GREEN TURNS GOLD
Dear friends and business partners,
At Heinen Tannery we have focused for decades on achieving the highest environmental and social standards in our leather production. Many steps have been taken and hurdles have been overcome in order to reach today’s high environmental protection and corporate social responsibility level. Continuous improvement in all production steps has resulted in minimal water and energy consumption throughout the leather production process. Electricity is generated from renewable energy sources, most by-products are either reused or recycled, chemicals are REACh certified and selected carefully based on their environmental impact.
On March 15, 2011, Heinen Tannery was audited by the Leather Working Group (LWG) protocol, the most important environmental audit in the leather industry worldwide. Heinen Tannery with its Terracare brand was awarded the highest level of achievement within the LWG audit protocol – the GOLD medal.
We want to thank our customers and friends for over a century of support and partnership in our quests to make our leather more environmental friendly. We will continue our path to excellence and look forward to an ongoing relationship with you as we can only accomplish this goal together.
Best of APLF Award 2011
During the APLF Expo, the annual “Best of APLF Award” for various categories were awarded. The jury of specialist sought out articles, ideas or exhibitors which demonstrated a unique trend in the industry. On 30.03.2011, Lederfabrik Heinen, with its Terracare zero CO2 won the “Best Innovation for Leather” category.
Due to the situation with the nuclear crises in Japan, the attention have focused on the topic of energy efficiency and environmental friendly leather production. We, at Heinen, are happy to accept the award and to receive the international recognition from APLF and will continue to move toward our environmental efficiency path with our Terracare brand. Advancing step-by-step.
Tannery of the Year 2009
For the first time, the leading leather magazine “World Leather” is awarding the “Tannery of the year” award 2009. In each of the six regions of the world (Europe, South America, Central and North America, China, rest of Asia, Africa) 10 tanneries are nominated. Two finalists from each region will enter the final stage of the competition.
The criteria for the award are all aspects of corporate social responsibility, environmental concerns, good relationships with employees, partners, suppliers and the local community, commitment to innovation and financial probity.
Beginning of March Heinen tannery was nominated to be among the top 10 tanneries in Europe. In April, 8 tanneries have been eliminated and Heinen was shortlisted to be among the top 2 tanneries of Europe and with that among the top 12 tanneries in the world. We are happy that industry specialist have nominated us to represent Europe at the final ceremony to be held in Hong Kong in spring 2010. We are thankful that our environmental and social responsibility efforts covered under terracare (www.terracare.de) are in focus with the “Tannery of the year” award.
We will keep you updated on the competition and thank you for the support you have given to our tannery over the last century.