Sustainability report 2017/18

Sustainability management

In light of the increasing significance of climate protection and climate targets for society, our customers and their end customers, the importance of holistic sustainability management in our company is also increasing.

 In recent years, KHS has concentrated its sustainability management in particular on the environment and occupational safety. As the scope and complexity of related topics continues to increase, we have defined responsibilities for sustainability issues in virtually all functional areas. They relate indirectly to each other and have a bearing on each other. For this reason, we are taking a closer look at our processes so that we can combine and bundle sustainability-related tasks even better in the future.

Our production sites in Germany are already pursuing their own climate goals and clearly rely on energy-efficient procedures and measures in their production and manufacturing processes. All KHS locations in Germany are now running production with green electricity. In addition, many measures initiated in 2016 and 2017 have brought about a further reduction in CO2 emissions. Sustainability management has been given high priority not least through Salzgitter AG's YOUNITED mission statement. Projects such as a network for exchanging ideas and information have been set up as part of various sustainability initiatives in recent years and have had a direct impact on existing processes.

In general, our global customers, in particular, have cited the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as being of paramount importance. SDG focuses on issues such as climate protection, responsible consumption, sustainable production, a healthy life and access to clean water. Accordingly, these subject areas have had a direct impact on our actions as a company in the beverage bottling and packaging industry. For this reason, we actively address the question of how we can integrate the UN Global Compact initiative even more consistently. To this end, we will continue to expand our sustainability management.

In past years, we have laid a solid foundation with our sustainability management, which focuses primarily on occupational safety and environmental issues. The emphasis continues to be on minimizing process risks at all of our sites worldwide. This way, we are creating a solid basis for targeting future global tasks based on the UN Global Compact initiative.

Florian Lerche
Head of Corporate Communication & Quality Management