Organizing the purchase of materials centrally via Vonovia’s Procurement department helps to minimize the risk of hazardous or toxic substances being used. In order to protect our employees and tenants alike, we ensure material safety using the systematic TÜV Rhineland Toxic Materials Management System (TOGs®). All information is recorded, evaluated and documented centrally in an online toxic materials register. This provides us with an ideal basis within our own craftsmen’s organization for conducting risk assessments and developing operating and handling instructions. We use our contracts, general terms and conditions of purchasing and our Business Partner Code to make sure that our subcontractors adhere to our standards. The aim is to minimize risks. When it comes to modernization measures, for example, we only use selected and tested materials and explicitly subject the companies performing the measures to the obligation to use them. We are also constantly keeping an eye on product innovations in order to create the best product for our customers. In 2017, for example, we planned a facade insulation project using hemp in Dortmund and are increasingly looking at the use of mineral fiber as an insulation material.
Our Business Partner Code for subcontractors and suppliers sets out our expectations regarding integrity, reliability and economically and legally compliant conduct and ensures that our business partners meet these expectations. The Code stipulates, in particular, that corruption must be combated, that illicit employment must be ruled out, that the legal minimum wage must be paid and that valid German regulations on occupational safety, employee rights and the environment must be observed.
In 2018, we will increase efforts to review our guidelines and codes and develop a concept for annual supplier audits in order to also continue systematically reducing potential risks.