Health, Safety & Environment


Aware of our responsibility

Aware Of Our Responsibility

As a family company with more than 160 years of tradition and experience, Freudenberg is aware of its responsibility for the health and safety of its employees.

Companies that are part of the Freudenberg Group are also responsible for shaping their economic activities as sustainably as possible from an environmental standpoint.

Health, occupational and environmental protection are key components of the long-term thinking and social responsibility that Freudenberg Group companies embrace.

HSE Guidelines

At Freudenberg, we:

  • promote, support and contribute to sustaining the health and well-being of all our associates.
  • are committed to behaving responsibly, minimizing risks and looking out for each other every day so that we all work safely.
  • take all reasonable care to constantly minimize our environmental impact and to preserve the natural habitat for future generations.

HSE as a holistic concept

HSE as a Holistic Concept

Preventive health care, environmental protection, occupational safety, the safety of machines, production lines and processes, and product safety as well as good corporate citizenship are of great importance at Freudenberg. Along with our economic success, they are equally important integral elements of our entrepreneurial success.

We systematically take HSE issues into consideration in all of our economic decisions. Implementation of and adherence to the HSE requirements are the duties of every single person within the Group – from the Board of Management through to the apprentice

Preventive Environmental Protection

Preventive Environmental Protection

Environmental protection is a core element of Freudenberg’s Values & Principles. We aim to continuously reduce our environmental impact throughout the entire value chain. While developing new products and techniques we adopt safe and environmentally sound manufacturing, utilization and disposal practices.

In addition to this, we are constantly focusing our efforts on reducing the environmental impact by using natural resources more efficiently, lowering emissions, saving energy, water and other operating materials, as well as optimizing our transportation processes. Waste is handled in accordance with the principle that prevention is better than recycling is better than disposal. Residual substances that can neither be avoided nor recycled are disposed of in a responsible manner.

Preventive employee safety and health protection

Preventive Employee Safety and Health Protection

We take occupational safety and preventive health protection throughout the whole value chain very seriously. The duties of our executives include identifying, evaluating and eliminating potential hazards to health and safety at the workplace. Where this is not possible, appropriate protective and qualification measures must be implemented for our employees and the proper way of dealing with risks must be communicated.

Advised by their supervisors and respective upper levels, our personnel are fully aware of the shared responsibility for their own health and safety at the workplace, they understand the requirements of the work they perform and follow the instructions given by their supervisors. We are committed to integrating health protection, occupational safety and process safety into our day-today working routine.

The strong commitment of all Preventive employee safety and health protection Freudenberg associates is lived within the whole group and is a responsibility shared by everybody. The “We all take care” initiative was born out of this commitment and encourages every single associate to contribute his / her ideas and suggestions for improvement, thus generating a culture in which everyone feels a responsibility for safety at work and environmental protection.

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Freudenberg is a member of the UN Global Compact initiative. Sustainable action is a consequence of the company’s economic, ecological and societal responsibility and its social tradition. 

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Continuous improvement

Continuous Improvement

We want to continuously improve the company‘s HSE performance by setting concrete targets and assessing the results achieved. Managers are obliged to implement continuous improvement processes. Our management systems support us in this and are in accordance with such internationally acknowledged requirements as those of the ISO 14001 environmental protection standard, the guidelines of the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) and the OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety management system specification.

We audit our business activities at regular intervals and assess their consequences for people and the environment, enabling us to identify optimization potential and initiate appropriate improvement measures. The purpose of this is to use the best available technology at all sites – as long as adequate economic efficiency is assured.

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