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Bearing Responsibility Means Taking Action

Responsibility is a central principle in the way our family business sees itself, and sustainable management is just as important for the world our customers and our employees live in as it is for us as a company. Sustainability is a fundamental element of our corporate governance and is firmly embedded at all levels. 

For example, our largest subsidiary, the Ostfriesische Tee Gesellschaft (OTG), has defined five concrete areas of action and has set short-, medium- and long-term goals for each of these: customers and products, supply chain, energy and environment, employees and society. Our top priority is to exclusively use sustainably grown raw tea ingredients in the future. For the Meßmer brand, the share of sustainably grown raw ingredients used in the black and green tea segments already amounts to 60 percent, while it is already at 50 percent in the case of herbal and fruit teas.

In the supply chain area, the OTG works together with strong partners to successfully master global challenges. It was thus the first large German tea company to enter into a partnership with the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP). Furthermore, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) serve as a framework for its sustainability strategy and activities.

The OTG has published its Sustainability Report 2016/2017, which presents the results it has already achieved and its future goals, in addition to identifying the challenges in the tea trade.
It is available to download under: OTG Sustainability Report 2016/2017

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