Compliance Management at LINNEMANN helps to avoid violations of rules. According to the ISO 37301 standard, LINNEMANN's compliance management system is based on the 5 recommended pillars.
At LINNEMANN, we recognized the requirements. Targets were set and responsibility was not left with a compliance officer to deal with, but every team member was informed and trained. Everyone actively cooperates.
By way of example and without priority, we describe below the topics listed in the Compliance Management System that accompany us in our daily work. This continuity ensures awareness, compliance, review and improvement. In this way, breaches of the rules can be efficiently avoided.
California Proposition 65 - Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986
California Proposition 65 is a state law designed to protect drinking water sources from contamination by chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. Companies that sell products in California are required to inform the public about exposure to such chemicals.
California Proposition 65 is implemented through, among other things, a list of well over 1,000 chemicals suspected of being carcinogenic or toxic to reproduction. If one of these chemicals is contained in a product, the product must be labeled with an appropriate warning.
In this regard, Linnemann GmbH has conducted a voluntary inquiry about its supply chain and would like to inform its customers that the following substances of the current California Proposition 65 may be contained in our products
Nickel (metallic), CAS: 7440-02-0
- Basically contained in almost all our metallic products
- Firmly bound in material
Lead and lead compounds, CAS 7439-92-1
- Below you will find a list of products with elevated lead levels
- Firmly bound in material
According to California Proposition 65 the exposure of a substance and not the concentration in the homogeneous material is decisive for the application of a warning notice. Linnemann GmbH does not supply directly to the US state of California, nor can the use of the products supplied by us be predicted or evaluated. Likewise, no analyses of exposure are carried out on the part of Linnemann.
Therefore, the products of Linnemann GmbH are not labeled with a warning according to California Proposition 65.
Linnemann GmbH would like to point out that further obligations may arise for customers of products due to their use.
Linnemann GmbH assumes no liability for products sold into the State of California if they are not properly labeled.
The current valid list and additional information can be found on the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) website. https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65
CDA – Confidentiality agreement
Confidentiality agreements are not subject to legal regulation. LINNEMANN GmbH has formulated a description for business partners and customers on the observance of confidentiality, communicated it to the team and makes this internal description available for commitment in case of inquiries e.g. on a NDA - Non disclosure agreement. Care has been taken to ensure that the commitments to maintain confidentiality are tenable.
China RoHS II
Linnemann GmbH hereby confirms that all its products comply with the directive GB/T 26572-2011 also known as China RoHS II. Linnemann does not supply products directly to the People's Republic of China. Likewise, Linnemann GmbH confirms conformity according to Directive SJ/T 11363-2014 on mandatory labeling of toxic and hazardous substances in electronic products
Regulated substances and limits:
- Lead (Pb) 0.1 %
- Cadmium (Cd) 0.01 %
- Mercury (Hg) 0.1 %
- Hexavalent chromium (Cr+6) 0.1 %
- Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) 0.1 %
- Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) 0.1 %
Linnemann GmbH confirms that all products comply with China RoHS II with the exception of the products listed below:
It should be noted that only electrical and electronic end products must be provided with the appropriate labeling. Linnemann Gmbh does not supply electrical and electronic products and therefore does not have to provide any labeling, but does provide its customers with the necessary information for final labeling.
Code of Conduct
The cross-sector Code of Conduct describes principles and standards of behavior relevant to the mechanical and plant engineering industry as well as the electrical and digital industries that responsible companies must observe in order to act responsibly.
A comprehensive description of the recommendations is provided by ZVEI (German Electrical and Digital Manufacturers' Association) and VDMA (German Engineering Federation) in the document. » Download PDF – ZVEI-VDMA-Code-of-Conduct-2022-01-en.pdf
LINNEMANN GmbH applies the Code of Conduct as described in this document.
Compliance Risk Management
Within the framework of the Compliance Risk Assessment, LINNEMANN carries out risk analyses as part of its risk management, identifies, assesses and communicates how any hazards can be countered.
Conflict Minerals – Section 1502 of the US Dodd-Frank Act.
The term "conflict minerals" under section 1502(e)(4) includes the four chemical elements tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold, also called 3TGs, that originate in a particular part of the world where there is conflict affecting the mining and trade of these minerals.
LINNEMANN GmbH is aware of its social responsibility regarding environment, safety, health and human rights. Even though Linnemann GmbH is not subject to the reporting requirements of the Dodd-Frank Act, a survey of the entire supply chain is carried out once a year on a voluntary basis and a CMRT (Conflict Minerals Reporting Template) for the previous fiscal year is made available to our customers.
Current changes in the status of smelters cannot be considered, but will be reviewed and considered in subsequent CMRT reporting.
Via the following link you can download our currently valid CMRT version 6.22. » Download PDF
Crises do not announce themselves. Crises can have internal and external causes. In order to be able to continue to proceed in a structured manner in the event of a crisis, LINNEMANN GmbH has defined indicators and procedures for various scenarios.
EMRT - Extended Mineral Reporting Template
The Extended Minerals Reporting Template (EMRT) is a report built by the Responsible Minerals Initiative. It is used to fulfill the Sorfaltspflicht for cobalt and mica supply chain identification and information. The template for this was introduced on October 20, 2021.
Via the following link you can download our currently valid EMRT version 1.11.
» Download PDF – LINNEMANN-GmbH_RMI_EMRT_11_230328 Declaration.pdf
Cultural management at LINNEMANN GmbH is characterized by a self-image that includes various principles such as values, attitudes, responsibility and environmental awareness.
The company philosophy also includes practiced connectivity. The team develops its strength from the totality. Functioning communication channels are an important prerequisite here. Digitization, networking and communication platforms such as feedback and team meetings are available and used at LINNEMANN GmbH.
Read about self-image and values in the LINNEMANN GmbH Mission Statement.
Packaging Act (VerpackG) - Act on the Placing on the Market, the Taking Back and the High-Quality Recycling of Packaging
Anyone who places packaging filled with goods on the market for the first time in Germany is considered a manufacturer under the German Packaging Act and must register with the central body, ZSVR Foundation ("Packaging Register" LUCID). Since January 1, 2019, the registration obligation has applied to packaging subject to system participation that typically accumulates as waste after use at private end users and comparable sources, and since July 1, 2022, to packaging not subject to system participation that typically does not accrue as waste after use at private end users and comparable sources.
LINNEMANN is exempt from the system participation obligation, since only packaging is used that is not generated as waste by private end consumers. LINNEMANN GmbH is duly registered for packaging not subject to system participation in the packaging register LUCID and is listed there under the number DE4681766215792. In the manufacturer register LUCID the entry is publicly visible for all, so that dealers and customers have the possibility to check the assumption of responsibility by LINNEMANN GmbH:
The quantities used of the individual packaging items are recorded in accordance with §17. As stipulated in §15, end consumers have the option of returning used, empty packaging to us. This is intended to reduce the consumption of raw materials through reuse and to enable the recycling cycle through proper recovery. If necessary, a contact person at LINNEMANN is available to discuss the recycling possibilities.
PFAS – EU regulations on chemicals
PTFE (polyteratrafluoroethylene) is used very successfully because of its high resistance to environmental influences. Teflon® belongs to the group of organic fluorine compounds (PFC), substances that have special properties due to fluorine-carbon bonds. This bond hardly occurs in nature, it is enormously stable and resists any biological degradation. PFC belongs to the group of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS). The use of PFASs is severely restricted throughout the EU, or rather precursors for a large number of applications have been terminated and more are to be expected.
ECHA's Scientific Committees on Risk Assessment (RAC) and Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) determined in March 2023 that the proposed restriction meets the legal requirements of the European chemicals regulation "REACH". Now the committees will start the scientific evaluation of the proposal. In this context, a public consultation will run from March 22, 2023. The consultation will run for six months and close on 25.09.2023. All stakeholders are invited to contribute their comments and further information. Information on risks and socio-economic aspects regarding the use of PFAS as well as PFAS-free alternatives are of particular interest. All documents and the status of the procedure can be viewed on the ECHA website.
The chemical industry, industry and processors of these substances are working intensively on solutions to be able to produce PFAS-free gaskets. We assume that results will be presented in the next few months to enable PFAS-free gaskets to be manufactured.
As soon as we obtain new information on this subject, you will be informed here.
POP – REGULATION (EU) 2019/1021
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are organic substances that can harm humans and the environment and whose degradation or transformation in the environment is very slow.
POPs are the subject of the Stockholm Convention on POPs and the POP Protocol under the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP). Both conventions under international law have the overarching goal of reducing or eliminating the production, use and release of the substances as far as possible. The implementation in Europe took place through the "Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 on Persistent Organic Pollutants" (POP Regulation)" adopted on June 20, 2019. The regulation is directly applicable in all EU member states and does not require transposition into national law.
The controlled substances under the POPs Regulation are contained in Annexes I and II. Annex I lists the banned substances and Annex II lists the restricted substances. Article 3 of the POPs Regulation prohibits the production, placing on the market and use of all substances listed in Annex I.
Linnemann GmbH has checked its supply chain and can confirm that none of the substances listed under Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 are used in the products of Linnemann Gmbh.
This confirmation is based on the feedback of our suppliers, Linnemann GmbH does not perform own analyses and tests of its products regarding Regulation (EU) 2019/1021.
REACh - Regulation (EC) 1907/2006
On June 1, 2007, Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (in short: "REACh") came into force. As a downstream user and distributor of articles, the company Linnemann GmbH is not obliged to register chemicals.
According to Art. 33 of the REACh regulation, the company Linnemann is subject to the obligation to pass on information about substances in articles, if one of the delivered products contains a substance of very high concern (SVHC) in a mass concentration above 0.1%.
The list of SVHC substances is maintained by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and can be viewed at the following link https://echa.europa.eu/de/candidate-list-table.
LINNEMANN GmbH would like to inform its customers that, with the exceptions listed below, none of the products contains a SVHC with a mass concentration above 0.1%.
None of the products contains any of the substances subject to authorization listed in Annex XIV.
The prohibitions on the use of substances in accordance with Annex XVII are also observed and complied with.
Products with SVHC:
RoHS – EU Directive 2011/65/EU with amendment 2015/863/EU
The EU Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, known as RoHS for short, was transposed into German law in 2013 by the ElektroStoffV and comprises 6 substances. In 2015, the list of regulated substances was extended by another 4 substances through the delegated directive 2015/863/EU.
Substances regulated in Annex II of the RoHS Directive with concentration limits in homogeneous materials in percent by weight:
|• Hexavalent chromium||0,1%|
|• Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)||0,1%|
|• Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)||0,1%|
|• Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP)||0,1%|
|• Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)||0,1%|
|• Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)||0,1%|
LINNEMANN GmbH confirms that all products comply with the requirements of the RoHS Directive. The following products use one or more exemptions according to Annex III:
Sanctions against Russia
Opinion on "COUNCIL REGULATION (EU) No 833/2014 of 31 July 2014 concerning restrictive measures in view of Russia's actions destabilizing the situation in Ukraine"
With the EU's 11th sanctions package, a verification requirement for iron and steel imports will
come into force on September 30, 2023.
The goods concerned are described in ANNEX XVII - List of iron and steel products in accordance with Article 3g. The list with the customs tariff number groups 72...... and 73...... can be found at Lexparency
Specifically, this means that from September 30, 2023, proof of the country of origin of certain iron and steel goods (listed by Lexparency) that were used to process the product in a third country must be provided at the time of import.
LINNEMANN GmbH does not import any finished metal goods from Russia, nor does LINNEMANN GmbH process any primary products from Russia. LINNEMANN GmbH has requested all suppliers and pays attention to the corresponding evidence that the requirements of the 11th sanctions package are complied with. For its part, LINNEMANN GmbH takes into account that the evidence is listed when issuing certificates.
The Slavery and Trafficking Risk Template (STRT) is a free, open-source data collection template that forms the backbone of corporate modern slavery due diligence programs. It is maintained by a Development Committee committed to ensuring it keeps stride with new research and evolving industry needs. It is housed under the Social Responsibility Alliance, an initiative dedicated to providing companies with the open-source data collection tools they need to build socially responsible supply chains. Details can be read at https://www.socialresponsibilityalliance.org/resource/W-STRT-Overview-230217.pdf
LINNEMANN GmbH describes its procedure under the item Supply Chain Sourcing Obligation Act. Supply Chain Sourcing Obligations Law
Supply Chain Sourcing Obligations Law
The Supply Chain Due Diligence Act obliges companies with their head office, principal place of business, administrative headquarters, statutory seat or branch office in Germany to respect human rights by implementing defined due diligence requirements. The core elements of the due diligence obligations include the establishment of a risk management system to identify, prevent or minimize the risks of human rights violations and damage to the environment. The law outlines what prevention and remediation measures are necessary, obligates complaint procedures and regular reporting. ▪ The due diligence obligations apply to a company's own business operations, to the actions of a contractual partner, and to the actions of other (indirect) suppliers. This means that companies' responsibility no longer ends at their own factory gate, but exists along the entire supply chains. The law will initially apply to companies with at least 3,000 employees in Germany from 2023, and from 2024 also to companies with at least 1,000 employees. The Supply Chain Act contains an exhaustive catalog of eleven internationally recognized human rights conventions. From the legal rights protected in these conventions, behavioral requirements and prohibitions for corporate action are derived in order to prevent the violation of protected legal positions. These include, in particular, the prohibition of child labor, slavery and forced labor, the disregard of occupational health and safety, the withholding of an appropriate wage, the disregard of the right to form trade unions or employee representatives, the denial of access to food and water, and the unlawful deprivation of land and livelihoods.
LINNEMANN GmbH has taken advantage of the offer of the German government to integrate human rights due diligence processes via the „Helpdesk On Business & Human Rights“ and has both taken the necessary measures and instructed the LINNEMANN team and pointed out the due diligence obligations to business partners.
LINNEMANN GmbH applies the supply chain due diligence as described in the Code of Conduct.
It is required – in order to fulfill the legal due diligence obligations – to set up a complaints procedure. LINNEMANN GmbH has implemented this. Here, internal and external persons can notify the company of human rights or environmental risks or violations in its own business area and in the supply chain.
If you think you have identified risks, please email us your perceptions to firstname.lastname@example.org
TSCA Section 6(h) – Toxic Substance Control Act Section 6(h)
On January 06, 2021, the USEPA (Unites States Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA) finalized Toxic Substance Control Act Section 6(h) rules to reduce exposure to five persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals. These chemicals accumulate in the environment over time and therefore can pose potential risks to the public and consumers.
Listed below are the five PBT substances that are restricted or banned from manufacture, processing, and/or distribution in commerce in the United States:
Linnemann GmbH has checked its supply chain for the five substances listed above and can confirm that none of these substances are present in Linnemann GmbH products.
This confirmation is based on feedback from suppliers, Linnemann GmbH does not perform its own analysis and testing of its products with respect to the Toxic Substance Control Act Section 6(h).