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About this report

The fourth ALPLA sustainability report provides information about all the relevant economic, environmental, societal and social developments in the financial years 2018, 2019 and 2020. We intend to continue to publish a company report of this kind every three years.

The 2020 sustainability report was prepared on the basis of the materiality matrix used for the 2018 report. The plan is for a newly developed matrix to be used for the next sustainability report in 2023.

The information presented here relates to all the ALPLA sites around the world, including in-house plants and joint ventures. We have compiled the information relating to our recycling plants and the corresponding consumption data separately. We prepared this report in accordance with the sustainability reporting standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI; ‘Core’ option). It has not been externally audited. The status of the targets stated in the report can be found in the Service section online.

This sustainability report additionally constitutes a non-financial declaration within the meaning of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD) and also covers all the subsidiaries.

 

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Already in the course of producing the last sustainability report in 2018, we asked our stakeholders which issues they thought were especially important. The Sustainability Steering Council started by defining 31 relevant issues and the stakeholder groups to be surveyed. A selection of employees from different levels and regions as well as customers, suppliers and representatives of the owner family were then sent a written questionnaire. The response rate was encouragingly high thanks to our addressing the stakeholders personally, with around 120 questionnaires being evaluated.

The stakeholders evaluated each of the 31 issues according to their significance in relation to ALPLA’s business activities and the company’s sustainable development and assessed how they perceived its current engagement in these areas. Additionally, the Sustainability Steering Council evaluated the impacts of the individual issues. The results of this second step were then processed and presented in the form of what’s known as a materiality matrix.

The topic of ‘Plastics in the environment’ fell short of the threshold for inclusion as a material topic. However, as we are aware of the major significance of this topic generally and in particular with regard to the future of the packaging industry, we have addressed this as a separate issue in this report. The topic of ‘Economic output and market and innovation leadership’, which likewise fell below the threshold for inclusion, is addressed a number of times in the section entitled ‘Efficiency and technology’.

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Reporting as an opportunity

The entire reporting process from data collection and the feedback to the final report represents a valuable opportunity for us as a company. It allows us to regularly and critically appraise our performance and targets and consequently define concrete areas of action for the ongoing development of our sustainability strategy.

What’s more, the reports published to date have demonstrated that by reporting we can create added value for the company, our employees and other stakeholders. For example, we have ramped up the internal communication of sustainability issues in recent years, giving updates on our activities regularly via the company magazine, on the intranet, in our blog and in social media.

We would be delighted to receive feedback and suggestions: sustainability@alpla.com

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