Foreword by the Executive Vice President
First and foremost, it’s our products that stand for sustainability. Not just in energy-saving Amp Miser, or biodegradable BioBelt conveyor belts, but in all our products we exclusively use high-quality materials, apply the best manufacturing methods and ensure first-class workmanship. Without doubt, these aspects have turned Forbo Movement Systems into a quality leader on the market. Due to their durability alone, our power transmission and conveyor belts are resource-friendly and particularly economical. Although they’re actually expendable parts, they often last for years or even decades.
Sustainability also means handling resources responsibly. Our biggest production plant in Hanover (Germany) and fabrication centre in neighbouring Garbsen (Germany) comply with ISO 9001 (quality) and 14011 (environment), as well as BS OHSAS 18001:2007 (health and safety). Furthermore, they have also had EN ISO 50001 certification since 2012.
This allows us to employ systematic energy management so that we can quickly spot and put a stop to energy consumption that’s too high. To date, the steps taken have generated substantial savings. We gradually plan to certify more sites because sustainable management should not just be a domestic issue.
Sustainability also includes our workforce. In research and development, on the production line, or in offices, it’s our workforce that seeks the most efficient solutions for our customers. And it’s the workforce that offers customers the most efficient and therefore most sustainable products for the applications concerned. Which is why we train them regularly and also encourage a long productive relationship. Social, ecological and economic aspects govern the way we act. In the interests of people, the environment and our customers. That’s a pledge for the future that you can trust.
Executive Vice President, Movement Systems
Jean-Michel Wins, Executive Vice President, Movement Systems
Customers today expect greater transparency. They want to know how companies manufacture their products, who they partner with, what ethical standards they apply and how they manage valuable resources and their workforce. The purpose of this sustainability portal is to answer some of these questions. Because in our company, transparency and trust are important conditions for long-term success. And that’s our goal.