Our perspective

The global challenges of climate change, water security, waste generation and access to energy services have been accelerated by the COVID-19 crisis in recent years. Jungbunzlauer’s business activities are both affecting our environment and are being affected by the global challenges related to climate change. At Jungbunzlauer, we believe it is important to be aware of our responsibility towards the environment and to work together proactively for a more sustainable future.

Because of the global nature of our company, our key concerns focus on challenges such as greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption (see chapter 4.1 in our report), water usage (see chapter 4.2 in our report), waste generation (see chapter 4.3 in our report) and biodiversity (see chapter 4.4 in our report), which create opportunities for us to have a positive impact on our environment. This in turn influences all our stakeholders, from our customers, our suppliers and our employees to local communities. 

Regarding the material topics covered in this chapter, our recent materiality analysis led to the inclusion of the new topic of biodiversity. We have also renamed “Emissions” to “Climate and energy” in this year’s materiality analysis in order to be more precise about the impact we have in both areas. 

We are committed to incorporating sound environmental management practices into all aspects of our business. All Jungbunzlauer production facilities have implemented a “Health, Safety, Environmental and Sustainability Policy​​​​​​​”, which includes topics such as energy, water, waste and pollution management, occu pational health and safety, and sustainable consumption. All our production sites adhere to the Responsible Care® programme to monitor and improve our environmental performance. Resources for implementing the Responsible Care® principles are provided at all our plants. Monitoring under the Responsible Care® programme ensures that the environmental impacts of Jungbunzlauer’s activities are reviewed internally on an annual basis.

Targets and performance on environmental topics (emissions, energy, water and waste) are summarised by each production site yearly in a Responsible Care® Report. In addition, internal progress and performance on the science-based targets is reported annually within the CDP programme. We report in the CDP "Climate Change" and "Water security" questionnaires.