Sustainable business is not an entirely new concept for us. Our sustainability management can be described as follows: we embed already existing features in a new form, supplement it with current aspects and insights and let it grow organically within our company.
We divide responsibility for the topic into three levels. On a strategic level, our governing bodies are in charge of sustainability issues. The flat hierarchies facilitate regular consultation with management, advisory board and shareholders regarding new developments. The direct involvement of management can be seen through the participation of its members in various workshops and attendance at important events. The advisory board is involved in major strategic decisions. Shareholders are represented in the company’s key initiatives, such as the PÖPPELMANN blue® steering committee, and are thus able to help set the course at an early stage.
Our sustainability management is based on the PPx principles. We use these principles to express our corporate policy. It explicitly mentions social responsibility as a corporate task. At the operational level, we align ourselves with existing management systems and the objectives and measures defined therein. The integrated management system for quality, environment, energy and occupational safety forms the basis for our sustainability programme, which we aim to develop further in coming years. In the future, we want it to include topics such as compliance, risk management and social responsibility in order to create a comprehensive approach.
The steering committee includes representatives from various areas of the company and management systems that are relevant in relation to sustainability. These include personnel, purchasing, compliance, the works council, environmental, energy and quality management, innovation, communication and marketing. The task of this steering group is to support the development and implementation of the sustainability strategy and assist the core team with further questions.
By involving the steering committee, we can ensure that sustainability management is understood and embraced as a cross-cutting issue. We also want to ensure connectivity to existing concepts and systems. This allows us to exploit existing synergies in the form of expertise, data and information in both directions. Last but not least we want to gain multipliers to transfer the topic to departments and implement it in everyday business.
However, the real work is done by the core team in terms of strategic content, communication and marketing. The team is responsible for the development of the sustainability strategy, the preparation of the sustainability strategy, the creation of the sustainability report, internal and external communication on the topic and the organisation of dialogue events.
Through this, the core team is firmly anchored in the company’s innovation management. This is the ideal interface in order to continuously check the future viability of all operational and strategic matters and promote innovative solutions that are sustainably responsible. Management is also represented in the core team, thus ensuring that the company’s executives are also directly involved in all results of the steering committee’s work. As part of the dialogue with stakeholders and the public, we want to put our work and results to the test - time and time again. The marketing and corporate communication departments are therefore also involved in the work of the core team.
After preparing this report, we started to develop a sustainability programme. It aims to be in accordance with the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and will guide our business in the coming years. You can read more about this in our next report.