PAUL HARTMANN AG nominated for German Sustainability Award

PAUL HARTMANN AG has been nominated for the German Sustainability Award in the field of medical technology. Honoring companies for their sustainability achievements, the award is being given this year for the 16th time by the German Sustainability Award Foundation in cooperation with the German government. The foundation claims this is the largest award of its kind in Europe. The award ceremonies will take place in Düsseldorf on 23 and 24 November 2023.

The German Sustainability Award distinguishes leading examples from the business world that demonstrate sustainable corporate governance in the successful combination of ecological, economic and social progress.

“We are extremely pleased to have been nominated,” says Michaela Sieger, Head of Sustainability at HARTMANN: “Sustainability is in HARTMANN’s DNA, manifest already in our product portfolio. Our brand promise ‘Helps. Cares. Protects.’ clearly expresses that we are aware of our responsibility and do everything possible to live up to it.”

HARTMANN has a holistic view of sustainability, taking into consideration the economic, ecological and social impact of its business activities. To pursue these goals, concrete measures are implemented and continuously developed. These include:

  • For the environment, the reduction of CO2 emissions and waste volumes as well as the efficient use of resources that extend their life cycles. For example, for its incontinence products, the company is halving production-based waste by 2026. For its disinfection products, the weight of plastic bottles has been reduced. As a result, HARTMANN is saving over 80 tons of raw materials every year.
  • In the social sphere, HARTMANN supports a wide variety of organizations in the fields of culture, health and education, e.g. through sponsoring as well as donations in kind and monetary donations. The company furthermore creates a healthy working environment for its employees, promoting their long-term health and motivation.
  • Concerning responsible corporate governance, HARTMANN has established effective control mechanisms to ensure compliance with legislative obligations. These include, for example, a targeted membership in the UN Global Compact, certifications through sustainability rankings (e.g. EcoVadis), our statement of compliance with human rights within supply chains and our sustainability report.

With regards to decarbonization, HARTMANN aims to reduce the CO2 emissions for which it is directly responsible (Scope 1) as well as indirect CO2 emissions from purchased energy (Scope 2) by a combined minimum of 50% by 2030 (base year 2021). By 2050, complete climate neutrality is to be achieved for all CO2 emissions, i.e. including CO2 emissions in the supply chain (Scope 3).