Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is becoming increasingly important. With Clarissa Graf, the Austrian mechanical engineering company Starlinger has hired a Sustainability Manager to address this essential task; since autumn 2019, she has been actively defining CSR measures for the internal and external implementation of the company strategy. One of these measures is the membership in respACT, Austria’s leading corporate platform for responsible business practices.
Starlinger Sustainability Manager Clarissa Graf (Photo: Starlinger)
“Sustainable business management has been a focus of our activities for many years,” emphasizes Starlinger Managing Partner Angelika Huemer. “In doing so, closed production circles and plastics recycling are key priorities. With the appointment of a Sustainability Manager and the membership in respACT, we will be able to address this topic even more intensively.”
The activities of respACT follow the principles of the worldwide initiative UN Global Compact as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs for short. This means that respACT and its members are committed to an inclusive and sustainable global development for the benefit of all people, communities and markets. The SDGs encompass 17 fields of activity such as industry, innovation, and infrastructure, sustainable consumption and production, measures for climate protection, and partnerships to achieve these goals. From a socio-political point of view, the fight against poverty, high-quality education, gender equality and clean water and energy are essential priorities. The formulation of these goals serves to raise awareness, but also as an incentive for companies to actively contribute to improving overall prosperity.
Through its membership in respACT, Starlinger has subscribed to this initiative and has defined its own company mission statement. “Starlinger stands for application-oriented machine solutions for the production of flexible packaging from plastic fabrics, while striving for highest ecological and economic sustainability,” adds Graf. “It is not enough to ‘think green’; we need clearly defined goals which are then consistently pursued and subjected to continuous evaluation.”