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Transparent supply chain
We generate over 90 percent of our sales from goods and services from B. Braun’s own production and distribution centers. Our goal has always been to strengthen economic ties where we operate our business.
We take a holistic approach to corporate responsibility. This also applies to our relationship with our business partners. When selecting and qualifying our suppliers, we ensure that they meet the required quality standards and standards for sustainability, are open to innovation, and can guarantee a reliable supply.
To this end, we are continuously expanding our existing supplier management approaches and have anchored them in our strategy. We are trying to increasingly involve independent service providers, with the goal of having 80 percent of our annual expenditure volume assessed for sustainability criteria by the end of 2023. The medium-term goal is to have implemented risk management across the entire expenditure volume.
Integrated software solutions for supplier qualification and monitoring help us gain more transparency across our supply chains. We obtain relevant information on the sustainability efforts of our suppliers and, if necessary, take specific steps.
We also take steps to preserve the environment when it comes to packaging our products. First, we use as much of the packaging volume as possible in order to keep excess packaging as low as we can. Second, we use environmentally friendly materials wherever possible. This conserves natural resources and saves on new procurement and disposal costs. B. Braun packaging is taken back through licensed service providers in every European country. In principle, the amount of packaging material is closely related to production quantity, and is subject to annual fluctuations.
In our distribution logistics, we routinely examine our processes with the goal of reducing their environmental impact. In the process, we also examine which new and environmentally friendly technologies can be implemented. We were able to offload a total of approximately 5,000 road transports onto rail in 2022, saving around 2,800 metric tons of CO2 .