We Have Made Sustainability a Priority for Tesa and are Working on This Important Transformation of Our Business With Greater Speed and Urgency Than Previously Planned.

We Have Made Sustainability a Priority for Tesa and are Working on This Important Transformation of Our Business With Greater Speed and Urgency Than Previously Planned.

For more than 125 years, tesa has been working on improving our customers’ operations, products and lives in a sustainable way with the help of innovative adhesive solutions. In 2022, we further increased the importance of our sustainability strategy with five highly ambitious action areas. We have made sustainability a priority for tesa and are working on this important transformation of our business with greater speed and urgency than previously planned. We intend to use our expertise and passion to develop adhesive solutions and products that are more sustainable.

Our mission is to increase the pace at which we reduce emissions, vastly improve the sustainability of our products and packaging and ensure responsible sourcing. We have begun to extensively optimize our manufacturing processes at our plants and aim to achieve climate-neutral production by 2030. In the coming years, we will also be investing millions in research projects, knowledge, sustainable materials and our production facilities. We have been involved in the “Business Ambition for 1.5°C initiative” since 2006. We have also emphasized once again our commitment to the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact and to the Sustainable Development Goals, which we have already been pursuing for many years. In other words, we now intend to make an even greater contribution. Last year, we succeeded in cutting our energy-related CO₂ emissions (Scope 1 & 2) by 27 percent in absolute terms (according to the market-based method) compared to 2018.

All employees support this endeavor – our specialists in the development centers in Germany, the USA and China are thinking differently, creatively and from new perspectives. Our customers are providing daily input on what matters to them for the future and how tesa can play its part in helping them to hit their sustainability targets.

For us, as a company in the chemicals industry, pursuing a holistic perspective and a science-based approach determines our actions and is a matter of course. tesa employs more than six hundred scientists, engineers and product developers around the globe with the expertise to come up with innovative, sustainable products and processes. By focusing on technical innovation, we have our sights set not only on reducing our environmental footprint, but also on achieving sustainable growth for tesa.

I’d like to draw your attention to a few highlights of this year’s especially interesting report:

Back to the roots: We have introduced new bio-based packaging tape to the market which can be disposed of in the paper recycling together with the cardboard box. And, of course, we’re looking at how we can use recycled materials and are working on opportunities for the circular economy arising from new raw materials. Source responsibly: A good half of tesa’s raw material suppliers have a sustainability rating as of this year. We also reviewed all natural rubber supply chains in 2022.

House of Smarts: In Suzhou, one of our three Customer Solution Centers, we are not only making our mark on the advance of electromobility but also working with customers to find more sustainable solutions.

Room for solar energy: 760 square meters of photovoltaics will be installed on the roof of our company headquarters in the far north of Germany in the coming weeks – further installations in China, Germany and the USA are planned.

Social responsibility:it has always been a part of our culture at tesa. With a donation of 200,000 euros, we were able to act swiftly to help children and their families from Ukraine with shelters and playrooms. tesa had donated a total of 3.8 million euros by late 2022 to tackle the coronavirus crisis and help with other causes.

These progressive actions stand out positively in a year marked by the coronavirus crisis, the outbreak of war, raw material and energy shortages, and rising inflation. And perhaps they also explain why we are fascinated by the topic of sustainability at tesa  and are bringing even more creativity in our search for solutions.


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