Selecta's Safety and Environmental Responsibility Programme
This programme clearly defines how Selecta should behave towards our customers, our suppliers, the wider community, our employees and the environment.
For over 40 years, we have traditionally manufactured the majority of our products in our own factories so that, with the exception of a very few products, all of our products proudly bear the "Made in Germany" mark. We monitor all of our products from the development stage right through to manufacture so that we can offer our customers the best possible guarantee of quality.
During the manufacturing process all components are subject to continuous quality control procedures which is how we are able to guarantee our high quality standards.
Selecta toys are manufactured in compliance with all current European and International Standards. Our products are tested in accordance with the European standard for toys, from the earliest development phases through to their introduction to market. Our products are also tested by the TUV Product Service for compliance with European Standard EN71 ff and are certified with the GS safety mark. Our products are also tested to ensure compliance with US standard ASTM.
Furthermore, 20% of our products are further tested internally by our own quality control team before they are dispatched.
3. Surface finishing
As a natural material, wood can be safely put into a child's mouth. Selecta only uses environmentally-friendly and totally safe paints and lacquers which comply with EN71 ff and US standard ASTM.
Using a special transfer printing process, we are able to print colourful illustrations onto the wood itself. This process enables us to produce very bright and brilliant colours, as well as providing a strong scratch-resistant surface which can withstand dribble and saliva.
We are legally obliged to attach warning notices to our products. The purpose of these is to guarantee that the toy is used properly and also provides additional information about its use and age-based suitability. The intention of the legislation is to prevent children using the toys incorrectly. We would therefore recommend that you observe these warning notices and retain them for future use.
5. Environmental standards - FSC Certification
Our objective is to sustain and protect our environment and to this end we have already put in place a number of measures and controls, and are continuously working to improve these further. We primarily work with native local woods and in order to ensure that we do not fell more trees than are re-planted, we support sustainable forestry by working with FSC-certified timber companies.
We also use the woodchips left over from our production processes to meet our company's entire heating requirement and continuously monitor and improve our production processes to make further energy savings and prevent CO2 emissions.
6. Working conditions
We have a duty to offer humane working conditions in our own production plants and demand the same from our suppliers. We deal with our employees in a correct and proper manner and offer them a safe and healthy working environment. We monitor our practices on an ongoing basis to ensure that we comply with all regulations relating to working hours, minimum wage, safety within the factory environment, and the ban on child labour.