We have always demanded high standards from out co-operation partners, one being that they follow the CECED (The European Committee of Domestic Equipment Manufacturers) code of conduct. In brief, this means that we make sure our partners follow the same ethical guide lines as we do (e.g. banning child labour, promoting fair wages and working actively against discrimination).
In order to raise the quality of our work to the next level, we work continually to make sure all our contracted recyclers are certified according to one of the two European standards, CENELEC or WEEELABEX. Any contractor who fails to become certified within two years of starting their co-operation with El-Kretsen will have their contract terminated. Being certified means working to the same requirements, which enables comparisons between sites and countries. This makes us even better placed to ensure everything is done correctly and to influence other European countries to develop their recycling systems.
Tools for double-checking
In addition to these certifications, our suppliers report their flows in WF-RepTool. Here, they register information regarding materials, recipients and which processes the material has been taken through. This enables us to keep track of actual recycling volumes and see where the WEEE ends up (country or handler). This means that we can guarantee that our untreated material isn’t sold to countries whose recycling systems are not controlled as strictly. Every year, we carry out inspections at the fraction suppliers that deal with pre-treatment to ensure that all regulations are adhered to and that the process is carried out correctly.
Both we and our suppliers feel that having clear and unambiguous guide lines is a positive thing. They enable us to make demands on one another and to work together, efficiently and unwaveringly, to achieve fairer conditions and a healthier environment.