All companies in the plastics processing industry agree on one point: our industry has a leading role to play in the transformation from a linear economy to a sustainable circular economy. There is still a lot of research and convincing to be done. However, innovations in the development of new biopolymers and advanced environmental technology are already making a lot of things possible today, and so numerous sustainability initiatives have also been launched at CaPlast. It goes without saying that sustainable management and action is anchored in our corporate guidelines as a central corporate objective.
Sustainable action is only truly sustainable if it encompasses the entire company and also focuses on the entire supply and production chain. Various environmental initiatives help us achieve our sustainability goals.
Our commitment to sustainability encompasses ecological, economic and social aspects. We base our actions on the principles of the UN Global Compact and our code of conduct.
Our products, technologies and processes meet the highest standards and sustainable management is an integral part of production and business processes at CaPlast. The continuous expansion of our certifications documents our efforts to continuously ensure the highest quality while simultaneously reducing energy and resource consumption.
We assume social and societal responsibility based on a solid foundation of values. Trust in our actions is an essential building block for our long-term economic success.
Cellulose, sugar cane, molasses, starch, vegetable oils, but also wood fibers and flax are the most common raw materials for the production of bio-based biopolymers. At CaPlast, we are following further developments with great interest in terms of processing behavior, functionality and degradability, and have already tested the first materials in our pilot plant for their suitability for coating. Because one thing is self-evident: biobased materials must also show outstanding results in criteria such as UV stability, fire behavior, durability and recyclability.
Registration for the UN Global Compact initiative
This is the world's largest and most important initiative for responsible corporate governance. By joining, we commit ourselves to promoting the general goals of the United Nations, in particular the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Now we first have a lot of work ahead of us, as the mandatory Communication on Progress report, in which we present our sustainability initiatives, has to be prepared.
Certification according to EN 14001 and EN 50001
In 2020, the environmental management system of CaPlast GmbH was certified according to DIN EN ISO 14001 for the first time. It serves as an instrument for us to regularly put our sustainability efforts to the test and improve them, as well as complements our energy management in accordance with DIN EN ISO 50001.
EcoVadis sustainability rating
This holistic rating platform allows us to benchmark against currently more than 75,000 participating companies, setting us ever-higher sustainability targets. In 2020, we participated for the first time and were awarded a silver medal. However, in 2021, we were awarded a gold medal.
EMICODE® EC 1PLUS seal of approval
Environmental toxins that outgas into indoor spaces are an issue of growing importance, which is steadily increasing the demand for low-emission building materials that pose no health risks. Certifications such as EMICODE® provide architects and builders with guidance in the vast market for building materials. CaPlast works closely with institutes and consultancies such as Sentinal House and Emicode. A whole range of CaPlast products have already been awarded the EMICODE® EC 1PLUS seal of approval for "very low emissions PLUS". According to GEV (Gemeinschaft Emissionskontrollierte Verlegewerkstoffe, Klebstoffe und Bauprodukte e.V.), which awards the seal, this is the premium class that describes the limit of what is technically feasible.