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Sustainability as corporate culture.

Our exceptional 50-year success story at BSH is the culmination of sustainable value-oriented corporate governance and the basis for our corporate culture. We act responsibly, taking the social and ecological impact of our actions into consideration.

In view of the growing depletion of vital resources and the rising burdens on our ecosystem, we constantly seek new solutions to minimize the ecological impact of our products and processes during manufacture.

Less is more – BSH resource efficiency program.

BSH has set a goal to contribute to sustainable development and is taking part in the "Resource efficiency 2015" project. First launched in 2010, the project implemented a host of measures such as 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". This successful program is being continued and by 2025, BSH hopes to reduce our energy consumption by an additional 20 percent.

Facts and Figures.

  • 25

    Consumption

    less water and energy consumption.

  • 160 million kWh

    Energy Consumption

    reduced energy consumption between 2010 and 2015.

  • 61000 tons

    CO2 Emission

    less CO2 emissions per year.

  • 70 million €

    Energy Costs

    lower energy costs compared to base year 2010.

BSH has been the industry leader in the economical use of manufacturing 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 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.

Certifications for production and environmental protection.

BSH's globally established environmental management stands for efficient and environmentally-compatible production methods. It is also the foundation for the safety and health of our employees, and the commitment to quality of our brands. "An integrated product policy and consistent product responsibility mean that only manufacturers who consider production and usage aspects right from the development stage, and about disposal during the purchasing process can vouch for the overall quality and environmental compatibility of their products." BSH practices this principle by taking full account of all product-related aspects and life cycle phases during the development of its products. A design change, for example, must not give rise to any additional environmental impact during manufacturing. Regular certification of development and production processes according to ISO 14001 (environmental protection) and ISO 50001 (energy) contributes to the good reputation of the company and the products among customers, suppliers and the general public.

Sites certified according to ISO 14001

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.

  • China: Wuxi, Chuzhou, Nanjing
  • Germany: Bad Neustadt*, Bretten*, Dillingen*, Giengen*, Nauen*, Traunreut*
  • France: Lipsheim*
  • Greece: Athen
  • India: Chennai
  • Peru: Callao (Lima)
  • Poland: Lodz, Rzeszów
  • Russia: St. Petersburg
  • Slovakia: Michalovce*
  • Slovenia: Nazarje*
  • Spain: Esquíroz*, La Cartuja*, Montañana*, Santander*, Vitoria*
  • Turkey: Çerkezköy*
  • USA: New Bern, LaFollette

* Sites with additional certification according to the ISO 50001 management system

Status: December 31, 2016

  • We are working continuously to improve our environmental performance and energy efficiency, by reducing the energy and water consumption and the use of resources during the entire life-cycle of our appliances and our facilities.
  • We are committed to fulfill our compliance obligations.
  • We will take all necessary measures to prevent environmental damage and waste of energy.
  • We ensure by appropriate environmental and energy management that our policy is effectively implemented. The necessary financial and structural conditions are ensured under economic aspects of the company.
  • Acting in an environment-friendly and energy-conscious manner is one of the tasks of all employees. The managers promote environmental awareness at all levels.
  • We expect our contractual partners to act in accordance with equivalent environmental and energy guidelines.
  • We work together cooperatively with the responsible parties.
  • We inform the public about the activities and impacts of the company and our environmental and energy-related services. Our Use and Care Manuals inform our customers how to use our products the most economical way.
  • Through regular audits, we check how our technical and organizational procedures affect the environment and the energy consumption. The audits aim to continuously develop and improve these procedures.

Design for environment.

We develop and manufacture our products in a way that ensures they are safe, environmentally friendly and economical. Our products do not endanger the health and safety of people, and they consciously minimize the environmental impact during the entire life cycle, including recycling and disposal.

To achieve this goal, we consciously avoid critical substances in new products and exclude hazardous substances from our supply chain.

The environmental compatibility of products is an important aspect throughout the entire product life cycle. This also applies to minimizing environmental impact and cost 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.

Lifecycle-analysis

You may have seen the following warning associated with our products, as well as on other products purchased from other manufacturers:

WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

This warning is the result of a law passed in California in 1986, referred to as the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, or more generally referred to as "Proposition 65."

The warning does not mean that our products will necessarily cause cancer or reproductive harm. Moreover, a Proposition 65 warning does not mean a product is in violation of any product-safety standards or requirements. In fact, the California government has clarified that “[t]he fact that a product bears a Proposition 65 warning does not mean by itself that the product is unsafe.” The government has also explained, “You could think of Proposition 65 more as a ‘right to know’ law than a pure product safety law.” See http://oehha.ca.gov/prop65/background/p65plain.html .

While we believe our products are not harmful when used as designed, we provide the warning as a result of this California law.

What is Proposition 65?

Proposition 65 is broad law that applies to any company operating in California, selling products in California, or manufacturing products that may be sold in or brought into California. It mandates that the Governor of California maintain and publish a list of chemicals that are known to cause cancer, birth defects and/or other reproductive harm. The list, which must be updated annually, includes a wide variety of chemicals that can be found in many everyday items, such as dyes, solvents, drugs, food-additives, by-products of certain processes, pesticides and tobacco products. The purpose of Proposition 65 is to ensure that people are informed about exposure to these chemicals.

Proposition 65 also requires warnings to be placed on any product, product packaging, or literature accompanying a product that contains or may contain any of the 800-plus chemicals that the California Air Resources Board considers harmful. As noted above, many of the elements listed under Proposition 65 have been routinely used in everyday consumer items for years without documented harm.

A warning must be given if the listed chemical is merely present in a product unless a business demonstrates that the exposure it causes poses "no significant risk." With respect to carcinogens, the "no significant risk" level is defined as the level which is calculated to result in not more than one excess case of cancer in 100,000 individuals exposed over a 70-year lifetime. In other words, if you are exposed to the chemical in question at this level every day for 70 years, theoretically, it will increase your chances of getting cancer by no more than 1 case in 100,000 individuals so exposed.

With respect to reproductive toxicants, the "no significant risk" level is defined as the level of exposure which, even if multiplied by 1,000, will not produce birth defects or other reproductive harm. In other words, the level of exposure is below the "no observable effect level," divided by 1,000. (The "no observable effect level" is the highest dose level which has not been associated with observable reproductive harm in humans or test animals.)

A Proposition 65 warning generally means one of two things: (1) the business has evaluated the exposure and has concluded that it exceeds the "no significant risk level"; or (2) the business has chosen to provide a warning simply based on its knowledge about the presence of a listed chemical without attempting to evaluate the exposure. BSH has chosen to provide a warning based on its knowledge about the presence of one or more listed chemicals without attempting to evaluate the level of exposure, as not all of the listed chemicals provide exposure limit requirements. With BSH's products, the exposure may be negligible or well within the “no significant risk” range. However, out of an abundance of caution, BSH has elected to provide the Proposition 65 warnings.

Why does BSH include this warning?

The penalties for not complying with Proposition 65 are high. As a result of the potential penalties and because there is no penalty for providing an unnecessary warning, BSH, as well as many other manufacturers, have elected to provide the Proposition 65 notice out of an abundance of caution in order to avoid the potential for liability.

I purchased this product outside of California; why it is included?

Our products are sold nationwide. It would be extremely difficult and costly to determine which products will be ultimately sold or brought into California. Therefore, to ensure compliance with Proposition 65 requirements, we have decided to include these warnings on all of our products, regardless of origin.

For more information about Proposition 65 visit: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65/getNSRLs.html

For more information go to https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov/

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