As a company, we are aware that social responsibility cannot be limited to our own employees. For this reason, we also consistently uphold our social commitment along our supply and value chains. We want to ensure that our supplier companies set the same critical standards for their own actions as Diehl Metall sets itself. In cooperation with an external partner, we audit and evaluate our suppliers according to criteria of ecological as well as social sustainability and fulfill our obligations under the German Act on Corporate Due Diligence Obligations in Supply Chains (LkSG).
We maintain a Code of Conduct in which we have formulated our expectations of suppliers, for example with respect to bans on corruption as well as on forced labor and child labor, and with respect to ensuring an appropriate working time and remuneration system (Code of Conduct for Suppliers).
The sourcing of conflict minerals represents a further social risk in supply chains, particularly in the metals industry. Conflict minerals are the metals tin, gold, tantalum and tungsten from mines in politically unstable areas. There, mining often involves fundamental human rights violations, money laundering, corruption, or the financing of armed groups. By completely refraining from sourcing conflict minerals, companies can avoid indirectly promoting such socially oppressive conditions. Diehl Metall identifies and controls these risks by having the affected business areas report on the origin of their metals using the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template [CMRT] – an official document of the Responsible Minerals Initiative. Customers can request this template from us at any time or use the download option here on our company website.
We take our due diligence seriously - not only in the upstream but also in the downstream supply chain. Here, we are happy to engage in an exchange with our customers and rely on proactive, transparent communication on the subject of sustainability, for example with our Customer Booklet Sustainability.