Code of conduct
KOENITZ Porzellan GmbH - CRS
CODE OF CONDUCT - Rules of Ethical Trading
We at KOENITZ Porzellan GmbH (and our subsidiary companies) (“KOENITZ, Wiedemann´sche and sub supplier”) are concerned as an international organization to take responsibility for the protection of humane and ethical working conditions for workers wherever our KOENITZ products are produced. Wherever possible we applx the standards according to DIN ISO 26000 We follow this code of practice in the production of the KOENITZ Product pursuant to the Agreement attached and to ensure that the Licensee’s sub-manufacturers follow it.
1. The manufacturer will comply with all local laws and regulations relating to working conditions. Where such local laws conflict with the terms of these Rules of Ethical Trading the local laws shall prevail.
2. The manufacturer will not employ children under the age of 15, except in accordance with the rules of the International Labour Organisation Convention. Children aged between 15 and 18 shall be limited as to working hours and overtime
3. The manufacturer shall treat employees and applicants for employment equally regardless of ethnic background, gender, religion or race. Employees shall be entitled to join independent workers’ associations. The manufacturer shall not use forced labour.
4. The manufacturer shall not force any employee to work more than 60 hours per week, or more than 6 days in any week. Reasonable meal breaks and sanitary breaks shall be permitted. Wages shall be at least the recommended minimum agreed for the industry or locality as applicable. Overtime shall be voluntary. Employees shall have at least four weeks’ paid leave per year, pro-rata for part-time employees.
5. All buildings in which employees of the manufacturer work, shall be safe and every employee shall have quick and easy access to an emergency exit, to appropriate fire extinguishers, to first aid equipment and materials, and to medical care in the case of serious injury. The manufacturer shall ensure that all employees are trained in and aware at all times of safety and emergency procedures, and that fire alarms are adequate and functioning at all times. All working areas shall be adequately heated, ventilated and lit and hygienic, unpolluted.
6. All equipment and materials used by employees of the manufacturer or stored, where employees work shall be safe for use by the employees. The manufacturer shall ensure that all employees shall receive appropriate instructions and warnings relating to the use of equipment and handling of materials, that any recommended limits or procedures are enforced at all times, and that suitable protective clothing and safety materials are provided. KOENITZ Porcelain and all subXXXX we to agree:
• that Manufacturer shall use its best endeavors to comply with the above Rules of Ethical Trading and toenforce compliance on any sub-manufacture used by Licensee; and
• that KOENITZ shall be entitled to inspect all and any aspect relating to working conditions for the production of KÖNITZ Products at any time and without prior notice, and Manufacturer shall provide KOENITZ on request with the addresses of all locations where KOENITZ Products or any parts thereof are produced.
7. All manufactures of KOENITZ or the manufacturer use mutual that comply to REACH and also to KOENITZ Quality standard.
The safety of products as well as their control and labeling is regulated by the Product Safety Act,which has existed in its current form since 2011. This, manufacturers, distributors and importers areobliged to bring only safe products to the market. So we make sure that our products are safe and do not pose any risk to our customers.Therefore, when designing and manufacturing our products, we pay attention to the characteristicsof the product. An important concern for us is that our products and packaging have a safecomposition and do not release potentially hazardous substances. In addition, our products arelabeled with the respective necessary instructions so that safe use can be guaranteed.
We regularly test our articles for safe composition as well as for the release of potentially hazardous substances. Our products do not exceed the permitted levels of these substances and are also safe for use with dishwashers and microwaves where declared. Directive 84/500/EEC regulates the limits of lead and cadmium that may not be exceeded in a porcelain article in contact with foodstuffs. Thus, the limit value for cadmium is max. 0.3 mg/l, for lead max. 4.0 mg/l and for cobalt max. 0.05mg/l. A sampling of our products are regularly tested for this and, according to the latest tests, do not exceed the limits and passed the test.
The REACH regulation is an EU chemicals regulation that came into force in June 2007 and stands for the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals. The regulation is equally and directly valid in all member states. Objective: To improve the protection of human health and the environment from the hazards of chemicals. Better risk management in the handling and processing of chemicals. The regulation bans and restricts certain hazardous substances and introduces an authorization procedure for specific hazardous substances. Implementation: Chemicals that are produced by a manufacturer in quantities of one metric ton or more per year must be registered and are therefore covered by the REACH system. Approximately 30,000 substances are involved. REACH requires manufacturers and importers to be responsible for the safety of their chemicals. List of substances subject to authorization can be found here.
Each of our products has a back stamp on which you can see where the product comes from. And this must be the case. Since December 2011, this has been mandatory for all distributors under the Product Safety Act (ProdSG). On our floor label you will find our name and our postal address as well as a clear marking of the product by a barcode and an identification number as a permanent attachment.
Declarations of Conformity
We as manufacturer, issue declarations of conformity on our own responsibility, which are based on the Consumer Goods Ordinance and the European Ceramic Directives 84/500/EEC and 2005/31/EC as well as Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004. This declaration confirms that the legal maximum levels of lead and cadmium permeability of the products are not exceeded. Also the traceability of the products is confirmed. We also obtain these declarations from our suppliers for our packaging. They also confirm to us that they manufacture their products according to the valid REACH and ROHS and carry out the necessary tests according to DIN regulations in order to guarantee the promised product properties. In addition, the supplier declarations confirm to what extent the products are environmentally friendly and recyclable.
Occupational health and safety
KÖNITZ, like every German company, is subject to various laws, such as the Working Hours Act, the Occupational Safety Act and the Youth Employment Protection Act. Thus, many things are fundamentally regulated by law. These include working hours, break times, the protection of employees' health or the employment of young people. The measures regulated by the Occupational Health and Safety Act are audited at regular intervals by the responsible office. Last site inspection by the Free State of Thuringia State Office for Consumer Protection Department of Occupational Safety Regional Inspection East Thuringia Dipl.-LMChem. Mariane Rauscher took place on 25.01.2022. Here it is checked whether the safety and health of the employees are effectively ensured. To ensure that all necessary measures are observed, we cooperate with the Ingenieurbüro Arbeitssicherheit. We are supervised by our partner according to ASiG and DGZV regulation 2. Within the scope of this cooperation, it was also checked during the Corona period whether all measures to protect health were taken and complied with. No deficiencies were found.
Environment is a hot topic, which of course does not pass us by. We think in terms of sustainable products, such as our to‐go cup, and already think about the environment when coming up with ideas. Also in our packaging ideas we pay attention to a production from recycled paper and we are part of the BellandVision. But not only that. We regularly have our emissions and water checked to ensure that they do not fall into a critical range. Our in‐house print shop has a recycling system for water and waste and a system that optimizes energy consumption. This is regularly audited by the district office. "There are no negative findings."But in the future, we want to do even more to keep our ecological footprint as green as possible. Therefore, we are planning to install a photovoltaic system to supply our buildings with renewable energy.
To comply with the Federal Immission Control Act, measurements of our continuous fire furnace are carried out on a recurring basis. During the test, flow velocity, static pressure in the exhaust stack, air pressure, exhaust gas temperature, water vapor content, exhaust gas density and volume flow are determined. Pollutants in the exhaust gases are also determined. NO2, formaldehyde, SO2, HCI, HF and the amount of dust are measured here. All values are well below the limit values. All tests were in order and no further measures were ordered.
At regular intervals, we have water measurements of the wastewater system carried out in our print shop, the Wiedemann print shop. The pH value of the water is measured and documented about twice a month. No deficiencies were found during the last measurement and therefore no measures had to be taken. Furthermore, the disposal of accumulated residues is measured. Thus the filter foam of approx. 5Kg/day is professionally disposed of by the company SM Metalle. Further it was examined whether disturbances or occurrences are present, which can cause an impairment of the operation of the waste water treatment plant or can have a negative effect on the change of the water. No deficiencies were found during this inspection. In addition, the wastewater is regularly tested by the Thuringia State Office for the Environment, Mining and Nature Conservation for pollutants, turbidity, odor, coloration, PH value, electrical conductivity and temperature. The last tests did not reveal any deficiencies and no measures were imposed.
We also ensure that our packaging is as environmentally friendly as possible. We regularly ask our suppliers to confirm this. This ensures that the supplier takes care to use resources sparingly, to process as few heavy metals as possible and to guarantee a high recyclability. The use of recycled materials is of great importance here.
Our to‐go cups are the sustainable alternative to conventional disposable cups. Thus, you can help to consume 320,000 cups per minute. To‐go cups made of porcelain avoid waste and also look good due to various finishing options. Several studies confirm that our to‐go cups are sustainable. Studies from Canada ("Life cycle assessment (LCA) of reusable and single‐use coffee cups" by CIRAIG (International Reference Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes andServices) Montréal (QC) Canada) and from Sweden ("Life cycle assessment, A comparative LCA of ceramic cups and disposal paper cups", The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden) show that ceramic and porcelain cups perform far better than paper cups in terms of environmental impacts such as water and resource consumption, climate change and health. Porcelain cups are also far less contaminated with harmful substances than, for example, bamboo tableware (Verbraucherzentrale NRW, "Schadstoff‐Gefahr in Bambus‐Geschirr," April 26, 2018). This, our porcelain to‐go cups are a real, healthy and sustainable alternative to disposable paper cups.