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Our Vision

Our mission “to improve human living conditions” requires us to positively transform the Eppendorf Group to operate safely within the planetary boundaries and respecting humanity: we shall become climate neutral, minimize the use of natural resources, and improve human well-being throughout our value chain.
This vision is part of our strategic approach to take responsibility and contribute to a sustainable development.

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Stakeholder-, impact-, and success-oriented

Sustainability along the entire value chain

For years now, Eppendorf has taken its corporate responsibility very seriously. In order to systematically integrate environmental and social aspects even more strongly into the Group's activities, Eppendorf has set itself a clear strategic framework.
The basis of the strategic framework is a combination of integrating different perspectives on 20 responsibility topics relevant for Eppendorf: The dialog with various stakeholders, a data-based determination of our environmental and social footprint using an impact analysis and a success-oriented assessment.
For Eppendorf, corporate responsibility does not begin with its own incoming goods, nor does it end at the sales table. Instead, the focus is on the entire value chain. Thus, the strategic framework includes 20 topics in the areas of climate change, natural resources, social compliance, human well-being, digitalization, and society - and this from the raw material supplier to the customer.

Our Management Team is committed to ensure successful implementation, each member of the Management Board has assumed responsibility for a guiding theme:

Committed to a Circular Economy

For a regenerative system driven by renewable energies that slows down resource flows and closes resource cycles.

The current discussion about climate change is often only about climate protection. However, it is often overlooked that 90 percent of the loss of biodiversity is caused by raw material extraction and processing. Moreover, these activities have a significant impact on global greenhouse
gas emissions. Eppendorf's economic activities also have negative impacts on the environment through the use and processing of natural resources. We therefore recognize our responsibility with regards to the respect of planetary boundaries and aim to minimize the use of natural resources throughout our value chain. This is where the natural resources strategy comes in.

Our contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their 169 sub-goals serve as tasks and instructions for action for governments, companies, cities and civil societies worldwide. They were adopted by the 193 member states of the United Nations (UN) in September 2015 and define the economic, social and ecological dimensions of sustainable development. At Eppendorf, we support the implementation of the SDGs and aim to make a significant contribution to achieving the goals through our business activities.

In preparing our materiality analysis, we also analyzed our contribution to the SDGs, taking into account the entire value chain. With the Eppendorf Resource Strategy based on circular economy concepts, we are making a decisive contribution to achieving SDG 12, which aims to ensure sustainable consumption and production methods by 2030.

Vision

The exploitation of natural resources puts a strain on planetary boundaries for which implementing circular principles can make a significant contribution. Thus, we want to transform Eppendorf into a company that enables humankind to operate safely within the planetary boundaries.

Mission

Therefore, in our resources strategy we aim to minimize the use of natural
resources throughout our value chain by focusing on efficient/alternative solutions for packaging and consumables and introducing circular economy concepts wherever possible.

Sustainability Strategy

As part of Eppendorf's global sustainability strategy and its resulting guiding theme "Natural Resources”, increasing resource efficiency and
minimizing the amount of waste generated by our consumables and product packaging is of utmost strategic relevance.

Competitor Strategy

We want to set new standards and become a leading player in our industry by using natural resources in the most sustainable way and minimizing the waste generated by manufacturing and utilization. This will directly strengthen our competitiveness.

Azote for Stockholm Resilience Centre, based on analysis in Richardson et al 2023

Why we need a Circular Economy

Consumption of raw materials has tripled worldwide since 1970. The reason, apart from the continuously growing population, is primarily our increasingly resource-intensive lifestyle. The excessive consumption of raw materials and resources in disregard of planetary boundaries accounts for the mammoth share of the triple crisis of global warming, species extinction, and environmental pollution. The cause of the high primary raw
material consumption with all its negative consequences is caused in our linear economic model. We need to transform our economy and change our way of life, guiding towards a circular economy instead of a waste economy.

Circular Economy is a regenerative system, powered by renewable energy, that replaces the current linear industry model of "take - make - waste".
Materials are instead avoided in the economy or used more efficiently while reducing waste and negative impacts (reduce), substituted by more sustainable raw materials (replace), resource flows are slowed down, and finally resource loops closed (rethink).

Circular concepts for us are regenerative systems, in which resource use, waste production, and emissions are minimized by slowing, reducing, and closing natural resource cycles - this can be achieved through dematerialization, the use of more sustainable raw materials, and a Design for Reuse and Recycling. In our understanding, Circular concepts also include a maximum servicability and durability of products as well as prevention of potential negative environmental and social impacts.

Deep Dive: Packaging & Consumables Resources

Deep Dive: Carbon-Zero

As part of the Eppendorf strategy, we have set ourselves a number of goals for the protection of natural resources and the achievement of SDG 12. Particularly relevant topics for us are the responsible use of our consumables and packaging, for which we have defined concrete targets and measures.
The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, agreed by over 190 countries, limits the global temperature increase to well below 2°C and to continue efforts to limit it to 1.5°C. Industry is one of the largest emissions sectors, accountable for more than 40% of global emissions in 2019. Therefore, industry and business need to contribute achieving the Paris reduction targets.
Eppendorf sets their goal: Become carbon-zero as a company until 2028.

Business Practices

With company-wide codes of conduct, Eppendorf has established standards for employees and suppliers around the world.
Eppendorf considers compliance with legal requirements to be a matter of course. That is why we set standards for ourselves that exceed what is required by law. When joining the company, every employee of Eppendorf SE and its majority-owned subsidiaries in Germany and other countries agrees to comply with the Code of Conduct. This code includes guidelines on how to behave in accordance with the company's ethical standards – for example, when using company resources or with regards to occupational safety.
Eppendorf also ensures certain standards in its supplier relationships. To this end, the company imposes the Code of Conduct for Suppliers.

 

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