We apply a great deal of love, experience and responsibility to the creation of toys for young adventurers. If they are to help develop and foster a child‘s imagination and creativity, toys must have a high play value. We seek to promote the child‘s perception and to engage with children through a contemporary design. We regard the total safety of toys as important, as children approach new things without any preconceptions and cannot assess the possible risks.Because the safety of children is so important to us, we make our toys safe. This already begins at the toy development stage and continues through the process of carefully selecting the materials to be used and in determining tried and tested suppliers.Before any toy leaves our warehouse, it is subjected to intensive testing which goes beyond the requirements of the
statutory regulations. For this purpose we maintain our own in-house test lab equipped with state-ofthe-art technology. Employees receive special training for the process of testing toy safety. All paints are also tested here for the presence of any residues of elements which might present a threat to health. Using an X-ray fluorescence analyser we are able to establish the presence of any heavy metals in the paints in a matter of seconds. Chemical studies are carried out by independent, accredited institutes. For the classification of toys we cooperate closely with the staff of the responsible ministry, working on a basis of mutual trust. With our 30 years of experience in the production of toys, the strong sense of responsibility we feel to ensure the safety of children and our highly-developed quality management system, we can say with certainty that Gollnest & Kiesel toys are safe! We document compliance with all safety regulations by applying the CE mark to each toy.In the first months and years of their lives, babies‘ and toddlers‘ perception develops at an astounding speed. Everything within their reach has to be instantly touched, smelt and put in their mouths. Obviously, HEIMESS baby toys are subjected to a great deal of wear and tear during this phase. To meet the growing safety concerns of parents we are now, with immediate effect, documenting the safety of HEIMESS toys with the GS mark („Geprüfte Sicherheit“ = tested safety).We have a responsibility for our environment and for humane working conditions, and this includes the world‘s less developed countries and regions. Gollnest & Kiesel has always stood by this responsibility and is now also documenting its actions with products which carry the Fairtrade mark of responsible trading.Nevertheless, even if we all work together in this direction, we will never achieve one hundred percent safety with toys. Risks are part of life and we all have a duty to educate children, to protect them from dangers and to teach them how to handle risks. There is no way round this. As children develop differently, show a variety of characteristics in their natures and display differing preferences and skills, the age recommendations we issue for a toy can be no more than a point of reference for parents and teachers. It is they who play the crucial role in the development of the child and no-one can take this role away from them.
The GS mark for „Tested Safety“ is an internationally recognised seal of product safety which is issued exclusively by recognised, independent test institutes following exhaustive product testing. The mark provides the consumer with clear orientation – at the same time, it is the best known of all the test marks.
The "German Design Award" honours innovative products, as well as their manufacturers and designers. A high-calibre, international expert jury presents the groundbreaking design award annually.The award is presented by the German Design Council, the German brand and design authority. It was established in 1953 on the initiative of the German Bundestag as a foundation and has since developed into one of the world's leading competence centres for communication and brand management in the field of design.Many toys of our brands goki, Heimess, Holztiger or Anker have been honoured by the working committee Kinderspiel + Spielzeug e.V. with the "spiel gut" seal. The association is non-profitmaking and independent of the toy industry and the trade.
This award is trusted by responsible parents. The toys are first tested extensively and approved by children. Then the independent jurors assess the toys according to their own criteria for play value, quality and safety.The working committee Kinderspiel + Spielzeug consists of parents who come from different specialist areas. They are psychologists, teachers, social workers, educators, special educators, doctors and architects. They share a special interest in children's games and toys, and in educational play.The working committee has been testing and assessing recommendable toys since 1954 and is independent of the toy industry.
Fairtrade is a strategy for poverty alleviation. Its purpose is to improve the situation of disadvantaged producer families in Africa, Asia and South America, to strengthen the local economies and, in the long term, to remove unjust global economic structures by means of fairer trade relations.
"By purchasing Fairtrade products, everyone has the opportunity to help make our world a fairer place."