Sustainability at Homanit
Sustainability is in the DNA of Homanit GmbH & Co. KG, with profitability and environmental awareness going hand in hand. Being a successful family business that is now in its 4th generation, we have a high sense of responsibility – towards nature and also towards our stakeholders. We rise to our challenges.
The Group's close ties with its environment is rooted in the very nature of our products. Our refined, thin medium-density and high-density fibreboards are made from wood, a precious raw material. We pay special attention and respect to our eco-system and attach top priority to nature-conscious and energy-efficient operation. But first things first:
The sustainable production process of Homanit GmbH & Co. KG starts with procurement. We reject wood from illegal logging and natural forest clearance as well as wood from forests worthy of protection; instead, we rely predominantly on thinning wood and sawmill wood residues from sustainably managed forests. As part of the production process, the wood is first shredded before binding agents are added. Our low-formaldehyde glue systems meet the strict requirements of the German Chemicals Prohibition Ordinance (emission class E1) and the American EPA (CARB). When processed in our plants, 100% of the incoming wood resources are used. As our production facilities have their own biomass power plants, wood residues are used to generate heat. All our sites are regularly audited and have certified energy management processes.
Homanit GmbH & Co. KG is exposed to the demands of different stakeholders, whose needs we take very seriously. We maintain a trusting dialogue with our suppliers and customers, whom we treat as equals. Employing over 1,500 qualified employees at our sites, we are also an important employer for the local communities and offer our staff good and fair working conditions. This is also reflected in the high commitment and performance of our staff, which take us forward every single day – toward even better products and a climate-neutral future.
Homanit GmbH & Co. KG is aware that, in a rapidly changing environment, the company is facing diverse challenges such as globalization, digitalization, climate change and a shortage of resources, demographic change as well as a shortage of skilled workers and increasing urbanization. At the same time, the legal requirements to be met by businesses in connection with ESG criteria are changing as well. While our Group of companies is acting out of conviction, we also have a duty to make a contribution and to report on our sustainability efforts in an adequate manner.
Any long-term and value-creating sustainability strategy is based on a careful strategy development process. Homanit GmbH & Co. KG has closely addressed external requirements and trends and explored the internal conditions within the company in the context of an environment analysis. The first sustainability report, which the holding company plans to publish in 2022, will report in detail and transparently on the sustainability strategy and the process of its creation within the Group.