Resource Management

The company discloses what qualitative and quantitative goals it has set itself with regard to its resource efficiency, in particular its use of renewables, the increase in raw material productivity and the reduction in the usage of ecosystem services, which measures and strategies it is pursuing to this end, how these are or will be achieved, and where it sees there to be risks.

Using resources sparingly is a central issue, with a company’s interests often substantially overlapping with environmental interests. From an environmental protection perspective, it is essential that the use of non-renewable resources (such as fossil fuels) in particular be minimised and that natural assets (such as soil and water) be dealt with especially responsibly. At the same time, companies can frequently save money by reducing their use of resources. These savings can then be put towards additional measures in the area of, for example, sustainability.
To achieve a comprehensive and proactive strategy, clear goals and a consistent management approach can help to identify trends early on, communicate change processes within a company and facilitate cooperation between various business divisions.

What needs to be borne in mind?
For this criterion’s performance indicators, the amounts of the various resources used should be disclosed, while in terms of the aspects, you should present your resource management policy.
Aspect 1:
Report on your resource efficiency goals and the planned goal achievement time frames and on the environmental aspects of your company’s activities.

Aspect 2:
Report on the strategies and concrete measures used to achieve these goals.

Aspect 3:
State whether previous goals were achieved and, if so, to what extent, and disclose any goals which were not achieved and why.

Aspect 4:
Report on the material risks arising from your business activities, your business relations and your products and/or services that are likely to have a negative impact on resources and ecosystems.
The term resources encompasses the materials used in or for corporate processes (e.g. fuels and land) and so-called ecosystem services. These services are rendered by natural systems and are used by companies, e.g. groundwater as part of a cooling system or insects that pollinate fruit plantations. For long-term use to be possible, it must be in harmony with the natural system in question.

Resource efficiency in the narrow sense is about increasing raw material productivity, in other words improving the ratio of resource input to the company’s output. In the broader sense, the criterion also encompasses the option of substituting critical resources with, for example, recycled, renewable or non-toxic alternatives.
Reporting in line with the German CSR Directive Implementation Act   
(German legislation implementing the Directive 2014/95/EU)

If you also wish to use your Code declaration to comply with the reporting obligation in accordance with the CSR Directive Implementation Act (CSR-RUG), the checklist below will give you guidance regarding how the Code Office checks it for formal completeness. You can provide the relevant information concerning environmental matters under criteria 11 to 13. Questions set in italics are already covered in your responses to the corresponding Code aspects.

1. Report on the management policy pursued:
a.Goals and planned goal achievement time frames (criterion 12, aspect 1, and criterion 13, aspect 1).
b. How corporate governance is incorporated into the policy.
c. Strategies and concrete measures for achieving the goals (criterion 12, Aspect 2, and criterion 13, aspect 3).
d. Internal processes for monitoring implementation of the measures.

2. Report on the results of the policy:
a. Whether and to what extent previous goals were achieved (criterion 12, Aspect 2, and criterion 13, aspect 4).
b. Whether and how it is determined that the policy needs modifying and what conclusions are then drawn.

3. Report on the risks:
a. How the risks were identified and the material risks were filtered out (due diligence processes).
b. Material risks arising from your business activities that are highly likely to have a negative impact on resources and ecosystems (criterion 12, aspect 4).
c. Material risks arising from your business relations that are highly likely to have a negative impact on resources and ecosystems (criterion 12, aspect 4).
d. Material risks arising from your products and services that are highly likely to have a negative impact on resources and ecosystems (criterion 12, aspect 4).

INPACS (Headquarters)

As the general basis, the Company Policy requires ecological responsibility expressing INPACS' commitment "to minimising its environmental footprint". 

On INPACS head office level, this reduction target is managed according to the ISO 14001 standard  requirements and controlled following the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard. The here considered resources can be impacted directly by INPACS, but at the same time have a relatively insignificant leverage power regarding the increase in resource efficiency, due to the small office operation.

Therefore, INPACS has set a strategic focus on a rather indirect, but much more impactful leverage point: its market role. To effectively use its global sphere of influence to develop and promote resource-saving business models, the following goals have been set (cf. criterion 3 and 7): In order to save resources and emissions, we aim to make a contribution to the reduction of waste generation – and our greatest area of impact is our customer. Therefore, we extended our view on the customers’ value chain to the crucial stage of waste disposal.

Here, the relevant strategic measures are:

1. Create a Sustainable Program for our Customers: We develop a Sustainability Analysis along the customers’ value chain. The sustainability program is scheduling an implementation of version 1.0 by 2020, whereby the first pilot already enables the customer consultancy regarding the
  • customers' product consumption/ procurement portfolio on the basis of sustainability attributes,
  • usage of electronic ordering and invoicing,
  • CO2 emissions per delivery as well as
  • Waste amount per waste category (cf. criterion 10). 
2. Develop a Sustainable Range: In order to better influence sustainable consumption and production, we enhance our sustainable range with appropriate concepts and service. The following milestones have been reached in the reporting period 2019 as a basic requirement for further effective measures: 
  • Cooperation initiation with waste management company in order to raise awareness for circularity within network, conduct reality-testing of biodegradable products and develop disposal concepts for our customers
  • Development of an INPACS Packaging Guideline as well as a catalogue of relevant product criteria to enable a harmonized and targeted sustainable procurement as well as customer consultation
3. Initiate a Sustainability School: To take the journey together with our members, employees, customers and suppliers, internal and external knowledge building is a basic requirement and shall be facilitated through a web-based interactive Sustainability Knowledge Platform. An associated pilot project is planned for 2020.

The core of this new approach is the cooperative connection of all stakeholders and creation of transparency on all levels along global wholesale value chains – minimizing the material risks of high resource intensity and high transport CO2 emissions on account of our globally traded product range.
  • customers' product consumption/ procurement portfolio on the basis of sustainability attributes,
  • usage of electronic ordering and invoicing,
  • CO2 emissions per delivery as well as
  • Waste amount per waste category

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