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Sustainability is Equivalent with Future Viability

Considering social and ecological aspects

Sustainability – interpreted as a way of thinking and acting that is oriented towards the future – is one of the guiding principles of K+S KALI GmbH. Without it, our more than 150 years of success would not have been imaginable. In the light of present social, economic and ecological challenges, sustainability has increasingly moved to the focus of companies as well as of the general public. For the entire K+S Group, of which K+S KALI GmbH is a part, sustainable development is equivalent with future viability.

We seek to attain sustainable economic success while considering the social and ecological aspects that are tied to our business model. We systematically identify and assess relevant issues and social trends early on in order to incorporate them into our management processes. This helps us advance our existing business, take on new business opportunities and minimise risk.

We know from experience that sustainable corporate management is worth it. Sustainability strengthens openness to change and thus provides opportunities to broaden the corporate perspective. 

Value Chain

K+S pursues the goal of responsible and transparent corporate governance and control, oriented towards the creation of long-term value. Sustainable corporate governance means, for K+S, running the core business successfully: in a way that is profit-oriented and, as far as possible, environmentally friendly and socially acceptable. Raw materials are the basis for our modern society; they secure our living standard and serve to fulfil our basic needs. They are among the most important location factors of a thriving economy.

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Research and Development

We pursue the following three equivalent goals in our research and development activities: Increasing customer benefit; optimizing effective and efficient use of raw materials, capital, energy and personnel; and conserving the environment through sustainable use of resources and constant reduction of solid and liquid production residues.

We constantly review our extraction and production processes with regard to the use of the resources available to us, further develop our procedures and products, and test new technologies and materials in order to improve processes.   

Human resources management

With their skills, good ideas and discipline, our employees contribute significantly to our success. We encourage our employees to be creative and use their creativity for the success of the company and take measures to maintain and promote employee skills, commitment, and motivation. 

Gender Quota

In accordance with the law on the equal participation of men and women in management positions, the Supervisory Board is to set target quotas and deadlines for the Supervisory Board and for the Managing Directors and the Managing Directors is to set target quotas and deadlines for the first and second levels below the Managing Directors.

The Supervisory Board has set a target quota of 8% for the Supervisory Board and of 0% for the Managing Directors. These levels are to be attained by December 31, 2021. The actual quota as at December 31, 2016 was 8% for the Supervisory Board and 50% for the Managing Directors.

The Managing Directors has set a target quota of 9% for the first level and of 6% for the second level. These levels are to be attained by December 31, 2021. The actual quota as at December 31, 2016 for the first level was 9% and 6% for the second level.

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