Social impact is the positive change we create to address social issues where we operate. These efforts can be at a local or global level to tackle challenges like climate change, inequities, poverty, including energy poverty or any other problems faced by the communities.

ROCKWOOL actively engages in advocating effective energy efficiency policies to meet global climate goals and offer multiple benefits – social, economic, environmental and energy security.

Healthy living environment

Although city living can be great and full of opportunities, it can be challenging when it comes to health and safety, and issues such as noise, air pollution and the threat of fire.

We strive to create the optimal indoor environment while enhancing fire resilience.

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Keeping our people safe is our top priority

Our employees

Our core values are the compass for how we act when collaborating with colleagues or in interactions with our customers.

  • Ambition
  • Integrity
  • Responsibility
  • Efficiency

Contributing to local communities

Building on our commitment to make progress against the United Nations Sustainable Development goals, we track our contribution to SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth.

  • Creating a local impact
  • Socioeconomic

Food production of the future

The global food production system is under pressure. 

Researchers at the Wageningen University in the Netherlands estimate that by 2050, the world will have to produce twice the amount of food using half the resources compared to today[1] - all while dealing with climate change-related threats to food security[2].

Growing systems using Grodan play an important role in overcoming these challenges. Research carried out by Wageningen University shows that high-tech greenhouses have the biggest positive impact on the UN Sustainable Development Goals compared with all other growing systems and score highest within water and nutrient efficiency[3].

Professional growers use Grodan to produce fresh vegetables in a highly efficient way, using less water, fertiliser, and pesticides than soil-based solutions. Food produced on Grodan growing media uses 53 percent less water, while achieving 76 percent more yield – and it requires far less land, meaning it can be produced locally, reducing transportation.

Read more about the impact of Grodan here.

[1] Passion for better future, Grodan, 2016. The facts presented in this booklet are a summary of a scientific review of dr. ir. Ep Heuveling and prof. dr. Leo Marcelis from Wageningen University & Research and based on UN,

[2] Special report on climate change and land: Food Security, IPCC, 2019,

[3] Evaluating Greenhouse Production Systems based on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Dianfan Zhou, Ep Heuvelink, Leo F.M. Marcelis, Wageningen, 2020. Nutrient efficiency is the reuse of the nutrient solution (recirculation) and herewith minimising its loss. It is made possible in high-tech soilless cultivation systems with stone wool.

Sustainability page, Grodan case study
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Wageningen University & Research Methodology

Quantitative comparison between soil based cultivation systems and stone wool systems




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