SWEP Sustainability Report 2020

Holding ourselves to high standards International accreditation

Environmental management system (ISO 14001)

SWEP are committed to sustainable manufacturing that respects the environment and people's health. Our objective is to create products that make a positive impact on the planet, while minimizing our consumption of natural resources, energy and toxic substances. We innovate and develop products to constantly increase efficiency and challenge ourselves as well as our customers in the strive to exceed the current standards. Neither do we market ourselves or search opportunities within non-sustainable end-markets, we even walk away from leads that do not align with our principles. International accreditation programs have a role to play in this objective. They provide us with guidelines for products and processes which help us to operate more sustainably. Perhaps more importantly, they ensure that we operate with transparency and give our customers and partners confidence that we work in a safe, responsible manner. By participating in international accreditation schemes we are also support the harmonization of standards and processes. This can make it easier for developing countries to access global markets and alleviate poverty in a sustainable way.

This international standard with accredited certification demonstrates a committed stance on environmental management to stakeholders. By correctly implementing an environmental management system, companies ensure environmental compliance, improve environmental performance and provide a systematic and strategic approach to environmental issues. REACH This regulation ensures high level of protection of human health and the environment, with respect to the use of hazardous chemicals. RoHS The Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive 2002/95/EC restricts the use of six hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment. Conflict minerals commitment Conflict resources are natural resources extracted in a conflict zone, sold to finance militias and war. There is both statistical and anecdotal evidence that when belligerents have access to precious commodities conflict can be prolonged. The most prominent contemporary example has been in central and eastern Africa, where various armies, rebel groups and outside actors have profited from mining while contributing to violence and exploitation in the region. SWEP is highly committed to complying with international efforts to reduce trade in conflict resources through auditing its supply chains and report use of conflict minerals.

Here are some of the most important accreditation schemes that we take part in.



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