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UN Sustainable Development Goals

Haniel has developed a new investment focus: In future, sustainability will be at the centre of all our thoughts and actions. Our self-imposed mission is to design sustainable business models for a future worth living in. As a member of the UN Global Compact, Haniel has been committed to its ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour standards, environmental protection and anti-corruption since 2014 and is committed to spreading them. The so-called Communication on Progress, which the company publishes annually, demonstrates its efforts to support the ten principles of the UN Global Compact in its own influence.

Communication on Progress 2018

Communication on Progress 2017

Communication on Progress 2016

Communication on Progress 2015

Communication on Progress 2014

In addition, Haniel ensures that new business areas join the UN Global Compact when acquiring companies. 

With the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations has created political goals that are intended to ensure sustainable development on an economic, social and ecological level. The success of the implementation of the SDGs depends on the measures and cooperation of all parties involved, not least the commitment of companies. Haniel has made the consideration of these goals a corporate strategy:

In order to move from our mission to a portfolio approach and to make it realisable, we have superimposed the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and the global megatrends. In doing so, we are looking at the world's most pressing issues and, at the same time, the associated business opportunities within our focus areas People, Planet, Progress. 

This results in topics that move people, now and in the future.These are the topics we want to deal with. Not because it is fashionable, but because it will create value for society and enable strong economic growth in the medium and long term.

Thomas Schmidt, CEO