Governance Responsibility

Trust through openness

At STEINEL, we are committed to responsible and sustainable corporate governance. We adhere to the given legal framework and also align our actions with our mission statement. With a compliance management, the avoidance of unnecessary risks, the establishment of management and control processes and the creation of transparency, including through independent certifications, we meet our corporate obligation.

What do we mean by


The term compliance generally means the fulfilment of requirements; in the narrower sense, therefore, legal conformity and adherence to the law by the company and its employees. 

In the context of Steinel GmbH, we use compliance to refer to the measures we have taken to ensure both legally compliant and ethical management of the business. The requirements come, for example, from the areas of environmental protection, occupational safety, data protection and climate protection.



Our commitment

In addition to the legal requirements, STEINEL has drawn up its own Code of Conduct and a mission statement for all employees. Steinel GmbH also supports the Code of Conduct of the Amfori Business Social Compliance Initiative BSCI, a European business initiative for improving working conditions in the global supply chain.

The new requirements in relation to social and ethical responsibility in the supply chain resulting from the Supply Chain Sourcing Obligations Act are implemented via AI-based risk assessment of suppliers.

The Steinel sites in Curtea de Arges (view audit report) and Chisinau  (view audit report) were again rated very good (overall rating A) in the BSCI audit.

Supply Chain Due Diligence Act & Whistleblower Protection Act

A reporting system required by §8 of the LKSG and §11 of the Whistleblower Protection Act has been implemented.

You can report violations of the Supply Chain Security Obligations Act (LkSG) and reports under the Whistleblower Protection Act §11 here.

Product Compliance

In the case of product compliance - in German "Produktkonformität" - it is about the conformity of a product with the applicable rules. These rules are described in EU regulations and directives, national laws and also standards.

For STEINEL products for the European market, these requirements essentially result from the implementation of the regulations and directives listed opposite:

  • the Low Voltage Directive,
  • the EMC Directive,
  • the Machinery Directive,
  • the RED Directive,
  • the RoHS Directive,
  • the Ecodesign Directive,
  • the REACH Regulation and
  • the GDPR

Overview of the certification of our products

The safety of our products is always our first priority.
For this reason, all Steinel products are tested by external accredited and independent test laboratories with regard to the requirements of the Low Voltage Directive, the Machinery Directive and the RED Directive. Our partners here include the VDE, DEKRA, TÜV Nord and TÜV SÜD.

In the case of the EMC Directive, compliance is confirmed by means of test reports from accredited test laboratories.

Products for the North American market are certified by UL or CSA.
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Conformity with environmental directives

Right from the start of the product development process, we ensure environmentally compatible implementation. The applicable environmental guideline for the product is determined using the "environmentally compatible design" checklist. When new components are supplied, the environmental certificates are stored via defined workflows, additionally checked by qualified environmental management staff and then archived in the product material master in the ERP system.

Via the Steinel environmental supplier query, all suppliers are requested annually to confirm the conformity of the environmental requirements of the articles already supplied. The verifications are systematically recorded, documented and archived. In addition, conformity with environmental directives (ROHS, PAHs, POPs and others) is verified through product-related and risk-based material testing in random samples by Steinel XRF analyses and wet chemical testing by certified laboratories.


The Reach directive stands for "Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation of Chemicals" and was issued by the EU. It serves to protect the environment and human health and is one of the strictest regulations for handling chemicals in the world. Reach-certified products adhere to the directive specifications.


Analogous to the European RoHS Directive, China has also issued an order, called China RoHS, to restrict the use of certain hazardous substances such as heavy metals in electrical components. The green circle symbol marks that the limits are being met. If the values are exceeded, a time is to be indicated in the orange circle for safe use.


The RoHS Directive (Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment) regulates the use of hazardous substances in equipment and components. For example, the use of mercury, lead and cadmium in most devices is prohibited. RoHS-certified products are free of environmentally harmful hazardous substances that are difficult to dispose of. RoHS conformity is required for CE marking of electrical products.


The WEEE Directive of the EU (Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment) regulates the distribution, return and proper disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment in Europe.


Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a group of substances of concern for humans and environmental organisms because, among other things, they are toxic. Therefore, there are limits for PAHs set by the legislator.


With the EU regulations on conflict materials such as tin, tungsten and gold, due diligence along supply chains is being tightened. The procurement practices of large companies, for example, must be disclosed. This is intended to curb violence and human rights violations in conflict regions.


Conformity with the Ecodesign Directive

The requirements of the Ecodesign Directive apply to all lights that STEINEL produces and places on the market. In the product development process, all lights are measured as part of the test series and the test reports are documented accordingly. In addition, tests are carried out during production. The STEINEL measuring system is calibrated by an annual comparative measurement, i.e. the optical measurement of a luminaire (10 samples) by an accredited laboratory.

Further topics around sustainability


Environment - Protecting our livelihood

What does the framework for environmentally compatible production look like at STEINEL? And how can clever product development lead to greater sustainability? A look behind the scenes shows our striving for energy efficiency, environmental and climate protection.


Social Responsibility - Being strong together

We put people at the center. Whether as an employee, learner, manager or inventor. Our set of values is expressed in the STEINEL mission statement. This is our guiding principle for our actions and demonstrates our responsibility.