Schaeffler publishes Sustainability Report

Sustainability has been fundamental to Schaeffler's values and activities for many years. As a global technology company, the Schaeffler Group is proactively helping to shape the far-reaching transition currently taking place in the mobility and energy sector. Schaeffler AG Chief Executive Officer Klaus Rosenfeld says: "Over the past year, customer, investor and public expectations of sustainability management in business have changed dramatically and crystallised around climate change. We have responded to this by adapting and refining our sustainability management practices."

As a starting point for the realignment of its sustainability management practices, Schaeffler surveyed and analysed the sustainability expectations of all its key stakeholders worldwide. It also undertook an open-minded and self-critical rethink of its own conceptions and objectives around sustainability management, making changes and refinements wherever necessary in the interests of a more sustainable future. These changes and refinements include the establishment of a Sustainability Committee made up of all members of the Executive Board and relevant members of the senior management.

One of the most important decisions made by the new Sustainability Committee was to realign the company's sustainability targets. Rosenfeld says: "We can do a lot more, and we fully intend to. That also means that we haven't yet got to where we want to be." As part of this realignment, Schaeffler will switch to 100 per cent renewable electricity and implement numerous measures to improve its energy efficiency annually in the order of 100 gigawatt-hours until 2024. The company also aims to reduce the number of accidents resulting in lost work time by an average of 10 per cent per year until 2024.

Schaeffler's commitment to sustainability is also evident from its decision to incorporate sustainability targets into the variable component of the remuneration paid to its top management. Corinna Schittenhelm, the Chief Human Resources Officer and responsible for sustainability at Schaeffler AG says: "This is an important step towards embedding sustainability more deeply in our corporate culture and incentivising our executives to make sustainability a core part of their work as leaders."

The measures taken are already starting to have an effect, as the company's improved sustainability rating shows. Corinna Schittenhelm says: "We achieved a major improvement in our CDP climate rating, moving up from a D to a B- for 2019. For 2021, we have set ourselves the target of achieving an A-rating."

Focus on future-friendly technology

To achieve these targets, Schaeffler is working closely with its partners to leverage opportunities for new solutions, such as climate-friendly energy generation, intelligent repair systems and new mobility concepts. In doing so, Schaeffler is open to all future-enhancing technologies, including alternative drive systems and renewable energy. Klaus Rosenfeld says: "We will be starting volume production of electric motors worldwide in 2021. We will also be doing more to harness the potential of fuel cells, and will actively help to drive the energy transition with a range of technologies, including long-life wind turbine systems."

The Schaeffler Group's commitment to sustainability also translates into new approaches to financing. For example, it has established a Green Finance Framework for the financing of investments that support environmental objectives.

Follow the link to download the Sustainability Report from Schaeffler's corporate website.

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