We determine the stakeholders relevant to us on the basis of our experience and recognizable communication needs. In addition, we analyze which groups might have special expectations or fears vis-à-vis the chemical industry.

In our communications, we rely on dialog with various interest groups. They include neighbors, local political representatives, and the media, as well as public authorities, associations, customers, and suppliers. The exchange serves to strengthen trust in our products and the safety of our plants. Our annual reports and annual sustainability reports contribute to this.

Our involvement in associations is part of our communication with interest groups. In 2015, the executive committee of the German Chemical Industry Association again appointed a representative of our group to the Technology and Environment committee. The committee’s task is to contribute to opinion making in the association and to develop appropriate positions.

In addition to being a member of the German Chemical Industry Association, we belong to two other industry associations via our company BYK-Chemie: the European Chemical Industry Council Food Contact Additives (CEFIC / FCA), and since 2015 the Chinese association AICM (Association of International Chemical Manufacturers). ECKART is a member of the German Association of Producers of Pigments, Fillers, Functional Additives, Food Colorants and Others (VdMi) and is represented in its Technical Commission. In addition, the pigment manufacturer is a member of the European umbrella association Eurocolor, of the European Printing Ink Association (EuPIA), and of the European Metal Particulate Association (EMPA).