Fairness and responsibility
Sustainable action is the basis for our future viability. Nölken Hygiene Products takes responsibility for the environment and social concerns in the value chain, the company and the region. For this we engage in initiatives, organizations and associations, but rely on communication and full transparency.
Naturally, we are members of the United Nations Global Compact and are implementing its principles. The organisation deals primarily with human rights, labour standards, the environment and anti-corruption measures.
SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) is a non-profit organisation which focuses on ethical and responsible business practices in the global delivery chains. We have been members since March 2012.
We are committed to the Initiative zur Stärkung der Region (ISR), which has adopted the goal of enhancing the economy of the region around Windhagen. Beside the economic aspect, social commitment also plays an important role: the association is also involved in work-life-balance.
Edana (European Disposables and Nonwovens Association) is the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries. Nölken is an active member since April 2013 and engages in the elaboration and implementation of industry standards.
The Forum Nachhaltiges Palmöl (FONAP) is a voluntary association of companies, organisations and non-governmental organisations which together try to find sustainable solutions for the palmoil sector. Since November 2013 Nölken supports the goal of the Forum to make sustainable and certified palmoil and palmkerneloil or relevant derivates available to the market. Our palm(kernel)statement can be found here (pdf): Nölken Palm(kernel)oil-Statement
Good reasons for a FONAP membership - in the interview Daniel May, secretary general of FONAP, explains why the forum was founded and why it's worthwile that companies undertake measures for sustainable palmoil: FONAP YouTube Video
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is an initiative founded in 2004 by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), which aims to promote sustainable palm oil production as a central organization. Members of the RSPO include not only NGOs but also companies and institutions along the value chain.