Sustainability

Sustainability

The Winter Group’s 125-year success story is thanks to the careful strategies of our founders and all their descendants. As an aware and responsible organisation, we manoeuvre within the triangle of environment, business and society to uphold and secure our good commercial framework over the longer term.  Because of this, it is understood that we must protect the environment and work sustainably with the natural resources we use. We steer our company on a watchful growth course, create attractive working conditions and foster our employees.

Ecological Sustainability – Protecting the Environment

At the Winter Group, we understand that we have an impact on the environment through our activities.  Upholding the relevant regulations and standards is, naturally, considered an obligation.  With an integrated environmental management and judicious measures, we can reduce the ecological ‘footprint’ of our products.  Thus, the complete Winter product palette fulfils the REACH conditions.

Above and beyond this framework, we have established an internal sustainability award to encourage all divisions to uphold the highest ecological standards.  Winter & Company is FSC®-certified and a member of the UN Global compact.  This year, Winter Creation will be ISO 14001-certified, according to the international standard of environmental management systems.  Murfloor, with both ‘Edehlholz’ and ‘Moduleo’, presents two very environmentally sustainable market brands .  Rivertex is also a member of the ‘Texyloop®’ European charter, that encourages and enables recycling of flexible composite material.  All our environmental certifications are renewed every year and our employees are regularly and thoroughly briefed on newest developments.

Social Sustainability – Support and Challenge Employees

One of the Winter Group’s most important goals is to be a progressive and fair employer.  A respectful approach, as well as high standards of employment, are very important pillars of this philosophy.  Addition and further education are encouraged and supported, as well as internal opportunities for further training and advancement, whenever possible. Flexible working hours and conditions with adaptable schedules and a selection of part-time positions support our employees in the design of their work-life balance.  Overall, we try to offer considerate and attractive work surroundings, which we continuously further improve and develop organisationally, with a careful eye on job security and long term health.

Economic Sustainability – Building Long-Term Values 

The Winter Group should remain independent, within family ownership and stay focussed on their core competences as dealers, consultants and solution providers.  The basis for a long-term oriented further development is the Group’s financial independence. Quantified, that implies an on-going high equity ratio of at least 70%, as well as an ROS margin of 5%.  We want to manage the required growth from within the firm, primarily by better coverage of existing markets and expanding into new geographic areas.  Second, we want to encourage our growth through innovation and a further expanded product line.

In all our enterprise goals, the Winter Group remains committed to: social responsibility for our workers, business partners and clients, ethical firm leadership, cultural and environmental responsibility and our local roots and global perspective. These are our obligations.