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Principles of Sustainable Development Q&A
By: Jeff Falk
Posted: October 9, 2008, from the October 2008 issue of GCI Magazine.
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There are no specific challenges for our group; I believe this is a better way to manage, taking all aspects of our production process into account. Now, we are going towards the “green balance” for each and every product.
GCI: What are the special considerations given now to any project at Cognis under these pillars ? How deep do these pillars go? Does basing all activities on the principles of sustainable development touch every aspect and all decisions, from small to large, that the company makes?
Petersen: Being successful as an enterprise of course is the top-most priority of Cognis and its management and staff. All our business and corporate activities are however based on the principles of sustainable development—achieving a sensible balance between economic, ecological and social needs without, in any way, compromising the development opportunities of future generations. Cognis is committed to finding a healthy balance between economic, ecological and social demands, both national and global. Cognis pursues sustainable economic success, not only through innovative products and manufacturing processes that offer maximum environmental compatibility, but also through the continuous development and training of our employees.
GCI: Does basing activities on the principles of sustainable development touch every aspect and all decisions, from small to large, that Alban Muller makes?
Muller: Today, yes, because this vision is very well understood and accepted by everyone within the company and by its ecosystem. And when you sincerely start thinking through the spectrum of the sustainable development, you can’t act otherwise, whatever the issue. I cannot describe all the details of our functioning, but I can tell you these efforts are profitable to the environment as well as to the company. Performance and quality are our two additional pillars to the sustainable development pillars.