Interviews


Our Questions:

1 | Briefly describe the department in which you work.
2 | How have you experienced the development of the company in the past?
3 | Can you give a personal example of sustainability in your department?
4 | Where can we improve and become more sustainable in the future?
Bertrand Masselot

Bertrand Masselot

CEO

1 | Executive Board
2 | In the past, while undergoing substantial national and international growth, as well as constant development of its product portfolio, schülke has always managed to be aware of the environmental effects of its activities and to live up to its social responsibilities.
3 | Sustainable management and business development are achieved through the merging of economic, social, and ecological objectives. Bringing these into harmony and insistently pursuing them is and shall remain a constant goal at schülke.
4 | Sustainable business requires professional management, clearly defined goals, openness and transparency, as well as good communication and mutual trust. We can and should improve even more in each of these arenas in the future.

Renate Muhlbauer

Renate Mühlbauer

35 years at schülke, Controller

1 | I have been working in Controlling at schülke since October 1979 and supervise the areas of production, storage and dispatch, as well as research and development, and supply them with facts and figures.
2 | In my 35 years with the company, I have experienced many restructuring phases. There have certainly been ups and downs (let us not forget the loss of the Dettol line). Fortunately, thanks to many new product developments, new production and logistics units, and new business areas, we are back on solid ground and Air Liquide is supporting our innovation projects.
3 | I think an organized, reliable, and careful mode of operation can represent a contribution to sustainability. In this manner, tried and tested structures should remain intact over long periods of time.
4 | I see room for improvement particularly in the areas of general communication and information policies. Through a better flow of information we can strengthen the feeling of “we/us.” This is especially so now, for the 125th anniversary celebration. Furthermore, professional development should be continued through targeted training measures.

Wolfgang Merkens

Wolfgang Merkens

24 years at schülke, International Marketing

1 | I work in the international HI-business as an interface between marketing, research, and sales companies abroad.
2 | We are experiencing a significant and ongoing restructuring of the company with an eye on the changing national and international markets. The top priorities are in the areas of strategic organizational alignment, a focus on employee qualifications, and market-oriented product development with a clear geographical focus.
3 | The qualities that make us more sustainable than other companies are high quality products, credibility, reliability, and environmental competence.
4 | Further expansion of the strengths mentioned in #3.

Karen Seferovic

Karen Seferovic

13 years at schülke, Product Management

1 | Special Additives International (SAI), Personal Care department
2 | schülke is always in motion. Both the amount of revenue generated and the numbers of employees are climbing, acquisitions and investments are made, and the departments and their functions are adapted to the corresponding market situations.
3 | Through the introduction of the cosmetic additives sensiva® PA 30 and sensiva® PA 40, the Personal Care department has placed its focus more strongly on sustainability and active ingredients with natural or nature-identical origin.
4 | The introduction of a product that consists of 100% natural, regenerative raw materials.

Peter Kowol

Peter Kowol

37 years at schülke, Mail Office

1 | I work in the purchasing department in the mail office.
2 | During my long tenure at schülke I have witnessed the development of a family business into a large global company.
3 | The mail used to be picked up and delivered with a schülke vehicle. We have since established a collection and delivery system with the post office. A vehicle for our mail office is no longer necessary.
4 | More customer bills should be compiled in such a way that they can fit into a single envelope.

Ina Soltau

Ina Soltau

35 years at schülke, Production

1 | Employed filling small containers since 1979.
2 | Staff has been reduced, modern machinery and safety integrated with cleanliness.
3 | Teamwork is paramount.
4 | The suppliers should deliver higher quality products to reduce the amount of waste.

Hans Otto  Chlebnicek

Hans Otto Chlebnicek

35 years at schülke, Employee Council

1 | As an exempted member of the employee council I am available at all times to advise and help my colleagues.
2 | schülke has transformed itself from a loose pile of working people to a structured company that is highly regulated through many necessary certifications. However, we have always had a large number of imaginative, goal oriented, and hard-working employees.
3 | An experienced team with a high level of training is necessary to ensure long-term sustainability. To make this happen, it has always been important for me to employ a large permanent crew and only a small number of temporary workers.
4 | Only through the involvement of the employees and their knowledge can we maintain and even improve our current high standard for the future.

Heinz-Uwe Rehders

Heinz-Uwe Rehders

43 years at schülke, Chemical Quality Control

1 | Testing of bulk and raw materials.
2 | Development from the Stone Age to a utopia in terms of analysis methods, analytical instruments, and documentation.
3 | The economization of solvents through automation.
4 | Paper consumption is currently very high. A new lab data system is being introduced. The data will be electronically recorded and also scanned. Thus paper consumption will be reduced to a minimum.

Maik Carstensen

Maik Carstensen

Trainee, Industrial Engineer - Dual System North Academy

1 | As part of my training I pass through many departments where I gain extensive and interesting insights.
2 | In my time at schülke it has struck me over and over that we have the constant desire to grow and improve, for example by increasing employee numbers and improving the production site.
3 | Every year the trainee team donates a portion of the profit from the employee shop to a social cause. In 2013 we donated to the Sternenbrücke Childern’s Hospital. In 2014 we are supporting the Westerwohld animal shelter.
4 | I can’t say exactly where; it is important, however, that we consistently follow and live up to the idea of sustainability.