Company | Sustainability

Kim Karotki

Alli­an­ce for Sus­taina­bi­li­ty: “We’re part of it!”

Klasmann-Deilmann is com­mit­ted to eco­lo­gi­cal, eco­no­mi­c­al and social sustainability

Wir sind dabei” (Eng­lish: “We’re part of it!”) Tha­t’s the ID ban­ner of Lower Saxony’s Alli­an­ce for Sus­taina­bi­li­ty. Wha­t’s more, Klasmann-Deilmann is now also enti­t­led to make this claim, as our com­mit­ment ful­fils all the criteria.

At the end of 2017, Lower Saxony’s Alli­an­ce for Sus­taina­bi­li­ty (NAN) laun­ched the pro­ject “We’re part of it!” as a means of iden­ti­fy­ing sus­tainab­le com­pa­nies in Lower Sax­o­ny. Com­pa­nies in Lower Sax­o­ny may use the ID ban­ner “We’re part of it!” for a peri­od of two years once they ful­fil the NAN cri­te­ria through various mea­su­res demons­tra­ting their com­mit­ment to more sus­taina­bi­li­ty in the company.

To be awar­ded the ban­ner, com­pa­nies have to be acti­ve in the three dimen­si­ons of sus­taina­bi­li­ty, in other words, eco­lo­gi­cal­ly, eco­no­mi­c­al­ly and social­ly. Accord­ing to the NAN cri­te­ria, this means that com­pa­nies must have imple­men­ted at least one inte­gra­ti­ve mea­su­re, or one mea­su­re in each of the three are­as of resour­ce effi­ci­en­cy, social sus­taina­bi­li­ty and eco­no­mi­c­al sus­taina­bi­li­ty in a scope that goes over and bey­ond the sta­tu­to­ry requirements.

Resour­ce effi­ci­en­cy check:

  • We are cer­ti­fied to the envi­ron­men­tal manage­ment sys­tem ISO 14001.
  • Sin­ce 2015, every year two of our trai­nees go through the advan­ced trai­ning to beco­me a “Cli­ma­te Guide”.

Social sus­taina­bi­li­ty check:

  • The Ems­land Foun­da­ti­on for Job and Fami­ly cer­ti­fied us for the first time in 2010. The cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on was review­ed in 2015 and we were once again awar­ded the Ems­land “Hall­mark for Fami­ly-Friend­ly Firms” which is valid until 2018.

Eco­no­mi­c­al sus­taina­bi­li­ty check:

  • We are cer­ti­fied to the qua­li­ty manage­ment sys­tem ISO 9001.

As soon as we heard about the pro­ject, we knew immedia­te­ly that we wan­ted to get invol­ved”, says Jan Köb­bing (Head of Sus­taina­bi­li­ty Manage­ment). “Sus­taina­bi­li­ty is very important for us. Good examp­les here inclu­de our sus­taina­bi­li­ty report and our car­bon foot­print, which is regu­lar­ly ascertained.”

We have publis­hed a sus­taina­bi­li­ty report every year sin­ce 2012. It is com­pi­led accord­ing to the ack­now­led­ged GRI gui­de­li­nes in the inte­rests of com­pa­ra­bi­li­ty and trans­pa­ren­cy. “Con­fir­ma­ti­on from an inde­pen­dent orga­ni­sa­ti­on such as Lower Sax­ony’s Alli­an­ce for Sus­taina­bi­li­ty offers important ori­en­ta­ti­on par­ti­cu­lar­ly in times such as the­se whe­re the word ‘sus­taina­bi­li­ty’ is used to such an infla­tio­na­ry extent”, says the sus­taina­bi­li­ty manager.