At schülke, economics, ecology and social commitment place equal demands on our overall corporate thinking and actions. Long before environmental protection became an increasingly important topic of public debate schülke, as a pioneer in this field, sent clear signals in relation to the topic of sustainability. Back in 1996, our site in Norderstedt was validated in accordance with the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). Since then it has been our ambition to positively impact the ecological key figures, to lower them where possible and to establish the challenge of long-term energy efficiency. Positive developments have been achieved through the optimisation of processes and the adoption of advanced technology. This progress has further increased our awareness and appreciation of sustainable conduct.
Improving the sustainability of our processes through specific measures remains a permanent goal. One example of this is at our logistics centre, which became operational in the summer of 2009, cutting-edge warehousing and fire protection technology ensures that our finished goods and packaging material are stored safely and in an environmentally-sound fashion. In 2008 we were one of the first companies in our field to compile a comprehensive sustainability report. Validated by external environmental experts, this report drew great interest from the press and the public. We engage in dialogue openly and in a self-critical manner and continue to do our bit for the future of our society: with all our strength and determination – within the context of our holistic quality standards.
Our strong commitment to quality, environmental protection, work safety and risk management goes far beyond our corporate dimensions. Various memberships and partnerships give us the opportunity to engage in beneficial exchange with others. We are always happy to present our expertise and longstanding experience to interested circles of experts, make suggestions and add new momentum. We want to inform, inspire and motivate others. This, too, is wholly in line with our self-image: fair, reliable and proactive.