We makers of natural detergents
Bensos’ Social Responsibility as a natural detergents producer
In 2007 Bensos was enrolled in the Suppliers’ Register of the Province of Milan.
The Register asked to participate to the “Nearby the Companies” project, complying with a policy about social responsibility: workers treatment, raw materials suppliers evaluation, environmental matters, market policy, etc.). The process was supervised by Bureau Veritas.
Dr. M.Sc. Silvia Palladini, Chemist – [email protected]
(nr. 227 Chemists’ Register of the province of Brescia) – Technical Management, Research & Development
Marco Cattaneo, Agricultural Technician – [email protected]
Production & Logistics Manager.
The principles taken into consideration were the following:
– PEOPLE and WORK ENVIRONMENT:
health and safety; freedom to associate; workers’ management; working time, holidays, permissions; salary; child labour; forced labour; suppliers; management system. [regulatory references: SA8000, ISO 18001.]
– NATURAL ENVIRONMENT:
environmental issues; suppliers; management system. [regulatory references: ISO 14001, EMAS.]
– CUSTOMERS and PRODUCT QUALITY:
relationship with the customers; product creation; suppliers; management system. [regulatory references: ISO 9001.]
– COMPANY MANAGEMENT and ETHYCS IN BUSINESS.
[regulatory references: ISO 26000 (Draft), Social Value Standard, GRI (Global Reporting Initiative).]
– RELATIONSHIP WITH LOCAL COMMUNITY.
[regulatory references: OCSE Guideline, ISO 26000 (Draft), Social Value Standard, GRI (Global Reporting Initiative).] According to the policy, Bensos complied a Charter of Values. This document is not a list of empty words, but is a sincere and honest purpose.
From 2010, for safety and health reasons (particularly to prevent back pain and inflammatory deseases), Bensos chose 20 L tanks instead of 25 L.
Tanks, bottles and labels are made exclusively by HDPE (high density polyethylene) or PP (polypropilene). Bensos excluded multilayer materials, that are not riciclable.
Bensos does not use slowly degradable raw materials higly soluble in water (ex.: polyvynilic alcohol, currently used for “eco doses” hydrosoluble bags).
Bensos developed good relationships with local authorities working about disadvantaged people and disabled people.
Every year Bensos supports many non-governmental organization (NGO) such as Emergency, Médécins sans Frontières, SoleTerre.
Bensos selects thoroughly raw materials and services (banks, insurance) suppliers. Particularly, Bensos buys materials preferably coming from nations, whose governments established regulations about natural environment, freedom to associate and health and safety for workers.