5. Responsibility

Accountability within the company’s management with regard to sustainability is disclosed.

Our pursuit of sustainability is expedited by our owner with his unwavering orientation to the business strategy. The Sustainability Team, which is made up of 18 representatives from different expert areas, identifies reasonable sustainability goals and monitors the implementation of sustainability measures in our organization. The team meetings also function as information exchanges for new  projects that touch on sustainability topics. The goals defined within the sustainability team meetings are subject to agreement between the responsible party and the supervisor or management team member. The finalized goals are included in the annual Environmental Program and integrated in the annual Environmental Statement (requirements from EMAS) for the Mainz and Hallein sites. The Environmental Statements are validated by an external auditor and then released to the public on the Werner & Mertz Website.  

At an operational level, the degree to which the goals have been achieved is measured by the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), which are monitored annually. The responsibility for measuring and monitoring the indicators and for reaching the goals lies with the respective expert area within the company. The expert areas report results at Sustainability Team meetings, where members agree to potential goal-achieving measures.  In the last step, the head of Sustainability Management reports the results to corporate management.