B.A.U.M. honours GROHE CEO Thomas Fuhr for his commitment to sustainability

by Rob

From L-R: Marco Saathoff (Portfolio Manager LichtBlick SE), Dieter Brübach (Member of the Board B.A.U.M. e.V.), Thomas Fuhr (CEO GROHE), Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter (Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety), Prof. Dr. Maximilian Gege (Chairman B.A.U.M. e.V.), Martin Oldeland (Member of the Board B.A.U.M. e.V.).

● Under Thomas Fuhr’s stewardship, GROHE, being a pioneer in the sanitary industry, is committed to the sustainable use of water as a resource.
● For the first time ever, GROHE announces that its production processes are to become completely CO2-neutral by 2020.
● The B.A.U.M. Environmental and Sustainability Award is one of the most well-known sustainability awards in Germany.

B.A.U.M., the German Environmental Management Association, has awarded Thomas Fuhr, CEO GROHE AG, with the 2019 Environmental and Sustainability Award for the category “Large Enterprises” in the German city of Hamburg. Under Fuhr’s stewardship, GROHE, one of the leading global brands for complete bathroom solutions, kitchen taps and innovative Watersystems, has become one of the most sustainable brands in the sanitary industry. Now, Thomas Fuhr exclusively announced that by 2020, the entire manufacturing process of GROHE’s five production plants worldwide will be completely CO2-neutral. Since 1993, the B.A.U.M. award has honoured personalities who have made a name for themselves regarding their universal approach of many years of outstanding commitment and exemplary initiatives in terms of environmental protection and sustainable development.

Combined Heat and Power Plant at the GROHE production site in Lahr, Germany

Energy efficiency, CO2 reduction and waste prevention
“I am delighted to receive this award, which I would like to accept on behalf of all of myv GROHE colleagues,” says Thomas Fuhr. “My mission and that of GROHE is to develop intelligent technologies with water- and energy-saving qualities, without having to sacrifice when it comes to the joys that water brings. Every single drop counts. Our passion for saving water is the reason we have developed our expertise in conserving other resources, which is why we attach great importance to the aspects of energy efficiency, reducing CO2 and avoiding waste along our entire value chain.”

A clear goal: To be the sanitary industry’s first manufacturer to achieve CO2-neutral production
GROHE not only invests in research and development to manufacture intelligent, sustainable product solutions, but also spends a lot on its five global production sites. Investing in combined heat and power plants, receiving the silver certificate from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) for the plant extension in Klaeng, Thailand, and building a state-of-the-art test laboratory in Hemer, Germany, mark part of the brand’s commitment. Regarding production processes, GROHE also consistently uses the latest technologies that increase sustainability. This year, the material-saving 3D metal-printing process was introduced. This as well as numerous other projects over the past years support the sustainable reduction of the brand’s carbon footprint and save resources.

Thomas Fuhr and Dr. Monika Griefahn Senior Advisor Sustainability Costa Group at the award ceremony

Now, GROHE goes a step further: the global brand aims to be the first leading manufacturer of the sanitary industry to achieve CO2-neutral production by 2020. In July 2019, GROHE converted all of its production plants to green electricity. The sanitary manufacturer will offset unavoidable CO2 emissions by implementing compensation projects and supporting activities based on very high standards, such as the Gold Standard, championed by the WWF who were instrumental in its development. In addition to reducing CO2, the measures also contribute to a sustainable, ecological and social development in the projects’ environment.

GROHE & B.A.U.M. – a long-standing partnership
B.A.U.M. has been in existence since 1984. Today, with more than 500 members, it is the largest European network for sustainable economic systems. GROHE has been a B.A.U.M. member since 2016. As a member of the B.A.U.M. circle of supporters, GROHE aligns with the B.A.U.M. code of conduct for sustainable business and promotes its implementation. According to a recent study by Hohenheim University, with 89.1 per cent, the B.A.U.M. Environmental Award is the third most important sustainability competition for companies in Germany, following the German Sustainability Award and the German Environmental Award. External studies also confirm the high recognition of the B.A.U.M. Environmental and Sustainability Award.

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