Social responsibility and environmental protection
We are well aware of our social responsibility as a company. Our company founders have always put great emphasis on the social aspect of our business relationships, and this has not changed in our company philosophy to this day. Aside from generous working conditions and employment of disadvantaged and older employees, it is important to us that these values of non-discriminatory and respectful collaboration are also shared by suppliers and cooperation partners. For many years, we have been working very successfully with various social institutions, and we would like to introduce you to some of our partners below.
Since 2004, just a few months after the launch of our online shop, the Murghof workshops have been a strong partner in storing, order picking, packaging and shipping of our magnets and have grown successfully with us over the years. They provide people with psychological impairments meaningful work in a protective environment. We are proud of the many years of productive cooperation and will continue to count on the Murghof workshops as a first-class partner in the future. You can find more information about our logistics partner at Murghof workshops.
St. Jakob Foundation
The St. Jakob foundation offers people with disabilities secure employment in various professional fields. They use our magnets to manufacture the wooden magnet set, the modular knife block, the magnetic knife block 'Pentagon' and the magnetic wooden knife rack. We are also happy to frequently support the pastry department of the St. Jakob foundation by purchasing employee or customer gifts. You can find out more about the foundation at St. Jakob Foundation.
The mission of the altra Schaffhausen foundation is to create and maintain permanent jobs for people with disabilities. altra uses our magnets in the manufacturing process of their holders for interchangeable number plates. It is an amazing, high-quality product that we have already sold more than 5400 times. You can find more information about altra or the interchangeable number plate holder at altra Schaffhausen and Perfect Click.
With the sale of our MadagasCAR refrigerator magnets, we support local artisans in Madagascar and the project 'Kinderhilfe Madagaskar - Zaza malagasy' (Children's Aid Madagascar). The small pieces in the shapes of cars, motorbikes and bicycles are made in Madagascar from old tin cans and fitted with our neodymium magnets which we provide free of charge to these workshops. We buy the finished refrigerator magnets at a fair price, the proceeds of which allow for the employees not only to be paid fair wages but also to receive health insurance. Furthermore, our profits from the sale of these magnets are donated to the project 'Kinderhilfe Madagaskar - Zaza malagasy' for building schools in rural areas of Madagascar. Learn more about it at kinderhilfe-madagaskar.ch.
Special Olympics Switzerland
The Special Olympics are an athletic movement for people with intellectual impairments. Through sports, it manages to give them a sense of belonging and to make exercise a part of everyday life. We have been supporting the Special Olympics Switzerland since 2016 with an annual sponsorship of 250 francs which helps one child with their athletic development. You can find detailed information about this athletic movement at Special Olympics.
Unfortunately, little can be changed about the mining site and transportation routes of our magnets without having to offer a completely different product range. The natural deposits of the rare earth element neodymium are located in China and Australia. Nevertheless, we always strive to optimise our processes towards sustainability.
Order frequency and stock availability
We make every effort to only place a low number of large-volume orders with our suppliers in China. This reduces the environmental impact while ensuring a readily available inventory of our products.
Whenever possible, we try to use environmentally friendly alternatives as packing materials for our orders, such as recycled cardboard, for example. Since the magnetic field of strong magnets must be adequately shielded for transport, packaging of our magnets is fairly complex. You can find more information on this topic in our FAQ Questions about packaging.
Swiss postal service
Shipments within Switzerland are sent with Swiss Post, which completely offsets all of the CO2 emissions of their mailing items. You can find more information at 'pro clima' shipment.