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Our 2019 sustainability statement

Geschäftsjahr 2018 der neue Melitta Geschäftsbericht

Our values – the foundation

Entrepreneurship means taking responsibility

-growing with sustainability-

Melitta Group: Statement on alternative protective masks

We all want to slow down the spread of the new coronavirus. In order to do this, it is essential to keep social contacts to a minimum, to keep sufficient distance from other people and to wash our hands thoroughly.

In order to provide additional protection for themselves and others, many private individuals want to use protective masks. Contrary to the increasing number of tips on the Internet, we at the Melitta Group cannot recommend using Melitta® coffee filters or Swirl® vacuum cleaner bags as homemade face masks to protect the mouth and nose.

Melitta coffee filters have fine pores that filter particles of a certain size. Corona viruses are many times smaller than this, with a size of 0.12 - 0.16 µm, and are therefore not completely filtered. Coffee filters do not provide the protection required.

The same is true for Swirl® MicroPor® PLUS vacuum cleaner bags. They have a fine dust filter which filters 99.9% of fine dust down to a size of 0.3 µm. However, corona viruses are smaller with a size of 0.12 - 0.16 µm. Therefore, they do not provide the protection required from a face mask.

We would also like to stress that home-made protective masks do not necessarily fit as well as masks that you can buy. If a mask does not fit correctly then it will not provide the best protection.

Another problem is that people may feel safer with the homemade masks and therefore be more careless when it comes to other important hygiene recommendations, such as social distancing, washing hands, etc. An ill-fitting mask could even increase the risk of people becoming infected as it may lead them to touch their face more often and become infected in this way

Where required, professional protective masks should be used. Wolf PVG, a subsidiary of the Melitta Group, produces non-woven materials which are used in the production of protective masks.

This non-woven material is designed to meet the requirements necessary for use in a protective face mask. The material is used by specialised companies to professionally and efficiently manufacture protective masks, which are then delivered to medical institutions such as hospitals and care homes, etc.

While we are aware of the supply problems for protective masks and the emergency situations associated with this, we ask for your understanding that we are not able to respond to private inquiries. The production capacities of Wolf PVG are running at full capacity to fulfil existing orders.

Sustainability - ambitious goals and numerous ideas

Sustainability is one of the seven core values of the Melitta Group, it is firmly anchored in our Code of Conduct and is also becoming increasingly important in the strategic orientation of our Group. In order to focus our commitment to sustainability strategically, we have set up appropriate organisational structures, defined key performance indicators (KPIs) and set ourselves ambitious goals Link goals.

In order to achieve these goals, it is important to us that we enter into dialogue and discussion with our stakeholders, experts and with our own colleagues. At this year's International Executives’ Conference in Dresden, two renowned sustainability experts, John Elkington and Jochen Zeitz, held discussions with members of the top management of our Group. John Elkington, author, consultant and company founder in the field of sustainability, explained the need to integrate sustainability directly into business strategies in an increasingly global economy. Jochen Zeitz, former CEO of Puma and now a member of the supervisory boards of Harley Davidson and luxury goods manufacturer Kering, then presented concrete examples showing how sustainability can be established in companies.

The sustainability experts' suggestions were then taken up and discussed in a total of 18 workshops. Numerous ideas for activities and projects were developed. These include, for example, offering an extended repair service for our electrical appliances, switching our plastic ranges and packaging to sustainable raw materials, and reducing packaging waste from our products and the inputs we purchase. Many of these ideas have been taken up by the working groups in our operating units and are already being implemented.

A comprehensive overview of our strategic sustainability commitment and goals will be published shortly in the Melitta Sustainability Statement 2019.

Melitta annual report 2018

All of the Melitta Group's business segments - coffee, coffee preparation and household products - contributed to the successful course of the past year. Nearly all divisions achieved their growth targets and expanded their market positions, particularly through new products, but also by investing in existing brands. In addition, market activities have been further internationalised across the entire Group.

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Melitta – growth with strong roots

The internationally operating and family-owned Melitta Group can look back on over 100 years of history. We offer branded products for coffee and tea enjoyment, for coffee preparation and for the household. In addition, we produce special-grade papers and packaging films for industrial manufacturers.

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