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Responsibility

Corporate and social responsibility have always been among C.HAFNER's most important values​. As a family business processing precious metals, we base our business and quality policy on the model of the honourable businessman. This model stands for a strong sense of responsibility towards companies, society, and the environment and bases its behaviour on virtues that aim to ensure the long-term economic success of the company. The values​ of openness, appreciation, sustainability and transparency are the basis of cooperation both within and outside our company.

Responsible actions in line with the guidelines of the OECD

We adhere to the most stringent standards of ethical action. Gold that we process into our C.HAFNER alloys comes from our own recycling process! What this means is that the input material of our recycling process consists exclusively of secondary material, that is waste from the industrial processing and finishing of precious metals, such as for jewellery and watch production, as well as old gold which for example was previously processed into jewellery, coins or dental gold.

Precious metals from C.HAFNER therefore contain no material:

  • that was acquired through human rights violations such as child labour or slavery,
  • whereby extraction and processing destroyed the earth's surface,
  • which serves to support criminal or terrorist activities such as money laundering, tax evasion,
  • which is harmful to the environment.

We demand corresponding evidence from our suppliers and actively support them in implementing these values ​in their supply chain. Suitable methods of tracing transactions and evaluating suppliers for the purpose of risk assessment are in place at C. HAFNER and are duly implemented. Corresponding guidelines have been issued by the OECD and are regularly verified by independent institutes.

The protection of our environment, social responsibility and social commitment are part of the DNA of C.HAFNER’s corporate policy at all times.

BIRGITTA K. HAFNER

Supply chain responsibility

Use instead of consumption. Urban mining.

Responsible ethical behaviour has always been a driving force for C.HAFNER. To give expression to this sentiment, we have been a member of Urban Mining e.V. since 2015. This association considers cities and settlements as raw material mines, in which valuable resources of various kinds are bound for different lengths of time, but subsequently become free and usable again. This also includes precious metals. When it comes to gold mining, C.HAFNER relies exclusively on precious metal recycling, i.e. urban mining. After all, recycled precious metal from local sources is a useful resource, but it is most importantly a necessity for companies that act responsibly! C.HAFNER thus makes an important contribution to the preservation of the environment and demonstrates respect for human rights.

RJC

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) is an international association of companies in the jewellery and watchmaking industry, as well as their suppliers, with the aim of promoting an ethical, social and environmentally safe and humane corporate policy. Companies bind themselves to these basic principles by issuing a declaration of commitment on corporate practice, known as the Code of Practices (CoP).

LBMA

C.HAFNER holds the coveted Good Delivery Status of the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA), one of the most important institutions in the precious metal processing industry worldwide. Above all, the Good Delivery Status offers companies and end-customers the security of knowing that gold which has been accorded this status comes from sources which have not infringed any human rights or supported any criminal activities. In addition, this status guarantees the highest degree of purity of the refined gold. Fine gold bars from C.HAFNER can therefore be traded unrestricted worldwide and sold without discounts.

Quality Management

Our quality management has the goal of implementing, monitoring, maintaining and further developing the requirements of standards. This includes the requirements of the Medical Devices Act, the qualification of dental laboratories and their independent working methods, the integration of the supply chain into the management system, and the safeguarding of ethical, social and ecological standards.

Certified and accredited

We are certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001 and DIN EN ISO 13485. Our laboratories are accredited to DIN ISO/IEC 17025.

Enviromental protection and occupational safety

REACH

REACH is the European Chemicals Regulation for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. It has been in force since 2007 and aims to guarantee a high level of human health and environmental protection.

In accordance with the REACH principle, which stipulates that manufacturers, importers and downstream users take responsibility for their chemicals, we ensure that any chemicals we manufacture and place on the market are safely used.

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Environmental protection

As a modern company operating in the precious metals recycling sector, we consider it our responsibility to use natural resources in a sustainable manner. Our process technology enables the effective and economical handling of precious metals. The reprocessing of materials containing such metals takes place in-house in accordance with all current regulations corresponding to state-of-the-art technology.

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