Economic development in harmony with ecological and social responsibility
September 5, 2002 -- Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has published its latest sustainability report. Entitled “2001/2002 Report – Economy, Ecology and Social Responsibility”, the world’s leading supplier of solutions to the print media industry reports on the progress made and on the upcoming challenges for creating more sustainability within the company. “Our report is centered around our specific activities aimed at making sustainability the watchword of our corporate organization”, says Member of the Management Board Dr. Klaus Spiegel. Since January 2002, a committee devoted to sustainable development has been working on proposals and goals for achieving greater sustainability at Heidelberg. The committee, which is made up of members of staff from the company’s various divisions, reports directly to the Chairman of the Management Board.
Progress in the last fiscal year was shaped by the opening of the Print Media Academy in Cairo. This is the ninth branch in the worldwide training and communication network. Rochester / USA was also the 13th production and development facility to be certified to eco-standard ISO 14001. Heidelberg’s commitment to the community is highlighted by the support it gives to a project helping street children in Columbia. The launch of the NexPress 2100 digital color press is just one of the company’s many economic milestones. Analysts are also praising Heidelberg’s broad-based commitment to sustainability. Indeed, the company has now been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes WORLD and STOXX.
Heidelberg's key current goals include a major yearly increase in the company’s value, the establishment of environment management systems in all of its 18 development and production facilities worldwide and the development of a corporate citizenship strategy for the entire group. This strategy creates a basis for enabling Heidelberg to carry out its socially-responsible activities in an even more targeted manner at international level.
Heidelberg traditionally sets great store by environmental and sustainability reporting. These reports enable the company to inform the public about its efforts to safeguard the interests of its workforce and nurture the social milieu at its facilities, but also to demonstrate its commitment to environmental awareness. “Economic success in harmony with ecological and social issues remains our goal”, says Dr. Spiegel. This is because economic growth is only possible in the long term in consensus with society and the environment. The publication of the 2001/2002 report provides a range of interest groups with the information they need for open and critical dialog with Heidelberg.
The new report is the latest in a successful series. For its first sustainability report in 2000/2001, Heidelberg was awarded the “German Eco-Reporting Award” by the Chamber of Auditors. The latest reports focuses on the challenges of the Global Reporting Initiative and on the recommendations of the European Auditors’ Association for the “European Environmental Reporting Awards” competition. In addition to the developments showing Heidelberg’s commitment to sustainability, a special section in the report is given over to the theme “Actively shaping the future of printing – Heidelberg’s responsibility for the long-term, stable growth of the graphic arts industry”.
Further information can be found on the Internet at www.heidelberg.com.
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