Sustainability has many facets for an international company such as GROHE, energy-efficient production being one of them. Operating three manufacturing sites in Germany and three abroad, Grohe AG is committed to manufacturing its products as sustainably as possible while taking economic aspects into account as well. As part of this effort, GROHE improves all work sequences and production processes on an ongoing basis in order to meet all environmental, health and safety requirements at all times.
Being a world-leading manufacturer of sanitary fittings, GROHE acts as a role model for the entire industry and brings a pro-active approach to today’s ecological, economic and social challenges. All GROHE production sites around the globe are subject to centrally issued organisational guidelines and procedures on environmental management as well as health and safety. Local compliance has a high priority and is verified through regular internal and external EHS (environmental, health, safety) audits. All central units and production sites in Europe have been certified to ISO 14001, the leading international standard for environmental management systems, already since 2003; the Thai factory in Klaeng followed suit in 2004. The company’s quality management system has been certified to ISO 9001 since 1992. In November 2011, all GROHE production sites in Germany, Portugal and Thailand were certified to OHSAS 18001:2007, the world’s leading standard for occupational health and safety management systems.
Given that the GROHE universe revolves around water, stringent pollution control plays a highly important role at all company levels. Germany’s strict limits on water effluents and airborne pollutants are applied also at the international manufacturing sites. Modern and consistent monitoring technologies are used to rule out the risk of water pollution through cooling lubricants used in the manufacturing processes. At its Thai factory in Klaeng, the company has installed an aquatic plant-based water treatment facility which cleanses sewage water using micro-organisms populating the plants. The sewage cellar at the GROHE factory in Hemer has been comprehensively modernised as well. In addition, the company continues to undertake all measures required to minimise other environmental risks. All manufacturing sites have emergency plans in place and hold regular evacuation and fire drills. Employees are also trained on how to respond to the eventuality of a chemical spill.
Sustainable production at GROHE is underpinned by the company’s commitment to protecting the environment and safeguarding employees’ health and safety.