Environmental policy of Franken-Schotter GmbH & Co. KG
Franken-Schotter’s roots are as a natural resource processor. Although we have access to one of the largest natural stone reserves in the world, we are aware that we work with a non-renewable resource and therefore must ensure that these resources are available for future generations to come. With that in mind we have an obligation to use our natural resources in an efficient and respectful manner keeping our environmental footprint to a minimum. This mentality is reflected all along our supply chain, from our quarrying activities all the way down to the production of our finished products. We operate on a zero waste basis, meaning that everything that we take from the earth is utilized. Once we have finished extracting stone the land is re-naturalized, returning the area to its natural state, minimizing the effect on plants and wildlife as well as our communities.
By investing in new technologies and using sustainable quarrying practices we have been able to increase our natural stone yield up to 100% while using 75% less fuel. Dynamite consumption has also been reduced by a factor of four since 2007. By implementing new technologies we have been able to add value to our products and have been able to increase our revenue by 300% while simultaneously keeping the amount of stone we extract from our quarries at consistent levels.
We continually work on providing our employees with a safe and healthy environment in which to work in. We aim to continuously sensitize our employees on the importance of environmental protection and actively integrate them in finding solutions to the challenges we face.
An environmental management system has been implemented in order to continuously document and improve our advances and provide transparency to our environmental activities. We are proud to be one of the only natural stone quarries and producers to be EMAS III / ISO 14001 certified. We also have environmental product declarations (EPDs) for our wall cladding and flooring products, these can contribute to LEED and BREEAM certifications.
Our sustainability program has made great strides over the years but resting on these laurels doesn’t fit into our business culture. Our goal is to continually improve our processes in order to further reduce our environmental footprint.