As a leading manufacturer of proprietary electro-optical products for the automotive, fire protection and aerospace industries, our goal is to provide a smarter vision. Our automotive products improve the driver’s ability to see, be seen, recognize, monitor and react to surroundings. Our rearview mirrors darken to protect the driver’s eyes from blinding glare. Our automotive camera systems optimize forward visibility. Our signaling devices make sure drivers see and are seen by vehicles in their blind spots. Our fire protection products see smoke and activate related signals and alarms.
In short, we make products designed to enhance your safety and well-being… products that look out for you.
But we're also looking out for the environment while striving to execute a wide range of social responsibility initiatives. Download our complete Gentex Sustainability Update here, or continue reading our synopsis below.
Gentex – Looking Out for You
Social responsibility has been the focus of our business from the start. From fire protection warning and notification devices to automotive products and features that protect drivers and their passengers from road hazards, Gentex has always been in the business of safety. Our priority is to operate in a sustainable manner, with policies that enforce environmental, social, and governance legal requirements and industrial best practices.
Gentex Environmental Management System (GEMS)
In 1999, Gentex established an environmental management system based on the ISO 14001 international environmental management standard. ISO 14001 outlines a structured management system to achieve and demonstrate sound environmental performance by controlling the impact that our activities, products, or services have on the environment.
In 2002, Gentex achieved ISO 14001 registration, and has prepared an Environmental Policy that establishes the foundation for our environmental management system and Environmental Health & Safety Requirements.
Energy and Climate Change
Energy sustainability and global climate change are two of the most serious and difficult environmental challenges facing society today. Gentex is committed to improving energy efficiency wherever practicable. As more energy-efficient alternatives for equipment are developed, we try to utilize those alternatives for equipment replacement and for new equipment installations. We are also working to use less energy in the operation of our manufacturing plants through automated building management systems and by utilizing the most energy-efficient lights and HVAC equipment.
Waste Reduction and Recycling
Recycling is a key component of sustainability and plays a major role in reducing waste in our manufacturing plants. Gentex has a robust recycling strategy in place to prevent scrap commodities from ending up in the landfill. We have invested substantial time and money into developing our production process to monitor and minimize waste while promoting recycling.
Substances of Concern (SoC) and Conflict Minerals
Automobile manufacturers and government agencies have established standards that prohibit or limit the use of substances of concern (SoC) within vehicles. Tracking and verification of SoC content is done through the International Material Data System (IMDS), a web-based system that provides automotive suppliers a common format to report the percentage of SoC contained within manufactured parts. This provides automobile manufacturers with the necessary information to certify they are compliant with national and international standards, laws and regulations.
Gentex is committed to SoC compliance both domestically and abroad. Our SoC strategy requires that we work across functions, customers and countries to ensure product adherence to customer specifications and government regulations such as the End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) Directive; Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH); and other standards and laws that restrict or prohibit SoC.
Gentex operates with a formal Conflict Minerals Policy. Conflict minerals are those mined, primarily in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to finance armed conflict and human rights abuses. Gentex’s Purchasing Department manages to this policy in order to comply with the Dodd-Frank conflict minerals regulation and customer requirements while demonstrating socially responsible supply chain practices.
Read more about Gentex’s Conflict Minerals Policy.
As an engineering company, continuous process improvement is something we've long been committed to practicing. We are constantly looking for new ways to increase the efficiency of our production and distribution process while also enhancing the effectiveness of our end-products. From new initiatives to reduce, reuse, and recycle, Gentex sets new goals each year to support continual improvement in our environmental performance by seeking out smarter ways to minimize waste and prevent pollution.
Gentex Code of Business Conduct and Ethics
Gentex is committed to conduct business in accordance with the letter and the spirit of all applicable laws, rules, and regulations as set forth in our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.
In compliance with local, state and national laws, Gentex takes part in ongoing and thorough audits of our facilities and manufacturing process to ensure continued excellence.