Building on values. Taking responsibility.

As a traditional and globally active family business, we at VAN GRAAF know how important it is to act ethically. We know the role we play in society and are aware of our corporate responsibility. We are happy to make this commitment – every single day and in all the decisions we make.

Ensuring good cooperation with respect.

We have built a code of conduct on the strong foundation of our company’s values, which is held as a binding basis for the actions of all employees at VAN GRAAF. We are convinced that these principles have long been anchored in our corporate DNA and can be felt in our daily interactions.

The Code of Conduct helps us to deal with moral and ethical issues and strengthens us to act correctly in the interests of the company and society—today and in the future.

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Doing business more fairly with integrity.

We believe it is important that all our activities are characterized by honesty, transparency, reliability and fairness. We expect the same from our service providers and business partners. That is why we oblige them to comply with our Code of Conduct in all areas and business relationships.

For us at VAN GRAAF, the Code of Conduct is an expression of our vision of sustainability and corporate governance with integrity. In doing so, we commit to taking social as well as ethical responsibility and standing up for it.

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Making a better world with 11 principles.

Today, global delivery chains are enormously complex, and the working conditions of people in production facilities outside of Europe are not comparable to our conditions. We assume social responsibility for these people. In 2012, we joined the amfori BSCI Initiative. It is in line with our own ethical standards and ensures that social standards are met on-site at our producers’ facilities. To that end, amfori BSCI has formulated a Code of Conduct consisting of 11 social principles. Our producers undertake to follow this code, and they are regularly and independently audited on it—from fair remuneration to prohibiting child labor.

The 11 principles are:

  • The right to freedom of association and collective bargaining
  • No discrimination
  • Fair wages
  • Fair working hours
  • Health and safety at the workplace
  • No child labor
  • Special protection for young workers
  • No precarious employment
  • No forced labor
  • Environmental protection
  • Ethical business behavior

You can learn about the background of the 11 principles here.