We aim to be socially and ecologically responsible while also being economically successful. Consciousness for the world around us is the guideline Braas Monier Building Group uses for long-term strategic, as well as day-to-day, decisions and activities. It is also a fundamental part of our company's commitments. We serve our customers and protect the environment by delivering sustainable products and systems, while respecting the environment in our manufacturing processes. We carefully consider people’s present needs and respect future generations’ requirements. We are socially responsible towards communities and societies while respecting our employees’ needs in terms of working environment and fair treatment. As a company we are aware of our economical, ecological and social responsibility. We aim to make positive impacts with our products and innovations, our people, our behaviour and our operations.
Braas Monier is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for its stakeholders and to conducting our worldwide businesses in a safe manner. Health & Safety are core values that are strongly incorporated into all aspects of our business. We integrate Health & Safety objectives into our management systems at all levels of the Group. Management is accountable for the prevention of injuries and occupational illnesses. Employees are also expected to demonstrate that Health & Safety are core values through their behaviour.
Prevention efforts summarised under our Health & Safety Policy include the implementation of action plans involving the entire workforce, enforcing that Health & Safety is not just one of many priorities, but one of the key values underpinning our operations. Trainings ensure that our employees are aware of risks and are skilled to responsibly handle Health & Safety issues.
We are committed to delivering products and services that meet the highest quality standards throughout all our local businesses. We systematically and continuously improve Braas Monier's processes and performance aiming to fulfill or even exceed the expectations of our customers. This commitment applies to all our products and services, because we aim not just to meet our customer’s expectations, but to surpass them. We do this by applying quality standards that often go beyond the legal minimum requirements in the various countries where we operate. We also measure customer satisfaction at regular intervals with standardized, independently run surveys. Our commitment to quality also extends to our own organisation. We are always helping our staff to develop and grow through training, performance benchmarking, knowledge transfer and innovation. We set measurable quality targets and monitor progress towards these. In this way, we encourage our people to make quality their number one personal objective in all activities and processes, and give them the skills to turn this passion into concrete results.
Our Quality Policy sets out the guiding principles of how we manage and deal with quality in the context of our business activities, products and services and in relation with customers and our employees.
We strive to permanently improve the performance of our business sustainably. In our FactoryExcellence programme, the main target is the performance of our plants worldwide. The programme runs on the basis of three pillars: Satisfy our customers - Develop our people - Reduce costs. During a research phase we evaluated thoroughly the current status quo of our plants with regard to operations, performance governance and people development. Based on the results, FactoryExcellence could be developed further and tailored right to the companies and plants needs. It focusses on three areas: people, process and performance. Currently, thorough and pinpointed trainings are carried out throughout the factories. Focus is the close involvement of all industrial employees. With regard to operations, another important focus is on the reduction of waste and the saving of material and reduction of scrap. We are always striving to strenghten the awareness for all these environmental and cost-saving topics among our employees.
Our roofing tiles are made from raw materials predominantly found in nature: sand, water, clay and iron oxide pigments. In many countries we use natural resources from our own quarries and sand pits, which are subject to strict environmental and occupational safety conditions. To reduce the general consumption of these materials, we are constantly improving our recipes and production practices as well as the raw material extraction. The renaturation of our sand and clay pits is our minimum obligation. In developing recreational areas for the public or revegetating the quarries to land used for agricultural or community purposes, we closely work together with the local municipalities to find the best possible solutions. By using local raw material supply, we avoid transport C02 emissions.
When it comes to production, we use state-of-the-art equipment, which keeps consumption of raw materials, water and energy low due to the latest technologies applied. In concrete production, our well insulated curing chambers capture the heat which is set off by the concrete, reducing the amount of heat needed to cure the concrete tiles. In some situations even no heat input is needed at all. For clay production, we use state-of-the-art casing kilns, which efficiently capture heat input and use it for both drying and firing tiles. And we constantly optimise our clay blends to reduce CO2 emissions during the production process. The waste water from our production is recycled and re-used in manufacturing. Also the quality, durability and functionality of the product itself are a tribute to the environment: Due to the natural “ingredients” of our products, re-utilisation and recycling of roofing tiles is obvious. In some countries and under certain circumstances dismantled tiles are crushed and directly returned to the tile production process. Some of our business units were pace setters in tile recycling, having introduced such equipment some 20 years ago. And did you know that concrete tiles re-absorb more than 20% of the emitted CO2 from the cement production due to carbonation over their lifetime?
Environmentally friendly packaging materials have been developed in co-operation with our customers and suppliers. We aim to use recyclable materials and consume less via re-usable boxes. We strive to reduce and re-use packaging materials and reduce the energy consumption to package products. We encourage the return of used packaging material and introduced a strap banding to replace plastic foil packaging.
In Mediterranean regions the solar radiation in summer causes an overheat of buildings, whereas the roof is the element which is exposed to the sun the most. Much energy is needed for air-conditioning in order to balance this effect. Braas Monier is one of six partners who joined in together to work on the lifeHEROTILE project, which is supported by the European Commission. The objective of this project is to find new energy saving solutions. The lifeHEROTILE project dedicates itself to develop new roof tiles with a higher air permeability and thus a better energy performance. Some measures of the projects are pilot plants to produce these tiles and real scale test buildings placed in different Mediterranean countries.