Policy statement on social responsibility and sustainability
CHARLE – premium haberdashery
CHARLE stands for elastic and non-elastic organic ribbons that are developed in Germany and produced in Austria. We use certified organic cotton (cbc) and natural rubber (REACH) for the production of our rubber bands.
Our relationship with our producers, suppliers and customers are based on partnership and mutual trust.
When procuring our raw materials and resources, we ensure that transport routes are as short as possible. The harmony between people, nature and the environment is a matter close to our hearts.
Our CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Self-commitment
For us as a young independent family business, it has been from the very beginning a matter of course to take on social and ecological responsibility towards society. We act in accordance with the guiding principles of the United Nations (UN), under which both the state has a duty and we, as a company, have a responsibility to respect and protect human rights. Our guidelines for a future fit for grandchildren are the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted in a Global Contract for the Future.
Human Rights & Labour Standards
We oppose all forms of forced labour and child labour in accordance with the principles of the UN Global Compact. We reject any form of discrimination against applicants and employees.
Protecting the environment
Protecting resources and the environment is important to us along the entire value chain. When sourcing materials, we pay attention to short transport routes. Thus, our cotton comes from the Aegean region (Turkey). Rubber trees grow only on the equator. Our rubber threads from Malaysia therefore have the longest way to reach us.
Our production is geared towards waste avoidance. In this context, we can even avoid a commercial waste bin. The Austrian production facility gets its electricity and heat from an in-house hydroelectric and thermal power plant.
Our Berlin studio uses pure green energy. We consistently pay attention to reducing our CO2 footprint.
We expressly oppose any form of corruption, extortion and bribery towards our business partners, suppliers, customers and employees.