I am very proud to present the 2018 Stahl Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report which provides an overview of our activities over the past twelve months.
There are some new features in the report this year, like the Materiality Matrix, which plots the topics that matter for the company, and a chapter on the Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) landscape, which provides an update for our stakeholders on the legislation and compliance initiatives that were relevant in 2018. Stahl’s vision is to achieve a more transparent industry that continuously reduces its environmental footprint. In 2018 we made further progress towards this goal, including the seamless integration of the BASF Leather Chemicals division and another drop in CO2 emissions at our manufacturing sites. Indeed, the investment in solar energy at our Stahl Brasil site is a concrete example of our long term commitment to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement targets. Stahl has intensified its contribution to the 17 UN Sustainable Development goals and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) table is published once again.
Stahl is driving initiatives that are having a positive effect on the supply chain and on the environment. While we are aware of the challenges that our industry faces, we continue to view them as a significant opportunity for Stahl, to take action and create a better future.
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