Dear BPW Partners, Employees and Friends,
in the world of transport, nothing remains as it was: digitalisation, lack of drivers, climate regulations and the corona pandemic pose new challenges to all of us. The courage to change and the willigness to make a difference, is therefore more important than ever before. In doing so, we are guided by the values of the Honourable Businessman in order to ensure the long-term success of BPW and to operate in harmony with our environment at the same time. We have a long tradition of living responsibility, which we express through our ongoing membership of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest and most important initiative for sustainable and responsible corporate governance.
In our current Sustainability Report, which we publish exclusively online since 2019, we show you how we live this corporate responsibility, how we keep it alive and how we continuously develop it. The framework for this is provided by the three main pillars of our sustainability strategy: Employees & Society, Product Responsibility and Environment & Energy. All our actions, measures and activities follow these fields of action.
To protect the climate, for example, we have been using 100 percent green electricity, some of which we produce ourselves, for several years. In 2020, we also switched completely to green gas. With lightweight components and intelligent trailer chassis, we are helping to reduce diesel consumption, tyre and material wear in road freight transport. But our commitment does not end at the factory gates. In addition to the health of our own employees, the health and appreciation of the truck drivers who keep our industry running is also a major concern for us. For this reason, we not only engage as a DocStop location to ensure the medical care of professional truck drivers on the road, but also support the initiatives #LogistikHilft (LogisticsHelp) and the PROFI e.V. (Pro Trucker Image) association.
We cordially invite you to read about our ideas, initiatives and progress for a better world in our current sustainability report.
Your personally liable managing partners
Achim Kotz, Markus Schell
Employees and Community
Environment and Energy
The group photos shown on the website were taken before the Corona pandemic.
Companies should support and ensure the protection of global human rights.
As a German company, BPW is committed to the European system of values as well as to its social and societal responsibility. The protection of human freedom, safety and health are the basis of the management guidelines and code of conduct at BPW. These are binding for all employees of BPW Bergische Achsen KG.
Companies must ensure that they do not contribute to human rights violations.
BPW obliges its business partners to observe comprehensive quality specifications. These include traceability across all business processes, environmental standards and national and international legal provisions, including the protection of human rights. The company’s main sources for the procurement of raw materials and commercial goods are located in Germany and Europe.
Companies should safeguard the freedom of association and effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.
BPW is expressly committed to co-determination and supports employee and trade union representation. BPW also actively supports political and social education, particularly for trainees and new entrants.
Companies should support the elimination of all forms of forced labour.
Qualified and motivated staff are the foundation of BPW’s long-term success. That is why BPW sets great store by good, secure working conditions and long-term prospects for all employees wherever possible – preferably in permanent employment.
Companies should support the eradication of child labour.
As a family business, BPW cares particularly about child protection. BPW obliges suppliers, service providers and their sub-suppliers to comply with international legal provisions – including, of course, child protection.
Companies should support the eradication of discrimination in recruitment and employment.
BPW does not tolerate any form of discrimination. All employees – irrespective of gender, age, skin colour, culture, ethnic background, sexual identity, physical condition, religious affiliation or ideology – are treated equally. Globally recognised human rights are respected. These principles are comprehensively addressed by the BPW code of conduct.
Companies should follow the precautionary principle when dealing with environmental issues.
BPW is committed to protecting the environment and using resources and energy carefully in all business activities. Accordingly, BPW operates an energy and environmental management system certified in accordance with international standards and is always developing its commitment in this regard. Suppliers are also selected in accordance with these principles and undergo regular audits.
Companies should take measures to promote increased environmental awareness.
As well as its own research and development activities, BPW is also committed to promoting the acceptance and spread of e-mobility and technologies which protect resources and the environment in the transport and logistics industry and supports flagship projects in these areas.
Companies should accelerate the development and spread of environmentally-friendly technologies.
All of BPW’s products, innovations and research and development activities are essentially aimed at improving the efficiency of logistics and transport processes. These include groundbreaking innovations in e-mobility, noise reduction, lightweight construction and digitally connected transport.
Companies should advocate against all kinds of corruption, including extortion and bribery.
Lawful, honest and responsible conduct, freedom from discrimination and combating corruption are comprehensively addressed at BPW through its work regulations. BPW binds its suppliers and business partners accordingly. In addition, BPW runs a compliance organisation which calls on all BPW employees to act lawfully.