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About this report

This third ALPLA sustainability report provides information about all the relevant economic, environmental, societal and social developments in the financial years 2016, 2017 and 2018.
We intend to continue to publish a company report of this kind every three years. The information presented here relates to all the ALPLA locations around the world, including in-house plants and joint ventures. We have compiled the information relating to our recycling plants and the corresponding consumption data separately. We prepared this report in accordance with the sustainability reporting standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) (‘Core’ option). It has not been externally audited.


Materiality matrix

Very significant relevance AND High Environmental and social impact
Significant relevance AND Low Environmental and social impact
Very significant relevance
Impact from ALPLA’s perspective
Low Impact
Importance from the stakeholders’ perspective
High Impact
Importance from the stakeholders’ perspective
Significant relevance
Impact from ALPLA’s perspective

Before preparing the report, we asked our stakeholders which issues they thought were especially important. The Sustainability Steering Council started by defining 31 relevant issues and the stakeholder groups to be surveyed. In a second step, selected employees from different levels and regions as well as customers, suppliers and representatives of the owner family were sent a written questionnaire. The response rate was encouragingly high thanks to our addressing the stakeholders personally, with around 120 questionnaires ultimately being evaluated.

We asked the stakeholders how important each of the 31 issues was to ALPLA’s sustainable development and what their assessment was of the company’s endeavours in this area. In the next step, the Sustainability Steering Council evaluated the impacts of the individual issues. The results of this impact evaluation and of the stakeholder survey were prepared in the form of a so-called materiality matrix.

In the process, the Steering Council decided that ALPLA should additionally report on plastics in the environment and also on economic output and market and innovation leadership – issues which were below the threshold for inclusion in the report. These two areas are highly significant to ALPLA and also generally to the future of the packaging industry. In particular, the environmental impacts of plastics are currently a topic of close public scrutiny. We explain what this means for ALPLA and how we are rising to the challenge in the chapter entitled ‘Plastics in the environment’. The chapter ‘Economic output and market and innovation leadership’ examines the role of forward-looking company growth and innovations in this context.

Reporting as an opportunity

Overall, we view the entire reporting process, from data collection to the feedback from our stakeholders on the final report, as a valuable opportunity: in this way, we regularly and critically examine our performance and targets, and define specific areas of action for the ongoing development of our sustainability strategy.

Based on the previous reports, we have seen that this generates added value for our company. For example, following the publication of the second ALPLA sustainability report, we ramped up our internal communication of sustainability issues, and we now report on our activities regularly in the company magazine and on the intranet.

We are delighted to receive feedback and suggestions from our readers at sustainability@alpla.com.