Together towards sustainable production

We do not own any factories, but we carefully choose our long-term partners and work closely with them to maintain and develop sustainable business. We work together to improve work and safety conditions, and environmental responsibility.

Sustainability audit in a factory | NCAB Group
Alen Liang, Sustainability Manager, NCAB Group China, controls fire-fighting equipment and maintenance plans,during our factory sustainabilty audit.


Take full responsibility throughout the supply chain.

Measurable goals

  • 100% sustainability-audited and approved factories
  • Continuously improve sustainability performance throughout the supply chain.

Actions and achievements 2021:

  • In 2021, conducted 11 full sustainability audits (whereof 2 in potential factories), and 10 follow-up audits
  • 100% sustainability audited main factories
  • Continue our sustainability audit programme in factories, improving factories’ conditions of health and safety, and working conditions, and environmental performance.
  • High quality performance – 99.6% – continued developing our quality processes and performance to minimize scrap.
  • Read more about the key findings and achievements in our Sustainability Report.

Status December 2021

  • not started/far from achieved
  • on track
  • completed/achieved
Watch the film to learn more about how we audit our factories.

Best-in-class factories only

We work with our factories in long-term partnerships. As part of NCAB Group’s sourcing process, potential factories are assessed from a quality and environmental perspective, and since 2015 sustainability performance is also a part of the approval process. Our audits take place on site. In addition to this all our factories have to:

  • be ISO 9001 certified (quality management system)
  • be ISO 14001 certified (environmental management system)
  • sign and comply with NCAB Code of Conduct for Suppliers
  • report on conflict minerals and cobalt according the framework provided by the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) and follow the Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP)
  • follow legislation covering raw material content (RoHS, REACH, TSCA, California Proposition 65)
  • comply with local regulations covering social compliance and environmental impact

For more information download our sustainability report.


During 2009 we implemented a Code of Conduct which forms part of the contracts we have with our factories, revised in 2017. The requirements in the code are inspired by the ten principles of the UN Global Compact and cover:

  • Business ethics and principles
  • Labor and working conditions
  • Environmental responsibility

NCAB expects all of our suppliers to follow our Supplier Code of Conduct. For more information, download the NCAB Group Code of Conduct for Suppliers.