4. Depth of the Value Chain

The company states what significance aspects of sustainability have for added value and how deep in the value chain the sustainability criteria are verified.

With its services Fraunhofer UMSICHT as a research institute is positioned at the beginning of the value chain, partly because of developing prototypes and individual products. In order to increase the quality of our services for our customers and clients, we also take into consideration critical issues, since changes in the development process can be implemented more easily and cost-effectively. Critical points include, e.g. the use of hazardous substances and their substitution possibilities, availability of raw materials (criticality of individual materials) and environmental impact during the use and disposal phases (reparability, disassembly, recyclability). We show our clients alternatives and options for action with regard to these issues.

For our customers we also provide sustainability assessments and LCAs based on ISO 14040/44.