Sustainability and its management

Wertschöpfungskette BARTH-HAAS

SUSTAINABILITY – In industry, this term has rapidly grown in importance in recent years and is already ever-present today. In conversations with customers and other stakeholders, sooner or later this question arises: “And what about sustainability?” And it’s not all that easy to answer either, because sustainability is highly complex. It’s not simply a question of environmental protection and waste reduction – and certainly not one of isolated measures. It’s a question of systemic relationships. In other words, it’s a very wide-ranging issue, but at least we already have the basic principle of sustainability more or less in our genes. As a family-run company, you see, we have always been used to orientating our decisions to the question of what implications they have for the next generation. The genes alone are not enough, however, and that’s why we want to show you now exactly how we approach and practise sustainability.


For implementation to succeed, there first has to be a suitable strategy, and in our case that consists of several key components.

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Strategic intention

No strategy without a goal – and therefore it is necessary first to formulate what we want to achieve with our sustainability strategy.



In order to know where to begin, we have to identify the issues that are of the greatest importance for us and for all our stakeholders.


Areas of activity

Once we have our strategic goal and know what issues are of central importance, it is possible to precisely determine our specific action fields.



For the implementation we then need to make the right choice of tools and processes with which the issues can be addressed and documented.


For the implementation process itself, there have to be specific responsibilities. We have set up a sustainability team, as that is essential to promote sustainability within the company. On the one hand, it means that there is somebody there to take on projects concerning sustainability, and on the other, this has created a contact point that everybody in the company can go to if they have ideas or questions to do with the question of sustainability.

Our sustainability team meets at regular intervals to work on the projects and the reporting. What is important here is that all the departments in the company are represented in the sustainability team. This is the only way to ensure that the idea of sustainability is implemented throughout the company and that the data are collected. Our team consists of representatives of the Executive Board, Quality Management, Purchasing, Sales, Marketing, Controlling, Technology and Research.

Unser NH-Team

Our company organisation chart also shows the high priority we attach to sustainability. There is always at least one sustainability representative from the Executive Board – the Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) – and one sustainability officer from each department (SO) in the team.


Increase in share of rail transport

Pesticide residue analysis

Hours of training per employee and year


Together, we in the sustainability team and all the other employees have been able to complete a number of projects that have had a positive influence on our company’s environmental, economic and social impact. A very important part of this is the stakeholder dialogue between all the internal and external stakeholders who are in any way affected by our company’s activities. Our sustainability reporting plays a key role in this dialogue. In our current project “From the road to the rails”, we have been able to increase the proportion of transport by rail compared to transport by truck from 10% to 46%. In our processing plants, by installing a heat recovery system we have been able to reduce the annual oil consumption of the two plants connected to it by up to 89%. As a member of a working group, we are actively supporting Hopfenring in the further development of the “Sustainability in Hop Growing” system. In terms of social involvement, we are sponsoring special projects and encouraging personal involvement among our employees in particular. A very topical success story is our involvement in a pilot project called “Sustainable value chain” organised by the Bavarian Environment Ministry, for which only 10 companies in all of Bavaria have been approved. The next major project that we plan to tackle is the expansion of our sustainability report to encompass the entire BARTH-HAAS GROUP. This means expanding our data gathering to a global scale and reporting in accordance with the latest GRI standards.


Sustainability Report 2015/16

You can access our most recent sustainability report with all the information and additional details via interactive links to the sustainability site on our website.

Sustainability site

You can find all the details about our sustainability management and lots of examples of implementation on the sustainability site on our website.

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