KNIPEX wins the 11th German Sustainability Award

Düsseldorf/Wuppertal, 10 December 2018 – KNIPEX, the leading manufacturer of pliers for users in trade and industry, has been awarded the "German Sustainability Award 2019 - Medium-Sized Companies Winner" by the Stiftung Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis e.V. (German Sustainability Award Foundation). The prize is awarded to companies "that combine exemplary economic success with social responsibility and environmental protection, thereby promoting the concept of a sustainable society in a special way".

Managing Partner Ralf Putsch received the award from Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze in front of around 1,200 guests. "We are very pleased about this recognition of what we have achieved so far. Above all, however, it is an incentive for us to anchor sustainability even more consistently in our company.“ said Ralf Putsch. "To this end, our employees, whose interest in sustainable economic activity is constantly growing, will also make an increasing contribution.“

The jury justified their award as follows: "KNIPEX makes a contribution to economic, ecological and social sustainability that goes far beyond entrepreneurial self-interest. In particular, the jury honoured the commitment within the supply chain and the continuous improvements in the company itself.“

KNIPEX is involved in the field of sustainability in many ways, as the following examples impressively illustrate:
Despite price pressure from foreign competitors, the Wuppertal-based family-owned company produces exclusively in Germany. Approximately 1,200 employees develop and manufacture more than 45,000 pliers daily in around 800 variants for effective, easy and safe working.

Conserving resources in production and at the entire site is an important factor: KNIPEX aims to save 20 percent energy and 15 percent waste by 2020. For example, the ongoing modernisation of heating systems and the introduction of complex heat recovery systems within five years led to heating energy savings of 40 percent. Moreover, the consumption of paper has been reduced by 35 percent since 2014.

A further focus of the company is the comprehensive qualification of its employees through training and further education as well as the compatibility of career and family. KNIPEX has its own day nursery and learning offerings for employees' children. The construction of a company-owned training centre is currently being planned. The family-owned company, now in its fourth generation, continuously creates jobs for all qualification levels; in the last five years, it was over 500.

Even beyond its core business and national borders, KNIPEX assumes responsibility and, for example, by planting 32,700 trees in Egypt, supports the containment of desertification and the long-term preservation of biodiversity in our endangered ecosystem. KNIPEX also financed the construction of a secondary school in Uganda.

Since 2008, the German Sustainability Award has honoured creative and sustainable solutions for tomorrow's challenges every year. Europe's greatest award for ecological and social commitment honours outstanding achievements in sustainability in the categories of business, research, architecture and communities. With this award, the Stiftung Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis e. V. together with the Federal Government supports companies and stakeholders with a role model function.

Further information on sustainability at KNIPEX can be found here.

Friday evening at the Maritim Hotel in Düsseldorf: Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze presents the 11th German Sustainability Award to Managing Partner Ralf Putsch. (Photo: Ralf Rühmeier, DNP)

Friday evening at the Maritim Hotel in Düsseldorf: Stefan Schulze-Hausmann, initiator of the DNP, opens the gala for the awarding of the 11th German Sustainability Prize in front of more than 1,200 guests. (Photo: Ralf Rühmeier, DNP)