Commitment is a matter of honour – social Responsibility at MEWA
As an internationally situated company MEWA also bears a great social responsibility relative to society.
More than 1.1 million people wear work clothing from MEWA and approximately 2.7 million users work daily with our wipers. Thus it is self-evident that we exclusively make high-quality products available that are free of harmful substances.
At the same time each MEWA subsidiary is also part of the respective local community, which consists of neighbours, employees and their families. We will also honour this social responsibility through regional commitment.
MEWA operates with a sense of responsibility, but we also expect this from all business partners and suppliers. To ensure that social standards are also complied with by our business partners and suppliers, MEWA introduced a Code of Conduct that all suppliers should sign. MEWA regularly conducts social audits based on the Code of Conduct.
Social commitment at MEWA Implemented regionally
MEWA is represented throughout Europe at many locations. However, our interest does not end with the MEWA operations themselves, it also extends to the regions where our companies are established. MEWA is keenly interested in participating in many social and cultural projects in the regions where our companies are established.
A good relationship with local residents, neighbouring companies and with the families of our employees is also important to MEWA. This is reflected in a highly diversified commitment on the part of the individual MEWA operations for local sports clubs, social initiatives, city festivals and schools.
For example, in November 2011 MEWA service AG & Co. OHG Jena and the State Community School Lobdeburg put their seal on such a regional educational offensive. After the first joint projects in 2004, over time sustainable successful partnership has been developed.
The MEWA supply chain Optimal working conditions
MEWA views the entrepreneurial responsibility, as extending beyond MEWA itself. Our suppliers and business partners in Europe and outside of Europe must also take on their responsibility After all, it is not just our own employees who should be able to work under reasonable conditions, but rather all employees in the factories of the suppliers, should be able to work under appropriate conditions, as well. Thus, in 2010 as one of the first companies in the German textile service industry, we introduced a Code of Conduct for our suppliers.
Since 1994 MEWA has been conducting supplier audits to assure product quality. But it is not just the products of our suppliers that should be flawless, the working conditions of the employees should also be flawless. Thus since 2010 MEWA has been verifying compliance with the Code of Conduct through social audits.
The MEWA Code of Conduct Adequate working conditions
As an international company MEWA works together with various suppliers in Europe and outside of Europe. For MEWA it is very important that not only our own employees work under reasonable conditions, but that minimum standards are also complied with in the factories of the suppliers. Thus, in 2010 as one of the first companies in the German textile service industry, we introduced a Code of Conduct for our suppliers. By signing the Code of Conduct our business partners confirm that this Code of Conduct will be complied with in their own operations, and that it will also be complied with by subcontractors who are involved with production processes in conjunction with MEWA items. Fulfilment of these guidelines can be verified at any time through unannounced checks.