At the same time as taking measures in line with the 6Ps, we set ourselves the ambitious goal of climate neutrality. In order to be able to achieve this in a well-founded, measurable and comprehensible way, we decided on a certification procedure with the established agency and sustainability consultancy Fokus Zukunft, in which all aspects of corporate action as well as the employees are analysed.
The first step was to determine the CO2 footprint in detail: how much energy is consumed, what forms of transport do the employees use to get to the office, what is the impact of company fleet vehicles and business trips? From this, an average emission value per employee was calculated for the German locations and this was applied to the number of employees of the international sales companies in order to obtain the total CO2 footprint of Menrad Germany and its international sales subsidiaries.
The next step was to identify potential savings on the basis of the results report and to initiate appropriate reduction measures, such as converting to green electricity and a lower-emission vehicle fleet for the sales department.
By the investment in international climate protection certificates of high quality at the same time, we achieved to directly compensate the remaining, currently unavoidable emissions for the next two years (2022/23) and to set the company, including its international sales subsidiaries, climate-neutral.