The Blue Competence initiative was originally launched in Germany in 2009 for the entire mechanical engineering industry and brought at the European level by CECIMO in 2012. The focus of this initiative was energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. It helped to increase awareness and knowledge and to raise the bar for sustainability and energy efficiency in the machine tool industry.
Currently, there is a strong push coming not only from the regulatory environment but also from society in general to move to a broader focus on corporate social responsibility embracing not only environmental but also economic and social sustainability. In response to this evolution, the Blue Competence Machine Tools initiative has been revamped in January 2018 into a broader initiative embracing a wider concept of sustainability encompassing its three dimensions- environmental, social and economic.
Companies, who want to participate in the initiative, must abide by 12 pre-defined sustainability principles in its production and business practices:
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