Technology and people: More responsibility for the supply chain

In January 2023, the new Supply Chain Due Diligence Act came into force. Now btv technologies gmbh has also published a corresponding human rights policy and is thus tackling burning issues. Let’s take a closer look at what’s behind this complicated term.

One would like to say it’s typically German when you come into contact with the term “Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetzt” (which actually means Supply Chain Due Diligence Act) for the first time. The much shorter form „Supply Chain Act“ has long since prevailed. However, the actual keyword is lost in the process: due diligence. Andreas Göttig, Head of Quality Management at btv technologies, answers the most important questions and explains why btv technologies gmbh has also committed to these principles.

What was the initial trigger for developing a Code of Conduct?

One trigger for the development of our Code of Conduct was the effort to raise awareness of complex problems within our very own supply chain. As a company, we want to ensure that ethical standards are met. We thus support the companies that are increasingly implementing these policies and communicating and querying them to their suppliers accordingly. In this way, all the companies involved in this worldwide stand up for supply chains that take human rights and environmental protection seriously and thus also assume greater responsibility.

How was the Code of Conduct developed and who was involved in it?

Both, quality management and our c-level management, were involved in the process of creating the paper. Together we have summarized the essential values, principles and standards of conduct that have long applied internally to btv technologies, making reference to relevant national and international laws, regulations and ethical standards.

Our Code of Conduct is intended to serve as a guide for employees, partners and suppliers, ensuring that they adhere to ethical principles and act in accordance with our company’s values. We clearly want to build up a certain amount of pressure with this. Whenever companies want to participate in the international supply chain, they must also assume social responsibility for employees, ensure good working conditions and recognize the so-called inalienable human rights. This is the only way to ensure an exchange at eye level with trading partners who have equal rights.

” In fact, we also want to build up some pressure…. “

— Andreas Göttig, Head of quality management

Which aspects of supply chain management does the Code of Conduct cover?

Our Supply Chain Management Code of Conduct is action-oriented and aligned with real-world conditions we face within our own supply chain and those of suppliers. This includes, for example, complying with labor standards, promoting environmental protection and sustainability, upholding ethical principles and ensuring compliance with legal regulations. This comprehensive coverage of various aspects should make topics such as sustainability and the protection of human rights even more of an integral part of our supply chain in the future.

As part of our Code of Conduct, it is of course important to us to identify and remedy violations of our principles and values. We offer our employees and other parties involved the opportunity to report violations to us. This is even possible anonymously. We take such reports very seriously and will take immediate action to investigate and, if necessary, remediate possible violations. . In addition, we also plan to conduct regular internal controls and training to raise awareness of our Code of Conduct and proactively prevent violations.

For more information on the Code of Conduct “Technology and People: Responsibility for the Supply Chain”, please visit our homepage: LINK

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