Environmental management at ZEISS is geared toward avoiding environmental pollution. ZEISS approaches environmental protection holistically, just as each individual process step and its dependency to other steps is examined as part of process optimization.
The environmental management system (EMS) has been enshrined in the ZEISS Group in a number of different ways:
- Executive Board: Overall responsibility for the EMS of the ZEISS Group
- Group environmental officers: support for introduction, organization and implementation
- Site managers: responsible for implementing environmental policy and environmental directives
Organization of environmental management
The ISO 14001 international environmental management standard defines globally recognized requirements for an environmental management system. The organizational structure described enables ZEISS to make the effectiveness of the EMS a reality across all four phases – Plan, Do, Check and Act – and to continuously improve environmental performance.
Total expenditure on environmental protection
ZEISS has spent over 8 million euros on global environmental protection measures each year for the past ten fiscal years. In addition to investments in state-of-the-art equipment, product-integrated environmental protection is becoming an increasingly important factor. Through its investments ZEISS endeavors to prevent environmental pollution from occurring in the first place by taking integrated environmental protection measures into consideration at the beginning of the process loops.
Key Environmental Indicators
The production sites gather their key environmental indicators each year. These are then centrally consolidated.
- From 1993 onwards – data collection in Germany
- From 2003 onwards – data collection worldwide
The key environmental indicators system of the ZEISS Group comprises 40 production sites around the world (status: fiscal year 2014/15). The worldwide Sales and Service Companies and the sites of the Vision Care business group have not been taken into consideration.
The key environmental indicators include the use of resources such as energy and water, waste water, waste of all kinds and investments in environmental protection. This short list comprises the most relevant kinds of environmental impact caused by ZEISS production sites.