BRC are the British Retail Consortium, the company was founded in 1996 by retailers who wanted to harmonize food safety standards across the supply chain.

BRC publish a family of standards referred to as BRC Global Standards and BRC certification is certified compliance with one of these standards. BRC Global Standards are used by over 25,000 certificated suppliers in over 130 countries worldwide.

HemBV was awarded with the AA grade certification Global Standard for Agents and Brokers.

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The Forest Stewardship Council was founded in 1993. This followed the 1992 United Nations Conference for Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro and was in response to long-standing concerns about global deforestation.

At the same time, the first experiences were also gained with certification of responsible forest management, for example by the Rainforest Alliance. FSC is seen as a leader in sustainable development in general and in responsible forest management in particular. Thanks to FSC's unique three-chamber structure, the members of FSC set balanced parameters for socially, ecologically and economically responsible forest management.

The highest decision-making body of FSC is the General Assembly, which meets every three years. FSC is represented in 53 countries worldwide. Visit the website of FSC International here.


CE marking is an administrative marking, that indicates conformity with health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA). It is not a quality indicator or a certification mark.

Ideally, this certification already starts in the design phase of the product. However, it is also possible to provide a CE Certificate for ready-made products.

There are two main benefits CE marking brings to businesses and consumers within the EEA:

  • Businesses know that products bearing the CE marking can be traded in the EEA without restrictions.
  • Consumers enjoy the same level of health, safety, and environmental protection throughout the entire EEA.



Food comes into contact with many materials and articles during its production, processing, storage, preparation and serving, before its eventual consumption. Such materials and articles are called Food Contact Materials (FCMs). Food contact materials are either intended to be brought into contact with food, are already in contact with food, or can reasonably be brought into contact with food or transfer their constituents to the food under normal or foreseeable use. This includes direct or indirect contact.

Examples include:

  • containers for transporting food
  • machinery to process food
  • packaging materials
  • kitchenware and tableware

FCMs should be sufficiently inert so that their constituents neither adversely affect consumer health nor influence the quality of the food. To ensure the safety of FCMs, and to facilitate the free movement of goods, EU law provides for binding rules that business operators must comply with.


Wecycle directs the collection and recycling of discarded electrical appliances and energy-efficient lamps, in short e-waste. Consumers and professionals can hand in e-waste for free via our national collection network of 10,000 points.

Together with our collection, sorting and recycling partners, we contribute to the circular economy on a daily basis.

We do this for 1,800 manufacturers and importers of electrical appliances and energy-efficient lamps on behalf of six producer organizations: Stichting FIAR CE, Stichting ICT Milieu, Stichting LightRec Nederland, Stichting Metalektro Recycling, Stichting Verwijdering Elektrische Gereedschappen en Stichting Witgoed.

In 2018, we collected and recycled 105.5 million kilos of e-waste with a recovery rate of 95 percent. This avoids CO2 emissions of 294 million kilos. Click here for an overview of the facts & figures.