Our employees - committed & loyal
Human rights are firmly anchored in our company.
We take ecological responsibility
Nachhaltigkeit und Qualität greifen bei uns ineinander.
Sustainability and quality go hand in hand for us.
At BORBET sustainability and quality are interleaved.
Employees
Human Rights
Efficiency
Quality
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Goals and ratings
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We are convinced that diversity enriches our company. That is why we take care to treat men and women equally and oppose any kind of discrimination. Currently, employees of around thirty different nationalities work successfully together in the BORBET Group. We are aware that we have only been able to grow in our 130-year existence because we have always been able to rely on a committed, motivated and loyal workforce.

In order to constantly improve the safety of our employees, we have introduced occupational health and safety management systems at all Borbet locations in recent years. In 2019 and 2020, the individual management systems were merged and adapted to the requirements of the new DIN ISO 45001. In October 2020, we were finally successfully certified by TÜV Rheinland.

Policy Statement of the BORBET Group on Respect for Human Rights 

We, the BORBET Group, are aware of our responsibility and we are committed to respecting human rights. We respect internationally recognized human rights and we take care to prevent human rights violations and strengthen human rights. We expect the same from our business partners and suppliers. Therefore, we have defined an appropriate selection process for our suppliers.
We are committed to conducting human rights due diligence to identify any negative human rights impacts in which we may be involved and to work with parties that are interested in preventing and mitigating such identified impacts. If it is determined that BORBET Group or any of its partners is responsible for such an impact, BORBET Group will seek to solve or participate in remediation of the situation through legitimate processes.

Standards and Guidelines

In accordance with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP), we are committed to the principles of the following internationally recognized human rights standards and guidelines:
  • The United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 
  • The conventions and recommendations of the International Labour Organization (ILO) on labour and social standards
  • The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
  • The principles of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
  • UN Conventions on the Rights of the Child  
  • UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union
We also want to support the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by means of our actions. In addition to our long-term social commitment at all BORBET plants, we have derived goals for the entire Group, which are recorded in our common Sustainability Report.

Implementation

The norms and values mentioned in the international standards and guidelines are also reflected in our Code of Conduct for employees, business partners and suppliers.
In order to prevent potentially negative impacts and to sensitize our employees to the issue of human rights, we rely on training. This must be carried out annually by every employee and includes control and comprehension questions to be answered by the employee at the end of each training session.
Suppliers and business partners must adhere to and sign our Code of Conduct.
We expect all employees, business partners and suppliers to comply with applicable laws and human rights conventions and to avoid negative impacts. Violations will not be tolerated and will be consistently pursued.
Our goal is to work together with actors along the entire value chain, through various actions and processes, to prevent potentially adverse impacts and to promote sustainable positive development through joint approaches.

Grievance mechanism

We offer our interested parties the opportunity to anonymously report indications of violations or breaches of human rights and express their concerns via a hotline or an online form. All reports are treated confidentially and processed by the responsible department. Further information on this can be seen on our homepage under the tab "Code of Conduct & Compliance". Everybody can help to ensure that the BORBET Group identifies unacceptable behaviour or violations at an early stage and that actions and consequences derived from this prevent further potential violations of human rights.

Responsibilities

The general managers of the independent plants are responsible for compliance and implementation of the policy statement on respect for human rights. The department heads are responsible for implementing the training courses within their departments.

Further development and reporting

Respecting human rights and considering risks and potentially negative impacts is an ongoing process that makes an important contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. We provide information on implementation and developments annually as part of our common Sustainability Report.

Hallenberg-Hesborn, December 2020
BORBET GmbH


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For us, the efficient use of energy is both a matter of ecological responsibility and economic necessity. That is why we have introduced energy management systems at all BORBET sites. In addition, our German sites are certified according to DIN EN ISO 50001. By using heat recovery systems, we have been able to realise large savings potentials in electricity and natural gas in some areas. Aluminium chips that we produce during the production process are fed back into the cycle and remelted.

Innovative manufacturing processes such as Flowforming or Undercut can reduce the weight of the wheel. This reduces the use of aluminium and improves the carbon footprint of the wheel. Despite all innovative measures, the quality of the wheels is still our top priority.  

A current example: In order to reduce water consumption at the site in Austria, we invested in a recirculation system at the quenching basins, which saved considerable amounts of well water.

Quality
We conceive, design and produce light alloy wheels with the highest quality standards. From market research, design and construction to the finished painted wheel, the products are created entirely under one roof. State-of-the-art manufacturing processes, patented and innovative production technologies, an uncompromising quality assurance system and hard-working employees contribute to the company's success every day.

Sustainability and quality are intertwined in our company.

BORBET takes its responsibility seriously and places environmental protection at the centre of everything it does. We combine our high quality standards with our ecological demands in the value chain, production and BORBET wheels.

With our passion for light alloy wheels, we ensure the perfect balance of sustainability, quality and competitiveness.

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Procurement - We assess the sustainability performance of future suppliers before we procure our raw materials. For this purpose, each supplier is asked to provide a self-disclosure and to attach supporting documents. In addition, each supplier must sign the compliance with the Code of Conduct for suppliers.

A risk profile is created for each supplier, which is then evaluated together with the other data within the supplier approval process. We also use the self-disclosure tool for existing suppliers and request relevant evidence that meets our sustainability requirements.

BORBET aims to have suppliers certified to ISO 9001, ISO 45001, IATF 16949, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001. Preference is given to those that are certified to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 or a comparable system and make greater use of environmentally friendly materials and renewable energy. Suppliers with certification according to the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) standard are also preferred.

BORBET itself has been a member of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative since 2021, as an "Industrial User".

Usage
We take our responsibility seriously and want to continuously improve environmental protection both with regard to products and in manufacturing. In doing so, BORBET relies on advanced and efficient technologies. The consumption of water, energy, raw materials and operating supplies is regularly checked and potential savings implemented. All BORBET sites are certified according to ISO 14001 and are working on continuous improvement.

Sustainability goals
As a metal processing company, we want to use energy and all other resources sparingly and responsibly. No matter how good you already are, you can always do better! In the future, we will continue to identify further savings potential and thus make our contribution to climate and environmental protection. In doing so, we include our supply chain.

For several years we have been calculating the CO2 emissions of our production and regularly set ourselves new targets for the future. We have been very successful in achieving these targets in the past and will continue to do so in the future. By 2040, we want to reduce our CO2 emissions in production (Scope 1+2) by 100%. Our focus here is primarily on the implementation of energy efficiency projects and the increased use of renewable energies.

Since 2019, we have also been recording emissions from the upstream and downstream value chain (Scope 3 emissions). Here, too, we want to work on reducing emissions in areas where we can. This includes, above all, the upstream supply chain with all raw material purchasing.  

Ratings
Since 2012, we have been answering the questionnaires of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) on the topics of "Climate Change" and "Water". The non-profit organisation CDP evaluates the company's performance based on the answers given and then publishes a rating. Leadership Level "A" is the best possible rating, Disclosure Level "D-" the worst.

In 2020, we received a rating of "B" (Management Level) in the areas of "Climate Change", "Water" and "Supplier Engagement".