Dr.Stöcker – Always one step ahead

As sustainability is a fundamental core concept of our 65-year business philosophy, this also applies more than ever to our CO2e footprint.

We already operate our entire chemical site in Pfaffen-Schwabenheim with 100% green electricity from our own photovoltaics.

As part of a transformation concept (see Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection), Dr.Stöcker has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions (CO2e) by at least over 40% over the next 10 years through actual savings.

Where Dr.Stöcker cannot completely avoid or reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we are already relying on a forward-looking model: the reforestation of native mixed forests via the DEUTIM CO2 Storage in combination with CO2 compensation in accordance with internationally recognized standards.

Together with DEUTIM, we will be reforesting forests in several regions in Germany between 2023 and 2027. This will create climate-stable mixed forests for future generations.

Dr.Stöcker is already not only CO2e-neutral, but even climate-positive!*

* related to the TGH balance (greenhouse gas emissions) of Dr.Stöcker via Scope 1, 2 and 3.3 (upstream energy source chain)


Sustainability at Dr.Stöcker - a lived overall concept

By continuously promoting environmental protection, health and safety at work, we make our contribution to the well-being of our fellow human beings and the environment. Responsible action towards society and our resources is:

  • certified in our environmental management system in accordance with DIN EN ISO 14001:2015;
  • an integral part of our corporate policy;
  • one of the central elements of our corporate strategy and
  • of our corporate strategy and
    is based on the United Nations 2030 Agenda with its 17 goals.


Sustainability in all areas of the company

Forschung & Entwicklung – der Anfang der Nachhaltigkeits-Kette

In the area of R & D, we are able to

  • the reduction of energy consumption,
  • material savings and
  • material replacement

to make the life cycle of our products as environmentally friendly as possible.

Sustainable Formulas

Wherever possible, we develop formulations with maximum biodegradability using renewable raw materials from resource-conserving production and regional sources.

Ecologically Certified Products

Many of our products – including those in the private label sector – have been awarded appropriate seals such as the ÖNORM or Nordic Swan Ecolabel.

One example is our sustainable ECOPRO washing chemicals range, which has been awarded the strict Scandinavian Nordic Swan Ecolabel. This means that the products exceed the requirements for the biodegradability of the ingredients in accordance with the Detergents Regulation. The raw materials used also increase safety for people and the environment.

Reducing Packaging

Durch die Weiterentwicklung von Rezepturen für Hochkonzentrate verringern sich das Volumen und somit die Ressourcen für Verpackung und Transport.

Avoidance of Ingredients Requiring Labeling (as far as possible)

Allergens and fragrances in particular can pose a health risk for sensitized people such as asthmatics.

One example of many: The formulation of the “Windscreen Cleaner Winter” concentrate was originally labeled with the hazard statement “H373 – May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure”. By reducing and replacing critical raw materials, this labeling could be omitted. At the same time, the full performance of the product could be maintained.

Regular Certifications

Quality management according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015
Environmental management according to DIN EN ISO 14001:2015

Procurement – Consistency in the Supply Chain

A product can only be as sustainable as its individual components. It is therefore important to us that not only we ourselves act and produce sustainably, but also our suppliers. Sustainability – as well as social and ethical standards – is just as important a selection criterion as cost and quality.

Renewable Resources

Renewable raw materials help to conserve finite fossil resources and are largely CO2-neutral. Rural areas in particular benefit from renewable raw materials, as they preserve and create new jobs. They can also contribute to the preservation of biodiversity.

Alternative & Environmentally Friendly Packaging Materials

From EasyPack, the Bag-in-Box and packaging made from recyclate and glass to mono-materials, bio-based stretch film, cardboard packaging made from FSC-certified material and triggers & applicators made from ocean waste plastic (OWP) – we are constantly working on successively increasing the proportion of recycled packaging and establishing new, innovative packaging systems.

Our advantageous “Bag-in-Box” container is the sustainable alternative to the usual plastic canister for car wash chemicals. The container consists of an environmentally friendly cardboard outer box and an inner film bag. Compared to the canister, the bag consists of around 90 % less plastic. This not only saves a lot of CO2 during production, but also during transportation. Find out more here.

Reducing Packaging Material

z. e.g. through refill stations at the POS. Savings through optimization of volume and weight. Transport of goods loose on pallets.

Multiple Usage

of packaging, e.g. transport boxes and triggers & applicators.

Transparent Supply Chains

This is the only way we can ensure compliance with our guidelines, which include respect for human rights and fair working conditions, for example.

Regional Procurement

Wherever possible, we use regionally based suppliers. This has environmental and social benefits: lower transportation costs thanks to shorter distances, greater flexibility and higher environmental and occupational health and safety standards.

Raw Materials Extraction

Mining raw materials in the most emission-optimized, environmentally friendly and resource-conserving way possible. We cooperate with our suppliers to procure raw materials responsibly.

Production – The Heart of Material Cycles

At Dr.Stöcker, we make sure that all processes are designed sustainably and permanently optimized through:

  • environmentally friendly machines,
  • minimizing shrinkage and
  • 100% green electricity from our own photovoltaic system.

One of our goals is to close material cycles and return by-products to production elsewhere. For us, sustainability in production also includes the health of our employees.

Sustainably Operated Oroduction Facilities

The machines and systems are operated using 100% green electricity. In addition, the focus is on the efficient use of energy and the constant search for potential savings. At Dr.Stöcker, all lamps were converted to LED lighting in 2019. This enabled us to reduce electricity consumption by around 74% in 2020 alone. This corresponds to a reduction in CO2 emissions of around 37,000 kg.

Resource-saving Manufacturing Processes

These take place at low temperatures, require less energy and produce less toxic waste.

Efficient Production Process

Reduction of shrinkage in formulation and packaging by developing concepts to prevent shrinkage.

Water Saving

Savings can be achieved, for example, by reusing the rinse water in the next production run.

Energy Efficient Production Hall

Reduction of energy consumption through optimal thermal insulation and the use of renewable energies, such as photovoltaics. Use of LED lighting.

Logistics – Sustainable Optimization of Transport Routes and Vehicle Fleet

As with procurement, we also ensure that our warehousing, transportation and logistics activities are environmentally friendly by taking sustainability criteria into account when selecting our service providers.

Energy-efficient Storage

Reduction of energy consumption through optimal thermal insulation and the use of renewable energies, such as photovoltaics. Use of LED lighting.

Responsible Handling of Packaging

Transport of goods loose on pallets. Use of exchange boxes and environmentally friendly packaging materials, such as bio-based stretch film.

Green Vehicle Fleet

The focus is on reducing the fleet’s CO2 emissions. Switching to vehicles with more environmentally friendly drive systems, such as electric, biofuels, LPG or hydrogen. Our forklift fleet is already 100% electrified.

Responsible Selection of Logistics Partners

Our forwarding company not only has the “Compliant Carrier” certificate, which stands for legally compliant organization and working methods, but also the “Green Carrier” certificate, which guarantees energy-efficient logistics with an A+ classification. The company also participates in the “Green Logistics World Initiative” with the “GreenCheck” according to DIN 16258.

Organization – Sustainability From the Inside Out

In terms of corporate responsibility, we are aware of our responsibility towards our employees, society and the environment and do everything we can to live up to this through active action.

Sustainable HR Management

Dr.Stöcker takes responsibility for its employees along the value chain and is committed to providing an attractive and healthy working environment. This applies, for example, to the areas of training, promotion and further training, occupational safety, work-life balance, employee rights and gender equality.

Modern Administration Building

Our office building is constantly being modernized. This includes the complete switch to LED lighting for all areas. In addition, the investment in a photovoltaic system is currently being prepared. As in production, only green electricity from hydropower is used in administration.

Green Fleet

In order to keep fuel consumption as low as possible, we are increasingly switching to electric and hybrid vehicles. An electric car and e-bikes are available to our employees for journeys between our plants and also for regional errands.

Paperless Office

Where feasible, we dispense with paper-based documents by digitizing all paper-based processes and replacing them with purely digital workflows, e.g. digital document management systems (DMS, CRM, etc.). Where not possible, we are switching to fine dust-free and low-energy inkjet printers. Compared to laser printers, these consume around 96% less electricity, produce 94% less waste and reduce CO2 emissions by up to 92%.

Air Travel & Travel Activities

cannot always be avoided. We try to offset the resulting emissions through voluntary CO2 compensation (in the form of certificates). Otherwise, we hold all conferences digitally and would like to maintain this tried-and-tested practice even after the coronavirus pandemic.

Charging Stations & Job-Bikes

We also want to motivate our employees to act in an environmentally conscious manner and support them, for example, by providing charging stations for electric vehicles. Since 2019, Dr.Stöcker has provided charging stations with 100% green electricity for electric and hybrid vehicles.

By switching from diesel vehicles to hybrid company cars, for example, around 1,600 diesel fuel could be saved per vehicle in 2020. This corresponds to a CO2 reduction of around 4,160 kg. There is also the option of leasing a job bike as an additional employee benefit.

Bee Meadow

A bee meadow with flowering plants is planned on a specially designated compensation area. Wherever possible, we are reducing compacted areas and giving nature space to create habitats for insects and plants. At the same time, these areas also help to cool the surrounding area in increasingly hot summers.

Social Responsibility

As a company with deep roots in our home region, we also focus on initiatives in the local area, e.g. with donations and sponsorship measures for local youth sports clubs, daycare centers and environmental campaigns. In addition, the promotion of various projects focusing on youth, culture, education and science is a matter close to our hearts. In this way, we want to play our part in improving democratic social structures, social equality and people’s quality of life.

Rehabilitation of Well Systems in East Africa

With the climate-neutral production of our advertising calendars, we are offsetting 100% of our CO2 emissions and supporting the repair of well systems in East Africa.

The aim of the project is to reduce flue gas emissions caused by boiling contaminated water. In rural regions of Malawi, outdated and no longer usable well systems are being repaired to ensure access to clean water.