Sustainability has a long tradition at our company.

Consumers and customers are becoming more environmentally conscious –they want to assume responsibility for future generations. And we're glad that is the way it is. A higher level of environmental consciousness from the consumer leads to a higher demand for sustainable and environmentally friendly packaging: The trend is called "Green packaging".

In terms of sustainability, Karl Knauer has long been known as one of the innovators in the packaging and advertising materials industry. Our company roots in the Black Forest give us a certain degree of commitment to both man and nature. As a modern packaging and advertising materials manufacturer we started aligning ourselves, our products and our company to the change in environmental consciousness a long time ago.

For us, sustainability is an economic principle.

Economy, ecology and social responsibility are the pillars of our sustainability strategy. It is a central element of our corporate philosophy. Again and again, Karl Knauer makes bold innovations – through packaging designs that use remarkably little material, through responsible procurement policy, FSC® certificates or advising on ecological packaging options – to name just a few of our initiatives.

Even in management and employee responsibility topics we think and act in a sustainable manner. We have a high investment quota and maintain long-term customer relationships. Our employees receive long-term support and excellent possibilities to further their education.

Our activities in terms of sustainability in an overview:

Packaging development

  • low material usage

  • ecologically sound finishing

  • responsible procurement policy for paper / cardboard

  • FSC® certificates

  • advice on environmental packaging alternatives


  • environmental certificates ISO 14001

  • waste management

  • performance measurement system to continuously improve the environmental performance of energy / water / waste / emissions

  • energy generation with the use of our own photovoltaic system


  • long-term corporate policy

  • high degree of capital investment

  • employee development

  • long-term customer relationships

  • development and support of region


  • high level of vocational training

  • advanced internal training possibilities

  • low level of fluctuation

  • flexible working time models for enabling a positive work-life balance


  • Supply chain partnership

  • Constant performance increase

  • Customer proximity of SMEs linked to the performance of a European market leader