tesa Plant Hamburg

Strategy and Management

Responsible action is part of a long and vibrant tradition at tesa SE and its subsidiaries. Respect, honesty, trust, tolerance, and integrity: These principles of business activity have not only made tesa successful in the past; they guide tesa today and will continue to do so in the future.

Business Conduct

Our Code of Conduct and our Corporate Values are binding for tesa locations all over the world. We also underscore our high benchmarks and demanding minimum standards with memberships in recognized initiatives and organizations. In addition to rigorously following locally applicable statutory regulations, we consider it essential to orient our actions around international quality, environmental and occupational safety standards.

tesa Code of Conduct

Based on tesa’s corporate values and the ten principles of the UN Global Compact, the tesa Code of Conduct is comprised of rules and criteria that provide our company with clear orientation. As role models, our managers exemplify the rules of conduct and actively communicate them.

Six Important Principles:

  1. Commitment to legal Compliance. We do business legally and apply the laws of the countries we are doing business.
  2. Commitment to fair Competition in the Market. We do not gain an unfair advantage in the market by using illegal practices.
  3. Safeguarding Company Assets (tangible/intangible). We use and safeguard Company proprietary information, assets and resources properly.
  4. Creating a Motivating Working Environment. We provide a working environment that.attracts and retains highly talented and motivated people.
  5. Upholding Personal Integrity. We uphold the highest level of personal integrity and fairness within our workforce and avoid situations where personal interests are or appear to be in conflict with company interest.
  6. Commitment to Corporate Citizenship. We ensure that our product and manufacturing processes comply with the requirements of sustainable development based on environmental, social and economic commitment.
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tesa Corporate Values

  • All of tesa’s activities are focused on our customers being satisfied with the high quality of our products and services.
  • We take a proactive role in shaping our future and view every change as an opportunity. Innovation in technology, processes, and products is the basis of future growth.
  • The motivation, competence and effectiveness of all our staff ensures our long-term success.
  • We ensure the satisfaction of tesa’s shareholders by continuously adding value to our company, so that shareholders continue to invest in our company and, in turn, our job security.
  • We are committed to putting the principles of the Global Compact into practice: adhering to human rights, fair labor practices, environmental protection and the fight against corruption.
  • We assume social responsibility. We focus on the advancement of young people in the fields of science and technology, on the protection of the environment, as well as on local social projects.

Integrated Management System

All of our actions are based on a holistic view of every individual business process that is necessary for fulfilling the company's individual tasks and goals. Divided into the four main processes of innovation, marketing, supply chain, and consumer management, the tesa integrated management system (IMS) reflects our full range of activities as well as the structure of tesa SE and its subsidiaries. The IMS considers factors beyond the requirements of a modern quality management system that is oriented toward international standards. It also includes topics such as corporate responsibility, comprehensive environmental protection, and occupational safety.

Minimum Standards in Strategic Purchasing

We expect our suppliers to act in a way that is in line with our own high standards in the areas of human rights, labor norms, environmental protection, and anti-corruption. We have defined our global minimum standards in the tesa Code of Conduct for Supplier. According to this charter, suppliers are contractually obligated to act in accordance with the ten basic principles of the UN Global Compact. When it comes to cooperation, we aim for long-term partnerships and an ongoing improvement process. This includes mutually agreed goals and their verification, site visits as well as certification in accordance with the environment and quality standards ISO 14001 and ISO 9001.


Compliance and Fair Trade

Compliance with laws and internal guidelines is the norm at tesa. We strongly oppose any form of corruption, as well as illegal or immoral conduct. In order to make sure that this is the case, tesa actively protects the company and employees against risks. A central service facility combines all compliance processes, safeguards international standards, and is available for consultation, as are our specialists in labor and competition law, data protection, finance guidelines, environmental protection, occupational safety, and trademark and patent law. One focus is competition law and the promotion of a free economic system without any noticeable restraints on competition. In order to raise employee awareness globally, we have launched our international “tesa Anti-trust Compliance Program” that includes comprehensive training. A topic based platform on the tesa intranet offers the possibility of learning more about anti-trust conduct in daily business operations and finding competent contacts, both internally and in a network of attorneys.


At tesa, we set high benchmarks and demanding minimum standards. We underscore these standards with memberships in recognized initiatives and associations.

Since 2006 tesa is member of the Global Compact.
Since 2006 tesa is member of the Global Compact.

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

The ten underlying principles in the areas of human rights, labor standards, environmental protection, and anti-corruption have long been part of tesa’s company values. Our membership underlines this living tradition. We report on our ongoing improvement process and our projects in our annual sustainability report.

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The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact:

  1. Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
  2. make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
  3. Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
  4. the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor;
  5. the effective abolition of child labor; and
  6. the elimination of discrimination in respect to employment and occupation.
  7. Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
  8. undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
  9. encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
  10. Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
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tesa is member of the initiatives “Responsible Care”
tesa is member of the initiatives “Responsible Care”

“Responsible Care” – an Initiative by the German Chemical Industry Association
With our membership in the German Chemical Industry Association, we make a commitment to trade in accordance with the global initiative “Responsible Care.” We take responsibility for improving the protection of health and the environment as well as the safety of employees and fellow citizens. In doing so, we follow the Association’s “Responsible Care” guidelines.

The Guidelines

  1. The chemical industry considers safety and the protection of people and the environment to be matters of fundamental importance. For that reason, environmental policy guidelines are to be formulated by the company management and regularly reviewed for new requirements and procedures are to be established for the effective implementation of these standards in operational practice.
  2. The chemical industry strengthens the sense of personal responsibility for the environment in all its employees and enhances their awareness of possible environmental pollution caused by their products and the operation of their equipment.
  3. The chemical industry takes seriously the questions and concerns of the public in relation to its products and company activities, and responds constructively.
  4. The chemical industry continuously reduces the risks related to the manufacture, storage, shipping, operation, use, recycling, and disposal of its products in order to protect its employees, neighbors, customers, and consumers. It considers health, safety, and environmental aspects from the beginning of the development process for new products and production processes.
  5. The chemical industry informs its customers about safe shipping, storage, use, recycling, and disposal of its products using appropriate methods.
  6. The chemical industry works constantly to expand its knowledge about the possible effects of products, production processes, and waste on people and the environment.
  7. The chemical industry will, regardless of economic interests, limit the marketing of products or discontinue their production if, according to the results of a risk analysis, this precaution is required to protect against damage to health or the environment. It will inform the general public about this in full.
  8. In the case of operational health or environmental hazards, the chemical industry introduces the necessary measures, works in close association with public authorities, and informs the general public immediately.
  9. The chemical industry actively contributes its knowledge and experience to the development of practical and effective laws, regulations, norms, and standards in order to guarantee the protection of people and the environment.
  10. The chemical industry promotes the principles and implementation of the “Responsible Care” initiative. An open exchange of insights and experience with affected and interested parties is particularly effective in this respect.
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Environmental Management Association
We joined B.A.U.M. in 2004; with around 600 members, it is currently the largest environmental initiative in the European economic area. Founded in 1984 by the German Environmental Management Association, this information and contact network deals with economic, ecological, and social questions as well as the principle of sustainability.


In addition to rigorously following locally applicable statutory regulations, we consider it essential to orient our actions around international quality, environmental, and occupational safety standards.

For this reason, we regularly collaborate with recognized certification companies to evaluate us within the framework of the “Global Certification Concept” in order to determine whether our headquarters and regional subsidiaries meet these standards.

Our certifications

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