Dr Otto’s intensive commitment to protecting nature is evident in the creation of his two foundations: the Michael Otto Foundation for Environmental Protection and the Aid by Trade Foundation.
The former was established in 1993 to protect and preserve water resources, to ensure a liveable environment for future generations. The Aid by Trade Foundation was founded in 2005 by Dr Michael Otto with the aim of making cotton cultivation more environmentally friendly and at the same time improving social conditions in the producing countries.
With specific targets for the resource-conserving extraction and processing of raw materials, for improving the carbon footprint at our own locations as well as for purchasing and distribution transport, we aim to reduce negative impacts on the environment. We are concentrating on lowering CO2 emissions as well as lowering our consumption of cotton and timber – the raw materials most used in our products.
All Otto Group companies are required to continuously improve their location-related environmental protection, in line with the principle of ‘Avoid, Reduce, Recycle’. The companies constantly make their employees aware of the need to handle resources economically. Where consumption cannot be avoided, the materials used are to be recycled.