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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
* Sites with additional certification according to the ISO 50001 management system
Status: December 31, 2016
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.
What is this warning?
You may have seen the following warnings associated with our products, as well as on other products purchased from other manufacturers:
⚠ WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm – www.p65warnings.ca.gov
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. The government has described Proposition 65 as a ‘right to know’ law.
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 State 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 requires businesses to provide a warning before causing exposure to any of the 800-plus chemicals that the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) considers to be a carcinogen or reproductive toxicant. As noted above, many of the chemicals 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 exceeds a safe harbor level. With respect to carcinogens, the safe harbor level is defined as the “no significant risk level,” and calculated as the level that would not result in 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 safe harbor level is defined as the “maximum allowable dose level,” calculated as the maximum level of exposure at which a chemical has “no observable reproductive effect,” multiplied by 1,000.
A Proposition 65 warning generally means one of two things: (1) the business has evaluated the exposure and has concluded that it exceeds the safe harbor level; or (2) the business has chosen to provide a warning based on the potential presence and exposure to a listed chemical without attempting to evaluate the actual 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 have established safe harbor levels or other exposure limits. With BSH's products, the exposure may be negligible or well within the safe harbor level 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: www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65/getNSRLs.html