Use of materials

CEWE aims to ecologically optimise its products. Approaches here include the selection of environmentally-friendly materials and a sustainable procurement strategy.

[Translate to Englisch:] CEWE besucht Lieferanten vor Ort

Managing materials responsibly

In relation to materials and waste, two measures play an outstanding role in CEWE’s environmental policy:

  • The materials used are selected specifically not only in terms of their quality, but also their environmental aspects.
  • Production aims to generate as few scraps as possible and waste that cannot be avoided is disposed of in apro-environment manner.

CEWE greatly values the use of earthfriendly materials, especially when it comes to the most relevant raw material – paper – and the most important product, the CEWE PHOTOBOOK.

[Translate to Englisch:] Schmidt GmbH ist ein FSC-zertifizierter Partner von CEWE

Sustainable procurement strategy

CEWE examines the direct suppliers of production materials for its supply chain. When purchasing through business partners, a supplier of critical materials is also examined and, where necessary, also their supplier(s). Critical materials are categorised as such if the products are of special relevance to product safety and product quality or even sustainability. The former encompasses, for example, special duties to examine required by commodities for foodstuffs, such as cups or coatings. Sustainability, for example, also focuses on the social conditions in the countries where a product is sourced if considered critical.

CEWE has been a member of the German Association of Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics (BME) since 2010. The voluntary BME Code of Conduct is a basis for ethical and fair behavior in the supply chain. 

Wherever production sites make it possible, CEWE works with local suppliers. This refers to the production materials. All production materials are rated as local if the supplier comes from the same country where the materials are produced. Some product materials are currently not available in Europe, or are difficult to source in Europe, such as mobile phone cases, ceramic or certain papers that are needed for instant printing at the store.

In the reporting year, 41 % of materials were sourced locally (2022: 46 %); 36 % within the European Economic Area (2021: 36 %); and 23 % from abroad (2021: 20 %).

The proportion of spending on local suppliers is not accounted for.

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