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Our approach

The Mibelle Group belongs to the most sustainable retailer in the world. Even during his lifetime, Gottlieb Duttweiler, Migros’ founder and a bona fide pioneer, called on people to use resources sparingly so the next generation would have a world worth living in. That’s why we’re committed to optimising all environmental protection measures as part of a continuous improvement process in order to reduce our impact on the environment.

Responsible production, research and management has characterised the Mibelle Group from the outset. We have thus ascribed to a comprehensive vision of sustainability and a corresponding commitment.

We not only help our customers to obtain full services optimally tailored to their requirements – sustainability is part of the conviction at our company and offers our customers an expedient added value.

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Our targets

We have achieved all sustainability targets of the first stage 2015-2020. Up to 2025, we have set ourselves new ambitious targets, but these are realistic and motivating objectives. The pioneering visions up to 2040 act as beacons providing us with direction in the long term. They prepare the ground for more radical innovations and presuppose certain technical advancements.

We have set ourselves ambitious targets in seven key areas up to 2025.

From 2040, we will only process sustainable raw materials.

From 2040, we will only work with renewable energies.

From 2040, we will only work with closed ecological cycles.

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Our focus

Sustainable Innovations

In the research and development of new products, the Mibelle Group is characterised by innovative strength, enabling it to constantly reconcile sustainability and demand. Equally, we are focusing on product packaging recycling and are committed to high-quality, sustainable raw materials.

Sustainable Production

We are implementing diverse measures for more sustainable production in our businesses. These measures place great emphasis on especially efficient and prudent use of natural resources such as energy, raw materials and water.

Social Commitment

The requirements for the attainment of our goals are good working conditions that the Mibelle Group, as a progressive employer, strives to create (social pioneering). Social fairness and qualified employees are the direct positive consequence of this.

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Our commitment

For us, sustainability means that ecological, social and economic aspects are taken into consideration in our daily business activities. 

We promise our customers that our products are always at the cutting edge as far as the environment goes.

We handle our soil, water and air with care and strive to create eco-friendly closed loops.

We have a systematic approach to sustainability management under ISO 14001. Our sites in Buchs, Frenkendorf and Sarreguemines are certified accordingly.

Sustainability stories

Buchs and Frenkendorf certified as carbon-neutral production sites

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The Mibelle Group sites in Buchs and Frenkendorf, Switzerland, have recently been certified as carbon-neutral production sites. This was preceded by rigorous certification audits by the organisations myclimate and FirstClimate.

“Certification as a carbon-neutral production site is confirmation of our long-term, rigorous focus on sustainable production,“ says Marcel Müri, head of Quality & Compliance at the Mibelle Group. This starts with saving energy, via reduction of emissions, to conservation of resources. The two sites have been using green energy exclusively since January 2020. But the teams have been working for several years specifically on avoiding waste and saving water and electricity. In Production, employees repeatedly check their processes and ask questions such as “Is it possible for this stage to take place at 60 degrees rather than 70?”. Generally speaking, all Mibelle Group employees are conscious of the need to use resources responsibly, as we attach great importance to the Migros Group’s sustainability strategy. 

One of Mibelle Group’s main aims is not simply to offset its CO2 emissions, but to actually reduce them, which it has succeeded in doing, as the myclimate and FirstClimate experts who conducted the certification process in Buchs and Frenkendorf can attest.

Mibelle Group in Buchs supports the renaturation of the Schwändital moor in Switzerland

In Buchs it is necessary to compensate just 130 tonnes of CO2 per year. “One reason for this low figure is the fact that we obtain the majority of our heating from the nearby incinerator, in the form of district heating,” explains Marcel Müri. “But that’s not all; if you look at the size of our production site, the proportion of CO2 which we have to compensate is extremely low.” This should be compared with the 10 tonnes of CO2 per year that a house can save with solar panels. The site in Buchs supports renaturation of the beautiful Schwändital moor in canton Glarus, Switzerland, in order to compensate its CO2. The project fits with Mibelle Group. As a natural reservoir, the moor not only prevents floods, it is also an effective carbon dioxide sink. The moor is also an important habitat for numerous species.

Mibelle Group in Frenkendorf restores damaged well systems in Malawi, Southeast Africa

In Frenkendorf, the decision was made to repair damaged wells in Malawi, which will help to improve the living conditions of the local population over the long term. Having access to clean water eliminates the need to make contaminated water palatable by laboriously boiling it. This saves a large amount of firewood and avoids the release of climate-damaging CO2. A project that also fits very well with the Mibelle Group: because water and people's well-being also play a central role in our products.

Demand for climate-neutral products is increasing

The CO2 label offers Mibelle Group customers decisive benefits: more and more consumers want products whose manufacturing process is climate neutral. The fact that the first customers are using the label as a claim on their products shows how much they value the Mibelle Group’s ability to innovate.

Certificate myclimate for Buchs 
Certificate of FirstClimate for Frenkendorf