Sustainability & Mineral Raw Materials

Corporate Social Responsibility

Our sustainability strategy

As an inter­na­tion­al trad­er of min­er­al raw mate­ri­als, we are aware of our respon­si­bil­i­ty towards our employ­ees, our busi­ness part­ners, soci­ety and the envi­ron­ment. MAGNESIA has already com­mit­ted itself on its own ini­tia­tive to take into account a large part of the UN Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals, both inter­nal­ly and along the sup­ply chain. As part of our cor­po­rate strat­e­gy, we have there­fore set our­selves the task of sus­tain­ably opti­miz­ing our entre­pre­neur­ial activ­i­ties along the val­ue chain and there­by har­mo­niz­ing eco­nom­ic, eco­log­i­cal and social aspects. Sus­tain­able and respon­si­ble action is an essen­tial basis that we apply as a bench­mark for coop­er­a­tion with our busi­ness partners.

To imple­ment our sus­tain­abil­i­ty strat­e­gy in a struc­tured way and com­mu­ni­cate it exter­nal­ly, we work with var­i­ous sus­tain­abil­i­ty plat­forms. These include the world’s largest coop­er­a­tion plat­form “Sedex Advance”, the rat­ing agency “Eco­vadis” and the ESG soft­ware solu­tion “Code Gaia”.

High quality education

Mag­ne­sia attach­es great impor­tance to per­son­nel devel­op­ment and attracts junior staff through train­ing, pro­mo­tion and long-term plan­ning for young tal­ent. Trainees and dual stu­dents receive inter­nal Busi­ness Eng­lish cours­es and exter­nal per­son­al devel­op­ment work­shops in addi­tion to the stan­dard train­ing pro­gram. As IHK train­ing ambas­sadors, they also have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to rep­re­sent the com­pa­ny and the train­ing pro­fes­sion in schools. MAGNESIA offers stu­dents the oppor­tu­ni­ty to get to know the company’s day-to-day busi­ness dur­ing their school career through var­i­ous internships.

The per­son­al and pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment of our employ­ees is impor­tant. Devel­op­ment poten­tial is dis­cussed in annu­al employ­ee appraisals, and suit­able fur­ther train­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties are iden­ti­fied. Team devel­op­ment mea­sures, man­age­ment devel­op­ment, as well as inter­nal and exter­nal train­ing, work­shops and coach­ing are avail­able to all in order to expand the com­pe­ten­cies of each individual.

In addi­tion, we are in close con­tact with our sup­pli­ers and also check here whether access to edu­ca­tion exists and is promoted.

Gender equality

We pro­mote a cul­ture of mutu­al respect and zero tol­er­ance for all forms of harass­ment in the work­place. All peo­ple are giv­en equal employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties with us, regard­less of their gen­der, sex­u­al ori­en­ta­tion and iden­ti­ty, phys­i­cal and men­tal abil­i­ties, age, eth­nic ori­gin or religion.

We do not tol­er­ate dis­crim­i­na­tion and sen­si­tize our employ­ees to the issue of dis­crim­i­na­tion. A man­dat­ed body con­tin­u­ous­ly mon­i­tors and devel­ops this issue.

In order to do jus­tice to gen­der equal­i­ty, we pro­mote the poten­tial of women in par­tic­u­lar. In this con­text, it is par­tic­u­lar­ly impor­tant to us to con­tin­u­ous­ly bring and main­tain the pro­por­tion of women in bal­ance with the pro­por­tion of men, both at the over­all orga­ni­za­tion­al lev­el and in man­age­ment positions.

Affordable & clean energy

Obvi­ous­ly, clean and sus­tain­able ener­gy is at the fore­front of our sus­tain­abil­i­ty strat­e­gy. That is why we have been using green elec­tric­i­ty in our build­ings for a long time. We also use a CO₂-neu­tral gas source with cor­re­spond­ing CO₂ cer­tifi­cates for our heat­ing operations.

Decent work & economic growth

MAGNESIA ensures human work­ing con­di­tions. So far, we have not been affect­ed by the Sup­ply Chain Sourc­ing Oblig­a­tions Act. Nev­er­the­less, as a respon­si­ble com­pa­ny, we pro­mote an increase in the pro­por­tion of women in man­age­ment posi­tions, pay equi­ty, and com­pli­ance with youth employ­ment pro­tec­tion. As a fam­i­ly-friend­ly com­pa­ny award­ed the FaMi seal, we are com­mit­ted to the health and well-being of our employ­ees. We offer our employ­ees a work-life bal­ance and meet the cur­rent require­ments for a good work-life balance. 

To this end, mea­sures such as flex­i­ble work­ing hours, part-time employ­ment, 30 days’ vaca­tion and home office arrange­ments have been intro­duced. Health-pro­mot­ing mea­sures such as JobRad leas­ing, resilience work­shops and joint sports team events are designed to strength­en and main­tain the phys­i­cal and men­tal health of our employ­ees. Ergonom­ic chairs, height-adjustable desks and a men­tal restroom ensure a healthy work­place design.

In addi­tion, togeth­er with part­ners and sup­pli­ers, we demand and mon­i­tor their com­pli­ance with labor and human rights.

Less inequalities

In accor­dance with the Sup­ply Chain Sourc­ing Oblig­a­tions Act, we also require our sup­pli­ers to com­ply with envi­ron­men­tal and social aspects in their busi­ness activ­i­ties by tak­ing note of and con­firm­ing our Code of Con­duct. In addi­tion, we con­duct a prod­uct- and coun­try-of-ori­gin-relat­ed CSR risk analy­sis to iden­ti­fy sup­pli­er weak­ness­es at an ear­ly stage and derive measures.

Sustainable cities & communities

sustainability strategy of MAGNESIA

With regard to our local envi­ron­ment, we pro­mote the use of sus­tain­able mobil­i­ty. For exam­ple, we offer the option of leas­ing job bikes that employ­ees can use for com­mut­ing to work as well as in their pri­vate lives. In this con­text, we moti­vate our employ­ees to par­tic­i­pate in projects such as the AOK’s “Mit dem Rad zur Arbeit” pro­gram or the Lüneb­urg project “Stad­tradeln — Radeln für ein gutes Kli­ma” (“Cycling for a Good Climate”). 

Com­pa­ny vehi­cles have been con­vert­ed to pure­ly elec­tric vehi­cles or hybrid vehi­cles for some time. These can be charged on site at the com­pa­ny loca­tion using our own charg­ing sta­tions. We also sub­si­dize tick­ets for local pub­lic transport.

Sustainable consumption & production

We give high pri­or­i­ty to sus­tain­able and local prod­ucts. For quite some time, we have been exam­in­ing envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly alter­na­tives for all con­sumer goods and are suc­ces­sive­ly switch­ing to sus­tain­able sub­sti­tute products.

Sup­port for local trade such as week­ly mar­kets, organ­ic and eco prod­ucts play an impor­tant role in our pur­chas­ing behav­iour for food, office sup­plies and sim­i­lar goods.

Sim­i­lar­ly, local print­ers are being con­tract­ed to pro­duce fly­ers and pro­mo­tion­al mate­ri­als, and online print­ers are increas­ing­ly being used less. For mar­ket­ing mate­ri­als, the focus is on recy­cled paper, fair­ly pro­duced tex­tile prod­ucts as mer­chan­dise, or opti­mized order quan­ti­ties for low­er CO₂ emis­sions from transport.

Climate protection measures

To con­tribute to cli­mate pro­tec­tion, numer­ous envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion mea­sures have been imple­ment­ed such as the reduc­tion of ener­gy and water con­sump­tion, use of green elec­tric­i­ty, reduc­tion of plas­tic and paper con­sump­tion, pro­mo­tion of CO2-neu­tral mobil­i­ty, pol­lu­tion pre­ven­tion, sus­tain­able trans­porta­tion sys­tem, inte­gra­tion of unlim­it­ed home office days, the use of sus­tain­able soft­ware in busi­ness oper­a­tions, the use of LED lamps with motion sen­sors for light and water with­in the organization.