Sustainability

Sustainability

The Sustainability Report 2012 was written to provide the public, our employees, business partners and authorities, nongovernmental organizations, and all other stakeholders with information about the sustainability strategy of ALTANA AG in terms of economy, ecology, and social responsibility. Our 2013 Annual Report offers details about our economic development, while the content of this report is guided by stake - holder interests.
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When the decision was announced, most of those present were surprised. During the annual Global Management Meeting, Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber, CEO of ALTANA, announced that all four of ALTANA’s divisions would have new presidents. The heads of each of the four divisions – BYK, ECKART, ELANTAS, and ACTEGA – took over the helm of another respective division on November 1, 2012. It was an extraordinary measure serving one main goal: We want to be leading in everything we do.
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Not consuming something is the most sustainable way to save it. For example, efficient use of materials in production makes an important contribution to  conserving natural resources and relieving the environment, as well as to enhancing the profitability of production processes. According to the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, expenditure for material in Germany comprises by far the largest cost pool of the manufacturing and processing industries, at around 40 percent. The situation is similar in other countries.
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The development of cities never ceases. Many commercial and industrial areas which were a good distance away from residential areas when they were established are sooner or later “caught up with” by growing settlement. Things were no different with today’s ACTEGA Rhenacoat site in Sedan, France. But back then there were no special safety regulations for residents or the environment.
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Anyone who designs a new building today should think about tomorrow. Saving at the wrong end can quickly lead to a need for renovation due to higher energy costs or a poor building structure. But a lack of energy efficiency is not only detrimental in economic terms; it also has an adverse effect on the ecobalance. Sustainable, resource-efficient construction is gaining in importance worldwide, as “green” building saves energy and protects the environment.
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Motivated and qualified employees play a key role in the success of a company. But that is only half the truth. Staff who additionally think entrepreneurially and understand the financial mechanisms of a company are the basis for long-term success. ALTANA relies on value management and the so-called value creation indicator AVA (ALTANA Value Added).
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When Hurricane Wilma reached the Yucatán Peninsula, it possessed its full destructive power. With wind speeds of more than 155 mph (250 km/h), the tropical storm raced toward the Mexican peninsula in October 2005, devastating everything in its path.
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The following pages provide an overview of our corporate activities in the period from 2006 or 2007 to 2012 on the basis of various key performance indicators, which are grouped into the areas environment, economy, transport, safety, and human resources. In some areas, we check to see whether the recording of key performance indicators needs to be expanded. The environmental key performance indicators apply to the period from October 1, 2011, to September 30, 2012.
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