Sustainable. Viable. Responsible.

Jan Rinnert, Chairman of the Heraeus Holding Management Board, wants to anchor sustainability even more firmly in the company.

“Since the founding of the Heraeus family pharmacy in 1660, our entrepreneurial activities have repeatedly required adjustments to changing conditions in order to take advantage of new opportunities. Sustainability has become a central entrepreneurial guiding principle and has long been incorporated into the principles of our entrepreneurial and social actions. In the recently published mission statement “Heraeus 2025”, we have again committed ourselves to further anchoring responsibility in our company and to pursuing environmental, social, and governance goals.

With this report, we document which fields of action are at the forefront for us and which goals we have set ourselves for the future. In addition, we were able to expand our data transparency in the reporting period laying the foundation for the further development of our sustainability strategy. This progress is important in order to anchor sustainability even deeper in the company.”

Jan Rinnert, Chairman of the Board of Management Heraeus Holding GmbH

Sustainability Report 2020

With this sustainability report, Heraeus documents which fields of action are at the forefront of its sustainable actions and which goals the company has set itself for the future.

To achieve the company's goals, it is crucial to make sustainability performance measurable, transparent and thus comprehensible. In the sustainability report, Heraeus reports on the status of implementation and highlights outstanding measures and commitment at the various locations.

Previous report:

 Heraeus Sustainability Report 2018

Table of Content


Group-wide compliance management underscores importance of sustainable business practices.

Compliance at Heraeus

At Heraeus, we value responsible conduct highly, and it contributes to our long-term success. Those who aim to succeed in the long term must deal responsibly with resources, their social environment, business partners and employees.

 Code of Conduct

 Supplier Code of Conduct

 Compliance Hotline

 Conflict Minerals

 Human Rights Policy

 Argor-Heraeus Sustainability Report


Sustainability in production and beyond.

Environment at Heraeus

We take responsibility for our locations, protecting the environment and conserving resources. The precautionary principle guides our actions, in order to proactively prevent or minimize negative impacts on the environment and human health.

 Environment, Health and Safety Policy


Attractive working conditions.

Employees at Heraeus

We expect and encourage respect and appreciation as the foundations for all good collaboration. We regard leadership and excellence as crucial strategic levers for achieving our goals and moving the organization forward. Our attractiveness as an employer determines whether we can hire and retain motivated, committed, and talented people for the future.

 Working at Heraeus


Product development at the service of society.

Innovation at Heraeus

Our innovative strength is the basis for Heraeus’ technology leadership. Important drivers for our research and development are pressing challenges in health and environmental protection.

Heraeus is working intensively to make its contribution to the development of suitable solutions. In this way, we support our customers not only in meeting increasing legal requirements, but also in operating sustainably and effectively.

 Innovation at Heraeus

Social responsibility

Broad commitment to society.

Social Engagement at Heraeus

Civic engagement is an integral component of how we see ourselves and our corporate culture at Heraeus. As an employer, business partner, and neighbor, we maintain good relationships with those around us and contribute to regional value creation at our locations. In addition, a portion of the company’s profits flows into foundations that underpin the broadly diversified civic engagement of the Heraeus founding family.

 Heraeus foundations promote education and social cohesion