Corporate Responsibility

BERNING SMART FASTENERS is a good old name. It stands for good products at fair prices, but also for decency, reliability and responsibility. We want to have a relationship with all our partners that is founded on trust and sustainability: with our employees by fair working conditions and a decent working environment, with our suppliers but also with our customers. For occupational health and safety BERNING is being OHSAS 18001:2007-certified, our social accountability is measured and certified after SA 8001-2001.


  • BERNING shall safeguard every consumer from any harm through her products.1
  • Society shall be protected from any harmful effect of production. We shall actively contribute to saving our habitat by constantly minimising the use of resources and impact on the environment.2
  • We believe that business needs to re-focus on traditional values and virtues. BERNING shall actively contribute to that.


  • All employees have a right to decent working conditions and fair treatment honouring their right and dignity.
  • All employees are entitled to a safe and healthy working environment that is free from hazardous and nocuous effects. 3
  • The Code of Conduct 4, that we are imposing our suppliers is first of all valid for ourselves.


  • From our suppliers we expect products and services of good quality at reasonable prices. Furthermore BERNING expects fair working conditions, a safe and good environment in production and generally a degree of responsibility that deserves our confidence. This is being monitored along our Code of Conduct which regulates behaviour such as: no child labour no forced labour nor violence, respecting employees’ rights, safe and healthy working environment, respecting laws and regulations regarding the environment, correctness in business.
  • In turn, suppliers have a right to be treated fair. They can trust that BERNING will not act indecently despite all economic necessities. We stand to what we have agreed.


  • Straightforwardness and responsibility are equally the foundation on which the relation with our customers shall be build.
  • We guarantee strict confidentiality of plans and developments. We shall respect brands, not “fake” nor indirectly contribute to it.
  • Despite all necessity to be commercially smart, there shall be no such thing as a “crooked deal”, bribe, “rip off” or a deliberate “error” in our  favour.


1) For securing the quality of our products we are certifies as per DIN EN ISO 9001:2008.
2) Environmentally responsible behaviour is certified per EMAS and ISO 14001:2004.
3) BERNING is certified after OHSAS 18001:2007 for occupational health and safety.
4) Our social accountability is measured by SA 8000, according to which we are certified. The Suppliers’ Code of Conduct will be found find on our website.

Certificates and Downloads

Corporate Responsibility GuidelineDownload
Certificate – SA 8000:2014Download
Certificate – OHSAS 18001:2007Download