Gabriel-Chemie states to attach great importance to a healthy balance between economic, environmental and social issues. Therefore, sustainability on all levels is at the heart of the business and this extends to the entire value creation chain of the family-run company from Austria.
The company sets four sustainability topics for 2020:
Gabriel-Chemie has put the entire value creation chain under the microscope, with a focus on significant sustainability aspects. This includes the procurement of raw materials, transport and also research and development. In regard to this the family-run company places particular emphasis on production. The focus here is on employees and the environment.
The careful use of resources and the continuous reduction of environmental impact are significant components of the production process. According to the motto that a company is only as good as its employees, Gabriel-Chemie ensures health and safety at work as well as a work-life balance, numerous training programmes and active communication within the entire company.
In terms of procurement strategy, Gabriel-Chemie states to place considerable value on the use of the highest quality materials and comprehensive specialist skills in regard to the development and manufacturing process. In order to guarantee the best quality standards for its customers, the Austrian company uses high-performance and reliable suppliers. Environmental protection, safety at work and human rights play key roles in the sustainability-orientated decision-making process. In addition, Gabriel-Chemie is committed to long-term cooperation with regional producers from Europe, in order to increase regional value creation as much as possible.
Careful use of resources and continuous reduction of environmental impact are essential approaches in our business activities and are integrated into the processes. Gabriel-Chemie continuously improves its environmental performance through optimisation of their production processes and raising awareness among the employees. In this way, the family-run business intends to create a basis for the responsible handling of the resources used.
Gabriel-Chemie has also planned the construction of a photovoltaic system at its Austrian headquarters and sets itself the goal of reducing the proportion of fossil energy used in the group-wide electricity mix by 30 per cent. The Austrian masterbatch manufacturer has also set itself the goal of reducing recyclable plastic waste by 50 per cent through careful production planning.
The first sustainability report of the Gabriel-Chemie Group sends a clear message in regard to the changes and challenges of the plastics industry. The company acknowledges the need for future-orientated action and embraces its social, environmental and economic responsibilities.
Photo: Stefanie Sommer, Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer at Gabriel-Chemie