I have to say that throughout my more than 25 years of working with Beiersdorf, I have always had the feeling that safety comes first. One interesting part of my job is to help find solutions to enable us to combine safety measures with sustainability. For example, we helped develop and championed the international adoption of the system to allow the pre-printing of hazard labels without a white background directly on shipping boxes. As a result we have both a cost saving and we avoid using tons of printing ink.
For us as an internationally operating company, globally harmonized regulations are essential. Only ten years ago the regulations for the safe transport of so-called "dangerous goods" varied enormously depending on the transport mode, country or region. A lot of packaging and labeling variations were necessary in order to meet these regulations. Today, different products can be transported by truck, train or via ship using the same outer packaging with fully harmonized labeling on the boxes. This also eliminates the need for every container to be unloaded and unpacked at the port of entry, then repacked, reloaded and secured again just to fulfill a local safety regulation. This way we not only save time and money, we also achieve greater resource efficiency. That’s why we are actively involved in ensuring that regulations are discussed and agreed upon a European and UN level. Our approach to safety mirrors that of sustainability in that we work together and engage other stakeholders to find long-lasting solutions.