Sustainable business 2021
Messer’s strategic orientation
In 2021, Messer Group GmbH was transformed into a limited joint-stock partnership (KGaA) and has since traded under the name of Messer SE & Co. KGaA. The KGaA legal form allows us to ensure that Messer is geared to the future as a global group with enhanced operational and organizational scope. It ensures continued control and influence on the part of the shareholder family. The new legal form will allow the family’s fiscal and financial objectives to be achieved with even greater flexibility in future.
Over the next few years, the plan is to fully integrate Messer Industries GmbH, the joint venture created in 2019, into the family-owned company Messer SE & Co. KGaA. The development and implementation of a global strategy will then be possible for the merged industrial gases group. Furthermore, this will also facilitate the leveraging of some existing minor efficiency reserves.
The economic activity of Messer SE & Co. KGaA is mainly focused on Eastern Europe and Asia. The Asia region represents the world’s largest industrial gases market with the highest growth rates. Messer Industries has regional and product-specific business operations in North and South America as well as Western Europe. What unites them all is the focus on safety, customer orientation and profitable growth. We aim to achieve appropriate payment for our products through a team culture geared towards efficiency, success and motivation, a high level of employee and customer satisfaction as well as innovation.
Sustainable growth through investment
Investment projects form an important basis for sustainable growth in the industrial gases sector, which is characterized by long-term operations. By way of example, Messer launched or completed the following projects in 2021.
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Enhancing efficiency through digital improvements
Many Messer entities have strategically and technically reoriented their IT infrastructure, pursuing their digitalization strategies, with important milestones having already been reached.
Based on modern, globally established standards, the new standardized and flexibly scalable IT structure is an important prerequisite for improved business processes and greater efficiency, as well as more flexible and agile working.
Employee awareness of cybercrime has been further strengthened, including through training sessions.
UN Goals sustainable management
SUSTAINABILITY ORIENTATION AND OPTIMIZATION THROUGH RATINGS
In order to be able to make an objective assessment of Messer’s status quo in terms of sustainability and climate protection compared to other companies, and to identify concrete optimization potential, Messer decided to undergo an independent assessment: first as part of a “Sustainability Performance Overview” by EcoVadis, and second through the “CDP Score Report - Climate Change 2021”.
EcoVadis “Sustainability Performance Overview”
EcoVadis is the world’s largest and most reliable provider of sustainability ratings for companies. In the “Sustainability Performance Overview” published on March 25, 2021, Messer achieved the following results in the “Manufacture of chemical precursors, fertilizers and nitrogen compounds, plastics and synthetic rubber in primary forms” category: in the “Overall Rating”, Messer was among the top 14 percent of companies rated. In terms of “Work and Human Rights”, Messer ranked among the top 8 percent, and with regard to “Sustainable Procurement”, among the top 24 percent of companies rated.
This rating by EcoVadis was valid until March 25, 2022. Following this date, there was a period of about one month in order to update the EcoVadis questionnaire. After doing this, a new rating is provided within one to two months. During this period, the existing rating is extended until the new rating is published.
„CDP Score Report - Climate Change 2021
“The “CDP Score Report – Climate Change 2021” facilitates a classification of companies with regard to environmental and climate protection – in comparison with other companies in their industry. The report also highlights the areas that require particular attention in order to improve in terms of Climate Governance. The score categories range from “A/A-“ (= Implementing current best practices) to “D/D-“ (= Transparent about climate issues). In 2021, Messer Group GmbH scored “B-“ (= Taking coordinated action on climate issues). This is slightly below the European average of “B” and also slightly below the average score for companies in the chemical sector, which is also “B”.