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As our company belongs to an industry that relies heavily on paper, climate change and environmental protection are both incredibly important to us. We place environmental conservation at the heart of our business.
Our Goals

CEWE pledged to reduce its Scope 1 and 2* CO2 emissions by 50% between 2015 and 2025. The CEWE Group achieved 98% of this objective by the end of 2020 and has saved 3,713 tonnes in CO2 emissions since 2019.

CEWE is on a mission to become a fully climate-neutral company by 2045.

(*) Direct and indirect emissions related to the company's activity (eg: electricity consumption, combustion sources, etc.)

Our Commitments

As a conscious enterprise concerned with ecological issues, the CEWE Group appointed the post of Director of Chemistry and the Environment into its organization in the year 2000 and overhauled the CEWE production model with the environment in mind.

Several concrete actions have been taken since: the installation of photovoltaic (solar) panels on the roofs of certain laboratories, water recycling, FSC® certification, low-power digital tools, and offsetting our remaining carbon emissions by participating in a reforestation program in Kenya.

ISO 14001 Certification

The CEWE Group holds ISO 14001 certification for 12 of its production sites. Our Paris, Frechen and Bad Kreuznach laboratories will be certified during 2021 and 2022.

The ISO 14001 certification is part of a sustainable development approach and specifies the requirements relating to environmental management systems. It provides a framework for controlling the ecological and environmental impacts of organizations, which CEWE wishes to continuously improve.

Our actions

As a group, we've been working on improving our environmental impact for 20 years. We care about the preservation of the planet for future generations. Since 2016, CEWE has offset 100,000 tonnes of CO2 through a collaboration with ClimatePartner. All the materials we use are selected with long-term sustainability in mind.

Reforestation and conservation

ClimatePartner helps companies integrate an effective sustainability strategy that protects the environment and measurably reduces CO₂ emissions. As part of our collaboration with ClimatePartner, CEWE has chosen to support the Kasigau Wildlife Corridor Project to reforest and protect 500,000 acres of dryland forest in the south-west of Kenya.

The Kasigau Wildlife Corridor Project helps to offset somewhere around one million tons of CO₂ emissions annually, and will avoid the emission of over 54 million tonnes of CO₂ over the course of it's 30-year life.

The project has also provided job creation and sustainable development activities for the local community, such as –

  • Developing a local infrastructure for around 150,000 people living in the region
  • Fresh water access to over 10,000 community members
  • 2,300 school scholarships for children of the community
  • The protection of endangered populations of over 350 species, including African elephants
  • Ensuring operations meet the Verified Carbon Standard (VSC). The VCS is a leading international carbon offsetting registry, which ensures a project delivers contracted emissions reductions.

Additionally, CEWE offsets around 210,000 tonnes of CO₂ emissions by supporting two certified wind farm projects in southern India and China.

The region's economic development is at risk due to poor energy supply. Fossil fuels are also frequently used to generate electricity in this area. Therefore, support for the wind farms helps to secure the local energy supply while creating emission-free power at the same time.

Our suppliers

We choose the suppliers we work with very carefully. Our standards are high, and include the consideration of low costs, as well as proven competence, long-term and constant quality assurance, and ecological, economic and social integrity.

We carefully review our suppliers with regard to their work practices, human rights compliance and ecological record. Wherever possible, we work with suppliers who are close in proximity to our production sites. This enables us to increase local economic power and reduce CO₂ emissions from transport logistics. In 2019, 56% of the materials we used were sourced locally. Our goal is to utilise a higher number of local suppliers in the future and to reduce CO₂ emissions in supply logistics.

Renewable energy

The CEWE Group favours the use of renewable energy. Since 2019, the group has saved 9153 tonnes of CO2 thanks to the use of renewable energy by purchasing green electricity and installing photovoltaic (solar) panels on the roof of our printing laboratories in Freiburg, Munich and Oldenburg, with a view to installing them in all the group's laboratories.

The CEWE Group is also committed to reducing its energy consumption by installing LED lighting across its production sites, as well as optimising the energy consumption of our computer servers.

CEWE encourages the use of electrical and hybrid vehicles by subsidising the installation of charging points and covering the cost of electricity. CEWE's entire fleet or vehicles is CO2 neutral.

Waste management

The CEWE Group is committed to reducing waste from its production activity by implementing the rigorous sorting of waste to facilitate recycling.

As a result of these activities, CEWE generated less than 30% waste for the second consecutive year (28.1% in 2020).

96% of our packaging is made from recycled materials - only 2.6% of it contains plastic!

Recycling chemical components

The CEWE Group has been recycling chemical components related to the development of photos since the 1980s.

  • 89% of chemical components are recycled
  • 95% of the silver we use for the development of film photos is recovered.

Responsible water management

Water is a precious natural resource. CEWE has been reusing water as much as possible for many years. Rainwater is used for up to 16% of the group's total consumption. CEWE drastically limits the use of polluting and harmful substances in waste-water treatment.

Forest Stewardship Council® Certified ✅

The Forest Stewardship Council® is an international, non-profit organization which promotes the responsible management of forests around the world, and we’re proud to have attained our FSC® certification in 2013.

CEWE actively support the worldwide promotion of exemplary forest management and use FSC® certified materials for manufacturing our products. The production of FSC® certified materials (wood, paper etc) is subject to strict guidelines for the sustainable management of forests. These include compliance with national laws, the rights of indigenous people and strict environmental protection requirements.

FSC® certified products

Forest Stewardship Council® certification is the "gold standard" of principled production. All wood and paper used is produced from ethically managed forestry - socially responsible, environmentally conscious, and economically viable.


Calendars and Personal Organisers

Canvas Prints

Wood Photo Prints

Personalised Jigsaws

Personalised Photo Playing Cards

Personalised Faber-Castell Pencil Sets

Wooden Hanger for Calendars and Posters

Photo Snow Globes

Small Framed Print

Memory Box

Photo Gift Boxes

Personalised Slipcase for XL Square CEWE PHOTOBOOK

Square Prints

Retro Prints

Mini Prints

Products made from 100% recycled materials

Created using environmentally-friendly digital printing with water-based ink

We do even more to keep our emissions down to a minimum. This includes the use of renewable energies, green IT and climate-neutral shipping. This is how we make our entire added-value chain climate-neutral: from the choice of raw materials, to purchasing, production and delivery.

This is demonstrated in our annual, fully transparent environmental reports to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

The CDP guides over 6,000 businesses and 550 cities in reducing their impact on the environment. The CDP logo demonstrates that CEWE is constantly working to reduce our environmental footprint and that we are constantly reviewing and improving our impact on the world around us.

Read our 2021 Sustainability Report Here.


More about CEWE

Social Responsibility Supporting people and communities

The CEWE Group is committed to supporting social, cultural and charitable projects across Europe, with a focus on families and children. We also encourage the development of new skills within our workforce by offering our employees the best conditions and opportunities to allow them to develop to their full potential.


Sustainability Management Sustainable governance across all sectors

We aim to continuously improve our sustainability performance and to develop and define the management approach required to achieve this. Learn about the five integral dimensions of sustainability we commit to when it comes to management at CEWE.


Our History Yesterday, today and tomorrow

Did you know our success story began over 100 years ago? Find out about the CEWE success story from 1912 to the present day.


Quality at CEWE Satisfaction guaranteed

As a pioneer in the photo printing market with 60 years of experience, CEWE puts its expertise towards ensuring excellence when it comes to your personalised photo products. In short, your photos are in good hands.


Reviews and Awards Praise for CEWE and the CEWE PHOTOBOOK

We’re proud to have received a variety of prestigious awards for our products and services. Read about them here.


Social Compliance CEWE Code of Conduct

We conduct our business in accordance with national and international laws and ethical principles. Our Social Compliance mission statement clarifies our corporate culture, which is characterised by integrity, trustworthiness and responsibility in all areas of our business.


Privacy Policy How we protect Your data

CEWE respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal data. This privacy notice outlines the principles for our responsible, customer-focused approach to digitisation and data protection.