UN Global Compact Member
Our environment is precious. Together with our customers, we would like to raise awareness about a healthy environment. As a leading provider of banknote security features, at KURZ we are well aware of our global responsibility for preserving the environment. Therefore, we aim for a sustainable and sparing use of natural resources while maintaining top quality and efficiency for our customers.
KURZ achieved excellent results in the 2023 EcoVadis Sustainability Rating in all four areas examined - 'Environment,’ ‘Labor and Human Rights,’ ‘Ethics,’ and ‘Sustainable Procurement’ - and received a silver medal award from the renowned rating agency. As part of the EcoVadis ranking, a total of 21 sustainability criteria are examined, and compiled into the above mentioned four categories. The assessment is based on high standards and is monitored by an international scientific committee. The overall assessment includes not only aspects such as the raw materials used, energy consumption, and CO2 emissions, but also factors such as the responsible treatment of employees, and commitment to greater diversity and inclusion.
With this award, we underline the importance of a green value chain, demonstrate our progress in the sustainable deployment of people and resources, and show our utter commitment to sustainability across our business.
Since 2021, KURZ has been part of the initiative for responsible corporate governance of the UN Global Compact and promotes an inclusive, sustainable global economy. We are presenting our progress report on environmental awareness, the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies, and respect for human rights.
The main goal of the UN Global Compact is Transparency. Participating companies must credibly demonstrate their sustainability activities, while good practice examples are intended to promote the industry as a whole. With our long-standing 'green' efforts, membership of the UNGC is a matter of the heart for us. However, the progress report not only serves to reflect our own performance, but also offers customers the security of having a long-term, committed partner by their side. Customers benefit from state-of-the-art technologies and environmentally friendly product cycles along the entire value chain, as evidenced by the current COP. A real milestone for our KURZ sustainability commitment 'Be a green leader'.
As early as the 1970s, KURZ made a clear commitment to sustainability. To this day, we remain true to this commitment and align our corporate policy with an environmentally friendly approach to nature and sustainable work and product concepts. Over the last years, we have invested heavily in new processes for production, application, exhaust air disposal, energy saving and recuperation, dealing with waste, recycling and the alignment of KURZ products to sustainability. All of these apply to the field of banknote security feature production, while we continue to strive for a holistic optimization of processes and our aim of being a green leader.