Local Communities | 413-1

Operations with local community engagement, impact assessments, and development programs

We strive to dialogue with the communities and inhabitants at our company locations, to be a good neighbor and to make an effort to avoid the negative impacts surrounding our business activities, while at the same time generating societal added value. For example, at our company location in Holzminden, we let our neighbors know about topics of local interest and our social commitment by regularly publishing and distributing a local newsletter. Over the past ten years, we have been committed to improving education and health care in Madagascar. We have established production facilities there that meet strict environmental standards. Our local business activity contributes to the livelihood of more than 30,000 people.
We established a site in the Amazon region that researches new, sustainable raw materials for perfumes and cosmetics in close cooperation with Brazil's top cosmetics manufacturer Natura. At the same time, many families in the region are benefiting from our commitments there. In partnership with the German Society for International Cooperation, the goal is to restore the natural vegetation along the Trans-Amazonian Highway and in the Northeastern ParĂ¡ and Ponta do Albuna regions through changed cultivation of the land and reforestation measures. The farmers and cooperatives will learn how to cultivate the land more effectively with the help of the latest technology. This will increase their yields and allow them to stabilize their livelihoods through a higher income.

In accordance with the Precautionary Principle, we endeavor to manage the local impact of our business activities as a rule on a proactive basis. Our Integrated Management System is based on the international standards in the areas of quality management (ISO 9001), the environment (ISO 14001), occupational health and safety (OHSAS 18001), sustainability (ISO 26000), energy (ISO 50001), social accountability (SA 8000), the generally accepted audit standards of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and other recognized local standards that promote a continuous improvement in performance.

Our subsidiary TESIUM ensures that the facilities comply with our safety requirements. This includes the preparation of systematic safety reviews, contingency plans, safety reports, alarm and risk-prevention plans, and public information. Health & safety committees can be found at all our sites where we have production facilities. The committees meet regularly and share ideas about safety measures and preventing workplace accidents (see 403-1). All our worldwide sites follow obligatory Corporate Guidelines, which have been coordinated with the Executive Board, that contain an approach to the safety of systems and ensure the protection of employees and the environment.