors as well as the number of people in the company, accessible to everyone and at all times. There must be enough employees who are trained in the use of fire protection equipment.

emergency exits and escape routes
The emergency exits, escape routes and assembly points are clearly indicated and must not be blocked at any time. The number of emergency exits and escape routes depends on the number of people, room size and workplace distribution and ensures that all employees are evacuated safely and quickly.

First Aid Kit
First aid equipment of an appropriate type and quantity is available to all employees, during all shifts, in all buildings and on every floor
accessible and ready for use. The nature and scope reflect the nature of potential risks and the size of the business. There must be enough trained first responders on each shift who are capable of acting in the event of an accident.

working time
The statutory maximum number of hours is not exceeded. The weekly working time including overtime must not exceed 60 hours. Employees are entitled to at least one day off in a seven-day week. The vacation days must at least correspond to the national statutory vacation entitlement. The supplier must grant employees an appropriate break, but at least a 30-minute break after 6 hours and a total of 45-minute breaks after nine hours, unless the national working time laws provide for a stricter regulation.

Employees receive appropriate remuneration that at least corresponds to the national statutory minimum wage. In the absence of legal regulation, the wage must at least be sufficient to secure the livelihood (housing, food, education, technology) of the employees and their families. Wages must be paid regularly and in legal tender. It is forbidden to use wage deductions as a disciplinary measure. National social security regulations must be complied with.

The applicable national laws, regulations and standards for limiting and avoiding environmental pollution must be observed. Consists in
If there is a risk of pollution in water, soil and air in connection with the business activities of the supplier, appropriate measures must be taken to
Reduction and prevention must be implemented.

Emissions are air pollution, noise, vibration, light, heat or radiation emitted by the supplier's systems and similar environmental influences that are suitable in terms of type, extent and duration, dangers, significant disadvantages or significant nuisance for people, animals, plants, soil, water, atmosphere as well as cultural and other material goods. The supplier must reduce emissions, in particular of volatile organic chemicals,
Type, verify, and treat aerosols, caustics, particulates, ozone-depleting chemicals, or combustion by-products from operations to make emissions non-hazardous. The noise caused must not exceed the legal requirements.

water use
The flawless quality and availability of water in bodies of water and in groundwater is the basis of life for people, animals and plants and must not be impaired by the supplier. Water should therefore be used sparingly for all processes. In industrial plants there should be circulatory systems that allow multiple use.

Wastewater is water whose properties have changed as a result of domestic, commercial, agricultural or other use. Supplier shall ensure that effluent from its operations, manufacturing processes and sanitation facilities undergoes the required treatment before being discharged into groundwater. The concentration of hazardous substances in the water such as salts, heavy metals and their compounds, oxidizable substances, nitrogen, phosphorus and organic halogen compounds and other chemicals may only be so low that the wastewater does not cause any negative effects on people and the ecosystem. If there is no infrastructure for water treatment at the site, qualified/suitable companies must be commissioned for transport and treatment.

Waste is any substance or object that the owner discards, intends to discard or is required to discard. Hazardous waste (special waste) is waste that poses a risk to health and/or the environment and has one or more of the following properties: flammable, oxidizing, explosive, irritating, caustic, infectious, toxic on contact or release of toxic gases , reproductively toxic, carcinogenic, infectious, reproductively toxic or ecotoxic.

General handling
Handling, storage, transport and disposal of waste must not have any harmful effects on the air, soil, water or the health of employees and must be carried out by qualified persons. Explosions, ignitions and other sudden dangerous events must be prevented. The supplier must take measures to avoid and reduce waste.

Handling hazardous waste
Hazardous waste must be clearly identified and properly disposed of. Handling must be carried out with sufficient protective equipment. Hazardous waste is kept separate from non-hazardous waste.

Disposal and recycling
Recycling of the waste is preferred to disposal, for example by landfilling. The supplier sorts the waste in preparation for the best possible form of recycling. Material recycling is preferred to energetic recycling. In the case of material recycling, waste is used as a recyclable material or as a substitute for raw materials in the manufacture of a new product, while in the case of energy recycling, waste is burned in an incinerator and used to generate energy.

chemicals and other hazardous substances
Hazardous substances are substances, mixtures and products with dangerous properties that cause acute damage to human health, are flammable, explosive or dangerous for the environment. Hazardous substances include chemicals, for example
also uranium, asbestos or welding fumes.

General handling
Handling, storage, transport and disposal of hazardous substances must not have any harmful effects on people, animals, plants, soil, water, the atmosphere or cultural and other property and must be carried out by qualified persons. Explosions, ignitions and other sudden and dangerous events must be prevented.
The supplier must document the amount and type of chemicals and hazardous substances present and/or used in the company. Supplier shall obtain and keep up to date all required environmental permits, approvals and registrations. All notification and reporting requirements must be followed.

Dangerous substances must be stored separately and closed. The floor in the storage areas is designed in such a way that it does not absorb or react with the hazardous substances. The supplier uses sufficiently large drip trays for liquid substances. All hazardous liquid storage tanks must be monitored regularly to prevent leakage. When handling substances or processes whose gases are toxic, employees use the necessary protective equipment to be provided by the supplier.

Hazardous substances are disposed of properly. Care is taken to ensure that hazardous substances that react with each other are not disposed of together.,

Chemical and hazardous material containers must be labeled with safety-relevant information that represents the risk of danger. Labeling is in accordance with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

Natural resources and raw materials
Natural resources are raw materials, environmental media, energy sources and physical space that exist in nature without human intervention. The supplier must use natural resources sparingly and keep their use and consumption as low as possible. This can be done either directly at the point of origin or through procedures and measures such as changing production and maintenance processes or company procedures, using alternative materials, savings, recycling and reuse of materials.

Responsible sourcing of raw materials
The supplier develops measures to ensure and improve the transparency and traceability of the raw materials used in the product within the supply chain. The aim is in particular to ensure that the raw materials used come from responsible sources. Particular attention should be paid to ores, concentrates and metals containing tantalum, tin, tungsten, cassiterite, coltan and gold and coming from conflict regions and high-risk areas. In particular, these are mining areas that are the scene of armed conflicts, that are in a fragile post-conflict situation or whose state leadership and security is weak or non-existent and in which international and human rights are systematically violated. The procurement of raw materials must not result in human rights violations or the financing of armed groups. To ensure this, the supplier will exercise due diligence on the origin and chain of custody of these minerals in accordance with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance to Promote Responsible Supply Chains for Minerals from Conflict-Affected and Risk-Areas and will disclose such due diligence to Chemofast upon request. If the above list of critical product ingredients is expanded in the future, the supplier is obliged to implement due diligence measures for the additional substances as well. To protect ecosystems and biodiversity, no raw materials may be extracted from nature reserves.

OECD Guidance on Funding Due Diligence
responsible supply chains for minerals from conflict and risk areas.

No form of corruption or bribery will be tolerated. The supplier must ensure that there is no personal dependency on customers, suppliers or other business partners through bribes or other illegal payments. The supplier will not accept or offer any gifts, invitations or other benefits that could reasonably be expected to influence business decisions in an unfair manner. Employees who violate the above regulations will be held accountable by the supplier, regardless of the consequences under criminal law.

fair competition
The supplier is committed to fair, performance-oriented competition and does not participate in anti-competitive agreements with other market participants. In particular, this means that he does not participate in cartels or other anti-competitive or unfair practices.

No money laundering and funding from illegal sources
Supplier shall obtain its funding from legitimate sources only. This prohibits directly or indirectly supporting terrorism or organized crime such as human trafficking, drug trafficking, bribery, arms trafficking, etc.

Compliance with export control and customs borders
Export bans, sanctions and embargoes in international trade must be observed by the supplier.

Data protection and data safety
The supplier must protect the personal data of all customers, suppliers, other business partners and employees in compliance with national and international data protection regulations. The personal data are protected against access and unlawful use by unauthorized persons and may not be used to the detriment of the respective interest groups. The supplier undertakes to keep company data, trade and business secrets and other confidential information strictly confidential and to use them exclusively for the purposes of the supplier's cooperation with Chemofast. They must be protected against unauthorized access and insight by uninvolved colleagues or other third parties, as well as against deletion and unauthorized modification.

The supplier communicates the requirements of the Chemofast Supplier Code of Conduct and its implementation to the relevant interest groups, but at least to its employees and sub-suppliers, and ensures compliance with the requirements through suitable measures.

Complaints Procedure
The supplier must grant employees access to internal and/or external complaints procedures and make them known. The message must be about
White-collar crime, discrimination, harassment, etc. should be possible anonymously for all those potentially affected. Linguistic and technical barriers must be avoided.

Documents and control of compliance
All verification documents and documents are duly created, protected against unauthorized access, modification and destruction and stored securely. The documents, records, permits, reports, etc. are accurate, trustworthy and transparent. They are to be presented to Chemofast upon request. The supplier informs Chemofast unsolicited about circumstances that are not compatible with the requirements of the Chemofast Supplier Code of Conduct. Chemofast reserves the right to conduct unannounced audits to verify compliance with the Supplier Code of Conduct. For this purpose, the auditor must be granted entry and access to the relevant areas and the required documents.

The Chemofast Supplier Code of Conduct is an integral part of the contract between Chemofast and the supplier and must be fully complied with. If a violation of the Chemofast Supplier Code of Conduct is suspected, the supplier will support Chemofast in clarifying the matter. In case of violation, Chemofast will respond depending on the severity of the violation. A preferred consequence is the immediate elimination of the defects by the supplier, but Chemofast is also entitled to claim damages and to terminate the contract with the supplier without notice. Our responsibility - this means that we are all called upon, as a company, as individuals and as employees, to act responsibly when it comes to sustainability, environmental protection and the future. We would like to thank all suppliers who work with us to ensure responsible and ethical behavior in business.