As a globally operating company, we feel a strong responsibility to strive for ecological sustainability in our business activities in order to preserve nature for future generations. Our goal is to protect biodiversity and preserve existing ecosystems through the responsible use of natural resources while increasing our energy efficiency.
The ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) and the ISO 50001 Energy Management System (EnMS) are therefore valuable instruments for our internal environmental and energy policy:
In 2018 we commissioned our modern energy center, which consists of a combined heat and power unit (CHP), an adiabatic cooling machine (AKM) and a storage tank.
You can find more information about our certificates for download on the official website of GUTcert: https://www.gut-cert.de/zertifikate/firma/token/9zyaw4.
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 emissions caused in 2018, 2019 and 2020 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 environmentally friendly packaging as much as possible, whereby we always strive to meet our customers' requirements. Much of our packaging is already made from renewable, biodegradable and recyclable materials, the paper we use is FSC-Mix-certified. The topic "enviromental friendly" packaging is very complex and challenging, therefore we work hard to optimise this aspect as good as possible.
The goal is to reduce the volume of materials, using materials that are made in a resource-saving way and that are completely recyclable or biodegradable - while securing optimal product safety.