Hardly any other topic has gained as much importance in recent years as the term “sustainability”. Awareness of ecological action is increasing enormously in our society. Under the motto, “We bear the responsibility for tomorrow”, the European Institute for Industrial Relations has compiled a collection with selected examples of sustainable corporate management in SMEs. Jöst GmbH also stands for sustainability and environmentally friendly actions. Sustainable product developments of the highest environmental standards at our Wald-Michelbach site in the beautiful Odenwald (Forest of Odin) and an almost self-sufficient energy supply are as close to our hearts as conserving nature – so we are proud to play our role in this aspiration, which we hope illustrates a positive and motivating example of sustainable corporate management.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 integrated and interconnected goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that humanity lives in peace and prosperity by 2023. We are also guided by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the opportunities to contribute to global goals, accept accountability and responsibility for necessary actions, and measure progress over time.
Sustainable nature conservation is also very close to our hearts, which is why we have also become a partner of BeeFuture – and as a company, we have adopted our own hives to stop the problem of bee mortality and increase the bee population. For example, we have created an insect flower meadow for the bees on our company grounds – and our herd of alpacas loves eating grass – so it’s goodbye to lawnmowers.
“Made in the Odenwald” – we only use raw materials from Germany and neighboring countries. These relatively short distances protect the environment and ensure delivery capability. Our production site is in a mixed residential area, so we only use environmentally friendly binder resins.
Self-sufficient energy sources
In 2016, we installed the first publicly accessible electric battery charging station at our Affolterbach location – and our Abtsteinach site is 90% self-sufficient in energy. The roofs of the halls are equipped with photovoltaics, a wind turbine and a 150KW battery storage system, and the interiors have heat pumps and infrared heating.
We produce according to the highest environmental standards at our location in the beautiful Odenwald. Our high-quality products eliminate aggressive chemicals in 95% of our cleaning operations. Our glue is free of carcinogenic formaldehyde, and our inks and binding resins are environmentally friendly.
For human beings and the environment
We invented multi-hole punching, significantly reducing dust generation and enabling dust-free workplaces. The fine dust generated during the work process is minimized below the detection limit.
We are a proud member company of the ETA-Plus Südhessen (Southern Hesse region). The ETA-Plus Südhessen network connects with small and medium-sized enterprises. It offers the opportunity to jointly implement energy-saving measures, contributing to more energy efficiency and climate protection in the region.
Climate-neutral abrasives production
We, Jöst GmbH, were nominated as a finalist for the Hessian State Award for Energy with our project “The way to a climate-neutral site for producing abrasives and grinding systems. We were also awarded 2nd place in the “System Integration” category.