We manage our business sustainably and are committed to our ecological and social responsibility. Our actions are determined not only by our company's economic success, but also by our active approach to environmental protection and occupational safety, and by our commitment to society. Our actions are based on a culture of trust, fairness and equality of opportunity. We condemn all forms of discrimination and corruption.
Our actions are based on:
Everywhere we are active, throughout the world, we are committed to creating a life that is truly worth living – both now and in the future. We base our social responsibility on the UN’s International Charter of Human Rights and aim to help protect human rights within our sphere of influence.
Health- and safety-conscious actions are part of all our business processes. We continuously improve the protection and safety of our employees so as to achieve our vision of "zero accidents".
Our commitment to society is focused on communicating values in three areas: education, family and culture. In this way, we aim to improve the future prospects of young people. We enter into long-term alliances with our partners and adapt our projects to meet local needs.
We pursue a results-driven approach and aim to make our activities measurable. We continuously review and improve our commitment as part of a dialog with our stakeholders.
We operate an open information policy and promote active dialog with our stakeholders.
If we are to be able to act responsibly, we must also be successful economically in the long term. Our consistent focus on consumer wishes and needs ensures our business success. This enables us to meet our responsibilities to our shareholders and investors as well as our obligation to provide our employees with a suitable income.
We build on our economic success to promote sustainable development by training young people and enabling continuous professional development, supporting charitable projects and investing in environmentally responsible technologies.
Economics is therefore just as important to sustainability as environmental protection and our commitment to our employees and society.
Environmental protection plays an especially important role in the production, storage, transportation, use and disposal of the products we develop and sell.
We not only comply with our corporate standards throughout the Group, but also with the statutory and regulatory requirements governing each of our locations.
We proactively and continuously enhance products, production processes and the use of raw materials in line with the state of the art.
For us, the prevention, reduction and recycling of waste takes priority over proper disposal.
We use all resources economically and efficiently.
We take preventive measures to protect the climate, soil and water and thus minimize the effects of our industrial activities on humans and the environment.
For more detailed information please see our Online Sustainability Report.