The company declares whether or not it pursues a sustainability strategy. It explains what concrete measures it is undertaking to operate in compliance with key recognised sector-specific, national and international standards.


Every company and organisation has the opportunity to contribute to sustainable development in its own way. You set out your planned contribution in a sustainability strategy. You clearly communicate both internally and externally whether and how you wish to contribute to sustainable development and how you wish to develop in terms of sustainability. Formulating medium- and long-term goals within the strategy (see criterion 3) makes the strategy content more tangible and facilitates its translation into concrete measures. Reference may also be made in the strategy to the application of sector-specific, national or international standards and goals regarding sustainability issues (such as the ISO 14001 standard for environmental management systems, the core labour standards of the International Labour Organization [ILO] or the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals).

What needs to be borne in mind?
Within this criterion, you describe whether your company has a strategy regarding sustainable development or whether it has to date only effected individual measures which have not yet been brought together within an overarching format. Tackling sustainability issues strategically means that key areas of action are identified in which there is a clear correlation between sustainability aspects and the company’s core business activities. If your company does not yet have a sustainability strategy, you should give details of the sustainability issues in relation to which the company has already implemented or intends to implement measures. In the long term, a company’s mission statement and visions concerning sustainability issues should be realised with the help of a strategy.
A strategy differs from a mission statement in that it features goals and goal achievement plans, whereas a mission statement outlines the basic principles of the company’s actions in more general terms.

Aspect 1:
State whether your company pursues a separate sustainability strategy or whether this is incorporated into the overarching corporate strategy. If this is not yet the case, state when you intend to develop a sustainability strategy.

Aspect 2:
State the key areas of action that the sustainability strategy defines or, if there is no sustainability strategy, the areas in which your company has already implemented sustainability measures.

Aspect 3:
State which material standards and goals of relevance to sustainability your company’s sustainability strategy is based on.
A sustainability strategy outlines a company’s intentions regarding how they will handle the relevant sustainability aspects. It is adopted by the management. It may also be incorporated into an overarching corporate strategy.
Criterion 1 should also outline any measures that ensure compliance with standards relevant to sustainable development, such as public declarations of commitment to voluntary standards.

INPACS (Headquarters)

In 2018, Sustainability was defined by INPACS shareholders and members as one of five strategic pillars. The starting point for the further specification has been the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), whereby the following six were defined as focus topics:

SDG 5: Promotion of Equal Opportunities for all Genders in Leadership
Gender Balance is a fundamental condition for healthy working environments and successful business. Therefore, we promote equal opportunities for all genders in leadership at all levels of decision-making (cf. criterion 15).

SDG 10: All Employees shall Feel Included and Respectfully Treated
As a worldwide business network Diversity is part of our DNA. All employees irrespective of sex, skin colour, origin, social background, disability, sexual orientation, political or religious beliefs as well as gender or age shall feel included as well as respectfully treated (cf. criterion 15). 

SDG 8: Protect Labour Rights and Safe and Secure Working Environments within our Operations and along the Supply Chain
In line with the INPACS ethical codes we require the protection of labour rights as well as safe and secure working environments for all workers within our operations and along the supply chain (cf. criterion 14 and 17). 

SDG 12: Make a Contribution to the Reduction of Waste Generation; Create Awareness and Inform as well as Encourage all Relevant Actors along the Supply Chain from Product Selection to Disposal
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 (cf. criterion 12).

SDG 13: Significantly Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions on Local, National and International Level to Combat Climate Change and its Impacts
In order to significantly reduce our climate impact in short-term, we want to create transparency regarding our group-wide footprint and formulate ambitious targets (cf. criterion 13).

SDG 17: Build Partnerships that Support our Engagement for the SDGs
To successfully face global sustainability opportunities as well as challenges and increase our impact with respect to the SDGs, we build effective partnerships with the relevant stakeholders (cf. criterion 9). 

In this context we have committed to making the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact on Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-Corruption part of our strategy, culture and day-to-day operations.
All strategic topics are broken down into concrete objectives mentioned in criterion 3. 

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