1. A sustainable end product
The continuation of your CSR policy starts with ACP. We regard it to be our responsibility to closely monitor developments and sustainable innovations in the field of components for furniture and industry, and to play a leadership role in that process. We are proud to contribute to manufacturing a sustainable end product that will serve the user for many years. All our products are therefore made from sustainable, quality materials that comply with the international ANSI/BIFMA quality norms and with the European regulations and directives: REACH and Rohs.
REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemical substances and is a European regulation for chemical substances. This regulation has been formulated to minimise health risks among users. A company that produces or processes chemical substances must be aware of the risks of all the substances involved and must take measures to control the risks. They are also bound to inform users of the possible risks. ACP International does not itself process any chemical materials or substances. We have nevertheless informed all our suppliers about REACH and requested that they comply with all their obligations, including the registration duty, resulting from the legislation.
The RoHS (Restriction of use of certain Hazardous Substances) is a European guideline aimed at limiting the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electron equipment. The substances covered by the guideline may only be used in electrical and electronic equipment as long as they do not exceed the given maximum concentration (weight percentage) of the homogeneous material: Lead (0,1%), Mercury (0,1%), Cadmium (0,01%), Chromium trioxide (0,1%), Polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) (0,1%), Polybrominated diphenyl (PBDEs) (0,1%).
ACP International only processes semi-manufactures which our suppliers guarantee to comply with the Rohs guidelines, insofar as they can monitor this compliance.
ANSI (American National Standards Institute) is an organisation that focuses on the design of quality norms applied both to improve the quality of American life and to enhance the competitive strength between American companies. More than 1200 ANSI-approved norms have been formulated in order to protect consumers, personnel as a whole, and the general public. ANSI is also responsible for the first US standard safety code, published in 1921, that described the importance of protective headgear and eye wear for industrial personnel.
BIFMA (Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Association) is a non-profit organisation founded for the purpose of creating norms that promote a safe working environment. BIFMA produces norms specifically applicable to furniture, and also lobbies for legislation to render office furniture safer for employees and consumers.
Ansi / Bifma chair test
Furniture and furniture components are subjected to a series of tests to determine whether they comply with the combined norms of ANSI and BIFMA. In turn, these tests determine the degree of safety, functionality and sustainability of the furniture or furniture components. After testing, only the furniture that complies with the ANSI/BIFMA norms will be approved.
2. People and the planet
Environmentally-conscious choices of resources and materials are good for people and the planet. They make for more healthy employees, improve safety on the work floor, reduce the environmental burden and limit unnecessary costs.
The ACP building was constructed sustainably, for example. Various measures taken within the scope of sustainability include:
- Ventilation using a heat recovery system
- High insulation values of roof, walls and floors
- Use of only FSC wood
- LED lighting
- Solar panels
3. Relations management and social personnel policy
ACP wishes to focus on sustainable, workable relationships based on mutually recognised interests and a long-term perspective. This is reflected in a social personnel policy. ACP likes to cooperate with municipal authorities, training companies or other social initiatives to offer a basis for individuals distanced from the employment market, or disadvantaged by disability, seniority or lengthy unemployment.
In the ACP working environment, the safety, comfort and health of individual employees is paramount. Ergonomic workstations and efficient corporate processes increase the pleasure and productivity of our people at work.
ACP is of the opinion that fit and healthy employees have a positive effect on the success of the organisation. This principle has resulted in various matters being facilitated for our employees, such as:
- Sit-stand desks
- Room for stand up meetings
- Ergonomic chairs and workstations
- Clean, pleasant offices
- Clean desk policy
- Sports facilities with gym equipment and showers
4. Accredited training company
ACP is an accredited training company
We provide students with practical training and a safe learning environment with expert supervision and appropriate work. Such practical experience gives students better opportunities on the employment market while ACP indirectly contributes to the future of technical expertise.