Stahl released its 2018 Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report highlighting the activities towards achieving a more transparent supply chain that continuously reduces its environmental footprint.
The report also details, how the company has further aligned its operations with the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals, and highlights Stahl’s significant progress with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines, including the publication of its Materiality Matrix.
Highlights from this year’s report include:
On target for CO₂emissions goal
With another CO₂emissions reduction in 2018, Stahl is on course to achieve its target set in 2015 of a 10% reduction by 2020. A concrete example of the action taken to reduce carbon emissions is the investment in solar energy at their manufacturing sites in Brazil. As a result, 50% of the electricity consumed at the site will be supplied by solar (ie: renewable) energy.
Phasing out restricted substances
In 2016 Stahl made a commitment to help lead the clothing and footwear industry towards Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) by eliminating the substances listed on its MRSL by 2020. In 2018 the company made a big step in this direction by uploading over 1,000 compliant products to the ZDHC Gateway portal.
Partnerships to improve water pollution
In 2018 Stahl launched a public-private partnership in Ethiopia with local leather associations and international NGOs, including international civil society organization Solidaridad. The project in Ethiopia and the five-year Public Private Partnershipin India - launched in 2017 - are both driven by the need to improve water pollution in identified leather manufacturing clusters. Stahl is dedicating significant resources to these projects, for example by opening a new Stahl Campus® location in Kanpur, where dedicated training on chemicals management and good practices will be realized.
To learn more about Stahl’s 2018 Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability progress, and to download the report, visit www.stahl.com/en/sustainability.
Stahl is the world leader in leather chemicals and high-performance coatings. Our products provide functionality, durability and comfort to many different materials used in everyday life. Through our continuous focus on innovation and improving the environmental footprint, Stahl adds value to differentiated high-end industries with a unique service model for premium solutions. As part of its corporate responsibility, Stahl is actively driving change in the industry by initiating activities that promote transparency and to provide environmental solutions for the supply chain, involving close collaboration with its partners.