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New Sustainability Report from Heidelberg

Press release from the issuing company

September 11, 2003 -- Heidelberg is to publish its new Sustainability Report 2002/2003. This almost 100-page publication gives a detailed insight into the company's business processes. As the leading supplier to the print media industry, Heidelberg is committed to establishing a balanced relationship between profitability, ecological responsibility and social stability. In its report, Heidelberg takes stock of the economic situation, ecology and social responsibility, evaluates its progress and sets itself new goals for the next few years. "In economically difficult times our key goal is to ensure that our customers remain loyal," says Member of the Management Board Dr. Klaus Spiegel. "Our customers needs to feel they have a reliable partner on their side, even with the economy at a critical phase." The past fiscal year saw a number of highlights. Heidelberg shares were once again included in the STOXX and World Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes and new guidelines were passed for working with suppliers and for the development of sheetfed offset presses. The NexPress 2100 digital color press won the GAFT-InterTech Award for innovative and reliable technology. Other highlights included the Speedmaster CD 74 being awarded the Design prize by German President Johannes Rau. The company was also awarded the combined certificate for ISO 9001 Quality Management and ISO 14001 Environmental Management for the five Sheetfed Solution Center sites Amstetten, Brandenburg, Heidelberg, Kiel and Wiesloch and certification of the American site Sidney/Ohio in accordance with ISO 14001. Heidelberg traditionally sets great store by environmental and sustainability reporting. As well as demonstrating its commitment to environmental awareness, these reports enable the company to inform the public about its efforts to safeguard the interests of its workforce and maintain a good social environment at its facilities. The report provides a range of interest groups with the information they need for open and critical dialog with Heidelberg. The new Sustainability Report is the latest in a successful series. For its first Sustainability Report in 2000 / 2001, Heidelberg was awarded the “Deutscher Umwelt-Reporting Award” (German Eco Reporting Award) by the Chamber of Auditors. The Sustainability Reports of the last three years focus on the requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative and on the recommendations of the European Auditors’ Association for the “European Environmental Reporting Awards” competition. The new Sustainability Report can be ordered from [email protected] or by fax on +49 6221 92 3329.