As an actively growing international company with a wide portfolio, the complexity of our supply chain continues to increase. A trustworthy relationship with our suppliers is essential for ensuring adherence to legal regulations as well as environmental and social standards. For many years, we have performed and evaluated supplier surveys on the subjects of “Environmental Management,” “Conformity with REACH/RoHS” and “Labor Protection Management.” In 2016, we expanded to also focus on social and ethical standards. We have also passed on the industry code ZVEI e. V. to our suppliers. We have done so to demonstrate the essential value of responsible company management throughout our supply chain and promote implementation of its principles.