At edding, the careful use of natural resources is not the product of the recent change in attitudes but, instead, has always been part of the corporate philosophy developed by our founders, Carl-Wilhelm Edding and Volker D. Ledermann. Right from the word go, the pleasure taken in our family company's success has been coupled with a fundamental sense of responsibility for staff and their families as well as a commitment to preserving resources for future generations.
We welcome the fact that an increasing number of companies are sharing this philosophy. This inspires us to continue taking a pioneering role in terms of the protection of resources and the environment. Of course, we are pleased when our efforts are recognized and acknowledged, for example with the Energy Masters Award. And, naturally, it is even better when these activities serve to boost profits, whether this is due to a reduction in energy consumption or through the successful marketing of environmentally friendly products such as our EcoLine series and our refill inks. However, above and beyond this, we are also active in areas where it is not simply a question of economics; for example, our decision to build photovoltaic plants and recycle used products.
We are extremely proud that our staff both stand by and also continuously drive forward this sense of environmental awareness. The multitude of small improvements which, once combined, can make a major difference, are based on the ideas and suggestions from our colleagues. Today, it is a matter of course for them to print on both sides of FSC paper, they also ensure that devices are not left on standby unnecessarily and that the company is not lit up at night by unused wireless mice.
In this way, we are constantly improving and taking more care in the way we use our resources. As such, this brochure should be seen as an intermediate report and, hopefully, new and improved processes and activities are being implemented, even as you read it. We nevertheless trust that it will show just how seriously we at edding take environmental protection. We would take great pleasure in being able to inspire you, and, in particular, we look forward to receiving your ideas and suggestions on how we can improve even further. Please do not hesitate to get in touch!
Per Ledermann, CEO