The company declares whether or not it pursues a sustainability strategy. It explains what concrete measures it is undertaking to operate in compliance with key recognised sector-specific, national and international standards.
The company discloses the aspects of its business operations that have a significant impact on sustainability issues and what material impact sustainability issues have on its operations. It analyses the positive and negative effects and provides information as to how these insights are integrated into the company’s processes.
|Areas of Action||Potential Opportunities, Risks and Impact||Key Subtopics of Werner & Mertz|
|Basis of a sustainable company is acting responsibly and maintaining integrity in all stages of the value chain. Following laws, keeping agreements is the foremost rule|
| Integrity and responsibility are expected of our employees, our suppliers, partners and service providers
Dependence on meeting standards by our partners, suppliers and service providers
|Supplier contracts with environmental and social criteria / Supplier Code of Conduct
Integrity management with Codes of Conduct
|Use of palm kernel and coconut oils in the manufacture of surfactants (that's the reason for our membership in initiatives for sustainable biodegradability and research on domestic raw materials for surfactant production
Challenge for end consumer: Balancing out quality and a sustainable way of life, i.e., bringing both together.
Task for Werner & Mertz: repeatedly overcome this presumed contradiction, rework products to increase sustainability performance and to offer consumers products that are true alternatives
|Sustainability performance by means of innovation processes
Use of renewable raw materials / Alternative: use of domestically cultivated plants
|The manufacture of products consumes resources and releases environmentally hazardous substances (water, electricity, CO2, wastewater, etc.)|
|Briefly: Striving toward low impact and more innovation to keep the impact on the environment as low as possible. -> permanent driver at W&M Besides surfactants, intense work on packaging issues||Recyclate use in packaging|
|Problem of lack of qualified personnel and opportunities
Missing qualifications and challenges of developing appropriate competence, including through staff turnover (tariff contracts, ensuring higher employer attractiveness, training to build up competence, etc.)
Employee absences, mostly due to accidents and health hazards Employees as "Sustainability Ambassadors" has to be practiced – that's why we take measures to reinforce corporate culture
Engaged in fighting the loss of biodiversity in past decades caused by increasing industrialization
Training and Personal development
|Increase awareness of sustainability issues among the general public
Encourage innovations and share innovative ideas, especially on sustainability topics
|Biodiversity and Species protection
Industry initiative (Recyclate)
The company discloses what qualitative and/or quantitative as well as temporally defined sustainability goals have been set and operationalised and how their level of achievement is monitored.
|Key Areas of Action||Key Sustainability Topics||Concrete Goals||Target Dates||Sustainable Development Goals mapping|
|Integrity & Responsibility||1. Supplier contracts with environmental & social criteria / Supplier Code of Conduct||The extensive Supplier Code of Conduct recently developed by Werner & Mertz is a fixed component for 100% of all new and existing supplier contracts.It extends way beyond the previously expected voluntary commitment related to environmental protection, social responsibility, quality, etc.||2025||8, 16|
|2. Integrity Management with Codes of Conduct||Deceptive acts are prevented by strengthening the integrity culture and sharpening requirements. To that end, 98%* of all employees complete relevant training courses.||2020 2021 (12 months, from July 2020)||8, 16|
|Products & Customers||3. Sustainability Performance by means of Innovation Processes||Sustainability-Oriented Innovations (SOI) result in the development of at least two new sustainable raw materials per year.||Annual||12, 13|
|4. Use of Domestic Plants||Continuous increase in the number of articles launched in the market which contain surfactants made from plants cultivated in Europe.||Annual||12, 13|
|Production & Environment||5. Recyclate Use in Packaging||100% Post Consumer Recyclate (PCR) is used in all packaging||By 2025||12, 13, 14|
|Culture & Employees||6. Corporate Culture||The target culture at W&M is experienced and practiced by all employees in their daily work.||Ongoing||8|
|7. Training and Personal Development||W&M offers attractive qualification and career opportunities to all employees. For that purpose, strategic personnel planning is developed and appropriate instruments are rolled outthrough the entire organization.||By 2025||4|
|Engagement & Society||8. Biodiversity & Species Protection||Conserve biological diversity in the vicinity of production sites in Mainz and Hallein by means of close cooperation with an environmental organization and joint projects. Protection and annual CO2 compensation through support of reforestation in the peatland rainforest Mawas Borneo||Ongoing||15|
|9. Industry initiatives (Recyclate)||Increase the use of plastic waste from post-consumer collections in high-quality packaging in the European market. W&M engages in political dialog regarding the legal and regulatory framework. Our goal is to carry out at least two activities per year that attract the attention of the professional public.||Ongoing||12,17|
The company states what significance aspects of sustainability have for added value and how deep in the value chain the sustainability criteria are verified.