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  • 2019 Corporate Responsibility Report

Resource efficiency at the workplace

We try to use as many green office supplies as possible in order to improve resource efficiency at the workplace. In 2019, the percentage of sustainable products ordered was 30 percent. We also have the following measures:

  • Our “IT Remarketing” project: used IT hardware is refurbished so that it can be reused. 
  • Some of our office products are labeled with the EU Ecolabel, the Fairtrade seal, the Organic Farming seal, the Blue Angel eco-label, and the FSC® and PEFC environmental labels. 
  • A total of 26 percent of the products in our office products catalog in Germany are classified as sustainable.
  • Office supplies are delivered largely in accordance with the CO2-neutral certificate.
  • Since January 1, 2018, we have procured only environmentally certified office paper, which has been awarded the “Blue Angel” label or the “Nordic Swan" certificate, through a paper wholesaler. 
  • To reduce the amount of paper used throughout the Group, we ask our employees to opt out of having salary statements sent by post and have them provided online instead.
  • On our “You and Me” social network, we also offer employees a platform where they can exchange unneeded office supplies instead of reordering them.
  • Our partnership with the charitable organization “AfB gemeinnützige GmbH”, which offers jobs for people with limitations. We give some of our used IT hardware (e.g., laptops) to the organization for reconditioning and reselling.
  • We are working on modernizing the media technology used within our company to meet the requirements laid down in the Minamata Convention img. We are therefore currently replacing devices that still contain this heavy metal with new mercury-free versions while sending the old devices to be professionally recycled or disposed of. 
  • Where possible, we are opting for projectors with state-of-the-art lasers or laser-LED hybrids that work without any conventional lamps.