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How we are reinventing
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We have certainly set ambitious goals for ourselves. We are resolutely working to achieve them, and we hope this inspires others. Thinking in terms of sustainability and acting responsibly are not changes that happen overnight. Such changes require commitment, courage, and a clear plan.

How we are proceeding, what measures we are taking, and what we are planning to do next — all of this is shown by our “House of Sustainability”, our focus areas and material topics in the three pillars: “environment”, “social”, and “governance”

Our "House of Sustainability"

    

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We reduce our energy consumption and become CO₂-neutral by 2025.
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We are a fair and attractive employer.
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We have responsibly organized supply chains.
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United in sustainability 

With 17 goals, the world community is committed to better environmental protection, more social justice, and education. These sustainable development goals form a globally recognized roadmap — and we at Körber are making our contribution.

In September 2015, the member states of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the UN General Assembly. It forms the framework for targeted worldwide collaboration because the international community is convinced that global challenges can only be solved together. 

The 2030 Agenda focuses on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which, with their 169 targets, include economic, environmental, and social aspects. They are divided into five guiding principles: 

Focusing on People and human dignity (People): It’s possible to have a world without poverty and hunger

Protecting the Planet (Planet): Mitigating climate change, preserving natural resources

Promoting everyone’s Prosperity (Prosperity): Making globalization fair

Promoting Peace (Peace): Human rights and good governance

Creating global Partnerships (Partnerships): Moving forward together worldwide

“Humanity has the ability to make development sustainable to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future (“Brundtland Report”, 1987))

Companies play a key role in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. We at Körber are taking on this responsibility. We see it as an opportunity to position ourselves for the future and to actively participate in global sustainable development. As a company, we cannot contribute equally to all goals. But wherever we can achieve a positive effect, we do so. We’ve already achieved a number of things.

Currently, for example, our commitment to our three main objectives counts towards these six SDGs of the United Nations.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 3: Good health and well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 5: Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy 

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 13: Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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Goal 3: Good health and well-being

 

What it’s about:
All people should have access to good medical care, life-saving medicines, healthy nutrition, clean water and good air. That’s because a functioning healthcare system is an important prerequisite for a stable civil society. Industry and the private sector have a number of options for influencing this, for example through company health management or the reduction of air emissions and hazardous substances in the work environment. 

Our contribution:
We have appointed health and safety officers at all the major company locations. In addition, our employees receive regular training regarding these issues. At some locations we have already implemented ISO 45001 (relating to occupational safety) and will continue to expand this in the future. Location-specific measures to improve working conditions in the facilities are also a continuous process. In more than 90 countries, we offer international SOS medical and safety services for employees who are exposed to specific risks when traveling. We created a Corona Response Team during the coronavirus pandemic. We continuously inform our employees about new safety and hygiene concepts and organize vaccinations. We are also actively helping to fight the pandemic with products from the Körber Business Area Pharma. We are contributing to the attainment of this UN Sustainable Development Goal with these and other measures in the focus area “Fair and attractive employer” under the material topic “Health and safety of our employees”

The number / the fact:

  • In 2022 we are developing and implementing a Körber-wide policy to protect the health and safety of our employees that goes above and beyond usual measures.

 

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Goal 5: Gender equality

 

What it’s about:
Gender equality is a universal human right. The empowerment of women is an important factor for sustainable development. Equal participation in the labor market and in politics, equal opportunities when it comes to attaining management positions, and financial equality make a decisive contribution to this. Companies can actively support gender equality with measures to make work and family life compatible, such as fair wages.  

Our contribution:
One of our newly introduced leadership principles is: “We encourage diversity.” For example, we launched a mentoring program that has equal numbers of men and women and also connects people of different ages and ethnic groups. We have also defined and created identity groups to promote the sharing of ideas within these teams. Diversity, equity, and inclusion will also be criteria in the future when it comes to the recruitment, advanced training and promotion of employees. We are contributing to the attainment of this UN sustainability goal with these and many other measures in the focus area “Fair and attractive employer” under the material topic “Diversity, equity, and inclusion”. 

The number / the fact: 

  • We promote all aspects of diversity, especially nationality and gender and increase the proportion of diversity at different employment levels compared to the status quo (nationality, gender).

 

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Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy 

 

What it’s about: 
Our life would be hardly imaginable without energy consumption, but the use of fossil fuels is associated with CO₂ emissions, which demonstrably contribute to climate change. It is therefore necessary to significantly increase the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix and to promote investments in energy infrastructure and clean energy technologies. Energy efficiency must be doubled worldwide and access to research and technology for clean energy must be facilitated. 

Our contribution:
Almost all of our German production sites are already supplied with green electricity. We also have locations outside Germany that are supplied with green electricity. The remaining switchover potential will be exploited by the end of 2022 wherever possible. For a long time we have also relied on the production of our own green electricity using photovoltaics. Photovoltaic systems have already been installed at three locations. We have also identified other business locations that are suitable for photovoltaic systems and fundamentally have the potential to generate electricity from solar energy. These measures will be gradually implemented at suitable locations between now and the end of 2023. We have also identified locations with high gas consumption. We will accordingly convert all the locations where green gas is available or identify green alternatives to gas. In principle, all of our locations make sure to optimize energy consumption. For example, our Hungarian colleagues at the Körber campus in Pécs have received an award for their energy efficiency. We are also converting our company car fleet to electric cars and are expanding the number of necessary charging stations at the same time. Based on our new travel policy, we only approve unavoidable travel and use trains for travel times of up to five hours. We are also developing new technologies for reducing energy consumption. This is the case, for example, in our Business Area Tissue with warm-up contactless, a hot foil stamping system that saves energy, time, and space. Thanks to these and other measures in the focus area , we are making a contribution to the attainment of this UN Sustainable Development Goal. 

The number / the fact:

  • All Körber locations (where possible) with green electricity by 2022 (100%)  
  • All Körber locations (where possible) with green gas by 2023 (100%) 
  • All Körber locations (where possible) with PV by 2023 (100%): Nine additional locations by 2023 (more than 7,000 MWh of solar power as calculated by the photovoltaic service provider) 
  • In 2022 we will define a feasible path for reducing our energy consumption. 
  • By 2025, our company car fleet should consist of 100% electric vehicles and by 2025 charging stations should also be set up at all necessary locations 
  • The travel budget will be reduced by a third compared to the base year 2019.

 

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Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

 

What it’s about:
All people must benefit from the prosperity and economic growth brought about by globalization. A prerequisite for this is that decent work with social standards and fair payment is guaranteed throughout the value chain. In addition, more growth should not come at the expense of the environment. Companies can evaluate their supply chains with the help of certifications and audits and thus ensure trustworthy, sustainable production conditions. 

Our contribution:
As early as the selection process for suppliers, we check their social and environmental integrity through self-assessments and external information providers. For example, sustainability aspects are integrated into the complete supplier life cycle management and are also part of the risk management process. Acceptance of our Code of Conduct for Suppliers is an essential prerequisite for receiving orders from the Körber Group. Our complaints mechanism, which can be accessed via the Internet, enables our employees and external third parties to report suspected human rights violations. For further CO₂ reduction measures, we create transparency about the emissions of our supply chains. At the same time, we ask our suppliers to be transparent and to reduce their own carbon footprint. This is also enshrined in our General Purchasing Conditions. In the future, we will also evaluate our suppliers’ social and environmental practices on the basis of supplier self-assessments, supplier audits, and independent CSR ratings. Thanks to these and other measures in the focus area “Responsible management of the supply chain” under the material topics “Our suppliers’ environmental practices” and “Our suppliers’ social practices”, we are contributing to the attainment of this UN Social Development Goal. 

The number / the fact:

  • When selecting our suppliers, we check their social and environmental integrity as well as their complete supplier life cycle management.

 

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Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production

 

What it’s about:
There are limits to how much our planet can bear. In order for everyone to be able to live well in the future, we must change our consumption as well as our production techniques. Not only is food waste to be halved by 2030, chemicals should be used in an environmentally compatible manner and the amount of waste in all areas should be significantly reduced. Companies are requested to introduce and report on sustainable processes, such as resource-efficient technologies, or the promotion of the circular economy. 

Our contribution:
We want to develop and produce our products, solutions, and services in ways that are environmentally compatible and resource-conserving. We are already systematically employing value engineering in order to save materials and resources. With consistently implemented eco-design and design for the circular economy, we want to further reduce the negative impact on the environment. Our machines and systems from the Körber Business Area Tobacco already have a long service life of 20 to 25 years. We modernize used machines so that they can be employed in a new production cycle. Moreover, we use artificial intelligence to increase production efficiency within the Körber Group and at our customers. We receive a lot of information that helps us to institute the right measures. This information comes from the detailed examination of our emissions in Scope 3 as well as of our products, solutions, and services. We are contributing to this goal with our measures in the focus area “Circular economy”. And of course we also have to include our supply chains. Thanks to these measures in the focus area “Responsible management of the supply chain” under the material topics “Our suppliers’ environmental practices”, we are contributing to the attainment of the UN Social Development Goal.

The number / the fact:

  • In 2022 we will achieve even more transparency about the relevant resource consumption and then define further reduction measures. 

 

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Goal 13: Climate action

 

What it’s about: 
The global average temperature has increased by more than one degree since the beginning of industrialization. As a consequence, extreme weather events will deprive many people of their livelihoods in the medium to long term and result in entire areas becoming uninhabitable. The international community therefore wants to significantly limit climate change. Switching to renewable energies and reducing CO₂ emissions are at the top of the list of measures. For companies, this means, for example, reducing business-related or product-related greenhouse gas emissions, but also offering products and services that have a positive effect on climate protection and climate resilience. 

Our contribution:
As part of our risk management, we examine the extent to which climate change leads to economically assessable opportunities and risks for the Group so that we can take them into account in our activities. We are planning scientifically based climate targets for 2022 that are in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement in order to derive suitable reduction measures. We are continuously working on energy efficiency measures, reporting transparently on the determined CO₂ emissions of the entire Körber Group as well as on all other sustainability activities also contributes to this goal. Thanks to these and many other measures in the focus area ”Reducing CO₂ emissions and energy consumption”, we are making a contribution to the attainment of this UN Sustainable Development Goal. 

The number / the fact: 

  • Carbon neutrality by 2025  

 

The UN Sustainable Development Goals were developed to end hunger and poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people live in peace and prosperity by 2030. The goals should be viewed holistically, as actions in one area always have effects in other areas.

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