Sustainability at WEPA

Since its foundation in 1948, the WEPA Group has been a family-owned business oriented towards sustainability. The concept of sustainability is firmly rooted in our corporate culture and is an integral part of our corporate strategy. Our holistic philosophy places economic, ecological and social aspects in balance.

To preserve and, if possible, to improve our quality of life, this triad includes the meaningful and efficient use of raw materials and capital, expertise and experience, machines and processes. As a responsible and future-oriented family business, we have been assuming responsibility for our future and for the generations to come for decades and we are aware of the effects of our actions today on the world of tomorrow. In the context of our sustainability management, we fulfil our responsibility in the field of tension that arises from being a commercial enterprise with regional roots and a corporate group with operations throughout Europe. This generates high levels of transparency, trust and added value for the entire WEPA Group, including all stakeholders – ranging from employees to customers.

“We understand that long-term ecological success, the conservation of natural resources and a commitment to society are closely linked.”

“Accordingly, we are happy to publish an overview of our company’s longtime activities in our Sustainability Report. We have defined five strategic fields of action for our sustainable future orientation: our foundation to start, future fibre, operational efficiency, our sustainable hygiene paper portfolio and its extension through innovation. These fields are reflected in our Sustainability Strategy, which is aligned with our ‘Perform & Transform – WEPA 2023’ strategy programme.”

Martin Krengel CEO WEPA Gruppe

 

WEPA Sustainability Report 2020 ↓

Our 4+1 Sustainability Strategy

All of our business activities are based on a foundation of responsible conduct as an employer, social commitment, compliance and product safety. The four other fields of action, future fibres, operational efficiency, our sustainable hygiene product portfolio and its extension through innovation build on this foundation.

Future fibres

We aim for a fibre portfolio with leading environmental performance based on circularity.

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Operational efficiency

We aim for a carbon-neutral, zero-waste production and a sustainable water footprint.

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Sustainable hygiene paper portfolio

We aspire to offer the most sustainable hygiene paper portfolio to make our customers successful.

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Portfolio extension through innovation

We are expanding our existing product portfolio to be the leader in sustainable hygiene solutions in Europe.

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Our foundation

We follow our values, care about our stakeholders and the environment beyond legal requirements, and proactively prevent risks.

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<p><strong style="color:#0064aa;">Future fibres</strong></p>
<p><strong style="color:#0064aa;">Operational efficiency</strong></p>
<p><strong style="color:#0064aa;">Sustainable hygiene paper portfolio</strong></p>
<p><strong style="color:#0064aa;">Portfolio extension through innovation</strong></p>
Our foundation

UN Sustainable Development Goals as the framework for our Sustainability Strategy

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs) provide an important framework for our sustainable actions and offer guidance in the implementation of our 4+1 Sustainability Strategy. Our strategy makes a significant contribution to seven of the SDGs.

PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS

We believe that partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders are essential when it comes to implementing the transformation towards a more sustainable future. Therefore, SDG 17 “Partnerships for the goals” to us in the WEPA Group means implementing our Sustainability Strategy and our mutual success.

CONTRIBUTED TO BY THE FOLLOWING FIELDS OF ACTION:

Sustainable hygiene paper portfolio, Portfolio extension through innovation

CONTRIBUTED TO BY THE FOLLOWING FIELDS OF ACTION:

Operational efficiency, Sustainable hygiene paper portfolio, Portfolio extension through innovation

CONTRIBUTED TO BY THE FOLLOWING FIELDS OF ACTION:

Future fibres, Operational efficiency, Sustainable hygiene paper portfolio, Portfolio extension through innovation

CONTRIBUTED TO BY THE FOLLOWING FIELDS OF ACTION:

Future fibres, Operational efficiency, Portfolio extension through innovation

CONTRIBUTED TO BY THE FOLLOWING FIELDS OF ACTION:

Future fibres, Operational efficiency

CONTRIBUTED TO BY THE FOLLOWING FIELDS OF ACTION:

Future fibres, Operational efficiency

Our partners

Our partners

Our self-conception as a sustainable family business has always included trustworthy cooperations with external partners.

We are committed together to environmental and social projects, and carefully select which partnerships support our holistic approach to sustainability. Through this dialogue we are in a constant state of development, and, via our commitment, are able to positively impact areas relevant to us. In doing so, we learn and benefit from each other – for the benefit of people and the environment.

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