Our responsibility

Our responsibility

We do it. Better.
In joint responsibility for tomorrow.

In a free society, all of us must take responsibility – in politics, society, science and business. Each person individually and everyone together. Responsibility is about what we say and do. After all, responsibility is only credible when it is actively embraced and communicated.

Responsibility has always been an inherent part of our business. For us, it is inseparable from the strong relationships we have with our employees, customers, suppliers and the entire region we call home. When we talk about sustainability The concept of sustainability was first described by Hans Carl von Carlowitz in 1713. Since the 1990s, the expanded model of thinking has developed as a “triangle of sustainability”. Today, it stands for a comprehensive future concept based on a) an ecological balance, b) economic security and c) social fairness. closesustainability, we mean precisely the responsibility that stems from these relationships and includes the vision of quality of life for future generations.

With our growth comes increasing responsibility. Yesterday’s answers are no longer enough for today’s questions. Our horizons have widened. Against the background of the current debate on plastics in society, political deliberations on legal regulation and the technical issues of a circular economy The circular economy The circular economy is a model of production and consumption in which existing materials and products are shared, leased, reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled for as long as possible. This prolongs the life cycle The life cycle of a product spans the phases from production through the use and possible reuse, all the way to disposal. An extended definition can also include the procurement and provision of the raw materials before production and the reuse of raw materials after product disposal. closelife cycle of the products. In practice, this means that waste is reduced to a minimum. closecircular economy is a model of production and consumption in which existing materials and products are shared, leased, reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled for as long as possible. This prolongs the life cycle The life cycle of a product spans the phases from production through the use and possible reuse, all the way to disposal. An extended definition can also include the procurement and provision of the raw materials before production and the reuse of raw materials after product disposal. closelife cycle of the products. In practice, this means that waste is reduced to a minimum. closecircular economy, we now want to focus our responsibility strategically and enter into dialogue with our stakeholders A group with an interest or concern; people, groups, associations and institutions that are directly or indirectly affected by the actions of a company or that have an interest in the activities of a company. closestakeholders.

We developed our sustainability The concept of sustainability was first described by Hans Carl von Carlowitz in 1713. Since the 1990s, the expanded model of thinking has developed as a “triangle of sustainability”. Today, it stands for a comprehensive future concept based on a) an ecological balance, b) economic security and c) social fairness. closesustainability strategy in a moderated process. As part of this, we incorporated the views and expertise of key internaland externalstakeholders A group with an interest or concern; people, groups, associations and institutions that are directly or indirectly affected by the actions of a company or that have an interest in the activities of a company. closestakeholders. Our aim is to align the complex issue of sustainability The concept of sustainability was first described by Hans Carl von Carlowitz in 1713. Since the 1990s, the expanded model of thinking has developed as a “triangle of sustainability”. Today, it stands for a comprehensive future concept based on a) an ecological balance, b) economic security and c) social fairness. closesustainability both to our company as a whole and our core business, thus creating a more streamlined concept with the key topics.

Our result

We have identified four key fields of action for our responsibility. They are mutually dependent, built on the PPx PPx stands for Pöppelmann Excellence and describes the strategic alignment of our company. The PPx guideline formulates our aspiration for our own business activity. closePPx principles and thus express our fundamental values.

As part of our strategy development, we categorised our responsibility into twelve key topics. We then assigned them to the four fields of action. The graph clearly shows the weighting: the darker the plot, the more relevant the topic with respect to the results of the analysis.

Product

In the manufacture of our high-quality products, we focus on the quality of the solutions we develop together with our customers. They not only need to make sense economically, but also ecologically. The optimum balance between sustainable product design and the best possible product functionality delivers maximum added value for our customers. Interdependent internal and external processes throughout the entire supply chain are also prerequisites for this. Find out more.

Employees

People lie at the heart of everything we do. Our close connection with our employees embeds our company's deep roots in the region. We assume responsibility for them – with secure jobs, good and legally regulated working conditions and various social services, which include promoting their health and a high standard of occupation safety. To be prepared for the future and to offer our employees opportunities for development, we want to create needs-based, job-oriented training and further education options for all. Our training courses help us to prepare our own specialists and leaders for tomorrow whilst ensuring the economic attractiveness of the region. Find out more.

Resources

Like every industrial company, we depend on resources. Our most important raw material is plastic, including as a recycled materialRecycled materials Recycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closeRecycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closerecycled material. However, quantity is not the only factor here, but also where our raw materials come from. When using plastics, natural resources and other raw materials, we pay close attention to environmental impacts throughout the entire life cycle The life cycle of a product spans the phases from production through the use and possible reuse, all the way to disposal. An extended definition can also include the procurement and provision of the raw materials before production and the reuse of raw materials after product disposal. closelife cycle of our products. Energy is, of course, a key factor in their production, and both the consumption and source of this energy are key considerations. For us, this means achieving an optimum energy utilisation rate in a technically cost-effective manner. Find out more.

Region

As one of the largest companies in the region, we see it as our duty to contribute to social prosperity and cohesion. We believe that economic stability is indispensable in order to secure the long-term future of the region. For us, a principal element of this is collaboration with regional business partners and suppliers. When working with our neighbours, we strive for respectful cooperation and good, amiable rapport. After all, prosperity is also based on social cohesion and a sense of community. This is why we are also involved in the areas of culture and youth work. Find out more.