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Corporate Social Responsibility

Responsibility in the first place! Reliability, stability, respect and quality are part of our values. You can trust that these values are the foundation of our thinking and acting. With our motivated staff, lots of curiosity and creativity, we evaluate opportunities and risks to make good decisions. Our social responsibility is reflected in our annual CSR activities (Corporate Social Responsibility) towards our employees and our social and ecological environment.

We separate molecules and unite people. With social responsibility and respectful interaction. For people and nature!

Our activities to support our employees

KNAUER diversity 

In addition to numerous young professionals, the workforce also includes many employees who have been comfortable with KNAUER for decades (including over 70% of academics). This balanced mix promotes a high degree of loyalty to the family business. A women's quota of over 40%, employees from 16 different nations and specialists from various professions promote an inspiring and productive working atmosphere and contribute to diversity.

In 2017 KNAUER signed the Charter of Diversity with great joy and has joined the initiative. Respect means for us to treat other people equitably because we value their personality and work and tolerate their opinion. We are open-minded about new ideas and like to share our experience. Responsibility first: Reliability, stability, respect and quality are part of our values. You can trust that these values ​​are the foundation of our thinking and acting. With our motivated staff, lots of curiosity and creativity, we evaluate opportunities and risks to make good decisions. Our social responsibility is reflected in our annual CSR activities (Corporate Social Responsibility) towards our employees and our social and ecological environment.
 

Social responsibility

  • Placement of training and internships as well as master theses
  • Offer of an experimentation morning for school classes (KEK = KNAUER Entdecker Klub) to impart learning content about chromatography in the context of chemistry lessons
  • Charitable projects such as Social Day
  • Regular participation in Girls' Day
  • Donations in kind for children and education
  • Various advisory and honorary activities of the managing director in committees and institutions of industry, the federal government and associations as a multiplier function
  • Site loyalty: All jobs remain in Berlin-Zehlendorf and are not relocated abroad
  • Organic and / or FairTrade products for staff catering and products

UN Global Compact

The UN Global Compact is the world's largest and most important initiative for responsible corporate governance, involving more than 12,800 companies and organizations from more than 160 countries, 454 of them from Germany. The vision of this United Nations-led initiative is a sustainable and inclusive global economy based on ten universal principles, including human rights, labor standards, environmental protection and corruption prevention.

KNAUER signed the commitment letter in February 2018 and adheres to the ten principles of the Global Compact.

Human Rights

Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and

Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

Labour

Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;

Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;

Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and

Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

Environment

Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;

Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and

Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

Anti-Corruption

Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

Blue Angel certification

KNAUER uses eco-friendly paper.

KNAUER shows responsibility for our planet. We print all our manuals on recycled paper.
The Blue Angel is the ecolabel of the federal government of Germany since 1978. The Blue Angel sets high standards for environmentally friendly product design and has proven itself over the past 40 years as a reliable guide for a more sustainable consumption.
Blue Angel is the oldest ecolabel in the world, and it covers some 10,000 products in some 80 product categories.

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