in our cor­po­ra­te culture

Working tog­e­ther for a “good tomor­row”: Our sus­tainable cor­po­ra­te cul­tu­re is an important cor­ner­stone for our com­mit­ment to sustainability.

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. Here the key word is: Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on. First­ly, we keep our employees infor­med of new deve­lo­p­ments via the Intra­net, dis­play cabi­nets and infor­ma­ti­on screens. We explain, sub­stan­tia­te, con­so­li­da­te. Sin­ce you can only inter­na­li­se what you have unders­tood. Second­ly, we moti­va­te our work­force to address the topic through inter­nal trai­ning ses­si­ons, whe­re they can sug­gest their own ide­as and pro­jects. Just like with our “Sus­taina­bi­li­ty Ambassa­dor” format.

Jes­si­ca Bur­win, Sus­taina­bi­li­ty Mana­ger at Kettelhack

Our sus­taina­bi­li­ty ambassadors

“For the first time, I rea­li­sed how dire things alre­a­dy are for our planet.

Sin­ce I’m a sus­taina­bi­li­ty ambassa­dor, I am much more con­scious of resour­ces. Not only at work, but also at home. For exam­p­le, I asses­sed and refit­ted my enti­re house for ener­gy-saving potential.”

Andre­as Glie­se, pro­duct refi­ner and sus­taina­bi­li­ty ambassador

Our sus­taina­bi­li­ty ambassadors

29 men and women from all divi­si­ons have com­ple­ted our sus­taina­bi­li­ty ambassa­dor trai­ning pro­gram­me. Theo­ry and prac­ti­ce are clo­se­ly inter­wo­ven in the workshop.

Across seven modu­les the employees tack­le a ran­ge of topics, from gene­ra­tio­nal equi­ty and con­sump­ti­on, to cli­ma­te poli­cy. Dis­cus­sing, test­ing, inter­na­li­sing and final­ly deve­lo­ping own ide­as – spe­ci­fic tasks also ought to be sug­gested: How easy or dif­fi­cult is it to lea­ve the car at home for a who­le week, or take meat and sau­sa­ge off the menu? One spe­cial high­light is the joint excur­si­ons: With the par­ti­ci­pan­ts of the first work­shop in 2017, we went to the Kli­ma­haus in Bre­mer­ha­ven. In 2018, the group took part in a con­sump­ti­on-cri­ti­cal city tour and visi­ted the local repair café and the con­su­mer advice cent­re. Nice side effect: Through such joint actions, inter­de­part­ment­al net­works have been for­med. This is becau­se the work­shop groups are always well-mixed: From app­ren­ti­ces to manage­ment repre­sen­ta­ti­ves, employees from dif­fe­rent com­pa­ny divi­si­ons are present.

Our sus­taina­bi­li­ty ambassadors
“Abo­ve all, the sus­taina­bi­li­ty ambassa­dor trai­ning pro­gram­me taught me how you can chan­ge for good — even with litt­le effort.”

Ferit Sabaho­g­lu, Goods Con­trol­ler and Sus­taina­bi­li­ty Ambassador

Our sus­taina­bi­li­ty ambassadors

No ordi­na­ry working day – on the loo­kout for local poin­ters on the topic of sustainability.

Tog­e­ther with our sus­taina­bi­li­ty mana­ger Jes­si­ca Bur­win, a group of sus­taina­bi­li­ty ambassa­dors went on a local search for clues about sus­taina­bi­li­ty in Rhei­ne. Sta­ti­ons of this con­sump­ti­on-cri­ti­cal city tour included various local initia­ti­ves and orga­ni­sa­ti­ons, such as the con­su­mer advice cent­re or the Repair Café of Cari­tas Rheine. 

“The bicy­cle – an envi­ron­men­tal­ly fri­end­ly vehic­le with health-pro­mo­ting mechanics”. 

Envi­ron­men­tal­ly fri­end­ly mobi­li­ty and pro­mo­ting the health of our employees at the same time – that is the goal of our various bicy­cle-rela­ted cam­paigns. The area around Müns­ter­land and the dis­trict of Stein­furt is a true cyclist’s para­di­se. For this reason, the bicy­cle is a good alter­na­ti­ve to the car for many of our employees, and not only in summer.


We have been par­ti­ci­pa­ting in the STADTRADELN cam­paign sin­ce 2017. STADTRADELN is a com­pe­ti­ti­on in which the aim is to cycle as many ever­y­day jour­neys as pos­si­ble in a cli­ma­te-fri­end­ly way for 21 days. The annu­al cam­paign is orga­nis­ed by Cli­ma­te Alli­ance, a net­work of Euro­pean municipalities. 


Sin­ce 2017, we have made it pos­si­ble for our employees to finan­ce high-qua­li­ty bicy­cles. To this end, we work tog­e­ther with BUSINESS BIKE lea­sing and local dea­lers. In 2021, 26 employees took advan­ta­ge of the offer and lea­sed a total of 37 bicy­cles. The first lea­sing con­tracts have alre­a­dy expi­red, resul­ting in a total of 82 lea­sed bicy­cles for 46 employees over the enti­re cam­paign peri­od. For exam­p­le, e‑bikes were purcha­sed through the pro­gram­me, which some employees use for their com­mu­te to work, espe­ci­al­ly in the sum­mer months.

Envi­ron­men­tal­ly fri­end­ly mobility
STADTRADELN result 2022:

In the Rhei­ne city ran­king, the Ket­tel­hack team has rea­ched 48th place out of 166 teams for 2022.

Our shel­te­red and illu­mi­na­ted bike stand has e‑bike-fri­end­ly bike bars to lock the bikes safe­ly and conveniently. 

Fur­ther artic­les on the topic

Development of water consumption in m3

The high level of water consumption in production brings with it a corresponding volume of waste water. Compliance with the limit values from the Waste Water Ordinance is ensured by the indirect discharge permit. The daily control of the mixing and equalisation basin by our employees, as well as through the regular inspections by the responsible monitoring authorities, give us the necessary security. 

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