Values and Principles
When the company’s founder, Carl Johann Freudenberg, introduced his two sons as business partners in 1887, he expressed initial guidelines in his General Observations. Modesty, honesty, financial solidity and the ability to adjust to changing conditions are fundamental values of a successful entrepreneur.
In 1994,10 Business Principles, derived from Freudenberg´s successful history, were written down for the first time. These Business Principles were considered a framework and a legacy for future generations of Members of the Board of Management. The Guiding Principles are based on the Business Principles and define the value basis for all our conduct vis-à-vis employees, business partners, other stakeholders and third parties.
Since then, Freudenberg has become a more international company in many senses. Portfolio decisions, new business developments, increased regional and cultural diversity as well as rapid changes in the general business environment have challenged the group´s traditional ability to adjust to new market needs. In the face of such changes, our core principles and values continue to provide guidance and orientation.
As a part of the Freudenberg Group, Freudenberg Filtration Technologies commits to following and actioning on the Group’s values and principles.
We are committed to anticipating, understanding and meeting our customers‘ needs and expectations. As a diligent supplier with a passion for detail, we provide indispensable support to make our customers successful. We deliver superior value through our commitment to quality, service and reliability, supported by our global presence.
As a multinational company of German origin competing in global markets, our established tradition of innovation and renewal benefits our customers. Constant innovation in everything we do is essential for our long term financial success. We are leaders in continuous improvement, and our culture encourages and rewards creativity and initiative from all our employees.
Entrepreneurship is our heritage and the foundation of our success. We continue this tradition through delegated responsibilities, freedom of action and personal accountability. We believe in solid leadership based on personal example, modesty, putting trust in people, and promoting team spirit. We are committed to developing our future leaders within the Freudenberg Group in order to safeguard this style.
As a family company, we are devoted to our employees‘ well-being and personal development. We reject all forms of discrimination and harassment and show understanding and respect in our dealings with each other. We promote a multi-cultural environment where employees work together in worldwide teams to enrich our culture and capability. We believe in the value of enduring relationships with customers, suppliers and industrial partners.
Our company and its family shareholders together are committed to protecting the environment and being responsible corporate citizens in all countries and communities in which we do business. We take all possible care to ensure the safety of the workplace and of our products. As a family company, we strive for the highest standards of personal behavior. Fairness and integrity guide our conduct amongst ourselves, towards our business partners and the general public.
After more than 160 years, the Freudenberg Group is and will remain a wholly owned family enterprise. We strongly believe that our long term business orientation is a major strength that benefits our customers. While we are not averse to reasonable risks, financial prudence and solidity will continue to determine the scope and speed of our strategic development. Freudenberg has a long and successful tradition of worldwide cooperation, alliances and partnerships which enable us to better serve our customers and strengthen our competitive position.