Together with our employees, we
take action to ensure a sustainable future. Every day, we work to make progress on issues not only through state-of-the-art technology, but above all through the personal engagement of individuals. Everyone has the opportunity to grow and do something good. What does that mean in practice? On World Water Day and during the REHAU Energy Days, for example, we carried out surprising measures to promote resource-saving processes.
Orange is the new red: For many of our employees, the workday on 20 May 2014 began with a surprise. 8,500 orange stickers were found in many offices on printers, light switches, monitors, windows, heaters and doors. Orange, in this case, is the new red. Because the signal colour transmits a clear message: stop – namely unnecessary energy consumption. The stickers were the result of a trainee project that sensitises the young people for sustainable topics right at the beginning of their REHAU careers. In a workshop, the trainees developed ideas for saving energy. Their suggestions are as simple as they are effective. For example, they propose allowing as few devices as possible to run on standby, or avoiding printing out digital documents if at all possible. The stickers were a perfect fit for the REHAU Energy Days 2014 programme. In our auditorium, experts gave numerous presentations on the subject of energy efficiency. In addition, exhibitions and product presentations highlighted major challenges and intelligent solutions in the field of energy consumption.
Water is the future: After agriculture, industry and companies are the biggest water consumers. The production of a car, for example, uses 250,000 litres. In light of increasingly scarce water reserves, this is a challenge that we must confront and want to confront – personal engagement for good water management is just one example. In the context of World Water Day in 2013, we drew attention to the issue at various locations worldwide, focusing on the poor water quality in many regions and presenting some of our own product solutions. Our employees at the Rehau and Erlangen locations, for example, got involved by buying water bottles with the REHAU product branding RAUTITAN – an idea that also came from REHAU employees. All proceeds from the campaign were donated to the organisation Viva con Agua, which works on drinking water and sanitation projects in developing countries. RAUTITAN is the name of the reliable universal pipes from our product portfolio that provide hygienic technology and long-term reliability in drinking water installations worldwide. This cannot be taken for granted everywhere. Some 1.2 billion people lack access to clean water. What can we do about it? Get involved – through personal effort, our innovative ideas and with all our passion.