Sustainability within Brainlab

Environmental Engagement

Brainlab is a responsible member of the global community. Various actions have been taken to make Brainlab more “green”. We also encourage employees to be environmentally friendly in their daily activities.

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Together we have the same Goal

Our goal is to conduct business with integrity, following environmentally sustainable and safe practices to ensure the health of the environment, our employees, community, customers and their patients.

To achieve our goal, Brainlab has voluntarily implemented a certified Environmental Management System following the ISO norm 14001 which has been certified by TÜV Süd. 

The internationally recognized ISO 14001 standard specifies criteria for an efficient and effective Environmental Management System, focusing on continuous improvement in relation to the environmental performance of an organization and the fulfillment of its environmental compliance obligations.

The Brainlab Environmental Management System includes various programs, derived from the Brainlab Environmental, Health and Safety Policy, which you can access here.

The programs aim to:

  • Reduce resource consumption
  • Improve recycling & waste management
  • Promote design of environmentally friendly products
  • Manage hazardous substances
  • Ensure health and safety of employees

 

The new Brainlab headquarters is certified according to the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) process. This benchmark is widely used around the world for the design and construction of sustainable, ecological buildings.

For more information on the progress of Brainlab Environmental Programs, please click here.

Management of Hazardous Substances

Management of Hazardous Substances

Brainlab has implemented processes and standards to restrict the use of hazardous substances. As a result, environmental impact is reduced and human health is protected.

Brainlab sets high value on sustainability and environmental protection and expects that suppliers act accordingly. Our suppliers, including those situated outside the European Union, shall fulfill the applicable legal requirements, as well as internal specifications.

 

REGISTRATION, EVALUATION, AUTHORISATION AND RESTRICTION OF CHEMICALS (REACH)

REACH is the European chemicals law that came into force to improve the protection of human health and the environment from risks that can be posed by chemicals.

The identification of a substance as a substance of very high concern and its inclusion in the candidate list for REACH creates certain legal obligations for the importers, producers and suppliers of an article that contains such a substance. Brainlab requests suppliers to inform whether and to what extent substances from the list are used in their products. For further information regarding REACH processes at Brainlab and product specific statement, click here.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

The Directive 2012/19/EU focuses on waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) aiming to prevent or reduce the adverse impacts of its generation and management through measures to protect the environment and human health.

As technology advances, electronic device life cycles become shorter. The replaced products, developed with valuable resources, become electronic waste and, when misplaced or disposed improperly, can present a risk.

Brainlab considers the principles of sustainable production and consumption and contributes to prevent generation of unnecessary WEEE. Our products are designed taking into account the possibility to repair, upgrade, re-use, disassemble and recycle, while making medical technology and knowledge more impactful and accessible to physicians and their patients.

Brainlab is registered at the “Stiftung Elektro-Altgeräte Register” with the number WEEE-Reg.-Nr. DE: 15147063.

We recommend that waste from electrical medical devices are recycled and receive adequate final disposal. For further information on the disposal of your Brainlab products, please consult the standard terms and conditions of sale, customer support and/or contact the competent public authorities.

Preference for LED lamps in common spaces

Green Efforts in Daily Work

Facility

  • New Headquarters is LEED certified rate Gold
  • Preference for LED lamps in common spaces
  • Use of eco-energy from local energy supplier
  • Energy-saving heating and air conditioning system adapted to the building’s temperature differences
  • Motion-activated lights in restrooms and common spaces
  • Brainlab “Green Guide for the Office” with tips on how to save energy with lights and computers, disposal advice, printing recommendations and more
  • Recycled paper towels
  • Water-saving toilets
  • Use of environmentally friendly cleaning products
  • Security advised to turn off monitors during nightly walk-through
  • Recycling of: metal, electronics, cardboard, wooden pallets
Digital newsletters reaching up to thousands of contacts

Information Technology

  • Paperless Digital Marketing and E-Newsletters to reach thousands of contacts and avoid printing and shipping 
  • Electronic signatures
  • “Think before you print” communication
  • “FollowMe” print concept: Printing only what is necessary, double-sided printing set as default

 

 

Office Materials

  • Use of recycled paper, ‘green’ glue, solvent-free markers
  • Use of archive boxes for external archiving instead of binders; binders are reused
Shuttle service between Brainlab HQ in Munich and subway station

TRANSPORTATION

  • Reduced business travel through remote customer software support
  • Headquarters easily accessible by public transportation
  • Electric cars in the company pool car fleet
  • Electric charging stations available for employees with electric cars
  • Parking spaces for bikes; employees encouraged to ride bikes to work during warmer months
  • Emission reduction via freight consolidation
Social responsibility and ethical practice

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICAL PRACTICE

Brainlab asks suppliers to meet the following social and ethical requirements:

  • Operate in full compliance with the laws of their respective countries and with all other applicable laws, rules and regulations
  • Employees must meet minimum legal age requirement
  • Wages and working hours must be set in accordance with applicable laws. Employees shall receive at least the minimum legal wage or a wage that meets the local industry standard, whichever is greater
  • No forced labor
  • No discrimination of employees based on race, origin, gender, religious beliefs, disability, age, maternity or sexual preference
  • Employees must be given freedom of association

 

Here you can find the Brainlab Ltd. slavery and human trafficking statement for FY 2015.
Here you can find the Brainlab Ltd. slavery and human trafficking statement for FY 2016.

We have an Integrity & Compliance Program. Compliance within Brainlab is closely linked to one of the company’s core values: Integrity.

Right.Brain Foundation e.V.

CONTRIBUTIon to GLOBAL ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE

Brainlab sponsors the Right.Brain Foundation e.V., which provides medical technology and education to selected hospitals and public institutions in Southeast Asia, Africa, Central and South America.

Right.Brain provides an exchange program to help teach physicians in developing countries how to use the technology effectively.

Brainlab employees volunteer their vacation time to Right.Brain to provide additional on-site training and support to local hospitals.

For more information on the Brainlab Environmental, Health and Safety and Social measures, please consult our FAQ document or mail us at sustainability@brainlab.com.