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Greif Steel Drum Plant in Germany Sees Sustainability Success

Greif’s steel drum plant in Cologne, Germany recently achieved a 98 percent in the Together for Sustainability (TfS) audit. TfS is a joint initiative of chemical companies for sustainable supply chains, founded in 2011. It has developed and implemented a global program to assess, audit and improve sustainability practices within the supply chains of the chemical industry.

The on-site examination, carried out by third-party inspector, assessed sustainability performance against a defined set of criteria that included management, health and safety, environment, quality, energy management and social responsibility.

“Cologne’s success is testament to the skill and dedication of its workforce. The audit supports our commitment at Greif to ethical and sustainable business practices.  It offers customers reassurance that we have a robust Safety, Health, Environment, and Quality Management (SHEQ) structure in place,” said Michael Kolz, Greif SHEQ-manager EMEA-Central.

Remaining serious about sustainability is one of Greif’s guiding principles. In 2018 Greif was awarded Gold Recognition Level in sustainability performance by EcoVadis – an independent rating agency specializing in the evaluation of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), including sustainable development and performance monitoring of suppliers. This achievement placed Greif among the top five percent of all companies evaluated by EcoVadis.

To find out more about Greif’s commitment to sustainability please visit

Located in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Greif Cologne produces approximately one million steel drums a year including tight head, open head, zinc plated and combi drums. It serves the petrochemical, chemical, flavors and fragrances, paints and coatings, pharmaceutical and food industries.

Photo: Greif SEHQ Manager Michael Kolz led the audit of the Cologne facility.

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