In the report, HC Starck details its own contribution to the long-term supply of conflict-free raw materials, including the conservation of resources. The report meets the requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), a non-profit organization which promotes economic, environmental and social sustainability. HC Starck was awarded a B rating, which confirms that the company has integrated sustainability in its day-to-day business. 

“We are very pleased with the positive evaluation of the first sustainability report ever in our company's history,” said Andreas Meier, president and CEO of HC Starck. “Sustainability is a core element of our company’s strategy. It incorporates our entire value chain – starting with the long-term supply of conflict-free raw materials and modern, environmentally friendly production facilities and processes, to our responsible employee management and the delivery of our products to the customer.”

HC Starck has defined five key areas for its sustainability activities: raw materials procurement, product quality and innovation, recycling and environmental protection, employee development and occupational safety in addition to social and community engagement. 

HC Starck operates an employee development programme, supports external educational projects and expands its environmental management systems to be able to minimise the ecological impact of its activities. Commitment in these areas will be developed, sustainability strengthened within internal structures and processes, and reporting systematically expanded, the company stated.

The HC Starck sustainability report is available for download here.