19. Political Influence

All significant input relating to legislative procedures, all entries in lobby lists, all significant payments of membership fees, all contributions to governments as well as all donations to political parties and politicians should be disclosed by country in a differentiated way.

Werner & Mertz promotes the open exchange of ideas beyond the boundaries of its own company and industry. The company wants to make innovative, sustainable solutions known to the general public. The objective of its initiatives is the further development of its own ideas with regard to ecological, economic and political issues. The implementation is in the foreground, far from any announcements motivated by public relations. Concrete examples  ought to motivate the industry and convince politicians to make greater demands for implementation. To that end, many employees get involved actively in industry associations, working groups and committees, and political organizations.  

In political and social discourse Werner & Mertz is committed to diligent environmental and climate protection at national and European levels. The company’s concrete appeal is that climate protection, biodiversity and the circular economy be given a high priority at all times and that existing environmental protection laws be strengthened, not weakened. We believe that political decision makers are obliged to create the legal framework for bold, forward-thinking climate and environmental policies.  

Werner & Mertz regularly takes a stand on federal laws and political measures, as seen in the example of the new Packaging Act, which went into effect on 1 January 2019. The incentive we prescribed for the use of recyclates was incorporated in the Act, but its practical implementation is insufficient. That’s why we are demanding a clear definition of the word “recyclate” for used plastic or PCR (Post-Consumer Recyclate) obtained from household waste collection systems. Furthermore, we are advocating the establishment of a fund system which would reward companies for the use of PCR in packaging. At the European level, the Green Deal introduced by the EU Commission in December 2019 plays an important role in our work. We actively support the deal’s proposed creation of a circular economy for plastic packaging in the EU along with stronger regulation of climate protection and lower Greenhouse Gas emissions.  

Our CEO Reinhard Schneider serves as a member of various political lobbying groups. They include the BVMW, Entrepreneurs for the Future in which executives promote their innovative products, technologies, services and business models for more climate protection. Schneider also is an active member on the board of the IKW.

Interaction with political lobbyists
In the past Werner & Mertz has repeatedly spoken with political decision makers in order to inform them of the company’s own activities for the sake of sustainability. Examples of those exchanges are: