The global sanitary fittings giant Grohe AG has been recognised as one of the most sustainable major companies in Germany at the German Sustainability Award 2016 held at Düsseldorf last November. It was among the top-3 in the same category in 2015 and among the top-3 in resource efficiency in 2014.
An initiative of the German Sustainability Award Foundation, the award is endorsed by the German federal government, and umbrella organisations of local governments, confederations of business and industry, civil society organisations, and research institutions of the country. The award has been presented annually since 2008 to companies who are role models in combining economic success with social responsibility and environmental stewardship. Since 2012, the award has also been given to local authorities committed to sustainable local development.
“We are proud of our enduring success at the German Sustainability Award,” said the company’s CEO Michael Rauterkus. “It shows that our passion and commitment to sustainability are also appreciated outside our company. By presenting us with this award, the jury of experts has acknowledged the performance of our employees, who are willing to go that extra mile every day to meet our high demands made on sustainability.”
Stressing on the company’s all-round sustainability, Rauterkus said, “We are constantly working to improve our sustainability through new product solutions and process optimisations. Among other things, the jury of experts based its decision on the company’s excellent sustainability management system, which helps to master challenges such as resource protection, demographic change, social responsibility and compliance. The combined heat and power plants installed in the production sites of Hemer and Lahr, as well as the waste recycling ratio of almost 99% at all plants are just two examples of the investments made, and the expertise demonstrated, by Grohe in all areas of sustainability.”