Representatives for sustainability

Stronger together — united for more sustainability

Sustainability will succeed only if we work together and pursue the same goal. That’s why we’ve developed Körber’s “House of Sustainability.” Our broadly oriented Business Areas are working hand in hand within this structure to implement our group-wide sustainability strategy together. 

Each one of our five Business Areas is operating responsibly in line with the sustainability dimensions “environmental”, “social”, and “governance” and making its individual contribution. 

    

The coordinated, effective, and successful implementation and communication of the sustainability strategies specific to our Business Areas is the mission of the Business Areas’ representatives for sustainability. They are the ones most familiar with the requirements of the respective markets in which we operate. The Business Areas’ representatives for sustainability act as partners and hold regular discussions with the Group’s Head of Sustainability in order to keep the Körber Group’s strategy always on course toward sustainability. 

The Business Areas’ representatives for sustainability in the Körber Group


Michaela Thiel, Head of Sustainability, Körber Group

Sustainability at the Körber Group:
For me, our claim “We are stronger together” is more valid today than ever before. Now that we have combined our sustainability-related activities into a shared group-wide approach, we can take our commitment in this area to the next level. I now look forward to actively shaping sustainability at Körber together with my colleagues and making life better for present and future generations through our activities. 

For me personally ...
… sustainability starts with every individual. I look very carefully at my behavior as a consumer and at the use of resources behind it, and I ask myself, “Do I really need this item?” And if the answer is yes, I choose sustainable products. I make sure I repair things or look for alternative uses for them instead of throwing them away. I’m trying to make my passion for travel as environmentally friendly as possible, and I systematically investigate sustainable nonprofit projects on site, such as the production of solar stoves that conserve valuable firewood. In my mind, sustainability also means bearing social and humanitarian responsibility. For example, I privately support an organization that conducts awareness-raising campaigns against the genital mutilation of girls and women in Africa. 


Kirk Peterkin, Senior Strategic and Innovation Designer, Business Area Digital

Our contribution at the Business Area Digital:
In production-related contexts, we can reach valid conclusions in favor of greater sustainability on the basis of data. At our Business Area we develop digital solutions for gathering this data and coming to the right conclusions in order to reduce the use of valuable resources and environmentally harmful chemicals. Our applications are also used for process monitoring. They provide useful knowledge that helps us harmonize manufacturing processes and boost productivity. 

For me personally ...
… sustainability means finding ways to distribute our resources equitably and equivalently to every individual on this planet — now and in the future. In my mind, sustainability also means creating and using systems in which biological and technical life cycles can safely exist next to one another and also overlap.

Learn more about sustainability in Körber's Business Area Digital


Marwin Krull, Assistant of the CTO, Business Area Pharma

Our contribution at the Business Area Pharma:
Many of our customers specifically ask how we can support them with sustainable products and solutions. That’s because the pharmaceutical and biotech industry is already very active in the area of sustainability. Fulfilling our customers’ requests is an exciting challenge that requires strong collaboration and commitment across all work areas. As part of my function, I am creating a network of sustainability enthusiasts throughout our entire Business Area, and this task really inspires me. 

For me personally ...
… sustainability should be regarded as a cross-functional task within an organization and its value chain. It must be developed in a collaborative process that includes all of the relevant parties in order to ensure a holistic and successful transformation into a demonstrably sustainable company. Within the next decade sustainability will play a role that is relevant to our business, both for the success of our company and for the achievement of the global sustainability goals in the environmental, social, and governance dimensions. Because the measures we implement in order to reach these goals are not limited to our activities in the workplace, the relevant concepts must also inspire people outside the company to promote sustainability in every area of their behavior.

Learn more about sustainability in Körber's Business Area Pharma


Meike Schmidt-Krenz, Senior Vice President Procurement & Supply Chain Management, Sustainability and Gender-Diversity, Business Area Supply Chain

Our contribution at the Business Area Supply Chain:
We support our customers’ efforts to make their supply chains more sustainable and reduce their energy consumption. We have now set ourselves the ambitious goal of achieving carbon neutrality throughout the entire Körber Group by 2025. This is a strong and important message to all of our customers, who are also putting a stronger focus on sustainability. Additional material topics at our Business Area include responsibility in the supply chain and the topics of diversity, equal rights, and inclusion. Our collaboration with other Business Areas will be very useful for all of us.

For me personally ...
… sustainability is above all a matter of diversity, in addition to its environmental aspects. In other words, I consider it important to abolish every form of discrimination and disadvantage. That’s why I’m especially committed to promoting equal opportunities for women — not only at Körber but also privately in the “Working Moms” network. Through my efforts I want to have a positive influence not only on the culture at our company but also on society and, last but not least, on my children.

Learn more about sustainability in Körber's Business Area Supply Chain


Daniela Altariva, Head of Operational Excellence, Business Area Tissue

Our contribution at the Business Area Tissue:
The initiative “My heart is green” is only one of the many campaigns we have conducted at the Business Area Tissue in recent years. It’s typical of the conviction and strong commitment that drive our activities to improve environmental protection. As we continue along this path, we will focus more strongly on diversity, inclusion, and respect for human rights.

For me personally ...
… sustainability means treating our home, the earth, and everything that lives and grows on it, with care. It means granting the same degree of respect to nature, human beings, and animals. That’s the only way we can ensure that future generations will have a life that is worth living.

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Jürgen Spykman, Chief Executive Officer, Business Area Tobacco

Our contribution at the Business Area Tobacco:
At the Business Area Tobacco we can look back on many years of commitment in the area of sustainability. As an integral component of our daily activities at the company, sustainability is firmly anchored in our corporate strategy. In addition to our ongoing activities in the areas of waste management, the environment, electric mobility in the corporate fleet, reduction of our energy consumption, and the social commitment of our company and our employees, we will now collaborate with the other Business Areas to stringently reduce our carbon footprint, further enhance our position as a fair and attractive employer, and continue living up to our social and environmental responsibility for our supply chain. Thanks to the many years of development work by Dirk Kronenberg, we have created an excellent foundation, and we are happy that we’ve been able to appoint Ruth Keller, a very experienced colleague who will promote the topic of sustainability in the Business Area Tobacco in cooperation with the other Körber Business Areas. We want to be a leader in the area of sustainability as well! 

For me personally ...
... we have only one earth, and its resources are limited. Our consumption of these resources in the private, business, and public realms is greater than the amount that we can afford and the natural world can sustain. In my opinion, sustainable behavior means seeking out and implementing new ways to continuously reduce our use of resources, replace them with renewable resources whenever possible, and protect or restore natural habitats. We also have to take on responsibility for equitable and socially beneficial cooperation. Here as well, our activities should not be carried out at the cost of the fellow human beings who live in our direct vicinity or in other parts of our earth.

Learn more about sustainability in Körber's Business Area Tobacco

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