SUSTAINABILITY

SUSTAINABILITY

“Sustainability has always been firmly rooted in our corporate philosophy. That’s how we think, it’s how we act, it’s how we live: for over 100 years, in the present – and also into the future which we are helping to secure.”

Oliver Bruns, CEO

Corporate Social Responsibility

Responsibility also means providing answers: 
to the most significant questions of our times.

Quality is our most important promise. It applies to our products and processes, but equally to our company ethics. Since the family company was established in 1913, the issue of “global responsibility” has shaped the way we think and act as a business. This is reflected in the continuity of the economic, environmental and social measures taken by the Edelmann Group across all of our international locations.

We measure ourselves as a packaging manufacturer by our customers' satisfaction. It’s in our shared interest to behave responsibly when it comes to the precious resources that we process and use around the world. We support all our customers by developing packaging made from cardboard, an environmentally friendly, compostable and recyclable material, as well as by employing production technologies that reduce waste and energy-intensive steps in the production chain. 

It’s very important to us that the standards we set here apply at the same high level to all Edelmann Group locations around the world. 

When our sustainability activities were inspected by the independent, internationally recognized ratings agency ecovadis, we attained the Silver level. 

Our Code of Conduct and Ethics sets down in writing the values and principles at the heart of all our activities. As a member of the Global Compact Initiative of the United Nations, the Edelmann Group and all subsidiary companies agree to abide by the principles derived from the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Human Resources

The Edelmann Group: we are 2,800 heads – and hearts.

We are successful because we have a strong team. And we have a strong team because we do everything we can to ensure that every person who works with us feels at home in the company and is happy. One of the most important resources is our dedicated employees. This is why we treat them all with the greatest respect, managing them and nurturing them as partners and taking into account their individual interests.
Our sustainability strategy is what secures the future of our company – and thus also the jobs of our employees over the long term. We take our corporate responsibility seriously. It’s particularly important to us that we promote and respect our employees’ employability, self-reliance and work-life balance.  
Naturally, as an international company, we consistently apply the principles of the UN Declaration on Human Rights.

ENVIRONMENT

Working with precious resources is the very best reason for protecting them.

Within the Edelmann Group, sustainability has always been important. We have always pursued a long-term strategy within our family company, which was established in 1913. This strategy is characterized by the principle of sustainable growth and a commitment to responsible actions when it comes to economic, environmental and social development.

Sustainable business is a central management principle at Edelmann – today more than ever. Our own company’s history has strengthened our conviction that the only way a business can continue to develop positively and be economically successful in the long term is to be fully aligned with the concept of sustainability.

This conviction is the reason we became a member of the UN Global Compact Initiative in 2016. We’ve committed ourselves to saving 5% of our energy consumption annually since 2018 until we reach our target.

In addition, we have aligned our strategy so that we continue to accompany our customers in their international activities, to develop environmentally innovative packaging solutions and to optimize our sustainable quality standards. 

EDELMANN FOUNDATION

Thinking as an entrepreneur also means acting for the good of the community.

On 2007-12-03, the shareholding family at Edelmann established the “Edelmann Stiftung” – a foundation based in Heidenheim.

The purpose of this charitable foundation is to generate resources to promote art and culture, sport, help for young people and the elderly, public welfare, science and research as well as for the protection and maintenance of historic monuments.  

Since the foundation was established, we have provided over €200,000 of support to around 100 facilities and projects – primarily in Edelmann’s home town of Heidenheim and the local area.

In 2017 the Edelmann foundation donated approximately €27,000 to various beneficiaries, once again supporting around 30 initiatives with larger or smaller donations.

The institutions supported by the Edelmann foundation include the Zukunftsakademie Heidenheim (promoting enthusiasm for STEM subjects), the Kinderschutzbund Heidenheim e.V. (children’s campaign group) and the Opernfestspiele Heidenheim (opera festival).