Dr. Krauch, how important is sustainability for Freudenberg?
Very important! Sustainability is closely linked to the Freudenberg Group’s values and principles. One value of our family-owned technology company founded in 1849 is responsibility. We demonstrate responsibility through our commitment to health, safety and environmental protection, corporate citizenship, compliance, human rights and labor standards – as well as sustainability. Our understanding of success runs along the same lines. Not only is financial success on the market important for us, but success also means fulfilling our responsibility to society by committing to sustainability.
In its business, Freudenberg stands for efficiency and customer benefit – is this in keeping with sustainability?
Yes. For one, we are improving our processes. Freudenberg explores all options to conserve resources and become more efficient. This is how we minimize our company’s so-called footprint. On the other hand, Freudenberg uses efficiency to promote sustainability on the part of its customers. We are talking here about our handprint, which we want to maximize.