Corporate Social Responsibility
Smartrac follows the definition of the European Commission, according to which Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is ‘a concept whereby companies integrate social and environmental concerns in their business operations and in their interaction with their stakeholders on a voluntary basis’.
The Smartrac Management Board recognizes the strategic importance of CSR and integrates social and ecological issues within its sphere of influence and as appropriate for the company’s circumstances at the corporate level. It is the firm intention of Smartrac to maximize creation of shared value for its stakeholders and to mitigate possible adverse impacts.
Human Rights, Labor, and Employment Practices
Smartrac is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants based on gender, race, marital status, age, disability, religion, color, national origin, veteran status, citizenship or sexual orientation.
As a global employer and supplier of services and goods, Smartrac respects fundamental human rights and is committed to treating all people fairly and ethically, and with respect and dignity. Smartrac does not condone or support, and will not tolerate, child labor, forced labor, or human trafficking practices in any of its global operations, facilities, or dealings.
Smartrac appreciates every single employee regardless of his or her function and position. The company respects and encourages cultural diversity among its workforce. The company’s global workforce consists of around 20 nationalities. From a gender perspective, Smartrac is proud to employ almost as many men as women.
Maintaining a high standard of technical expertise, assuring high-quality production processes, and safety in the workplace are major priorities for Smartrac. For this reason, the company places emphasis on management training and has distinct development programs in place with specific technical, quality, security, and language training measures for Smartrac’s global workforce.
Smartrac is an endorser of the UN Global Compact, meaning that we commit ourselves to actively promoting and respecting the 10 principles on human rights, labor standards, environment and anti-corruption within our company and in relation to external stakeholders.
Smartrac is committed to providing a production concept that guarantees economic manufacturing with minimal ecological impact. With this aim in view, ISO 14001 certification has been obtained by the company’s facilities in Fletcher, USA; Guangzhou, China; Kulim, Malaysia; and Reichshof-Wehnrath, Germany. The ISO 14000 family provides practical tools for companies and organizations seeking to identify and control their environmental impact. Smartrac is constantly working on initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility and is encouraging the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
On January 27, 2003, the European Parliament and the Council adopted the directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (‘RoHS’) 2002/95/EC. The specific substances in question are lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), hexavalent chromium (Cr6+), polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE). Smartrac offers products in accordance with the RoHS Directive.
Smartrac products are ‘halogen-free’ and meet the requirements according to IEC 61249-2-21 specifications of less than 900ppm of chlorine in homogeneous materials, less than 900ppm of bromine in homogeneous materials, and a total amount of chlorine and bromine of less than 1500ppm in homogeneous materials. Furthermore, Smartrac products contain less than 1000ppm of antimony trioxide.
Smartrac products also comply with the essential health and safety requirements of the relevant Conformité Européenne / European Conformity (CE) directives.
In July 2010, the United States Congress passed legislation requiring companies to report on the use of conflict minerals in the manufacture of their products. Conflict minerals in this context refer to specific minerals originating from mines controlled by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or adjoining countries. The specific metals in question are coltan (columbite tantalite) and its derivatives (tantalum), cassiterite and its derivatives (tin), wolframite and its derivatives (tungsten), and gold. Smartrac is committed to complying with this legislation and plans to comply with forthcoming regulations to enable designation of all Smartrac products as ‘conflict-free.’ Based on the company’s purchasing policy and supplier selection, it is considered highly unlikely that any conflict minerals are used in the manufacturing of the company’s products. Nevertheless, Smartrac has defined and started an extensive due diligence program of the company’s supplier base. In addition to these measures, Smartrac will take the appropriate actions to fully comply with the regulations regarding conflict minerals and will support efforts by its customers to reach the joint target of a socially responsible supply chain.
Smartrac and its global production sites have a pedigree of optimizing its ecological footprint. Being firmly convinced that environmental protection is the task of every individual and every company, Smartrac is emphasizing on energy efficiency and waste reduction. Setting relevant and measurable environmental targets, and developing programs to achieve them, is an established management standard. Consequently, Smartrac is taking environmental compatibility into account when selecting suppliers and service providers.
Supplier Code of Conduct
Anything you have read above, we expect our suppliers to comply with in at least the same way as we do. To ensure this we created the Supplier Code of Conduct that you can download hereafter, and that shall be a self-commitment and guideline for our suppliers in case they have no similar rules of their own in place yet.