Sustainability and social responsibility

The word sustainability refers to the sum of all ecological, economic, social, societal and ethical effects a company causes. Albert Kerbl GmbH has integrated the issue of sustainability into their business model and is aiming to implement these aspects into the entire value chain.

This is why we have joined the BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative). The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) is a non-profit business association based in Brussels and an initiative of the FTA (Foreign Trade Association). It was established in 2003 with the aim of creating a joint platform for the various European codes of conduct and monitoring systems, as well as a basis for a joint inspection system for social standards.
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The BSCI is based on three fundamental pillars: 
  • The annual* audit of production facilities to check the degree of implementation of the BSCI Code of Conduct using independent test institutes (e.g. TÜV) 
  • The training of members and their suppliers in order to improve understanding and the implementation of the social requirements in the BSCI Code of Conduct
  • The continuous dialogue with stakeholders (governments, trade unions etc.) in order to influence the political, economic and cultural conditions that restrict the sustainable improvement of working conditions
The BSCI Code of Conduct includes: 
  1. the right to freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
  2. no discrimination
  3. fair remuneration
  4. reasonable working hours
  5. safety in the workplace
  6. no child labour
  7. special protection for young workers
  8. no precarious employment
  9. no forced labour
  10. environmental protection
  11. ethical business practices 
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Kerbl’s cooperation with Bureau Veritas

Taking responsibility is important for us. Nowadays, people are constantly being faced with toxic substances - whether they be in the workplace or outside. At the same time, the legal requirements regarding these substances and consumer awareness of them are increasing. State authorities and private organisations now monitor compliance with laws and standards. Particular attention is paid in this context to products that constantly come into contact with the skin: i.e. gloves.

Very cheap gloves in particular have been found to contain high levels of harmful substances in the past (chromium IV, AZO dyes etc.).

Kerbl has set itself the goal of taking on this challenge. Working with the Europe-wide accredited testing institute Bureau Veritas, we have developed inspection catalogues for pollutants. These inspection catalogues are tailored to each product group. The criteria go far beyond legal requirements. For example, the inspection catalogue for clothing (incl. gloves) below.

Ongoing compliance with certified qualities is confirmed by the regular inspection of samples.

Our gloves only pass the inspection because we work extremely carefully when selecting materials. All leather gloves from Kerbl are labelled with a batch number (EB-…). This means that the gloves can be identified and traced at all times.

It is expected that the requirements regarding freedom from harmful substances will get tougher in future, not just in Germany but throughout the whole of Europe (REACH, etc.). Thanks to the collaboration with Bureau Veritas, Kerbl is ideally equipped for this.
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 RequirementBaseMethodLimit
 
Verpackungsmaterial
 Metal Content in Packaging Material
94/62/EC
Total digestion, ICP/MS
100 mg/kg per sum of Pb,
Cd, Hg, CrVI
 
Chemical analysis
 
Azo Dyes
EC 1907/2006
Annex XVII
EN 14362-1
ISO 17234-1
30 mg/kg
 
Carcinogenic dyes (synthetic fibres)
EC 1907/2006
Annex XVII
§30 LFGB
Acc. to DIN 54231
3,3 mg/l (50 mg/kg)
 
Allergenic/sensitizing disperse
dyes +Disp.Yellow 23
EC 1907/2006
Annex XVII
§30 LFGB
DIN 54231
3,3 mg/l
(50 mg/kg)
 
Cadmium, total content
EC 1907/2006
Annex XVII
§30 LFGB
DIN EN 16711-1
100 mg/kg
 
Lead, total content
EC 1907/2006
Annex XVII
DIN EN 16711-1
100 mg/kg
 
Chromium VI, extractable
EC 1907/2006
Annex XVII
DIN EN ISO 17075-1 or -2
< 3mg/kg
 
Penta-, Tetra-, Trichlorophenol
EU 2019/1021
ChemVerb
ASE- or KOH extraction,
determination acc to modified
§64 LFGB B 82.02-08,
EN ISO 17070
5 mg/kg
 
Formaldehyde
EC 1907/2006
Annex XVII
DIN EN ISO 14184-1
DIN EN ISO 17226-2
75 mg/kg
 
Phthalates acc. to ECHA Candidate list
EC 1907/2006
Annex XVII & XIV,
SVHC
DIN EN ISO 14389,
extraction with organic solvent /
GC- or LC-MS analysis
0,1%
 
Short Chain Chlorinated Paraffins (SCCP) (Only main materials)
EU 2019/1021
DIN EN ISO 18219
(modified)
1000 mg/kg
 
Nickel release (metals with direct skin contact)
EC 1907/2006
Annex XVII
EN 1811
0,5 μg/cm²/week
 
PAH (plastic as main material)
EC 1907/2006
Annex XVII
Extraction with toluene /
GC-MS (AfPS GS 2019 PAH)
1 mg/kg each PAH
(listed under AfPS GS 2019 PAH);
10 mg/kg Sum
 
APEO (NPEO and OPEO)
in washable textiles
EC 1907/2006
Annex XVII
EN ISO 18254-1,
using LC/MS or
LC/MS/MS
100 mg/kg
 
Perflurooctane sulfonate (PFOS)
and related substances
(materials with stain / water resistant finishing)
EU 2019/1021
EN 23702-1
1µg/m2
 
Perflurooctanoic acid (PFOA)
and its salts (materials with stain / water resistant finishing)
EU 2019/1021
EN 23702-1
25 ppb
 
Perflurooctanoic acid (PFOA)
related substances (materials with stain / water resistant finishing)
EU 2019/1021
EN 23702-1
1000 ppb
 
Odour
internal quality requirement
SNV 195651
grade < 3
 
Dimethylfumarate
EC 1907/2006
Annex XVII
Textiles: EN 17130
Others: CEN ISO/TS 16186
0,1 mg/kg
 
Extractable heavy metals (textile)
EC 1907/2006
Annex XVII
internal quality requirement
EN 16711-2
(extraction with perspiration)
Arsenic: 1 mg/kg
Lead: 1 mg/kg
Cadmium: 1 mg/kg
Chromium VI: 1mg/kg
 
Chlorinated organic carrier
(coloured synthetic fibres)
EC 1907/2006
Annex XVII
internal quality requirement
EN 17137
1 mg/kg
 
N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP)
EC 1907/2006
Annex XVII & SVHC
EN 17131
1000 mg/kg
 
N,N-dimethylacetamide (DMAC)
EC 1907/2006
Annex XVII & SVHC
EN 17131
1000 mg/kg