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We have noticed that many companies do not provide proof for their eco-friendly products on their website, even though they openly communicate that fact. We value transparency and thus show where exactly we are certified.

We create transparency

Some companies try to attract unknowing customers by making false claims such as "The products are organic, FairTrade and produced under social conditions". We, on the other hand, do not want to mislead you as a customer, but would rather gain your trust. We attach great importance to transparent and open communication regarding our products and the conditions under which they are produced. Consequently, we have decided to invest money in international certificates in order to be able to present you with an official confirmation of our products' positive characteristics.

"Partnership for environmentally friendly companies"

Since December 2020, we have been a member of the "Partnerschaft Umwelt Unternehmen". This supports companies in Bremen and Bremerhaven in networking and campaigning for environmentally oriented and socially responsible action. The aim is to integrate sustainable business practices into everyday operations - while still being able to work profitably and cost-effectively. You can find more information on the company website* and on our membership certificate*.

*Note: Unfortunately, the documents and websites are mostly in German. Your internet browser may be able to translate it for you.

We are certified according to the EcoStep management system

This means that our organisational structure and internal processes are checked for criteria such as quality management, environmental management and occupational health and safety. The certificate must be renewed every two years, so that we are regularly checked for applicable standards. You can find our current certificate here. Further information is available directly on the EcoStep website*.

*Note: Unfortunately, the documents and websites are mostly in German. Your internet browser may be able to translate it for you.

Palm leaf certification according to DIN13432 (EN13432)

The disposable palm leaf tableware of Bionatic GmbH & Co. KG was tested on their behalf for several months by an accredited testing laboratory for suitability in an industrial composting plant and positively certified in accordance with DIN13432. After composting, the compost may be used for agricultural, forestry and horticultural purposes in accordance with the Biowaste Ordinance.

Membership in the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce

Since 5 June 2018, Bionatic GmbH & Co. KG has been a certified member of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (AHK India). With its more than 7,000 members, AHK India is the largest of the 80 German Chambers of Commerce Abroad. As a member, Bionatic benefits from the network of companies and can further improve its entrepreneurial commitment in India.

Palm leaf auditing according to the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI)

When working with our palm leaf partner Magnus Eco Concepts (MEC) in India, we attach great importance to social working conditions and fair wages within the production facility. To make sure that these remain at least at the same high level, we visit our partner several times a year. The personal visits naturally also contribute to a closer and more familiar relationship between us and the management of MEC.

In order to also convince you of the social conditions on site, we have joined the amfori organisation as a member. Amfori is a global organisation dedicated to improving working conditions in multi-stage supply and processing chains of companies. To ensure that all regulations are complied with, recurring audits of the entire supply chain take place. Here, compliance with social values and principles such as occupational safety, discrimination, fair wages, etc. is checked according to the specifications of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). Following the principles of the amfori Code-Of-Conduct, we regularly have our suppliers in the Far East audited according to the strict BSCI criteria.

MEC passed this audit again in April 2019 - conducted by BureauVeritas - and is thus qualified according to the BSCI standard (BureauVeritas audit report*). So, you can be sure that our palm goods are produced under fair and safe working conditions.

The amfori Code of Conduct describes the 11 most important basic social principles that a company must fulfil in order to obtain the BSCI qualification. The Code is designed to protect labour rights and is based on international labour legislation such as the ILO Core Labour Standards, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Each participating company and its labour partners commit to implementing these core principles throughout their supply and processing chain.

*Note: Unfortunately, the documents and websites are mostly in German. Your internet browser may be able to translate it for you.