Reconciling stability and movement was, is and remains the basis for our success. Our exceptional 50-year success story at BSH is the culmination of sustainable, value-oriented corporate governance – and the basis for our corporate culture.
In view of the growing depletion of vital resources and the rising burdens on our ecosystem, we constant seek new solutions to minimize the ecological impact of our products and processes during manufacture.
Decoupling growth and resource consumption – we have set ourselves this goal so that we can contribute to sustainable development. As part of the "Resource efficiency 2015" Group project first launched in 2010, BSH already implemented a host of measures by the end of 2015 to enable it to act in a more efficient and more sustainable manner. BSH was recognized for these efforts by the German Energy Agency (dena) in 2014 with the "Energy Efficiency Award". The successful program is being continued – by 2025 we want to reduce our energy consumption by a further 20 percent.
less water and energy consumption.
reduced energy consumption between 2010 and 2015.
less CO2 emissions per year.
lower energy costs compared to base year 2010.
With regard to the economical use of materials in manufacturing as well as energy in production and during the usage phase of home appliances, we have been the industry leader for years.
In addition, the switch to regenerative energy sources is also being explored. Initial experiences and positive results in this area can be seen in the use of solar panels on the roofs of buildings in China, Germany and the United States. A biomass heating plant has supplied heat and electricity at a German site for many years.
In logistics as well, we are continuing to work on innovative solutions to systematically cut CO2 emissions. To achieve this, we need motivated employees who regard environmental protection not merely as a task, but as a mission.
All BSH factories are certified according to the international ISO 14001 standard for environmental management systems. BSH's aim is to additionally certify the implemented energy management systems at all production sites in the European Union. All German and Spanish sites, as well as other EU sites and our site in Turkey were already certified in accordance with the ISO 50001 standard at the end of 2016.
The environmental compatibility of products is an important aspect throughout the entire product life cycle. This also applies to minimizing the follow-on costs when disposing of old appliances. The local BSH sales organizations adhere strictly to the applicable legal requirements in this respect.
Our life cycle observations clearly indicate that environmental impact is higher during the usage phase than in the other phases of a product life cycle due to energy, water and detergent consumption. That's why BSH gives top priority to developing energy-efficient and water-conserving appliances.
BSH observes legal obligations in relation to substance restrictions. It also makes sure that specific hazardous substances classed as harmful to health and the environment, and hence undesirable in home appliances, are avoided – even if no statutory substance restrictions are in force. The basic prerequisite for recycling management is that only clean materials are used – materials without critical additives or heavy metals. In terms of product design, BSH is therefore breaking new ground to close the material cycle and protect important and valuable resources for further use. Furthermore, BSH promotes environmentally-compatible recycling technology through standardization. The aim is to exclude hazardous substances and recover valuable materials from old appliances.
Recycled plastic materials and bio-based materials do not yet have the same technical properties as the new plastic products currently in use. Nevertheless, BSH is examining possible applications of recycled and bio-based materials in various pre-development projects in the product divisions and assessing them in terms of costs and competitive advantages. The aim is to be able to replace crude oil-based plastics in the long term.
BSH is conscious of its responsibility to the environment and society – a responsibility that is enshrined in the company's Corporate Principles.
The aim of BSH's environmental policy has always been to fully eliminate especially critical substances in the supply chain as quickly as possible as a precautionary measure. To address this issue, we do our own research and work closely and regularly with suppliers. Suppliers are obligated under Article 33 of the REACH Regulation to provide information concerning substances of very high concern in their products, which are listed in the candidate list and are contained in a concentration of more than 0.1% by weight in the products.
We were thus able to ensure that according to the best of our knowledge that we no longer use critical substances in our products.
Substances with notification duties:
When appliances are used as intended and properly disposed of, their inherent substances do not pose a risk to health and the environment.
Additional substances on the candidate list that are subject to the disclosure requirement are not contained in our home appliances, spare parts and the respective product packaging.
(Information for consumers under REACH Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006; Munich, September 2017; link to candidate list: https://echa.europa.eu/de/candidate-list-table) )