WACKER attaches particular importance to integrated environmental protection, even when developing products and planning our plants. In accordance with the core ideas of the Responsible Care® initiative, our environmental protection measures often go beyond what is legally required. WACKER continuously works on improving its production processes to conserve resources. One of our main tasks is to close material loops and recycle byproducts from other areas back into production, enabling us to reduce or prevent emissions and waste.
Our sites regularly inform the public about our environmental-protection activities, including annual community meetings at Nünchritz (Germany), as well as similar events with neighbors or open house events at Adrian (Michigan, USA) and Zhangjiagang in China. Our Burghausen, Freiberg and Nünchritz sites publish annual environmental reports containing environmental-protection and safety-related facts and figures. WACKER Greater China has published a report on its sustainability work in 2013/2014. Environmental reports are available as PDFs.
WACKER has been a member of the Bavarian Environmental Pact since it was founded in 1995. From 2010 to 2015, the Pact has run under the slogan “Sustainable growth balanced by environmental and climate protection.” The Environmental Pact is an agreement between the Bavarian government and Bavarian industry, in which both parties have declared that natural resources can be better protected through voluntary, responsible cooperation between industry and state rather than by laws and regulations alone. The Pact serves as a catalyst to promote climate protection and energy conservation, sustainable mobility, environmental engineering and resource efficiency. Its primary aims are to strengthen companies’ individual responsibility and avoid environmental pollution.