The CSR Directive Implementation Act (CSR-RUG) came into force in Germany in April 2017. The national implementation law of the EU-wide CSR Directive obligates large companies, financial institutions and insurance companies in Germany to publish a non-financial report containing information on environmental performance, employee and social concerns, human rights and compliance. igefa is not affected by this obligation. Nevertheless, in its report on the German Sustainability Code (DNK) for 2017, igefa voluntarily and successfully passed the CSR-RUG audit by the DNK office. In the DNK database, igefa's sustainability performance is presented in a transparent, binding and comparable way and can be viewed by the public. The database also contains information from over 360 other companies that use the DNK as a recognised framework for their reporting on non-financial services.
"We have consciously decided to use the stricter CSR-RUG criteria because they force us to be more self-regulating," explains Julia Del Pino, Chairwoman of the igefa Sustainability Council. "We are also uncovering so far unrecognized weaknesses within our organization and can correct them more effectively". In line with the new legal requirements, igefa openly reported on its catch-up requirements and its successes in the form of concepts, results of the concepts, significant risks and measurable performance indicators. Another side-effect of the new directive is that sustainability reporting takes corporate management under an obligation more than ever before. On this issue, igefa does not have to change. The Executive Board, management and owners have always been aware of the importance of their social responsibility and take personal care of it.
Product range analysed to reduce palm oil and exclude microplastics
In the future, igefa wants to set more accents in the design of its range of goods. According to the DNK report, palm oil and microplastic materials are a major focus. With regard to the use of palm oil in the products marketed by igefa, more transparency is to be established until 2019. The analysis is already underway. The superior goal is to reduce the use of climate-damaging palm oil in products such as cleaners and cosmetics in the long term. Against the backdrop of polluted oceans, the group of companies is taking a long-term view not to use microplastics in marketed products. This project, too, is already the subject of a great deal of research behind the scenes and an overview is being drawn up. This also means that the term microplastics will first be defined precisely. "At the end of this extensive inventory, we again want to make our product range more sustainable and show our customers environmentally friendly alternatives so that their ecological footprint is also reduced," says Julia Del Pino.