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Heidelberg Reports on Growth with Ecological and Social Responsibility

Press release from the issuing company

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is today publishing the company's first sustainability report, entitled "Report 2000 / 2001". This publication is an expression of Heidelberg's commitment to the increasing importance of sustainability on the international arena and the growing expectations of different target groups as regards companies' ecological and social reporting. Indications of the growing significance of sustainability include the newly founded Sustainability Council of the German Federal Government, the Forum for Sustainable Development of German Industry and the EU's recently published sustainability strategy. This trend is also being reflected in the financial world, where calls by investors for economic growth that is in harmony with the ecology and social responsibility have resulted in new share indexes such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Group Index. The Heidelberg Report 2000 / 2001 sets out the economic, ecological and social aspects of corporate activity with the associated interactions and conflicts of objectives. The Report is the first to meet the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative published in June 2000 for producing a sustainability report that places economic, ecological and social aspects on an equal footing. This involves more than merely reporting on the individual measures that the Heidelberg Group production facilities have introduced to improve production and product related environmental protection it also covers activities and strategies dealing with "sustainable development", "economy" and "social responsibility". The Report is available in German and English. Environmental protection and sustainability have long been held in high esteem at Heidelberg. Heidelberg has published an Environmental Report each year since 1993. Reporting has grown from year to year to include information on all production sites worldwide, occupational and health protection, and product reliability and safety. The 1999/2000 Environmental Report won the German Environmental Reporting Award in March 2000. 65 key German companies took part in the contest which was organized by the Wirtschaftsprüferkammer (German Chamber of Auditors).