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IKW Sustainability Report
The Competence Partner Home Care within IKW documents initiatives and trends on sustainability in connection with home care products. The most recent “Report on sustainability in the detergent, maintenance and cleaning product industry” (only available in German) shows: as far as home care is concerned, an increasing number of consumers decide in favour of energy saving measures. Moreover, manufacturers bank on sustainable production and inform consumers about the sustainable use of home care products.
As far as sustainability is concerned, the detergent, maintenance and cleaning product industry has undergone a positive change of image during the past decades. Öko-Institut e. V. confirms this development: “The detergent, maintenance and cleaning product industry is a pioneer in the field of sustainability”, says Dr. Rainer Grießhammer, Member of the Executive Board of Öko-Institut e.V. Moreover, it is one of a few industries which document and publish their sustainability activities.
Sustainability Reports 2005 to 2021
The sustainability reporting of the Competence Partner Home Care within IKW has emerged from an initiative of the dialogue platform FORUM WASCHEN. A working group within FORUM WASCHEN accompanied and supported reporting by the Competence Partner Home Care from 2005 to 2009. The last sustainability report elaborated in co-operation with FORUM WASCHEN was published for the reporting periods 2007 and 2008 in May 2009. Different players within FORUM WASCHEN requested, however, a clear separation between sustainability coverage by IKW and FORUM WASCHEN. Since 2011 the IKW reporting on sustainability in the detergent, maintenance and cleaning product industry in Germany is, therefore, only carried out in co-operation with an external advisory board. The IKW Advisory Board includes representatives from public authorities, consumer organisations, science as well as the detergent, maintenance and cleaning product industry. The 2021 edition mainly covers the reporting years 2019 and 2020 is the tenth publication of the industry report on sustainability by the detergent, maintenance and cleaning product industry. All editions of the reports are published in German language only.
Reports for downloading (only available in German):
IKW-Nachhaltigkeitsbericht 2021 (Published in May 2021)
IKW-Nachhaltigkeitsbericht 2019 (Published in May 2019)
IKW-Nachhaltigkeitsbericht 2015-2016 (Published in May (2017)
IKW-Nachhaltigkeitsbericht 2013/2014 (Published in May 2015)
IKW-Nachhaltigkeitsbericht 2011/2012 (Published in May 2013)
IKW-Nachhaltigkeitsbericht 2009/2010 (Published in May 2011)
IKW-Nachhaltigkeitsbericht 2007/2008 (Published in May 2009)
IKW-Nachhaltigkeitsbericht 2006 (Published in May 2007)
IKW-Nachhaltigkeitsbericht 2005/2006 (Published in May 2006)
IKW-Nachhaltigkeitsbericht 2004/2005 (Published in May 2005)