At tesa we set high benchmarks and demanding minimum standards. We underpin these with memberships of recognized initiatives and associations.
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UN Global Compact

At the World Economic Summit in Davos on January 31, 2001, the then UN General Secretary, Kofi Annan, called upon internationally active companies to respond actively to the challenges of globalization. With the establishment of the "UN Global Compact", his vision to create a global pact with universally applicable social and environmental principles became a reality.

The ten underlying principles in the areas of human rights, labor standards, environmental protection and fighting corruption have long been part of tesa's company values. Our membership underlines these lively traditions. We report on our continuing improvement process and projects in our annual progress report.
The ten principles:
Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect international human rights in their own sphere of influence.

Principle 2: They must ensure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

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

Principle 4: All forms of forced and compulsory labor must be eliminated.

Principle 5: The use of child labor must be abolished.

Principle 6: Discrimination with respect to employment and occupation must be eliminated.

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

Principle 8: Initiatives should be undertaken to promote greater environmental responsibility.

Principle 9: The development and diffusion of eco-friendly technologies is to be encouraged.

Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
"Responsible care" – an imitative of the German Federation of the Chemical Industry (VCI)
Through our membership of the German Federation of the Chemical industry [Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI)] we are committed to trade in accordance with the global "Responsible Care" initiative. We take responsibility for improving the protection of health and the environment as well as the safety of employees and fellow citizens. In doing this we follow the VCI "Responsible Care" guidelines.
  1. The chemicals industry views safety and protection of people and the environment as matters of essential importance. For that reason, the company’s management must formulate environmental policy guidelines and review them regularly for new requirements as well as creating processes that ensure that these standards can be implemented effectively in the operational practice of the business.
  2. The chemicals industry will raise every employee’s personal awareness of responsibility toward the environment and intensify employees’ ability to recognize possible environmental impacts due to its products and the operation of its equipment.
  3. The chemicals industry will take public questions and concerns regarding its products and corporate activities seriously and address them in a constructive fashion.
  4. The chemicals industry will, to protect its employees, neighbors, customers, and consumers as well as the environment, continually reduce the dangers and risks involved in the production, storage, transportation, operation, application, use, and disposal of its products. It already takes health, safety, and environmental aspects into account when developing new products and production processes.
  5. The chemicals industry will inform its customers in an appropriate fashion as to the safe transportation, storage, application, use, and disposal of its products.
  6. The chemicals industry will work constantly toward the expansion of the body of knowledge regarding the potential effects of products, production processes, and waste on people and the environment.
  7. Irrespective of its economic interests, the chemicals industry will limit marketing of products or suspend production of such products if, according to the results of a risk analysis, the duty of care to prevent dangers to health and the environment demands that it do so. It will provide the public with comprehensive information on any such measures.
  8. The companies of the chemical industry operate safe production plants. Should any risks endangering human health or the environment become recognisable, the companies shall take immediate action as required. In so doing, they shall cooperate closely with competent authorities and inform the public.
  9. The companies of the chemical industry make available their knowledge and experience in the development of workable and effective laws, regulations and standards, with the aim of constantly ensuring the protection of human health and the environment.
  10. The companies of the chemical industry support the national Responsible Care programme. In order to comply with RC principles, they provide sufficient resources to enable implementation in the company.