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2020 Corporate Responsibility Report

Resource efficiency at the workplace

We also contribute to resource efficiency at the workplace: We try to use as many green office supplies as possible. In 2020, 26 percent of all catalog-based office supplies were sustainable. We also took the following measures in Germany:

  • Our “IT Remarketing” project: Used IT hardware is refurbished so that it can be reused.
  • Some of our office products bear the EU Ecolabel, the Fairtrade seal, the Organic Farming seal, the Blue Angel eco-label, or 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 carbon neutrality certificate.
  • Since 2018, we have worked with a paper wholesaler to purchase only environmentally certified paper that has been awarded the “Blue Angel” (Blauer Engel) or the “Nordic Swan” certificate.
  • 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.
  • The goal of our “Paperless Office” project is to increase the number of e-books and e-papers to save even more paper.
  • On our “You and Me” social network, we also offer our employees a platform where they can exchange used office supplies instead of ordering new supplies.
  • Our partner, the charitable organization “AfB gemeinnützige GmbH”, which offers jobs for people with limitations, receives some of our used IT hardware (e.g., laptops) for reconditioning and reselling.
  • To meet the requirements of the Minamata Convention img and curb mercury emissions, we are working to modernize the media technology used in our company. We are now replacing devices that still contain mercury with new mercury-free devices. The old devices are 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.