Sustainability and social responsibility, the topic of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), have always had a high priority at Hahnemühle. Without this uncompromising commitment of the company, the uninterrupted production of exquisite papers at the same location for over four hundred years would not be possible. Sustainability in the truest sense of the word is lived out in the company’s actions and is reflected in the products that are successfully marketed worldwide. The internationally recognised EcoVadis seal confirms Hahnemühle´s environmental protection and social actions for our suppliers and customers.
“In order to make our efforts and improvements in the areas of environmental and social practices visible to customers worldwide, we regularly have ourselves certified by external third parties. In addition to the ISO 14001 certificate for our environmental management, we are now certified by EcoVadis,” says Dr Barbara Born, Head of Research & Development and Environmental and Quality Management.
EcoVadis is an internationally leading sustainability ranking of companies that certifies in an industry comparison. Performance is comprehensively assessed in four categories: Environment, Labour and Human Rights, Ethics and Sustainable Procurement. Hahnemühle achieved a top rating in the areas of environment and labour and human rights with above-average commitment in a comparison to companies from the same industry.
“Our bronze certification is confirmation of the sustainability measures and actions we have taken over the years. With the EcoVadis guide we can continue to implement continuous improvements in all areas of certification and in one year at the latest we would like to achieve silver certification,” says Dr Barbara Born.
Hahnemühle, as a traditional German company, is facing up to the increasing demands and requirements for ecologically and ethically justifiable production. In addition to regular certifications, Hahnemühle acts according to its own environmental manifesto and aims to become climate neutral by 2030. Furthermore, the company regularly supports national and international environmental protection projects with its own environmental initiative “Green Rooster”, which is unique in the paper industry. Hahnemühle thus actively protects the environment and climate through reforestation, species protection and education programmes. Hahnemühle is guided by the 17 sustainability goals of the United Nations and the Gold Standard for environmental protection projects.
Hahnemühle FineArt has been producing paper since 1584. Today’s portfolio comprises traditional and digital FineArt papers for painting and printing and FineNotes Stationery products. Customer-specific development, production and finishing of life science solutions is also of great importance to the medium-sized company since 1883.
The paper grades are produced according to ancient recipes from high-quality cotton fibres, pulp or fast-growing plant fibres and pure spring water. As inventor and world market leader, Hahnemühle continuously refines its genuine artists’ papers for exclusive photo prints, digital art and art reproductions. The customised development and production of life science solutions is another focus.
All papers and life science solutions have class–leading quality attributes and excellent ageing resistance. Hahnemühle has a worldwide reputation as a ‘Brand of the Century’ . Products are available in more than 130 countries worldwide.
The company is headquartered in Dassel, Southern Lower Saxony; with offices in the United Kingdom, France, USA, Singapore and China.
With its “Green Rooster” initiative Hahnemühle has been supporting both regional and international environmental protection projects since 2008, including reforestation, animal welfare and environmental education programmes. The long-established company produces papers in a protected natural reserve under strict environmental regulations and makes an important contribution to environmental and climate protection around the globe.
For further information on the brand, history and environmental responsibilities visit www.hahnemuehle.com
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