Fohhn Responsibility

We take responsibility

Sustainability in action at Fohhn.

We see ourselves as being responsible towards other people, towards our world and environment, and thus also responsible for our common future. This idea demands consistent action from all of us at different levels. That is why we founded the Fohhn Sustainability Committee in 2021 and set ourselves the goal of becoming even more committed to sustainability and climate protection in the future. We are supported in this by Nürtingen University and the Centre for Sustainable Development, among others. We have already set priorities in the following fields in recent years:

  • Location, company building and in-house measures
  • Responsibility in the supply chain
  • Social responsibility
  • Ecological responsibility & future orientation

Sustainability in action at Fohhn.

We see ourselves as being responsible towards other people, towards our world and environment, and thus also responsible for our common future. This idea demands consistent action from all of us at different levels. That is why we founded the Fohhn Sustainability Committee in 2021 and set ourselves the goal of becoming even more committed to sustainability and climate protection in the future. We are supported in this by Nürtingen University and the Centre for Sustainable Development, among others. We have already set priorities in the following fields in recent years:

  • Location, company building and in-house measures
  • Responsibility in the supply chain
  • Social responsibility
  • Ecological responsibility & future orientation

High energy standard

Our new company building

Since 1993, Fohhn has been developing and manufacturing innovative audio system solutions of the highest quality at the company's site in Nürtingen in southern Germany. Since January 2020, everything has been united under one roof in our modern company building: research and development, assembly, logistics, administration, customer support and sales. The KfW 55 efficiency building with a high energy standard is embedded in a unique cultural landscape on the edge of the "UNESCO Swabian Alb Biosphere Reserve". KfW 55 standard means: Compared to the reference building of the GEG - a building energy law - our company headquarters requires only 55% of the primary energy demand. At the time of planning and construction of the building, KfW 55 was the highest standard in the field of corporate buildings.

  • Energy-efficient building envelope
  • Own photovoltaic system. Goal: 100% supply of own energy demand.
  • Air-source heat pump for both heating and cooling
  • Cross-flow heat exchanger for heat recovery from equipment such as paint shop, compressors, solder wave
  • Modern, software-supported building and energy management system
  • LED lighting throughout the building
  • Controlled room ventilation in production, warehouse and SoundLab
  • Planted roof
  • E-charging station for electric cars
  • E-bike leasing

High energy standard

Our new company building

Since 1993, Fohhn has been developing and manufacturing innovative audio system solutions of the highest quality at the company's site in Nürtingen in southern Germany. Since January 2020, everything has been united under one roof in our modern company building: research and development, assembly, logistics, administration, customer support and sales. The KfW 55 efficiency building with a high energy standard is embedded in a unique cultural landscape on the edge of the "UNESCO Swabian Alb Biosphere Reserve". KfW 55 standard means: Compared to the reference building of the GEG - a building energy law - our company headquarters requires only 55% of the primary energy demand. At the time of planning and construction of the building, KfW 55 was the highest standard in the field of corporate buildings.

  • Energy-efficient building envelope
  • Own photovoltaic system. Goal: 100% supply of own energy demand.
  • Air-source heat pump for both heating and cooling
  • Cross-flow heat exchanger for heat recovery from equipment such as paint shop, compressors, solder wave
  • Modern, software-supported building and energy management system
  • LED lighting throughout the building
  • Controlled room ventilation in production, warehouse and SoundLab
  • Planted roof
  • E-charging station for electric cars
  • E-bike leasing

Product development

Sustainable development goals

Already in the development phase of our products, we consistently pay attention to aspects of sustainability. Fundamental criteria here are durability, reliability and the use of sustainable materials. The longer products are used, the lower the environmental impact of raw material extraction and the manufacturing phase. The repair and serviceability of our products is also considered from the very beginning. Elaborate quality controls in incoming goods, during production and a software-supported 100% final inspection before the goods are shipped guarantee perfect function for many years. Development goals at a glance:

  • Durability: Built for 100,000 operating hours
  • Reliability: Very low service rate <1%
  • High energy efficiency due to in-house developed technologies such as Auto Power Save
  • Compact dimensions and low weight where possible
  • Use of recyclable materials where possible and sensible
  • Reduction of component quantity
  • Use of materials from Germany/Europe where feasible. Short distances!
  • Repairability. Serviceability. Update capability.

Product development

Sustainable development goals

Already in the development phase of our products, we consistently pay attention to aspects of sustainability. Fundamental criteria here are durability, reliability and the use of sustainable materials. The longer products are used, the lower the environmental impact of raw material extraction and the manufacturing phase. The repair and serviceability of our products is also considered from the very beginning. Elaborate quality controls in incoming goods, during production and a software-supported 100% final inspection before the goods are shipped guarantee perfect function for many years. Development goals at a glance:

  • Durability: Built for 100,000 operating hours
  • Reliability: Very low service rate <1%
  • High energy efficiency due to in-house developed technologies such as Auto Power Save
  • Compact dimensions and low weight where possible
  • Use of recyclable materials where possible and sensible
  • Reduction of component quantity
  • Use of materials from Germany/Europe where feasible. Short distances!
  • Repairability. Serviceability. Update capability.

Repairing. Not disposing.

Service

In our in-house service and repair department, we ensure that products are quickly and reliably maintained or repaired in the event of service.

  • All Fohhn products are designed to be service-friendly and repairable.
  • In-house service team in Nürtingen. Service training for Fohhn distribution partners worldwide.
  • 5-year warranty
  • Repair of Fohhn products, some of which are over 25 years old
  • All electronic Fohhn devices since 2005 can be controlled with the latest software version and thus combined with current products and integrated into networks.

Repairing. Not disposing.

Service

In our in-house service and repair department, we ensure that products are quickly and reliably maintained or repaired in the event of service.

  • All Fohhn products are designed to be service-friendly and repairable.
  • In-house service team in Nürtingen. Service training for Fohhn distribution partners worldwide.
  • 5-year warranty
  • Repair of Fohhn products, some of which are over 25 years old
  • All electronic Fohhn devices since 2005 can be controlled with the latest software version and thus combined with current products and integrated into networks.

Custom-fit solutions

Build to order

We manufacture for our customers, not for our warehouse.

  • No pointless overproduction for stock
  • Adaptation to individual project requirements and customer requests

Custom-fit solutions

Build to order

We manufacture for our customers, not for our warehouse.

  • No pointless overproduction for stock
  • Adaptation to individual project requirements and customer requests

Sustainable supply chain

75% of our suppliers are located within a radius of 300 km from Nürtingen. This ensures short transport distances and reduces CO-2 emissions.

80% of our suppliers have been manufacturing for Fohhn for over 10 years. We maintain fair partnerships and strive for long-term relationships. We maintain a close dialogue with our suppliers across all departments. In feedback meetings and workshops, we continuously work on improving quality, innovative strength and sustainability.

Environmental aspects and social responsibility have played an important role in supplier assessment for many years. Our suppliers are characterised by a high level of environmental awareness and e. g. enerate their own electricity requirements using their own photovoltaic systems or combined heat and power plants. They use FSC-certified wood, recycled cardboard and water-based varnishes. Disposable packaging is avoided and reusable packaging is used instead. We make sure that our suppliers share our values and treat our employees with respect and appreciation.

Sustainable supply chain

75% of our suppliers are located within a radius of 300 km from Nürtingen. This ensures short transport distances and reduces CO-2 emissions.

80% of our suppliers have been manufacturing for Fohhn for over 10 years. We maintain fair partnerships and strive for long-term relationships. We maintain a close dialogue with our suppliers across all departments. In feedback meetings and workshops, we continuously work on improving quality, innovative strength and sustainability.

Environmental aspects and social responsibility have played an important role in supplier assessment for many years. Our suppliers are characterised by a high level of environmental awareness and e. g. enerate their own electricity requirements using their own photovoltaic systems or combined heat and power plants. They use FSC-certified wood, recycled cardboard and water-based varnishes. Disposable packaging is avoided and reusable packaging is used instead. We make sure that our suppliers share our values and treat our employees with respect and appreciation.

Social responsibility

  • We promote creativity, education and training and work closely with schools and universities.
  • We create a positive atmosphere for all employees and their families.
  • We treat everyone with respect and appreciation, regardless of origin, nationality, culture and religion.
  • We show zero tolerance towards discrimination and racism.
  • We support the social commitment of our employees in youth work projects.
  • We maintain a cooperative management style and create interdepartmental working groups.
  • We support and promote social projects; e.g. Corona Faceshields:

At the beginning of the Corona Crisis 2020, Fohhn employees from purchasing, prototype development and management, in collaboration with an Open DIY Projects group (Makers), initiated a project to develop and manufacture medical shields. These were urgently needed by hospitals and emergency services to protect their staff. The project was developed continuously and then the medical face shields were manufactured using 3D printers from the Makers and Fohhn. Over 6,000 pieces were produced and delivered free of charge to surrounding hospitals and emergency services. Due to urgent requests from close Fohhn customers in northern Italy, the state hospital in Bergamo was also supplied.

Social responsibility

  • We promote creativity, education and training and work closely with schools and universities.
  • We create a positive atmosphere for all employees and their families.
  • We treat everyone with respect and appreciation, regardless of origin, nationality, culture and religion.
  • We show zero tolerance towards discrimination and racism.
  • We support the social commitment of our employees in youth work projects.
  • We maintain a cooperative management style and create interdepartmental working groups.
  • We support and promote social projects; e.g. Corona Faceshields:

At the beginning of the Corona Crisis 2020, Fohhn employees from purchasing, prototype development and management, in collaboration with an Open DIY Projects group (Makers), initiated a project to develop and manufacture medical shields. These were urgently needed by hospitals and emergency services to protect their staff. The project was developed continuously and then the medical face shields were manufactured using 3D printers from the Makers and Fohhn. Over 6,000 pieces were produced and delivered free of charge to surrounding hospitals and emergency services. Due to urgent requests from close Fohhn customers in northern Italy, the state hospital in Bergamo was also supplied.

Responsibility for an ecological future


Focus on careful use of resources. Right from the start of the product development process, we pay attention to

  • the recyclability of the materials used
  • reduction of component quantity using state-of-the-art, high-performance materials and digital amplifier technology
  • minimal energy consumption of Fohhn electronic devices with intelligent control (Fohhn DSP with Auto Power Save function) and the use of digital amplifier technology with 95% efficiency
  • the most compact possible dimensions of the components
  • the type of packaging materials (environmentally friendly, recyclable)

Designed for durability and repairability

  • Fohhn products are extremely durable due to the use of long-life components, manufactured by specialised quality suppliers.
  • All products designed for min. 100,000 hours of operation
  • No disposable products: All Fohhn products are serviceable and repairable.
  • Warranty: 5 years (extension possible)
  • All electronic Fohhn devices ever manufactured can be controlled with the current software version

Effective environmental management and cooperation with Nürtingen University of Applied Sciences and the Centre for Sustainable Development

Fohhn is aware of its own ecological impact and is consciously and actively working towards reducing it. In collaboration with Nürtingen University of Applied Sciences and the Centre for Sustainable Development, we have been working more intensively since September 2021 on a joint sustainability concept with regard to all relevant aspects of development, material purchasing, manufacturing processes, goods dispatch and in-house energy use.


Aiming for climate neutrality

Fohhn strives for CO2 neutrality without purchasing environmental certificates. We are working to achieve this through the following measures:

  • in-house PV system
  • Reduction of the CO2 footprint in the supplier chain incl. transport management
  • Increased focus on sustainable product design
  • Analysis of all processes under sustainability aspects by a cross-departmental committee

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