Good Tomorrow:Sustainability at Kettelhack
Good Tomorrow stands for joint action for a sustainable future, without disregarding knowledge and experience from the past.
We take responsibility for ensuring that tomorrow’s generations also have a future worth living for. Working together for a “good tomorrow”: This is our mission, and we are committed to it – at all levels and in all areas of the company.
At Kettelhack, we produce and sell high-quality and durable textiles. As an independent family business in its fourth generation, we are very familiar with long-term planning and responsible action. In doing so, we focus equally on the environmental performance of our company and on the quality of our products and processes. Our interest in environmental protection, as well as our sense of responsibility towards the users of our products, was the reason why we were one of the first companies to have our products certified according to the OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 more than 25 years ago.
The establishment of an independent staff position for sustainability management in 2016 was an important step for us. This both professionalised and strategically aligned the company’s commitment. The company’s management function assumes both a role model- and a leadership position in the development of its sustainability strategy. Together with the Sustainability Manager, measures are developed for the individual company divisions, thus setting the course for a sustainable future. Our Sustainability Manager acts as a hub for everyone and everything related to sustainability. Never get tired of questioning the old and initiating the new – that is the core function of our sustainability management.
Our sustainability management approach
We don’t just talk the talk when it comes to sustainability, we walk it too – thereby taking a genuine A‑Z approach on the issue. Our goal is to continuously reduce all direct and indirect sources of impact that our business activities have on the environment and society. We also include upstream and downstream processes, all suppliers and customers.
Our production is energy- and resource-intensive. Both through the consumption of natural resources and the use of various chemicals, the topic of environmental protection enjoys a high priority for us. With our environmental management system in accordance with the EMAS standard, we pursue a holistic approach. In addition, Kettelhack has been certified according to the OEKO-TEX® STeP standard since 2020. You can find information on our environmental management →here.
The most important components of our products are raw fabrics, dyes and auxiliaries. The supply chains of these two components pose a wide range of sustainability challenges for us. This includes, among other things, compliance with human rights due diligence or the avoidance of negative sources of environmental impact along the supply chain. You can find out how we deal with these challenges →here.
Both the protection and improvement of health and safety for all employees and the avoidance/minimisation of hazards and risks are top priorities for us. You can find out which measures we want to use to achieve this goal →here.
Sustainability management is not just about questioning the use of resources, technology and processes. It is also essential to involve and integrate the staff in the process. In addition to many small measures, our sustainability ambassadors are an important factor in developing a sustainable corporate culture. You can find more information →here.
Heading into a Good Tomorrow, together
The interaction between the Smiley and Sustainability Ambassador project groups led to a great synergy effect in 2018: The sustainability ambassadors proposed the abolition of disposable coffee cups, which had been common in many areas of the company up to that point. At the same time, the Smiley project group developed the idea of renovating the outdated break rooms. The result is impressive: Aesthetically pleasing break rooms with a modern look, where fully automatic coffee machines with porcelain coffee cups and carbonated water taps are available to all staff and visitors.
Everything on the right side of the law!
Legal conformity and compliance are important components of sustainability management. The relevant legal obligations in the discipline of environmental management include requirements stemming from chemical law, water, waste and immission control law, as well as requirements from municipal bylaws. In particular, the EU Chemicals Regulation, the Water Resources Act, the State Water Act, the Federal Immission Control Act and the Self-Monitoring Ordinance on Wastewater are highly relevant in this regard. In addition, due diligence requirements relating to international supply chains and business relationships are important.
Our legal register serves to ensure legal certainty at all times. In addition, we are involved in various, relevant industry associations. The environmental management system according to EMAS and membership in the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles also support us in meeting the various requirements under the umbrella of compliance.
We’re on board!
The development of the textile industry and, with that, our market, in a paradigm shift towards sustainability and environmental protection is an important concern for us. The joint advancement of the aforementioned topics is particularly crucial here, in order to achieve a common “level playing field”. Kettelhack is a member of (and involved in) various associations and organisations.