At BADER, achieving sustainability means bringing the financial, environmental, and social aspects of our commercial operations together in a permanently balanced and harmonious relationship. Consequently, we follow the holistic approach of the German Parliament’s Enquete Commission to “protect humans and the environment”. In addition to these three dimensions of sustainability, we consider as crucial to work closely together with our customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders to pursue the UN goals holistically, across the entire value chain.
Sustainable management serves to secure the long-term survival of our company and requires company commitment on all levels. In order to systematically anchor this complex task in all our enterprise processes, we established the Competence Center Sustainability (CCS) in 2010. Under senior management leadership, a team working across different business units and plants is responsible for the initiation and implementation of short- and long-term sustainability strategies and goals. These experts ensure that ideas are transformed into projects and search for opportunities in cooperation with employees in all departments to sensibly coordinate financial, ecological, and social aspects.
|Sustainability Report and Policy|
BADER signed the United Nations Global Compact and has committed to enacting its principles concerning human rights, labor standards, environmental and anti-corruption practices, as well as its sustainable development goals. Our annual sustainability report aims at expressing our commitment to embracing and enacting these principles in our strategy, culture and on-site daily work, a well as in advancing various stakeholder initiatives. In addition, social aspects are collated in our CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) rules.
Additional information on BADER and its commitment to sustainability is available here:
Bader Group Policy (English Version)
Sustainability Report 2021 (English version)
Code of Conduct in the European leather and tanning industry - Cotance
On the operational level, we support our company’s sustainable development by consistently making use of our integrated management system. It builds on various international standards such as IATF 16949 / ISO 9001, ISO 17025, ISO 14001,ISO 45001 and ISO 50001 according to which we certify our sites and have them reviewed regularly through external audits.
In addition, since 2012, we have been gradually introducing certifications in accordance with ECO₂L- (Energy Controlled Leather) and LWG (Leather Working Group) at our leather manufacturing sites. By the end of 2017, four of our seven leatherproducing sites were certified in accordance with ECO2L and LWG. We are particularly pleased that our sites were able to achieve LWG Gold or Silver certifications at the first attempt.
Additional information on BADER and its Integrated Management is available here:
|Product – Economic Responsibility|
Sustainable economic thinking is a process and a long-standing tradition at BADER. The fourth and fifth generations of the Bader family are currently continuing this tradition. This includes, for example, long-term goals for reasonable Return on Investment instead of the instant gratification achieved from maximum annual returns at any cost. We live by this strategy, which creates a scope for investments and ideas, along with securing jobs, partnerships, and market positioning.
Our activities are firmly rooted in each of the regions where BADER is located. Short decision-making processes, long-term trust, and the appreciation of local distinctions lead to the greatest reliability and the highest quality. This is why we consciously choose to work with regional partners and buy regional products. This is a strategy that we seek to apply at all of our locations around the world.
Additional information on Product – Economic Responsibility at BADER is available here:
|People – Social Responsibility|
BADER globally supports charitable activities and initiatives reaching from research, employment, health and safety to the care of young and elderly people. We have embedded our fundamental values and principles of conduct in our Corporate Social Responsibility Policy, which exceeds legal requirements. Thereby, BADER is committed inter alia to the observance of human rights, fair working conditions, as well as a culture characterized by diversity, mutual respect, and equal opportunity. For a life-long preservation of health and well-being, we integrate aspects of health and occupational safety into our integrative management system and check worldwide compliance through regular audits. As part of our initiative for securing skilled personnel, we offer a portfolio covering a wide range of education and advanced training in cooperation with chambers of commerce and industry, research institutes, and universities, which we continually expand, as required.
Additional information on People – Social Responsibility at BADER is available here:
Bader Group Policy (English version)
|Planet – Environmental Responsibility|
As a manufacturer of one of the oldest natural materials, we took up the challenge to adopt ecologically advanced manufacturing processes early on. For decades, we have been looking for ways to optimise the material cycles of the hide components and thus improving our economic and environmental balance. At our tannery site in Ichenhausen, for example, our chromium recycling plant enables us to recover the complete chromium tanning agents present in the wastewater and thereby reduce the purchase of tanning agents significantly. With regard to energy use and emissions, we have been analyzing our energy use since 2007 in more detail and have been deducing short and medium-term practicable measures. Our larger leather manufacturing sites have the most water-saving technologies worldwide. Our waste water treatment – especially our most complex process located in Ichenhausen, Germany – is the state-of-the-art in technology and has been listed as a model facility since 2001 in the EU-BAT Notes. With this state of the art, fully biological sewage plant, we were one of the first companies in the marketplace to succeed in largely eliminating nitrogen while ensuring complete salt-free desulfidation.
Additional information on Planet - Environmental Responsibility at BADER is available here:
History Highlights Environment 2015
|Partnering – Joint Responsibility|
We are convinced that we are often better able to develop solutions to global challenges in cooperation with various interest groups. Through close and continuous exchange, we identify challenges and develop future-oriented approaches to solutions and standards for a more sustainable leather industry.
Out of a sense of responsibility toward people, society, and the environment, BADER also promotes a more sustainable production along the supply chain. The Code of Conduct for our Business Partners specifies the basic principles of conduct which are an inherent part of the day-to-day dealings and business policies. We deliberately refuse raw materials from countries with insufficient controls and traceability, as well as a high risk of non-compliance with animal welfare. Together with our customers and suppliers we are dedicated to working on product safety and traceability of materials used, in order to avoid and prevent health risks to employees, customers, consumers, and the environment.
Additional information on Partnering - Shared Responsibility at BADER is available here:
Animal Welfare in Germay, Austria, Switzerland and Europe
Code of Conduct for Business Partners (English version)