Economical, ecological and social goals as an integral part of our corporate strategy

Setting new priorities: accountability, relevance and sustainability

Sustainability: Our Corporate Goal as a Long-Term Strategy

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Weserland defines sustainability by taking a holistic view of environmental protection, social justice and economic efficiency. We endeavour to go far beyond the fulfilment of rules and standards by combining environmental protection and sustainability with substantial and responsible action. Future generations should not have to accept any restrictions in their lives.

We consider products and processes not as an end point, but as valuable resources. This perspective allows us to view waste materials as potential sources of secondary raw materials and thus contribute to a genuine circular economy. We always aim to minimise the ecological, carbon footprint and promote the efficient use of resources.

All solutions, combined with a genuine long-term strategy, are geared towards achieving both ecological and economic benefits not only for our customers and society, but above all for future generations. By working closely with our clients, we create customised, sustainable concepts that can be easily integrated into day-to-day operations and support an end-to-end circular economy.

Key fields of activity

Focal Points of Our Sustainability concept

For Weserland as a chemical company, the responsible use of raw materials and resources is of fundamental importance. We focus on increasing resource productivity and optimizing energy-related services. When it comes to procurement, our company places particular emphasis on the entire life cycle.

As a DIN EN ISO 14001 certified company – since the 1990s – we have a deep understanding of the careful use of resources, especially water, which plays a central role in chemical production. The company has therefore been pursuing a wastewater-free production method for some time.

The aim is to be CO2-neutral by 2040, a target that is to be achieved by continuously adapting to the latest technological findings.

As an experienced player in the chemical industry, we understand the importance of the circular economy and product responsibility as essential elements of our business activities. Our approach is based on processing a wide range of raw materials into high-quality finished products for industrial applications that serve as aids for further processing.

An exemplary scenario for this is the recovery of raw materials from our finished coatings, for example on woven carpets. Our aim is not only to recover these raw materials, but also to separate them in such a way that they can be reused without any loss of quality. We always endeavour to achieve a quality that corresponds to the original, so-called ‘virgin material’.

In general, we prioritise the use of natural or bio-based raw materials in product development, those that can be degraded easily and in an environmentally friendly manner after use. In accordance with the Circular Economy Act, we take care to integrate durability and diligence into the design of each product in order to minimise the generation of waste during production and use. A carbon and climate-neutral product is our goal.

We are dedicated to reducing environmental pollution through innovative approaches in closed loop recycling management. In line with the objectives of the EU taxonomy and beyond, we are working intensively on the issue of the packaging cycle. We will counter the trend towards disposable packaging in the industrial sector with a systematic rethink.

Our focus is on the complete recovery and re-use of our own packaging, mainly drums and ‘Intermediate Bulk Containers’ (IBCs). All our customers will be eventually integrated into this reusable cycle system, which is not only ecologically but also economically advantageous.

As a wastewater-free company, we attach great importance to the conscious use of resources: Our measures include the regular maintenance of hydraulic systems, constructive solutions to prevent leaks and the environmentally friendly cleaning of our machines. We make sure that the installation and cleaning locations of our systems are equipped with sealed surfaces, appropriate angles of inclination and special collection devices.

As part of our corporate responsibility, we attach great importance to the sustainable and ethical organisation of our supply chain. It is important to us not only to guarantee environmental standards and social responsibility internally, but also to actively implement these principles throughout the entire chain.

A key aspect is monitoring to ensure that all suppliers and service providers fulfil the same strict ESG criteria (Environmental, Social, Governance) that Weserland has imposed on itself. To ensure this, it is crucial that our partners have a clear understanding of our requirements in terms of sustainability and social responsibility right from the start.

Weserland seeks to integrate local suppliers and raw materials into the supply chain wherever possible. This proximity to our suppliers allows regular audits and on-site visits to personally check and ensure compliance with the defined criteria. Finally, Weserland is committed to working increasingly with suppliers who publish their sustainability results on recognised platforms such as EcoVadis or CDP.

When it comes to sustainability, we are also committed to the targeted promotion and development of our employees (m,f,d). This is based above all on the conviction that qualified and satisfied employees (m,f,d) are not only the key to the company’s success, but also make a significant contribution to environmental protection and sustainability.

The long-term commitment to our employees (m,f,d), regardless of gender or origin, is at the centre of our corporate culture. We therefore also attach great importance to the continuous training and further education of our teams. This not only ensures their professional expertise, but also strengthens a shared awareness of environmentally friendly and sustainable practices.

We offer comprehensive company health management and additional amenities such as a job bike and job ticket to promote a healthy work-life balance and support environmentally friendly mobility. At Weserland, people are not just a contributing factor, they are at the centre of everything we do. This approach extends from production through the laboratory and field service to trainees and office staff. We attach great importance to our employees (m,f,d) not only knowing the appropriate rules, but also living them and having the right attitude.

Weserland sees itself as a pioneer with its latest Interiors division (WLI), focussing on sustainability through refurbishment. Weserland sees itself as a pioneer with its latest Interiors division (WLI), focussing on sustainability through refurbishment. This aims to effectively conserve resources and pursue an environmentally friendly approach through the refurbishment of seating systems.

We demonstrate our commitment to sustainability by specialising in the renovation of seating systems for rail vehicles, buses as well as upholstered seats in waiting areas at airports and train stations. A key advantage of our work is the contribution of our expertise in fire protection, which further enhances the safety and quality of the renewed products.

Among other things, polyurethane foam padding – another core component of our product portfolio – is shredded and proportionally added to new foam padding. This approach not only saves on raw materials, but also eliminates the need for disposal. In addition, the use of polyols from renewable raw materials in polyurethane foam production helps to make the use of materials more climate-neutral.

To achieve our goals

Our Standards and Guidelines

We use the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations and the EU Taxonomy (6 environmental goals of the EU) in line with the ESG criteria (Environmental, Social, Governance) to achieve and adhere to our goals. We support the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact and many of our voluntary commitments are reflected in our in-house Code of Conduct.

We are guided by the EU Taxonomy Regulation (6 environmental objectives of the EU). In particular, we focus on climate protection, the prevention of environmental pollution and the sustainable use of water.

We are aligning these, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with the ESG criteria (environmental, social, governance) as a framework for our corporate governance.

An independent assessment of our sustainability strategy is mandatory and must be carried out using a globally recognised as well as widely used system. Weserland has therefore decided to be certified according to the EcoVadis rating system, which is already widely used in the chemical industry.

In March 2024, Weserland was awarded the “Silver” rating medal with an overall performance of 70%.

Environmental management DIN EN ISO 14001:2015

Quality management DIN EN ISO 9001:2015