Sustainability at REHAU

We’re taking responsibility

As a family business, we’ve always thought about the long term and the generations to come. We have made sustainability an integral component of our company strategy. With this we are demonstrating our sense of responsibility towards society and the environment.




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‘It’s our view that we are increasingly facing urgent global challenges, particularly with regard to climate change. We’ve developed our sustainability strategy to combat this and will work intensively with all our employees, partners and customers to implement our new targets.’

William Christensen

CEO of REHAU Group




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REHAU is publishing its fourth sustainability report for 2017/18 based on Global Reporting Initiative guidelines. 

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REHAU Sustainability Report 2017/2018



A message (not just) to the younger generation

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Jobst Wagner, President of the REHAU Group

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Dr Veit Wagner, Vice President of the REHAU Group

‘The pace of global change is increasing every single day. At the same time, the public has become extremely sensitive to issues of sustainability. REHAU has been reporting on its sustainability-related activities in a transparent way for years now. It’s our view that we are increasingly facing urgent global challenges, such as pollution of the oceans and dwindling resources.
We believe that REHAU, with its tradition as a responsible family business and with its innovative products and future-forward investments, has already essentially fulfilled the requirements for doing business sustainably for many years.’

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What we’re doing

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29 %

of CO2 saved (in 2018 in comparison to 2009)

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11 %

recycling rate in total tonnage (2018)

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97 tCO2

saved by recycling old windows in window production (2018)    

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90 %

recycling rate for return materials in production (2018)


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65 %

of packaging made from sustainable materials (2018)

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17 %

of electricity saved (kWh/kg) (in 2018 in comparison to 2009)

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20 %

of our plants supplied with electricity from renewables (2018)

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31 %

of water saved (in 2018 in comparison to 2009)

Our key areas of focus

The circular economy, climate-neutral energy supply, promoting diversity – these are key issues for us on the path towards more sustainability. We won’t cut any corners – even in those areas where it demands particular effort of us. For REHAU, this is the only way to ensure lasting success – with the knowledge that we are helping to ensure quality of life on the planet for today’s generations and those to come. In line with our claim: Engineering progress. Enhancing lives.

Our key areas of activity in sustainability are based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

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Growing sustainably

Generating sustainable profitable growth is part of the mission of REHAU. Two factors are key for this. Firstly, we can only achieve healthy growth if we improve profitability in every division. We also want to grow sustainably by offering new, innovative products and solutions that meet market needs and resolve the issue of diminishing resources. 

In the long term: average annual growth of 1 to 3%

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Promoting diversity

Diverse perspectives form a crucible within which innovation is forged. We value and encourage diverse, mixed teams. We want to prioritise this for all employees, with no exceptions, regardless of age, gender, background or status. Safeguarding equality is at the very top of our agenda. We also encourage women to take up managerial positions, with women still substantially under-represented in this regard at REHAU.

Increasing the proportion of women in managerial positions from 10% to 15% by 2025 (in comparison with 2016)

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Driving the circular economy

In the long term, the circular economy is the only way to deal with limited resources and reduce our products’ carbon footprint. The ‘circular economy’ means that materials are kept in the cycle for good, creating as little waste and using as little energy as possible. To do this, we will expand external partnerships and networks, as well as beefing up our services.

Increasing our recycling rate from 11% to 15% by 2025 (in comparison with 2016)

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Accelerating climate protection

With an innovative, networked energy supply, we will play our part in combating climate change. We want to reduce absolute carbon emissions in our European plants further. For years, we have been undertaking a wide array of measures to make our production sites more energy-efficient and increase the amount of green energy used. We want to keep driving forward the use of renewable energies.

Reducing our CO2 emissions by at least 30% (in comparison with 2018)



More issues in detail:


Our most important sustainability documents and certificates for download

Partnerships and networks



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REHAU Group Sustainability Officer

Andreas Jenne

REHAU AG + Co
Ytterbium 4
91058 Erlangen
Germany

Tel.: +49 (0) 9131 925 - 481
sustainability@rehau.com

Engineering progress

Enhancing lives

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