In 2018, de Buyer asked AFNOR, an international organization that provides certification benchmarks, to appraise its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) level. As a result, de Buyer became the first and only company in the culinary sector to be awarded with the “Confirmed Level” from the very first assessment. Four years later, the company has once again been evaluated on its commitment to social responsibility, and this time, has obtained the highest level of certification: Exemplary.
This evaluation underscores the company’s transparency related to social and environmental practices, and serves as a reference point for the committed consumer. The new tier is a significant improvement in comparison to the score that had been previously awarded to the brand, highlighting the measures that have been implemented over the last four years and confirming the company’s growth.
This label has strict requirements with over fifty criteria, which are examined according to the ISO26000 standard required to fulfill the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The seven areas that are thoroughly examined by the label are the core elements of ISO26000:
- Organizational Governance
- Human Rights
- Labor Practices
- The Environment
- Fair Operating Practices
- Consumer Issues
- To protect the Combeauté River and its fish populations (trout, Arctic char, grayling, huchen), de Buyer’s factory has its own wastewater treatment plant. The brand has also placed beehives near the factory to use as an indicator of the area’s environmental health and to contribute to the restoration of bee numbers in the Vosges region.
- Regarding product, the longevity and sturdiness of de Buyer’s offerings are qualities that the company promotes amongst its customers to encourage educated and responsible consumption. For its non-stick products, de Buyer utilizes a circular economy model by enforcing a dismantling process, allowing for used materials to be properly recycled.
- Conscious of the intrinsic value of every individual, the company’s human resources policy hinges on the well-being of its employees, focusing on user-friendly working conditions, job security and health. It contributes to the development of employee skills and promotes the concept of management ‘with a human face’. It also actively campaigns for the safeguarding of jobs in Val d’Ajol and for the promotion of economic development of rural areas in France and abroad.
- 100% Raw Materials Recycled
- 1,400 Trees Replanted
- 50% Water Saved
- 0 Discharge of Industrial Water
- $15,000+ Pledged to Local Reforestation
“de Buyer has been based in Faymont since 1830, a small village in the Vosges region of France,” said CEO of de Buyer, Guilhem Pinault. “At each stage of design, whether for a product, machine, or building, we are always committed to the environment and to preserving the beautiful site in which our factory is located.”
Making a positive impact on society and the environment while contributing to the region’s economic influence forms the basis of de Buyer’s responsible and committed approach to business. Key initiatives include:
To date, de Buyer’s efforts have had a substantial impact on society, which is reflective in the brand’s receipt of the “Exemplary Level.” Highlights include:
About de Buyer
For 200 years, authenticity, passion, and commitment have been at the core of de Buyer's business. The brand designs and manufactures premium cookware and bakeware in France, with a commitment to creating high-quality products that span various materials, shapes, and sizes. de Buyer’s skilled engineering and know-how have resulted in recognition from world-renowned chefs, brand ambassadors, and everyday cooks, who share the same passion for cooking, and recognize the value of quality tools and skilled hands in the kitchen. For more information, visit www.debuyer-usa.com.