CSR report 2016

Government

Legislation and regulations

Beter Bed Holding wants to do business successfully in an honest manner. This means neither corruption nor non-compliance with legislation and regulations will be tolerated, and there will be no attempts to influence government or treat competitors unfairly: ‘Fair Business’ in the materiality matrix.

Beter Bed Holding expressly follows the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) guidelines. The company is in this way anticipating forthcoming more stringent legislation and regulations in the field of CSR reporting. The guidelines obligate 'companies of importance to society' to be transparent about their non-financial performance relating to matters such as the strategy, the environment, working conditions, human rights, corruption and diversity at the executive level.

Continued compliance with legislation and regulations, which forms part of the company's everyday business, is also demonstrated by the fact that there were no fines or penalties imposed for non-compliance with legislation and regulations (including in the fields of environment, working conditions and product responsibility) in 2016.

Fair contributions

The topic of tax evasion is and has been covered extensively in the media. The OECD also presented a series of measures in the autumn of 2015 aimed against ‘Base Erosion and Profit Shifting’ (BEPS). This was reason for Beter Bed Holding to formulate its tax policy more explicitly. This is founded on the principle that the organisation wants to pay a fair amount of tax in the countries in which it operates. The organisation also declares that it will not use any constructions to evade tax.

No contributions are made to political parties, politicians or related institutions; employees may not make any contributions from the funds, property or services of Beter Bed Holding to political parties or their representatives, nor may the organisation exert any pressure on employees to lend any political or financial support.

Supervision and trust

Trust in products and advice is essential to Beter Bed Holding's raison d'être. Regular audits by government agencies and other bodies are drawn on to strengthen processes where possible.

The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) carries out product safety system inspections and audits at Beter Bed. The NVWA has confidence in the way Beter Bed has organised and implements its product safety process. The outcome of the system inspection and audit is that until the end of 2016, Beter Bed is only subject to limited supervision by the NVWA on these aspects. That is the highest mark of trust that the government can assign to an organisation in the area of product safety.

Beter Bed Holding seeks to act in an honest and ethical manner towards competitors. Company employees are not permitted to discredit any competitor or disadvantage them by illegal means. Beter Bed Holding does not abuse any position of authority or make any agreements, confidential or otherwise, with third parties that breach the competition regulations in force.