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.
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.
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
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.