For a more sustainable and better world

Value for Society

ZEISS' contribution to the common good

17 Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations


A social task

Sustainability is more than climate action. This is how the United Nations sees it in its Sustainable Development Goals, which point to social change. ZEISS is also committed to these goals.

Good health and well-being

Healthcare at ZEISS
Healthcare at ZEISS

Healthy society

Good health and well-being – this is also one of the 17 goals of the United Nations. As a pioneer in the field of healthcare, ZEISS wants to contribute to the health of society.

Equal opportunities for all

Human rights and environmental protection

Many of the United Nations' goals are united by one aspect: people everywhere should have equal rights. This is a goal that ZEISS typically supports by combating negative impacts on human rights and diversity. As an internationally operating company with global supply and value chains, ZEISS is aware of its responsibility to people and the environment. For this reason, the Executive Board of Carl Zeiss AG has adopted a Policy Statement on Respecting and Promoting Human Rights and Environmental Protection, which reflects such understanding and supplements the Group-wide ZEISS Code of Conduct.

Moreover, ZEISS has appointed a Human Rights Officer as a dedicated contact person for these issues. Both internal and external stakeholders can contact ZEISS directly by email at for all matters relating to human rights and environmental protection. The central whistleblowing system ZEISS Integrity Line can be utilized – anonymously if so desired – in cases where there is tangible evidence that applicable laws or internal guidelines may have been violated.

Inspiring explorers of tomorrow

With the international A Heart for Science initiative, ZEISS is pursuing the goal of inspiring and promoting young people in the natural sciences.

A Heart for Science
A Heart for Science

A Heart for Science

The special thing about "A Heart for Science" is that the initiative is being planned and organized by ZEISS employees. Employees are taking part in this corporate volunteering program across the world and are passing on their knowledge to the explorers of tomorrow.

Dr. Karl Lamprecht

It has become a tradition at ZEISS to promote education and science and it is part of the company’s very fabric. A Heart for Science is primarily about opening the door to the world of research for young people and stimulating enthusiasm for nature and technology.


Dr. Karl Lamprecht

President and CEO of ZEISS

Promotion and sponsorship

How does healthcare reach poorer countries? And how can projects be promoted locally?

ZEISS Aloka Vision programme

What about disadvantaged populations?

With the Aloka Vision programme, ZEISS is working with NGOs, foundations and local companies to establish basic optical care in rural areas of India. What it takes and how to make it happen.

Funding for research

Education and Science Fund

With the Education and Science Fund, ZEISS promotes young scientists in Germany. The focus here is on natural sciences and engineering, especially optics and photonics.

Role in the region

Site Fund

Growth is good for business, especially local business. This creates new jobs, orders for suppliers and new manufacturing services. With the Site Fund, ZEISS supports regional projects at some German sites.

Science Slam

Science Slam

ZEISS supports numerous projects and initiatives – such as Science Slam – to continue boosting enthusiasm for nature and technology in society. At the Science Slam, young researchers present their scientific projects in an entertaining and vivid way.

More on this subject

Sustainability at ZEISS
Sustainability at ZEISS

Sustainability at ZEISS

Ideas and projects for a resource-efficient and innovative future. Find more details on ZEISS' international sustainability website:

  • Sustainability Strategy
  • Focus Topics: Climate Action, Circular Economy, Value for Society
  • Projects and initiatives
  • Sustainability Insights