Conserving Resources Together

As an integral part of our strategic supplier management, we actively approach our business partners to identify ways to design production processes more sustainably. We focused on suppliers of finished products first of all – 3rd Party Manufacturers, or “3PMs” as we call them internally. We already asked several of them to provide us with 2014 data on their sustainability performance and in 2015 we selected a few companies to engage with us in a more intensive exchange. Our supplier-selection criteria were on the one hand their relevance regarding CO2 emissions, and on the other hand the water risk assessment in the region where the suppliers operate.
We invited those suppliers we selected on the basis of their energy parameters to develop specific, detailed measures to reduce their overall energy consumption and related CO2 emissions. Our aim here is for these 3PMs to communicate their current consumption status to us on a voluntary basis, and to work out their own energy-efficiency improvement concepts.

Suppliers who operate in regions of the planet presenting a high overall water risk, according to the “Water Risk Atlas” published by the World Resources Institute (WRI), were requested to assess their current status in detail, as the general overall assessment issued by the WRI requires a more precise analysis. If this status analysis confirmed the initial water risk assessment, we then required our suppliers to develop their own measures to save the vital resource of water: This is because their individual water consumption could worsen local water scarcity and even endanger their production integrity.
As part of our “Zero Landfill” objective, we also required all the 3PMs we approached to reduce the amount of waste they currently dispose of as landfill.