When it comes to corporate responsibility we take a frontrunner position in the market by initiating transparency in the supply chain. We are committed to the guiding principles of UN Global Compact and work side-by-side with the international NGO ‘The Natural Step’ to ensure sustainability is part of our daily operations.
We constantly monitor our key products from a sustainability perspective and examine our supply chain. We try to inspire other companies in the industry to act in the same responsible manner as we do.
Our Sustainability Strategy:
1. Creating awareness and cooperation within the industry
2. Investing in local communities & education
3. Investing in R&D to stimulate sustainability
4. Working side-by-side with The Natural Step
Responsibilities do not start and end at our own factory gates. We are talking with both suppliers and customers on this subject. We have signed up to the United Nations Global Compact to ensure we meet certain standards and show constant improvement. We stimulate suppliers and customers to follow our example by making similar commitments.
- We organize ‘Sustainability Road Shows’ in countries like India, Mongolia, Bangladesh and so on to spread the message of the importance of sustainability.
- We support the establishment of a sustainable leather industry in cooperation with the Mongolian Government, Dutch government, MIM (Made in Mongolia) and others.
- We are part of the Leather Working Group, a worldwide group of enterprises active in the entire leather supply chain: from leading consumer brands, tanneries and chemical companies. Together we want to find more sustainable solutions within the industry itself.
- We raise the child labor issue whenever possible with our customers in countries where this is known to still exist. We walk away from customers and markets where we are not allowed to bring about improvements in this area.
3. Investments in R&D to stimulate sustainability
2. Investing in local communities & people
As a multinational company with a presence in all corners of the world, Stahl has taken on the responsibility to work in local communities and establish good relationships within those communities. Stahl sees it as its responsibility to support local communities to increase employment, skills and economic activity.
Our dedicated R&D staff is focused on developing products that are designed to protect the environment as well as the health and safety of users. Some of our sustainable solutions we developed recently:
- More than 80% of Stahl products and systems are water-based.
- Stahlite®: thanks to a careful selection of processing chemicals, the weight of leather is minimized resulting into fuel savings for aircrafts and cars. Next to that, the Stahlite® retan process uses less chemicals, water and energy than conventional retannage.
- Our chrome-free Stahl EasyWhite Tan™ system provides a more sustainable and simplified tanning process for tanners than ever before. This chrome-free procedure removes the need to add salt and reduces the number of stages in the tanning process.
- Bio-based PolyMatte®: The sustainable matte coating for leather and coated fabrics is based on rapeseed oil instead of petroleum.
- We introduced the product range STAHL EVO with a 100% water based top coat and a DMF free STAHL EVO base, as an innovative and sustainable alternative for the conventional DMF-coagulation process. This offers great opportunities to reduce water and energy usage during the production process.
4. The Natural Step
In our commitment to sustainability we work side-by-side with the international NGO, The Natural Step (TNS). TNS encompasses a global network of organisations sharing a core identity and a set of basic principles regarding sustainability. With all their expertise, TNS assists us on the road to a more sustainable future. For instance, we look further than the end consumer wearing shoes or clothing that contains our dyes and coatings. We also ask ourselves questions like: What happens when the end consumer throws his shoes or hand bags away? What could be the effects on the planet? Read more about The Natural Step