Sustainability Report

I am once again very pleased to present our latest Sustainability Report which provides an overview of Stahl’s activities in 2017.

In 2017 Stahl made significant progress towards achieving its goal of a transparent supply chain. The acquisition of the BASF Leather Chemicals division, completed in October 2017, is an important step towards that goal. The renowned product leadership of BASF and Stahl’s complementary activities related to sustainability and transparency in recent years are already integrated into Stahl’s strategy. 

In 2017 we expanded our activities to include several more of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals to which we are aligning and we remain committed to the UN Global Compact. I am glad to report that Stahl is on course to meet its 2020 target of C02 emissions reduction, thanks to sourcing renewable energy and also to investments at our manufacturing sites in recent years. We have included information in this report based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Core disclosures (see annex).

In my travels during 2017, I have observed how environmental and social responsibility has become the main topic of conversation with our customers and partners in the industry. Whether it is eliminating restricted substances, substituting solvent with water, using alternative energy sources, reducing pollution, improving water effluent management or implementing codes of conduct, Stahl is deeply involved in initiatives that are having a positive effect on the industry. Indeed, while Stahl is fully aware of the challenges, we continue to view them as a great opportunity, to take action and create a better future.

We hope that you enjoy reading about the many initiatives that Stahl is working on around the world, and we look forward to sharing them with you during the coming year.

Huub van Beijeren 
CEO

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