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Corporate Social Responsibility at Dahlinger

Our commitment to social, economic and ecological sustainability is deeply rooted in our 150-year tradition. We are committed to economic success as well as social and ecological concerns. These values are part of our strategy and also an expression of our passion and commitment to a better future.


Challenging and encouraging employees


As a company, we are committed not only to the responsible use of resources but also to ethical and social sustainability. Transparency and safety are important to us. To ensure that these commitments are adhered to, independent institutes regularly audit our partner companies in Asia. These are audited in line with the SMETA (Sedex Members‘ Ethical Trade Audit) process. The issues addressed during the audits include working conditions, health & safety at work, as well as hygiene.

Our objective at Dahlinger is to be an advanced and fair partner to all stakeholders. Respectful conduct and modern working conditions are key pillars in this endeavour. Basic and advanced training is both sponsored and supported. Flexible working conditions with flexitime working hours and a range of part-time offers support employees and help them find a healthy work-life balance. We make every effort to establish an appreciative working environment and continuously improve ourselves.

For a better future


As a family business, we have a long planning horizon and maintain responsible practices with regard to our environment. We act in an ecologically, socially and economically sustainable way as a matter of principle. This forms the basis for our long-term success. For us, sustainable actions already start with the product and selection of its raw materials. This then goes further with selection of the right production partner and establishment of a long-standing partnership. We already took our first step in this direction many years ago by signing up to the Global Compact of the United Nations on June 13, 2005. We are FSC®-certified (our FSC licence number is FSC-C153455) and are producing as much electricity as we actually consume ourselves, having completed installation of our photovoltaic system at the end of 2019. We have installed insulating glass in all of our building’s windows, switched over our lighting to LED, replaced light switches with motion sensors and much, much more. We are also far from finished, as we are aware that many small steps can also contribute to change and the actions of every individual count.


At Dahlinger, we are actively committed to Corporate Social Responsibility and are proud to live our commitment to sustainability in all our business practices.

As a member of EcoVadis, a leading platform for assessing sustainability performance, we have achieved Gold status with a score of 97 %. This status is a testament to our continued efforts to act responsibly in all aspects of our business. But we do not rest on our laurels. At Dahlinger, we are constantly striving to improve and increase our sustainability goals. We believe that a responsible business is a successful business.


The United Nations Global Compact is the world’s largest and most important initiative for responsible corporate governance. Based on its 10 universal principles, it pursues the vision of an inclusive and sustainable global economy that benefits all people, communities and markets, now and in the future.

The 10 principles of the UN Global Compact are derived from: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and the United Nations Convention against Corruption.


As a company, we are committed not only to the responsible use of resources but also to ethical and social sustainability. Transparency and safety are important to us. To ensure that these commitments are adhered to, independent institutes regularly audit our partner companies in Asia.  These companies are audited based on the SMETA (Sedex Members‘ Ethical Trade Audit) audit procedure. The audit covers aspects such as working conditions, occupational safety and hygiene, as well as environmental management.

We place great emphasis on ensuring that our production partners also play their part. All of our key partners are therefore both ISO 9001-certified and FSC-certified, SEDEX-audited and also subject to ongoing supervision by our employees in Asia. For us, this represents the cornerstone of any long-term, trusting partnership.

FSC® stands for the Forest Stewardship Council® and was founded as an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation in 1993 as one outcome of the “Environment and Development” conference held in Rio de Janeiro. The FSC system is committed to sustainable forest management and ensures that forests are used in accordance with the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations.

Our FSC officer Stefan Bösinger +49 7821 289120 will be happy to provide you with further information.
Dahlinger is FSC-certified and we look forward to realising tailor-made, FSC-certified products for you too. Our FSC licence number is FSC-C153455. We are committed to complying with the FSC core labour standards and will be happy to provide them to you upon request.

If you have any further questions about sustainability, please contact our Sustainability Manager, Stefan Bösinger (

We follow 5 principles in product development:

Rethink | Question and rethink what has gone before

Reduce | Reduce sizes to a reasonable minimum, eliminate components where possible

Reuse | Provide a second use for reuse, where possible

Recycle | Use sustainable materials wherever possible; avoid composites

Respect | Materials from sustainable sources, also with regard to working conditions

Dahlinger Eco Friendly 

Our label for products that are made from sustainable materials such as FSC-certified paper or cardboard or are otherwise sustainable.

Materials for the production of our boxes and cases

In order to live up to our responsibility for the environment, we use materials that are renewable and/or recycled to manufacture our boxes and cases to the greatest extent possible in order to conserve resources. An overview of the most important materials is provided below:

Wood, MDF, cardboard, paperboard, paper 

Wood and wood-based materials are renewable, easy to recycle and biodegradable. Depending on the product, the proportion of used fibres, i.e. fibres that have been recycled, can be up to 80%. Sustainable forest management reduces CO2. As a result, boxes and cases made of FSC®-certified cardboard make a contribution to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide.

Recycled Plastics

Recycled plastics have a better CO2 footprint than paperboard. However, crude oil is needed to produce plastics. Plastics can often by recycled and are also easy to recycle, which is a huge advantage. This is why we use only recycled plastics for our coated boxes. These plastics are extracted from leftovers from the plastic processing industry and households and are processed into new plastic granulate, which is then used to manufacture our box bodies. This allows us to conserve fossil raw materials such as crude oil.

Compliance with statutory requirements 

To ensure compliance with statutory requirements such as REACH, we subject materials to additional testing conducted by independent institutions such as DEKRA or SGS.

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