Structuring the future
"We want to structure the future!" This intent runs throughout Bischof + Klein's entire corporate history. The family-owned company thinks in terms of generations. The company's orientation towards economic standards is supplemented by responsibility towards its employees and their families plus conscientious treatment of the environment and resources. This gives rise to the modern concept of "sustainability", which is nothing new for B+K: this balance between economy, social responsibility and ecology forms part of the company's tradition.
In doing so, it kick-started a process which is unique in the history of the company. Employees from various divisions and plants developed a sustainability concept for B+K. With their commitment, the team members succeeded in convincing the management, which then placed the process on a broader footing. Four teams were charged with developing and implementing the ideas. This intensive, critical analysis of the topic of sustainability thus percolated through to all levels of the company.
At present, around 25 projects are in the implementation phase: Measures for increasing the productivity of resources, for reducing emissions, for improving the work-life balance, for health management and for optimising sales and development activities. This year will see the publication of the first sustainability report, which contains key data for measuring sustainability and information on the status of the projects.
Bischof + Klein is also partner to the "Centre for Sustainable Corporate Management" (ZNU) at the University of Witten/Herdecke, where it represents the packaging industry. The company intends to use this platform for intensive exchange on the topic of sustainability between science, commerce and medium-sized industrial companies.