Social and ecological commitment forms part of the corporate culture at PAPSTAR. By funding activities in the various regions of Germany and internationally, the company wishes to contribute to a society worth living in. The main areas of funding target people, environmental protection and sustainability through circular economic solutions.
By joining the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), PAPSTAR has committed to providing ongoing support and continuous improvement to the implementation of the ten universal principles of the Global Compact (GC) with regard to human rights, industrial standards, environmental protection and anti-corruption, and by doing so officially confirms the position it has taken in respect of sustainability. CEO Bert Kantelberg has signed an agreement drawn up by the United Nations Global Compact, which ties PAPSTAR GmbH very closely to the basic tenets of corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Social commitment and the support of charitable (environmental) organisations associated with this is extremely important to PAPSTAR: For example, the most recently made annual Christmas donations supported institutions like Ärzte ohne Grenzen e.V. (Doctors without Borders), Deutscher Kinderschutzbund e.V. (German child protection agency), Rettet den Regenwald e.V. (Rainforest Rescue), Justgiggit.de (Dig holes. Collect rain. Make Africa green.) around ambassador Thomas D, member of "Die Fantastischen Vier" and the Aktion-Mensch-Soziallotterie (lottery draw for social good).
First 30, then 60 and now a fantastic 90 wishes upon a star: the staff from PAPSTAR played Santa Clause for the kids from families who receive support from Caritas, for the third year in a row (2019 until 2021). The family care service run by Caritas Association for the Eifel Region helps families and single parents who find themselves in extremely difficult situations; in total, well over one hundred families from difficult social backgrounds and children mostly under 12 years of age receive support in this way.
"The workforce welcomed the campaign with open arms from the very start, and the response was unbelievable," says Anne Kurtensiefen, Head of Social Work at Caritas in the Eifel. "We would like to thank you very much for this heart-felt commitment - not least on behalf of the children and their parents!"
PAPSTAR and many of the company's staff were also hit by the devastating floods that hit the Eifel region in July 2021. In addition to spontaneous relief campaigns in the entire region, among other things, the company management donated 50,000 euros to the two particularly affected municipalities of Kall and Schleiden, the idea of founding a relief association also came from the workforce.
Initial constituent discussions have already taken place with the result that official admission to the register of associations as a non-profit status association for charitable purposes has been applied for. The company has already pledged its support as a regular sponsor.
PAPSTAR supported the city of Cologne in caring for Ukrainian refugees in their partner cities Katowice (Kattowitz, Poland) and Cluj Napoca (Klausenburg, Romania) with disposable tableware with a total value of 25,000 euros.
The "request for help", sent by the department for special projects in the office of Mayoress Henriette Reker (City of Cologne), was less than 12 hours old when Bert Kantelberg, CEO of PAPSTAR GmbH who was immediately involved, had already personally logged into the merchandise management system to clear paper plates and cups as well as disposable cutlery (knives, forks, spoons) in the said total value.