Corporate responsibility

Code of Conduct

The Bender Group has commited itself to special behaviour patterns. These are summarized in our Code of Conduct following the example of the ZVEI Code of Conduct.

Besides promoting human rights they also contain working conditions following core work standards of the ILO (for example prohibition of child labour, prohibition of discrimination and compliance with employee rights) as well as environmental protection. They also promote civic commitment and volunteer activities of our employees.


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Code of Conduct

Conflict Minerals Statement

As a global manufacturer of electronic products, traceability of the supply chain is of paramount importance to Bender.

This holds true in particular for so called conflict minerals. As a manufacturer, we are not able to certify the country of origin of the minerals contained in the products manufactured by our suppliers. Nevertheless, we are committed to working with our customer base to supply products meeting our customer's specifications.

We are aware of our responsibility and will pass-on pertinent information relating to the products that we are advised may contain conflict materials, when communicated to us by the component manufacturers themselves or our suppliers.

 

Bender is committed to corporate social responsibility and sustainability efforts.

 

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Conflict Minerals Statement

Environment

Bender GmbH & Co.KG has integrated ecology as an inherent part of its corporate culture and has been certified according to DIN EN ISO 14001 since 2011.

As an independent family company, we think in generations. That is why sustainable management is a matter of course for us. Environmental protection can only be pursued successfully through conscious actions and by raising awareness among employees and customers.

We adhere to all relevant laws and constantly aim to improve the corporate environmental protection.


RoHs directive

The EU directive 2011/65/EU restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. It regulates the use and placing on the market of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic modules.

For some time now, all product developments have been geared towards the "future generation" and already in 2005 the first RoHs-compliant device left our production line.


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RoHs certificate


REACH regulation

REACH is a European Union chemicals regulation for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (EG No.1907/2006). As a manufacturer of electronic products – in the sense of REACH – we are a so-called “downstream user”.

Our products are solely non-chemical. Moreover and under normal reasonably foreseeable circumstances of application, our products shall not release any “substance”.


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REACH declaration


Take-back of old devices (WEEE directive 2012/19/EU)

Bender is registered in the Elektro-Altgeräte-Register (register for waste electrical and electronic equipment) under the WEEE number: DE 43 124 402. (EAR) We take back devices that are no longer in use if the device was acquired after 23 March 2006.

Please announce your return using our online form.


Bender energy management

Bender GmbH & Co. KG has been certified according to the energy management standard DIN EN ISO 50001 since 2016 and has committed itself to improve energy-related services including energy efficiency, energy use and energy consumption.


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ISO 50001 certificate

Environmental Management Standard ISO 14001

In 2011, Bender was certified according to the Environmental Management Standard ISO 14001.


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Certificate ISO 14001
Certificate ISO 50001

Bender products - suitable for the future

Introduction of RoHS, WEEE and ElektroG in the Bender Group

In recent months, “lead-free production” has been a subject of much discussion in the electrical and electronics industry. The term "lead-free" has long since come to be used as a universal designation for all six substances categorised as hazardous by EU RoHS Directive 2002/95/EG: lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, PBB and PBDE.

The reason this subject has become such a hot topic is due to the introduction of Germany's legislation governing electrical and electronic equipment and appliances (ElektroG), which is based on the WEEE and RoHS (Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment) directives already issued by the EU. In accordance with the ElektroG, on 1 July 2006, it will become illegal to use lead and other substances harmful to the environment in certain types of equipment and appliance. The putting into circulation of non-compliant used equipment and appliances will also be forbidden. Therefore, for project engineers, plant constructors and users of industrial and building management systems, the availability of RoHS-compliant products in good time is an important factor if they are to be able to hit the "lead-free" deadline.

The Bender Group feels duty-bound by the guiding principle behind this environmental legislation and has made compliance with it one of the company's goals. Although our products are currently amongst the small number classed as exempt from the restrictions for the time being, back in 2003, we started to replace the substances cited in the RoHS directive with environmentally-friendly alternatives. For some time now, all product development has been geared towards the "future generation".

Where necessary, existing product facilities have been replaced with state-of-the-art installations in order to enable us to meet the technological challenges of the new production processes. With the increasing market availability of environmentally-friendly electrical and electronic components, it has been full steam ahead to meet our declared aim. - On 1 July 2005, the first RoHS-compliant product was presented to the Managing Board. This date marked the market availability of Bender's first RoHS-compliant products, precisely one year before the deadline prescribed by the legislating authorities.

We are delighted to be able to break new ground with our customers in this way, making a significant contribution to relieving the burden on our environment and ensuring a safe future for our children.

Quality

Already in 1992, Bender provided a management system certified according to the ISO 9001/2008 standard.


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Certificate ISO 9001