Financial year 2019 the new Melitta annual report

Melitta starts production of millions of face masks

Our 2019 sustainability statement

Our values – the foundation

Entrepreneurship means taking responsibility

-growing with sustainability-

Melitta Annual Report 2019 We stand together!

The Melitta Group increased sales by 10 percent in the 2019 financial year. All business segments - coffee, coffee preparation and household products - contributed to this positive result. The strategy focusing on internationalisation and growth has borne fruit and will be steadfastly continued. The Melitta Group has also set itself ambitious goals in the areas of sustainability and innovation.

Further information on the 2019 financial year can be found in the annual report. It is available in a print version, as a PDF document and for the first time in an interactive online version. The print report was produced in as resource-saving a way as possible; strict sustainability criteria were consistently followed for the materials used, e.g. the paper consists of 90 percent recycled disposable cups.

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Melitta – We stand together!

The Corona crisis is one of the greatest challenges our society has to face. During this period, we all have to take responsibility - for ourselves, for others, for society as a whole. At this time, it is more important than ever to stand together, to be strong together and to come closer together, even though physically we need to keep our distance.

The Melitta Group, is proud of the team spirit that our employees around the world are demonstrating in this crisis - how much passion, motivation and identification with the company there is. We have the greatest respect for the commitment our colleagues are showing right now and for the unconventional and creative way in which they continue to work.

With this video we would like to thank our employees worldwide and officially share the team spirit that exists between us.


Melitta has begun production of millions of face masks

Professional face masks are generally preferable. For this reason, the Melitta Group has converted parts of its production in order to contribute to the supply of urgently needed face masks. The masks are shaped like our coffee filters but consist of a three-layer non-woven fabric. The first million masks will be donated to healthcare institutions. After that, further medical facilities will be supplied. We are also planning to gradually increase our production capacities. To do so, however, we are dependent on the production of the non-woven material. For this reason, the face masks are currently not being sold to end consumers.

For this reason, the face masks are currently not being sold to end consumers.

Further information can be found here.

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Statement on the use of Swirl® filter products & Melitta® coffee filters to make face masks

According to the Robert Koch Institute, the most effective measures to protect against infection with SARS-CoV-2 are good hand hygiene, adherence to rules regarding coughing and sneezing, keeping a safe distance from others (at least 1.5 metres) and self-isolation in the event of illness.

The current understanding is that wearing a face mask in public places can also help to slow down the spread of COVID-19 in the population if the above-mentioned precautions are followed. Textile barriers can intercept infectious droplets emitted when speaking, coughing or sneezing and thus reduce the risk of infecting other people.

Further information from the Robert-Koch-Institut on face masks:

Swirl® filter products

Swirl® filter products have been developed for use in vacuum cleaners. The materials and components used have only been produced for this purpose and not for use in face masks.

If Swirl® vacuum cleaner bags, Swirl® Airfilter Universal and Swirl® Motorfilter Universal are used as masks, we cannot provide any information on possible health effects, as we do not have any research results on this.

Vacuum cleaner bags from different manufacturers are designed differently. Inside Swirl® MicroPor® Plus vacuum cleaner bags with AntiBac System, the antibacterial agent zinc pyrithione is used in small quantities. This is an ingredient which is also used in anti-dandruff shampoos, for example. In Swirl® vacuum cleaner bags with AntiBac System, it is firmly embedded in a layer of non-woven material so that it is not harmful to health when used as a vacuum cleaner bag. The product is not intended for other uses.

Swirl® MicroPor® Plus NeutralizAir® vacuum cleaner bags for pet households contain an activated carbon pad to neutralise odours. This active ingredient is also not harmful to health when used as intended.

We do not use polymers or polymer powders that are harmful to health in our vacuum cleaner bags.

Melitta® coffee filters

Melitta® coffee filters have been developed to filter coffee. They consist exclusively of coffee filter paper. Coffee filter paper is only produced to filter coffee with and not for use as a face mask.

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 – 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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