Within the scope of the nation-wide Responsible Care Competition 2018 CHT Germany GmbH was able to achieve the first place in the Baden-Württemberg regional competition and also the victory at the national level with its sustainability project "Reduction of the Use of Critical Raw Materials".
The award ceremony took place in Mannheim on 27th September as part of the VCI annual conference, and CHT was awarded as the national winner in the category of medium-sized companies.
Just like in the Baden-Württemberg competition, CHT's outstanding commitment to sustainability was again emphasised by this award. The national jury was particularly impressed by CHT's forward-looking commitment to environmental protection and occupational safety, which goes beyond the legal requirements.
CHT received the award for the process that controls the reduction of critical raw materials in the company. This project had already been started by CHT in 2015 as part of its commitment to sustainability. Since then 1,900 raw materials have already been valued. 20 percent of these were classified as critical, 8 percent were already replaced. In addition, CHT defined ten critical raw materials that are to be replaced or significantly reduced by 2020. CHT has therefore initiated new research and development projects for environmentally friendly and health-compatible raw materials and supplied its customers with the new substances. According to the assessment of the national expert jury, such a project in a medium-sized chemical company serves as milestone.
In the annual "Responsible Care Competition" the industry association VCI regularly confers prizes to so-called lighthouse industrial projects. The projects taken into consideration are those that strongly reflect and implement the responsibility assumed by the chemical industry in Germany. For 25 years Responsible Care has been the base for action for the chemical industry and stands for continuous improvement in terms of health, environmental protection and safety in chemical companies.
In 2018, the competition was held under the motto "our contribution to the UN goals for sustainable development.”
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"We are extremely pleased that our strong commitment to sustainability has now been recognised and honoured with this award, not only at the regional but also at the national level," said Dr. Frank Naumann, CEO of the CHT Group. "We see sustainability as our long-term perspective for the future. This success motivates us to consistently pursue our commitment to sustainability and the goals we set ourselves."
Dr. Frank Naumann received the award in Mannheim together with Dr. Bernhard Hettich, CTO of the CHT Group.