Motivation Green: Build like there's a tomorrow.
Sustainability is not a trend, it's an attitude, one that we at Schüco demand and practice every day. For us, acting sustainably is both a duty and a motivation – our "Motivation Green". As a company in the building industry, we are taking responsibility for the long term and using our products and services to make an active contribution to a more sustainable world. Our calling: to be pioneers in effective sustainability for the construction industry.
We see sustainability as more than just environmental and climate protection
Sustainability is the key to a good standard of living for everyone. That's why we've aligned ourselves with the Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations and are working towards achieving these goals with our expertise, our understanding of quality and our passion for creating outstanding buildings. A look at the stress limits of our planet makes it clear that several of these limits of the Earth's ecosystem have already been exceeded. If we continue in this way, we will endanger the foundation of our lives and our economy. So for us, there is no alternative to sustainable business.
Find out more about our contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals.
"The reality of the situation has already exceeded the worst-case climate scenarios. That is why we must act immediately. Protecting the climate and conserving resources are the most important duties of my generation, because it is our responsibility to drive change, now. The construction industry can make a crucial contribution to this today with energy-saving and recyclable products."
A holistic approach – across six action areas
Sustainability goes over and above climate and environmental protection; we see it as a challenge across the board. It is therefore our duty to act conscientiously in all areas, using what we have at our disposal. Sustainability is not an abstract idea, but a concrete item on the agenda that we are addressing every day through each of our six defined action areas of environment, products, business development, supply chain, employees and society. As we are unable to do everything all at once, we have defined six projects in addition to our action areas, which narrow down the Schüco sustainability focus points even further and which are currently our main focus. Here we have assigned each action area to one of these focus projects.
As a business in the construction industry, we think it's important that our products and services make an active contribution to a more sustainable world – something that sets us apart from many other industries and companies. To ensure that we achieve this, we focus on quality, conserving resources and recyclable products. This is how we are already helping today to continually improve buildings for future generations.As a business in the construction industry, we think it's important that our products and services make an active contribution to a more sustainable world – something that sets us apart from many other industries and companies. To ensure that we achieve this, we focus on quality, conserving resources and recyclable products. This is how we are already helping today to continually improve buildings for future generations.
We are taking responsibility: when it comes to people and the environment, we critically examine each stage of our supply chain and implement it sustainably with our suppliers and partners. Together we are not just fulfilling our duty of care, but developing supply chain management which takes into account long-term ecological, social and economic aspects.
In some cases, the stress limits of our planet's ecosystem have already been exceeded. If we continue in this way, we will endanger the things that are essential to our own lives. Climate protection and a responsible approach to resources are therefore some of the core points of our sustainability strategy. That's why, in partnership with the WWF, we've developed science-based climate protection targets. In line with the 1.5° target of the Paris climate agreement, our overarching goal is zero emissions by 2040. We are therefore aiming to reduce our CO2 emissions by 30 percent compared to 2018 by 2025 – throughout the entire value chain. In future, we will be taking specific measures to achieve these goals by systematically reducing our own carbon footprint, as well as our energy and water consumption, thereby protecting the environment.
Anyone who sets ambitious goals needs one thing above all else: people to help achieve them. That's why at Schüco, the focus is on the people. Safe workplaces, fair working conditions, health and secure employment for our employees are our top priority. Furthermore, we believe it's important to create an innovative work environment for our staffs, with no place for discrimination. We are committed to diversity, solidarity and personal development, because these are the only ways we can shape the future together.
As a commercial company, we are conscious of our social responsibility. Engagement in this area is something close to our hearts at Schüco. With our roots in East-Westphalia, we are not just familiar with the region and its people, but we also support cross-regional and international initiatives and associations which focus on sustainability. With the WWF as a key partner at our side, we are also actively working on making an effective contribution to a more sustainable construction industry.
Acting transparently and effectively – for our future
We have deliberately aimed high. Admittedly, we don't have an answer for everything, but we are open-minded, develop effective concepts and implement them consistently. And we report on our progress transparently while doing so. We will probably also make mistakes on the way, as there's no blueprint for this kind of change for us to simply copy. It is important to us that we learn from our mistakes and take on new challenges so that we can continually improve. Even though no one can save the world on their own, as part of society we are nevertheless responsible for leaving it in a better state than when we found it. That's why we're rolling up our sleeves and making changes, day by day.