S U S T A I N A B I L I T Y E D I T I O N
Sustainability – a long tradition
As the largest manufacturer of coated recovered cartonboard throughout the world, and as the lead-
ing manufacturer of folding cartons in Europe, we have always concentrated on our core competen-
cies, with the clear objective of being the "best in business" in these areas, also in the future. Our
vision is to continue to grow with strong profitability in the long term and to assume a leading posi-
tion in new markets based on cost leadership and partnership with our successful customers. In this
regard, and in creating durable values, we orient ourselves on sustainable benefits for our
customers, shareholders and employees.
Responsible utilisation of resources bility in an integrative way, by taking into account
Ladies and Gentlemen, We primarily process renewable raw materials, and we use the interests of investors and employees as well as those
state-of-the-art and high-performance technology, so that of customers, suppliers and the environment.
This special newsletter of the Mayr-Melnhof we are sparing in the resources we use for manufacturing
Group on the subject of sustainability gives our high-quality cartonboard and folding cartons. After Ethically respectful principles of action
production and use, these materials can be completely re- To always transact our business as "honourable busi-
you an overview of our strategies and solu- cycled. This means that sustainability is an inherent part nessmen" is the guideline for our activities, and it is the
tions for sustainable business activities that of the business activities of the Mayr-Melnhof Group. basis of our claim to meet the ethical principles in the
are achieved in close co-operation with all our areas of legality, human rights and working standards
Harmony between economic and ecological responsibility throughout our Group.
stakeholders. Competitiveness, with a high sense of responsibility, can
be combined with ecological and social criteria in the man- Sustainability as a management task
ufacture of cartonboard and folding carton products while The implementation of our sustainability strategy and an
It would be pleasure if you would accompany
still being economically attractive. This is why we are con- evaluation of the appropriateness of the corresponding
us on a sustainability responsible course also vinced that our company will be successful in the long measures are tasks for management that are assumed by
in the future. term, meeting the interests of all stakeholders. the management of the Group and by the management of
individual affiliated companies.
Best possible standards
Wilhelm Hörmanseder Our comprehensive objective, as market and cost leader,
is to sustainably establish the best possible standards
CEO & Chairman of the Management Board throughout the Group and in all divisions of the enter-
prise. This means that we approach our social responsi-
Objectives of sustainability
The corporate culture of the Mayr-Melnhof Group has always been characterised by responsible
action. The enterprise has committed itself to the following sustainable objectives.
Products Customer orientation
We develop and sell functional, attractive and at the With the objective of maintaining long-term and
same time environmentally low-impact cartonboard partner-like co-operation, we follow the principle of
and packaging solutions of a high quality. the highest level of professionalism in our customer
We produce and sell modern cartonboard and packaging
solutions, with which we cover a need for functional, at-
tractive and at the same time environmentally low-impact
packaging, which is designed for an attractive presenta-
tion and the protection of consumer products. Thanks to
Employees Environmental protection our constantly high product quality and production in a
network of production sites, we are able to guarantee our
We continue to develop the technical and personal We pursue an integrated approach in the protection of customers optimum availability. User-oriented R&D – both
skills of our employees, and we are committed to the our environment and implement it through ongoing for our products and our services – that we develop in
principles of plurality and equality of opportunity. optimisation of all environmentally relevant aspects close co-operation with our customers has the objective of
and interests. minimising the consumption of raw materials and ad-
vancing the development of safe and modern products of
Continuation see page 2
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Continuation from page 1 Environmental protection
With the objective of advancing the environmental friend-
liness of our products, we continuously monitor the
The highest degree of professionalism is the basic princi-
environmental effects of our activities, and we examine
ple in all our business relations with our customers.
and evaluate the possible influences of new products and
Cost-optimised pricing and adherence to delivery dead-
processes. In this way we meet the environmental regula-
lines, as well as competent advice and a systematic survey
tions that are in force, and we create potential for ongoing
and evaluation of customer satisfaction, are the basis of
improvements. The orientation towards state-of-the-art
the long-term co-operation that we strive for. Through the
technology that is practised throughout our Group
utilisation of modern IT-supported information systems,
ensures continued optimisation of all environmentally
and through an ongoing training of our sales team, we
relevant interests. Our activities for protecting the
continuously improve the quality and service of our sales
environment follow an integrated approach, which
regularly includes downstream and upstream sectors,
such as sales, transport and logistics, whereby we give
preference to suppliers that also have committed them-
selves to sustainability.
Sustainable high performance and motivation of our
employees are of the essence for the long-term success
of our Company. That is why we demand and support the
systematic development of technical and personal skills
through our institutionalised education and training
system. In our performance-oriented and international
company culture, we have committed ourselves to the
principles of plurality and equality of opportunity which
includes responsibility with regard to each and every em-
Vitality and health of each individual are an important
basis for a continuous ability to perform. This is why a
variety of measures have been implemented to assure
good working conditions, health and occupational safety.
We use flexible working time models for transferring more
individual responsibility to our employees. Responsible
involvement of our employees in the performance process
is one of our top priorities. Thus we apply success-
oriented compensation systems throughout our Group.
We strive for a constructive dialogue through co-opera-
tion with labour representatives within the Group; and the
establishment of works councils is assured at all sites.
The focus of our corporate strategy is to remain sustainably profitable, to grow and to strengthen the
competitiveness of the Mayr-Melnhof Group, by concentrating on our core business and pursuing cost
leadership. Continuity, solidity and a high awareness of risks characterise the long-term approach of
Production sites of the Mayr-Melnhof Group
• MM Karton, 8 mills
• MM Packaging, 28 production sites
• Headquarters in Vienna
Organisational structure Capital structure
The performance of the Mayr-Melnhof Group is exclusively The shareholder structure of the Group is characterised
concentrated on the production and marketing of carton- by continuity. Approximately 65% of the shares are held by
board folding carton products, which are the core sectors a core group of family shareholders, whereby the other
of our Group and have been subdivided into two opera- 35% is primarily held by institutional investors.
tive divisions, namely MM Karton and MM Packaging. Our
company headquarters are located in Vienna. In total, the
MM Division currently operates 36 production sites in Sales of the Mayr-Melnhof Group by regions 2008
15 countries of Europe and the neighbouring regions: 4%
8 cartonboard mills and 28 packaging companies. The 4%
8,240 employees of the Mayr-Melnhof Group achieved a
sales revenue of 1.730 million Euro in 2008.
Overview of the Mayr-Melnhof Group, 24%
values in millions of Euros
2005 2006 2007
Sales 1.455 1.516 1.737
Profit for the year 95 107 116
Cash Earnings 183 191 207
Equity ratio 57% 57% 61%
Employees 7.296 7.969 8.657 Eastern Europe
S U S T A I N A B I L I T Y E D I T I O N
Corporate governance the foodstuffs industry are documented by a hygiene as economically justifiable, complemented through
The basic management standards of the Mayr-Melnhof management system according to HACCP or BRC/IoP, with appropriate safeguards and insurance programmes of the
Group have always observed the principles of proper which we fulfil the high product standards in this Group.
corporate governance, with the objective of ensuring sensitive area.
responsible management and control of the company for
Regular re-certification processes document the ongoing Active involvement in legislative and
providing added value.
improvement to higher standards and create the required industrial commissions
Comprehensive and systematic transparency is ensured transparency. By co-operating in commissions on legislation and
by us through the application of the Austrian Corporate standardisation, we actively work on a standardisation of
Governance Codex (ÖCGK; www.corporate-gover- future requirements for our products, so that we can meet
nance.at), to which the Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG has Risk management these new standards in a timely manner.
voluntarily committed itself since its introduction in the Because of its international business activities, the
year 2002. Mayr-Melnhof Group is subject to a large variety of risks. In defining tasks for basic research, we regularly
However, due to the broad geographical distribution co-operate with international research institutions and
This Codex, which is subject to continuous development of our production sites, the many sales segments and universities on a project-oriented basis. We meet our
according to international capital market practice, the flexible adaptation possibilities of our production, the responsibility for maintaining the long-term competitive-
contains all relevant regulations of Austrian legislation Group as a whole is never subject to individual product- ness of our industry through an active involvement in the
and, in addition, the rules and recommended practices for oriented or market-oriented risks. work of industrial associations at a European and a
a responsible corporate management, which are custom- single-state level, whereby the objective is to design the
ary at an international level. The objective of the risk management system, which has best possible framework conditions (CEPI, ECMA, ...).
been established throughout the Group, is to recognise
risks at an early stage, and to take those preventive Anticorruption
The Corporate Governance Report of the Mayr-Melnhof As honourable businessmen, we strictly oppose any form
Group is regularly published in the corresponding annual measures that are required for an effective management
and protection of our Company. Risks are regularly and of giving or accepting illegal gifts.
systematically identified for this purpose, are evaluated Human rights
Management systems as to their potential impact and are overcome on the basis The company commits itself to respecting human rights
Through the utilisation of appropriate management of a defined risk policy. Due to our long-term and and it adheres to the principles of equality of opportunity
systems, especially in the areas of quality assurance, undeviating focus on our core business areas, we dispose and plurality.
environmental protection and workplace safety, we docu- over an extremely solid basis for recognising potential
ment the ongoing optimisation processes of our individual risks at an early stage, and for estimating their possible
companies within the Group. consequences in an adequate manner.
This internal benchmarking within our group is designed The prevention of dangers, for instance through regular
to implement "best practice" at each location. All sites measures with regard to workplace safety, fire protection
producing folding cartons and cartonboard products for and maintenance, has the highest priority and is, as far
Sustainable resource management
Besides the product-technical and economic advantages, the utilisation of cartonboard in the world
of packaging also represents the most sustainable packaging solution from an ecological point of view.
It is based on the utilisation of renewable resources, showing the highest recycling rate and absolutely
lowest CO2 emission values, throughout the entire value-added chain.
By ensuring an efficient and responsible use of resources, we are making a substantial contribution to meeting our
sustainability objectives. The improvement measures that we take include all basic resources that are required for the
production of cartonboard and folding carton products, such as fibre, energy and water.
Fibre Energy Water
We use about 1.7 million tons of fibre raw materials per We mainly utilise natural gas as a primary source of By means of recycling systems, and through increases
year for cartonboard production. Approximately 80% energy. Plants for the co-generation of heat and power in the efficiency of the production processes, the total
of this material consists of recovered paper, and 20% of in our cartonboard mills are highly efficient in consumption of water is continuously reduced.
virgin fibres that are obtained from sustainably producing steam and electricity for cartonboard pro-
cultivated and controlled forests. duction, through the use of natural gas.
S U S T A I N A B I L I T Y E D I T I O N
With a share of approximately 80% of the total fibre material that is used by MM Karton, recovered
paper is quantitatively the most important raw material for manufacturing cartonboard. The re-utili-
sation of paper is, as part of a cascaded utilisation of the renewable raw material wood, of great
ecological benefit, as it increases the life cycle of the material within the value-added chain by
Besides energy savings during the preparation of the raw of recovered paper is subject to strict quality assessment
material, the ecological advantage of the utilisation of through the ISO quality management system imple-
recovered paper lies mainly in the preservation of our mented by MM Karton.
Besides guaranteeing supply security, our procurement
MM Karton obtains its recovered paper exclusively from department has been organised to ensure both an
certified sources in European urban centres. The quality optimal sourcing and the highest quality control.
The sustainability aspect of paper and cartonboard recycling has been strongly anchored in the pub-
lic consciousness. Consumers are increasingly collecting paper and cartonboard products, thereby
contributing to the implementation of the concept of a closed product cycle.
The recycling of recovered paper is part of an established European declaration
sustainability approach in our society, and it closes the Millionen Tonnen
of the paper and cartonboard industry
loop of the paper and cartonboard cycle. In the produc- 63,4%
66,0% The European paper and cartonboard industry is
tion of paper and cartonboard, recovered paper is an committed to a sustainable development of the indus-
important secondary raw material. try. In a voluntary commitment, the achievement of a
recycling ratio of 66% has been adopted as an
However, recovered paper cannot be recycled without 45,6% objective by 2010.
limitation. Depending on the quality of the paper/carton- 40 38,0%
board and the recycling process, a fibre can be reused In addition to increasing the general recycling ratio,
between four and six times. This is why it is always 30 this declaration also documents the objective of
necessary to add mechanical pulp to the recovered fibre. optimising the utilisation of recovered paper through-
20 out the value-generation chain. An essential element
As a consequence, sustainable production of cartonboard is the presentation of a package of measures that is
is based on an effective combination of factors, including: 10 designed to raise the quality of recovered paper and,
• The utilisation of virgin fibre from renewable forests with that, to increase its importance as a valuable
(essential for the start of the recycling loop) and; 0
90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 10 secondary raw material for the paper and cartonboard
• The utilisation of recovered fibre, which supports a sus- Utilisation + Net Trade Recycling Rate
tainable cultivation of forests and leads to reduced en-
vironmental impact. Recycling rate = percentage of recovered paper in relation to
the overall paper consumption (Source: CEPI, "European dec-
laration of the paper industry", 2007)
Approximatly 20% of the fibre raw material that is used by MM Karton for producing cartonboard consists of virgin
fibre (wood or pulp). Our objective is to obtain the entire quantity of fibre from certified forests. Currently, some 60%
of the utilised virgin fibre is certified, and approximately 40% originates from controlled sources that practice
Due to the intensive co-operation with our suppliers, the purchased and utilised wood and pulp originates from
amount of virgin fibre originating from certified forests sustainable forestry, has been harvested according to
amounts to approximately 200,000 tons. This volume the applicable legal regulations and has been purchased
corresponds to a share of approximatly 60% of the total in correspondence with the principles and criteria of the
requirements of virgin fibre, about 50% is PEFC and 10% corresponding standard.
is FSC. Direct purchases of wood come exclusively from
the immediate neighbourhood of the corresponding Certifications within the Mayr-Melnhof Group
cartonboard mills, so that short transport distances are The cartonboard mills in Baiersbronn (Germany) and
ensured. Eerbeek (the Netherlands) which use virgin fibre have
been certified according to FSC and PEFC. Both systems
PEFC and FSC certifications were integrated into the existing quality management
PEFC (Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification system. Due to a limited availability of FSC certified
Schemes) and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) are forest virgin fibre in Middle and Western Europe, it is currently
certification schemes that are equally recognised by the not possible to produce and sell more than a limited
international community, the companies, forests owners quantity of FSC certified cartonboard.
and the respective governments. Today, 8% of the global
forest surface is certified, whereof PEFC has certified 5.5%, The certification of other production sites is currently
i.e. nearly double the surface of FSC, and is clearly more being evaluated. The non-certified production sites of
strongly represented in Middle and Western Europe. MM Karton purchase virgin fibre also merely from
Cartonboard mills certified according to one of the two sustainable forestry.
systems are able to provide consistent proof that all
S U S T A I N A B I L I T Y E D I T I O N
Chain of Custody
The "chain of custody" certification Cartonboard Lifecycle
was derived from forestry standards
for the purpose of marketing forest
products that conform to the
certification criteria. It allows to
trace the flow of wood seamlessly
throughout the entire production
In the "processing chain" of wood,
which reaches from the forest
to a finished product made of
cartonboard, all of the processors in
the added-value chain are included
for evaluation. A continuous
presentation of the "chain of
custody" can only be ensured if every
individual processor is certified.
MM Karton ensures ongoing optimisation of all production processes in its mills, with the objective
of achieving a sustainable increase in energy efficiency.
On the motto "e.fficiency", MM Karton has launched the
implementation of plans for a significant reduction of
specific energy consumption. Starting with the base year
2007, the objective of this initiative was to reduce energy
consumption by approximately 10% for each manufac- -5%
tured ton of cartonboard.
The identified measures include approximately 400 -7,5%
individual projects. These cover all areas of cartonboard
production: from the initial processing of the raw
material, the operation of the board machine, to equip-
ment and the proprietary power stations and wastewater
In the 200 individual projects that have been realised so 2006 2007 2008 2000 2002 2004 2006 2007
far, it was possible to achieve significant savings in the Development of the specific total energy consumption at the car- Frohnleiten mill: Development of specific energy consumption,
areas of process optimisation, recycling of thermal energy tonboard division of the Mayr-Melnhof Group (in kWh/to). per ton of cartonboard produced (in MWh/to cartonboard).
and improvements in the piping of steam and condensa-
e.fficiency of the energy supply, e.fficiency of stock preparation,
MM Karton mill, Hirschwang MM Karton mill, Neuss
The projects that were launched at the Hirschwang The ongoing investments that are a part of the
mill are exemplary for the Group’s efforts to increase "e.fficiency programme” include the modernisation of
the efficiency of energy supply. raw material processing and the installation of washing
• Thermal energy generation: Reduction in the use jets (Ecomizers).
of natural gas by 20%, through the utilisation of • Modernisation of raw material processing:
waste paper rejects sewage sludge and biomass as Thanks to this modernisation measure, an increase in
primary energy providers. the recuperation of recovered fibres by several
• Co-generation: The deployment of a steam turbine thousand tons per year has been made possible. This
makes it possible to cover the greater part of the increased share at the same time leads to a signifi-
heat requirements of the cartonboard manufactur- cant reduction of rejects. An additional positive effect
ing machine in a highly efficient manner. The of this modernisation measure, and a more efficient
benefits of co-generation are exploited to a design of the process, is a reduction in energy
maximum. 50-60% of the electricity requirements consumption.
are provided in this way. • Installation of washing jets
• Hydroelectric power: Three small hydroelectric power Within the framework of further measures for raising
plants produce a sustainable 10-15% of the efficiency, washing jets or “Ecomizers”, as they are
electricity requirements. called, were installed. With these “Ecomizers”, it is
possible to recover the majority of those fibres that
are part of the rejects of cleaning facilities.
A not insubstantial side-effect: This optimisation of the
production process has led to a reduction of freight
lorry traffic by nearly 1000 trips per year.
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Water – a valuable resource
MM Karton has set itself the goal of reducing its total consumption of water sustainably by means of
continuous optimisation of water consumption throughout the production process.
Sustainable water usage Water treatment
Water is a valuable commodity. Responsible use of the Besides a reduction in the quantity of utilised fresh water,
resource water, as an essential operating component in a further focus is on a sustainable reduction and
the production process, has highest priority for MM improvement of the wastewater volumes. Significant
Karton. Water is used throughout the entire production advances have been achieved in this area over the past
process: Starting with the dissolution of the recovered few years.
paper and the conditioning of the fibre content, up to its
use as a cooling agent and the production of steam for All the water, which is used several times during the
energy generation. production process, is purified and conditioned in
high-technology wastewater treatment facilities before
The required fresh water is taken from nearby rivers and leaving the factory. Only thereafter the water is fed into
extracted from the groundwater, or it is supplied by the nearby rivers. Continuous surveys and evaluations of the
surrounding communities. With the objective of mini- wastewater values are carried out by specially trained
mising the supply of fresh water, the most advanced personnel of the factory, and by the regional environmen-
technologies are implemented for recycling the water tal protection authorities. The data shows that the
within the factory and using it several times. threshold values regularly fall below those that have been
defined in national water legislation.
Careful utilisation of water Sustainable water treatment,
resources, MM Karton mill, Deisswil
MM Karton mill, Frohnleiten The installation of a biological phase in the proprietary
water treatment plant in the year 2005 has reduced
The Frohnleiten mill the freshwater consumption by one third. It was
requires approximately possible to reduce the freshwater volume from 15 l
2.5 million m3 of fresh per kg of cartonboard to 10 l/kg. The mill is making
water each year for its efforts to reduce this consumption still further in the
production process. By medium term.
interlinking the process The biological sludge that is produced in the bio-
sequences and through logical phase of the water treatment facility is trans-
the use of state-of-the- ferred to a communal waste disposal facility, where it
art technologies, the use is used for the generation of biogas.
of water for industrial
purposes was sustain-
ably reduced in the years
1997 to 2007, declining
from 7.5 l to 5.2 l per kilo-
gramme of cartonboard.
Transport and logistics
We have established an efficient transport and logistics network for handling all of our business
processes throughout the entire supply chain. This has resulted in a minimisation of costs and in a
reduction of transport-generated emissions.
The "Lean Logistics" project is exemplary for the ongoing transport companies and forwarders that work with the
optimisation processes throughout the Group. The Mayr-Melnhof Group must observe our sustainability
primary focus is on efficient route planning, shorter trans- standards.
port distances, an improvement in working processes and
the transfer of transports from the road to railways. Road and railroad
Special attention in this regard is paid to a minimisation of MM Karton is committed to expanding the utilisation of
traffic with suboptimal loads. All transport data is railroad transport facilities. Due to local circumstances
collected for this purpose and evaluated with the objective that apply both to our mills and our customers, it will,
of raising efficiency potentials. however, not be possible to achieve a 100% delivery via
The specific requirements made on transport companies
that work for us is another focal point of this project: All
Environmentally friendly loading optimisation, MM Karton mill, Gernsbach
Optimisation of freight loading at the German Gernsbach cartonboard mill is a perfect example of the implementa-
tion of the "Lean Logistics" project. An increase of 6% in the loading volume of departing freight lorries in compar-
ison to the same period of 2006, meant a clear reduction in the number of lorries that were required for the transport
This leads to an extremely positive effect on the overall CO2 emissions.
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A positive balance for the environment
The Mayr-Melnhof Group pro-actively supports measures for a sustained protection of the climate.
Investments in programmes for raising efficiency have reduced emissions significantly.
The adoption of programmes intended to counteract do occur are monitored in line with legal regulations, and the objective of distinctly reducing emission of the
climate change is one of the most important challenges for these emissions lie clearly below the corresponding thres- climatically relevant CO2 gas volumes. Every company that
all responsible groups in our society. The business world, hold values. is not able to achieve the target objectives of the issued
the political authorities and science are promoting solutions emissions certificate must purchase additional certificates.
that aim to prevent a further increase in greenhouse gas Direct exhausts from cartonboard manufacturing machines
emissions. The point of departure lies primarily in consist primarily of water vapour. MM Karton endeavours to As of 31 December 2008, all of the emissions of the Group
measures that contribute to a more efficient utilisation of utilise state-of-the-art technology for the continued during the preceding period were covered by emissions
existing resources. minimisation of exhaust emissions. Energy consumption in certificates. Emissions certificates for the period 2008 to
the production process is evaluated continuously for this 2012 have already been issued. While these certificates are
Exhaust emissions purpose. for a reduced volume of emissions, they will nevertheless
The manufacturing processes for cartonboard do not gen- cover our requirements.
erate exhaust emissions that burden the environment. Emissions certificates
Emissions are primarily generated during the combustion The system for trading emissions certificates was
of fossil fuels for energy production. Those emissions that established in the European Union in the year 2005, with
Award of the Austrian „klima:aktiv“ certificate,
MM Karton mill, Frohnleiten
The climate protection programme that has been launched by the Austrian Federal Ministry for the Environment aims at
supporting measures for reducing CO2 in the field of corporate mobility management and the building sector.
In 2007 the MM cartonboard mill at Frohnleiten was awarded the "klima:aktiv" certificate for the acquisition of a "UNIMOG"
rail-road vehicle, as an alternative to the deployment of the existing diesel locomotive.
The objective of this investment was to achieve a significant reduction of noise levels and emissions by the use of the
UNIMOG in comparison to the diesel locomotive, through low noise operation, shorter shunting path and a clear reduction
in fuel consumption.
In the light of climate change and efforts at climate pro- The Pro Carton approach: Binding for the Mayr-Melnhof
tection, companies strive to explain their ecological foot- Group
print. A presentation of such a carbon footprint is The Mayr-Melnhof Group is committed to observing the
designed to help consumers in evaluating the environ- strict and scientifically founded guidelines of the Pro
mental impact of the production process and the
Carton standard, which has developed a joint and uni-
form approach for the calculation of the carbon foot-
tpr print, together with other paper, cartonboard and
n F oo The calculation method packaging manufacturers.
The approach for calculating the carbon footprint of car-
tonboard products starts with the raw materials (cra-
dle) and ends at the exit gate of the folding carton
Industry Carbon Figures by Pro Carton
CO2 stocked in the forest in roots and
trunks is at least neutral but some
studies show the uptake to be higher
Carbon stored in Fossile CO2 emissions from
cartonboard products cartonboard produced and converted
1474 kg/tons 1004 kg/tons
S U S T A I N A B I L I T Y E D I T I O N
MM Karton acts according to the principle: Prevention before processing before disposal. This
principle has been taken into account in the waste management concepts of the factories, leading to
corresponding measures. The observation of these guidelines is monitored both by our mills and by
the competent environmental protection authorities.
During the production of cartonboard, a number of differ- during cartonboard production consists of residues
ent types of waste occur: Part of this waste is incinerated of fibre materials, and the sludge from recovered paper
and converted into energy for production, while other processing as well as wastewater treatment.
components of the waste are recycled. Residual compo-
nents of waste are disposed of at external dumping Rejects and fibre sludge are transferred to a proprietary
grounds according to applicable regulations. facility for thermal residue processing that converts this
material into energy for the cartonboard production
Quantitatively, the majority of the waste that occurs process.
Sustainable residue processing, MM Karton mill, Deisswil
The strict legal regulations for collecting recovered paper that are in force in Switzerland, which also provide for a
clear and clean separation, mean that only a very small volume of waste residues is generated by the processing of
this material in comparison to other countries. The share of the volume of rejected substances lies at 2 to 3 percent
of the available recovered paper volume. The disposal of such reject substances is carried out at a well-known paper
mill in the neighbourhood. Here these residual substances are incinerated in a modern facility generating process
Focus on people
Leadership based on commitment has always been an important management concept in our
corporate culture that is characterised by trust and the expectation of top performance. Subsidiarity
and openness are the fundamental principles of our organisation.
The professional know-how and the efforts of our and training of our employees, as well as on increasingly
employees will determine the long-term success of our effective recruitment of skilled personnel. The objective is
group of companies. Within our HR programme, we have to safeguard our competitive strength and promote our
strengthened the focus on future-oriented development long-term growth strategy in a sustainable manner.
Education Apprentice programme Health and occupational safety
In view of demographic developments and the increasing
lack of qualified technical personnel, we have realigned
the focus of our personnel development on guaranteeing The start of a career, and guidance in the development of The vitality and health of each individual is an important
framework conditions that will make it possible for our further career opportunities, is seen as an integrated basis for a continuous ability to perform. This is why a
employees to fully develop their talents over the long term process in the Mayr-Melnhof Group. We assume this task variety of measures have been implemented with a view to
and, with increasing competence, to assume more with the highest sense of responsibility for sustainable ensure good working conditions, health and safety at the
responsible assignments within an international context. support and development of our younger staff members workplace.
In this regard, promotion possibilities and international at a professional level. The development of the highest
deployment within the Group are actively supported. technical competence, personal qualities and an ability to Measures for the prevention of industrial accidents, which
be active internationally, are the foundations on which we lead to an increase in occupational safety, are a primary
have built our international trainee programme. concern for the Mayr-Melnhof Group. Our objectives are:
continuous reduction of the accident rate, the promotion
MM Academy of safety consciousness through ongoing training of our
The MM Academy, a group-wide institution for devel- employees, the availability of the necessary safety
opment and training of technical and personal skills information and the demand on our suppliers to provide
and high-level qualifications, was established for our safe services, which are substantiated by the submission
employees in 2006. The educational offer of the of safety certificates.
MM Academy is open to all employees of the Group.
Besides specific technical know-how and languages,
the focal points of our educational programme Sustainabilty Contact
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on several hundred training days each year, advanced Tel +43 1 50136 91180 or
training at the MM Academy.
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