tesa Supply Chain Transparency
The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (California Transparency Act) requires companies meeting certain criteria to make website disclosures regarding their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking within their supply chains. This disclosure is intended to describe the efforts of tesa SE and its affiliates (“tesa”) in this regard, in compliance with the California Transparency Act.

The UN Global Compact

tesa takes our responsibilities toward society at large seriously. To that end, the company joined the United Nations Global Compact and has supported social projects all around the globe.
As a member of the UN Global Compact, tesa subscribes to these guiding principles, among others in the Compact:

Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect international human rights in their own sphere of influence.

Principle 2: They must ensure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

Principle 3: All forms of forced and compulsory labor must be eliminated.

Principle 4: The use of child labor must be abolished.


Our Progress Report 2010 provides an overview of tesa’s worldwide commitment and involvement in the fields of human rights and labor standards, environmental protection, the fight against corruption, and society.

In particular, the Human Rights and Labor Standards section of our Progress Report provides details regarding tesa’s compliance with and advocacy of international human rights. We have firmly established these principles with initiatives that include the internationally applicable tesa Code of Conduct and the worldwide tesa Purchasing Charter, which governs our cooperation with suppliers.

tesa Purchasing Charter

We at tesa are firmly convinced that sustainable, responsible corporate conduct must go beyond the individual company itself. That’s why our internal rules of conduct have long applied to our cooperation with suppliers around the globe as well. To provide a standardized framework for our internationally applicable core principles, the Strategic Purchasing division of tesa established the tesa Purchasing Charter in 2008. Since then, we have continuously promoted the minimum standards we apply worldwide and expect our partners to meet in the areas of human rights, labor standards, environmental protection, and the fight against corruption.

By signing our contract terms and conditions, suppliers make a binding commitment to operate in accordance with the ten fundamental principles of the UN Global Compact. In our cooperation with suppliers, we strive to establish long-term strategic partnerships and pursue a continuous improvement process. This includes jointly established goals and monitoring the degree to which they are met, site visits, and certification under the ISO 14001 environmental standard and ISO 9001 quality standard.

We have also been supporting compliance with our minimum standards by implementing our SRM (supplier relationship management) process. Under this process, supplier qualification, evaluation, and development follow the same systematic approach throughout the entire tesa Group – from initial contact via a questionnaire to in-plant product qualification.

The tesa Purchasing Charter defines the basic requirements placed on tesa’s suppliers of goods and services concerning their responsibilities towards their stakeholders and the environment. The global tesa purchasing organisation is committed to manage supplier relationships fulfilling the spirit and purpose of the UN Global Compact 1.

− tesa global purchasing explicitly is committed to improve the working conditions at its suppliers following a continuous improvement approach.

− tesa’s suppliers must commit to fulfill the tesa Purchasing Charter and thereby comply with the spirit and purpose of the Global Compact.

− In case the tesa Purchasing Charter is not met by a supplier, tesa defines in cooperation with the supplier an appropriate roadmap to develop the supplier in an appropriate timeframe according to the spirit and purpose of the Global Compact. In case a supplier’s progress is unsatisfactory, tesa initiates a supplier outphasing procedure. In case a supplier violates the charter substantially, tesa has the right to immediately and extraordinary dismiss all contracts with the supplier.

− tesa may carry out supplier audits in order to check against this charter.

− tesa suppliers commit to develop their suppliers according to this charter.

Human rights

1. tesa suppliers support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.

This includes

− the development and maintenance of a health and safety management system.

− a close cooperation with the workers and their representatives in order to continuously improve working conditions.

2. tesa suppliers make sure not to use any form of mental or physical force for disciplinary purposes.

This includes

− to respect international guidelines and standards for the use of force.

− to have an explicit policy to ensure that its security arrangements do not contribute to human rights violations.

Labour standards

3. tesa suppliers uphold the freedom of association together with current national legislation for working schedules, remuneration, training, collective bargaining, health and safety.

4. tesa suppliers eliminate all forms of forced and compulsory labour.

5. tesa suppliers eliminate child labour.

This includes

− to meet minimum age provisions of national labour law and, where national law is insufficient, to take account of international standards.

− when children are found in the workplace, to take measures that provide adequate services and viable alternatives both for the children and their families.

The tesa Purchasing Charter includes additional provisions concerning the Environment and Anti-corruption.

We take our responsibilities toward our employees and society at large just as seriously as we do our commitment to leaving a clean, healthy, and undamaged environment to the generations that will come after us. We appreciate your interest in tesa’s efforts to ensure compliance with human rights, including the eradication of slavery and human trafficking, throughout our company and our supply chain.