Sustainable work and production is in the focus of our actions. We commit ourselves to the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems and to the responsible use of our environment, energy and natural resources by reducing our impacts to a minimum.
We have set the goal of reducing our energy consumption in the long term and increasing our energy efficiency in a continuous improvement process. By implementing a systematic energy management system according to DIN EN ISO 50001 and modern processes, we pursue this goal in order to keep our emissions as low as possible. We can also save economical resources through the launch of our new energy center, which consists of a combined heat and power plant (CHP), a refrigerating machine and a storage tank that reduces the purchase of energy.
Since 2016, we offset our CO2 emissions of our factory in Herford in verified climate protection projects in the Global South. In 2016 and 2017, we did our CO2 compensations in the Togo project. Our 2018 and 2019 emissions were offset in the climate protection project of the Gola Rainforest National Park in Sierra Leone.
The Sierra Leone project protects an area of 70,000 hectares of the Gola National Park and an additional buffer zone of 70,000 hectares along the borders. This is carried out in close cooperation with 122 communities, which are also part of the administrative bodies of the National Park. In addition to supporting schools, medical facilities and sustainable land use, the project integrates sustainable cocoa farming. It promotes the conservation of ecosystems whose biocapacity serves biodiversity and the stabilization of ecological and social life in the medium and long term. The Gola Rainforest Climate Change Project in Sierra Leone is certified with the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and has the additional standard of the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) in the gold level category "Adaptation to Climate Change" and "Conservation of Biodiversity".
We use as environmentally friendly packaging as possible, while always striving to meet our customer requirements. Much of our packaging is already made from recycled, renewable or FSC-certified materials. A student of packaging technology at Munich University of Applied Sciences analyzed all of our packaging materials based on various aspects such as water and energy consumption as well as CO2 release along the whole product life cycle. An evaluation of the recyclability of materials and their classification in the current waste disposal infrastructure helps us with the future selection of materials. In addition to the goal of reducing packaging material, we want to optimize our future use of packaging in accordance with ecological criteria.