Ladies and Gentlemen,
For the ALTANA Group, sustainability is a decisive factor for value-creating business. We view sustainability as a triad consisting of economy, ecology, and social responsibility. This understanding of sustainability finds application Group-wide. And that’s why we support the aims of the UN Global Compact initiative.
As an innovation-driven specialty chemicals company, we see a clear connection between sustainability and innovative capability. In addition to developing products and solutions that make a contribution to environmental and climate protection across the entire value chain, we continually work on expanding our service around the sustainability of our products. Thus, we can offer our customers added value in myriad ways.
With our efforts in environment, health, and safety, we have achieved a good level so far. But our aim is to steadily improve and advance ourselves and our company. To this end, we have created a new form of organization in this sector – so-called expert platforms. On October 1, 2015, the first four expert platforms began work. They considerably improve cross-divisional knowledge exchange on issues such as energy efficiency and product safety and push forward sustainability in general at ALTANA.
The network idea of these platforms is decisive. So we expressly invite all of our employees to actively contact the members of the respective expert platforms about issues relating to environment, health, and safety. The experienced experts are also available to our customers, business partners, the professional public, and associations.
We are continuously working to reduce our energy and resource consumption as well as the amount of waste we produce. In 2015, again, in most of our companies we were able to clearly improve the performance indicators we defined regarding CO2 emissions, waste generation and disposal, and water consumption.
The key to constant optimization and innovation in the area of sustainability are our employees. They are distinguished by their willingness to change and not only implement changes, but also see them as a personal challenge. They change their perspective, continually look for ways of making improvements or finding completely new solutions, and thus create decisive added value. Whether “Unchanged Yet Open,” “Solid Yet Adaptable,” “Safe Yet Variable,” “Permanent Yet Renewable,” “Constant Yet Different,” or “Basic Yet Passionate,” behind these attributes are exemplary colleagues whom we introduce to you in the chapters of this report.
At this juncture, we would like to express our gratitude to Dr. Andreas Diez, who retired at the end of January 2016 after belonging to the company for more than 30 years. As Vice President Environment, Health and Safety, he established this department in the company and expanded it to make it what it is today. Dr. Gerald Kirchner succeeded him on October 1, 2015.
We would also like to thank all of the employees who through their dedication have made ALTANA a sustainable employer, business partner, and neighbor. We wish you enjoyable reading.
Martin Babilas Dr. Gerald Kirchner
Chief Executive Officer Head of Environment, Health and Safety
Dr. Gerald Kirchner