When it comes to communicating our sustainability activities, we care deeply about transparency – which is why we publish our sustainability report every two years:
The German Sustainability Code (DNK) provided a framework for identifying the sustainability issues that are relevant to us. We are the first bathroom furniture manufacturer to publish the DNK statements of compliance.
QUALITY MADE IN GERMANY
In Germany, we have been a member of the German Quality Assurance Association for Furniture (DGM) since 1992, which requires us to comply with the DGM’s requirements as defined by the RAL quality assurance system. The strict test criteria are based on current quality, environmental and emissions standards and mainly relate to the products’ durability, sturdiness and manufacturing quality. Harmful emissions and safety are also subject to thorough scrutiny. Every single factor is extensively inspected by independent test institutes. The “Golden M” quality label is only awarded to furniture that completely satisfies all the requirements – as is the case with burgbad’s entire range.
For further information visit https://www.dgm-moebel.de/de/das-goldene-m
WE’RE PART OF THE DGM’S CLIMATE PACT
We were the first bathroom furniture manufacture to join the “Climate Pact for the Furniture Industry”. In view of the rapid pace of global climate change and its massive impacts on humans and nature, the German Quality Assurance Association for Furniture (DGM) supports the UN’s 1.5 degree goal and offers its members the opportunity to sign up to the “Climate Pact for the Furniture Industry”, which was introduced in January 2016. In recognition of their sense of responsibility for climate change, all climate pact participants are awarded the DGM Climate Label – a distinction burgbad has held since 2016.
For further information visit https://www.dgm-moebel.de/de/richtlinien
FIRST CLIMATE NEUTRAL BATHROOM FURNITURE PRODUCER
After joining the “climate compact for the furniture industry” in 2016 we worked consequently on reducing our carbon emissions and on compensating the rest completely. Based on the DGM criteria we have done calculation of the direct and indirect carbon emissions in the areas of Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 and neutralized our carbon footprint completely buying high-quality Gold Standard certified CO2- emission rights.
All our furniture has held PEFC chain of custody certification since 2014. PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) is an independent certification system that promotes sustainable forest management.
Only companies who can provide end-to-end verification that the wood they process is sourced from sustainably managed forests are awarded the PEFC seal of approval. The verification is audited and confirmed by independent certification bodies (TÜV Nord) every year. As a result, burgbad furniture with the PEFC label guarantees that the entire production chain is certified – all our wood materials originate from monitored sources. Wood carrying the PEFC certificate of origin is free from any suspicion of originating from illegal logging or exploitation. It is proven to come from forests that are managed in harmony with nature and in line with strict criteria – so that they are fully retained for future generations.
EMISSIONS LABEL FOR FURNITURE
In Germany burgbad achieves best possible classification in the world’s first emissions label for furniture.
In collaboration with leading test institutes, a group of DGM experts developed emissions categories for furniture. The goal was to develop a label that provides consumers with key information about the product’s emissions profile in a simple way. The Class A emissions rating means a low risk of exposure to harmful substances, whereas a Class D rating is only equivalent to compliance with the legal requirements regarding limits for formaldehyde.
The entire range of burgbad furniture is classified in emissions class A. For your safety.
For further information visit https://www.dgm-moebel.de/de/vergabegrundlagen
WE’RE A MEMBER OF THE UN GLOBAL COMPACT
In 2015, burgbad decided to join the world’s biggest and most important initiative for responsible corporate management. Based on 10 universal principles and sustainable development goals, the United Nations Global Compact pursues the vision of an inclusive and sustainable global economy to the benefit of all people, communities and markets, both today and in the future. By joining the compact, more than 13,000 companies and organisations from the fields of civil society, politics and science are already demonstrating their commitment to turning this vision into reality – and burgbad is one of them.
DECORATED AS FAMILY FRIENDLY COMPANY
At burgbad the human takes centre stage. burgbad lives a family-conscious corporate culture and seeks for a good working atmosphere as well as good working conditions for healthy and content personnel. Compatibility of family and job is for us an utmost concern. burgbad sees the certificate – which it was first awarded in 2015 – as recognition of its many years of commitment.
At our site in Bad Fredeburg burgbad was certified as family friendly company in Hochsauerlandkreis(a district in Germany, where burgbad is located). Decorated are companies, which support their colleagues with individual family friendly actions, helping to master the balancing act between every day family and every day job.
RECYCLED PAPER FRIENDLY COMPANY
Entrepreneurial success for burgbad as a wood processing company is closely linked to the claim of sustainability. An essential objective for us is to save resources. Our goal is to reduce paper consumption as much as possible by increasing the use of digital media. Nevertheless, burgbad cannot do without paper completely. For this reason, we are deeply committed to nailing our colours to the mast and will switch our paper for office communication and business correspondence from FSC-certified to recycled paper with the Blue Angel over the course of the year.
CLIMATE NEUTRAL LETTER SHIPPING
We care about reducing environmental pollution. That’s why we are using the gogreen service provided by Deutsche Post and DHL. The transport-related CO2 emissions are calculated and neutralized through verified climate protection projects. Consequently, all shipped letters and parcels from burgbad in Germany are climate neutral. One component of our climate protection activities.
WE’RE AN “US TOGETHER” PARTNER
“Us Together” brings the integration initiatives launched by German businesses in the light of the refugee wave together in a network whose members are dedicated to addressing and expediting integration in the long term.
The businesses involved run their own integration projects funded by compulsory sponsorship. The website www.wir-zusammen.de serves as a joint platform where German businesses present their integration projects.
RETURN SYSTEM FOR PACKAGING
In Germany, since as far back as 2013, burgbad’s participation in return systems like Interseroh has ensured that any product packaging that comes into circulation is returned to the recycling loop via its retail partners.
Only in Germany, we use 3 times more of raw materials than the amount due to us. Recycling is a way to work against that development. By practicing recycling not only new products are developed but also primary resources are preserved and greenhouse gases are reduced. That makes sense for burgbad.
NATIONAL REGISTER FOR WASTE ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT (EAR)
In order to ensure the best possible functionality, burgbad builds electrical and electronic components into some of its bathroom furniture. As a result, these products fall under Germany’s Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG). This means consumers can dispose of their old appliances correctly (via municipal recycling depots and retailers’ collection points) and make an important contribution towards achieving the act’s goals – i.e. protecting people’s health and the environment from the harmful substances in electrical and electronic equipment and reducing such waste by reusing or recycling it. burgbad’s EAR registration number is DE 90381808.
WE ARE PART OF THE ALLIANCE FOR DEVELOPMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has set up the Alliance for Climate and Development to combine climate protection with the promotion of economic and social development in non-industrialised countries. We expressly support this by focusing our high-quality offset projects on co-benefits in non-industrialized countries.We expressly support this by focusing our high-quality offset projects on co-benefits in non-industrialized countries. More at: http://www.bmz.de/de/themen/klimaschutz/klimaallianz/index.html.
Involvement of burgbad in “Blue Responsibility” reflects a sense of common purpose regarding the responsible use of natural resources. The three pillars of sustainability – economical, ecological and social – are firmly rooted in the corporate philosophy of those brand manufacturers in the German sanitary industry who are involved in the initiative.
The electronic description of our furniture consists of tested parts and complies with the requirements in the CE directives.