Corporate responsibility is of key importance and has a tradition at ZEISS that spans over 130 years. As a company of the Carl Zeiss Foundation, responsible action is a top priority for ZEISS, and is a contributing factor to its long-term success – whether in regard to its employees, its social engagement, the environment, or integrity and compliance.
ZEISS operates in almost 50 countries worldwide. In every nation, we stand for and promote diversity, tolerance and openness, and categorically reject violence. We believe that these values are the only path toward a peaceful, prosperous and modern world, in which all people are equal under the law. We stand against intolerance, racism, violence and extremism.
In 2017, the ZEISS Vision Care strategic business unit began using the motto "Green, Safe & Responsible" to pool over 280 initiatives in a global program to strategically anchor and drive sustainability.
We had to think a little bigger – no, it's not an electric car, but an electric truck! The electrically powered MAN eTGM will be hitting the road today for ZEISS as part of the vehicle fleet run by Schwarz Logistik GmbH. ZEISS is using the pilot project – which is being monitored by Aalen University – to test the suitability of electric commercial vehicles as part of the company's logistics. This constitutes yet another step on the road to greater sustainability for ZEISS Logistics.
Responsibility is of key importance and has a long tradition at the ZEISS Group. It involves effective environmental protection and the responsible use of resources. ZEISS has thus devised a set of ambitious reduction targets and is working tirelessly throughout the company to reduce its consumption and emissions. From product development, manufacturing and sales through to the product's use by the customer, a key consideration is the efficient use of materials and energy. Since every reduction in energy consumption also decreases CO2 emissions, ZEISS is doing something good for the climate, too. At the same time, costs are optimized and processes enhanced – as was the case with a project from the Consumer Products strategic business unit. There, assembly and special tools used to be produced through machining, but this has been replaced with 3D printing.
In autumn 2015, the United Nations adopted the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which extend to the year 2030. The private sector is also called upon to make its contribution to globally equitable and wealth-creating development within the limits of the earth's capacity. ZEISS is committed to this agenda and wants to contribute to its implementation. The company is aware that all sustainability goals are important and require support.
The Sustainability Report relates to the 2018/19 financial year and describes how the company contributes to sustainable development, the goals it has set itself, the structures it has created and the measures it has taken.
You can find the current sustainability report, the non-financial report and further information on the topic here.
At ZEISS, sustainable business practices have always been a fundamental principle underpinning our business activities. Ultimately, a commitment to the common good and solving important issues impacting society are part of our Foundation Company's core identity.
That's why ZEISS has been able to keep its CO2 emissions nearly constant since 2010 – even as revenue doubled and value added increased.
With the start of the new fiscal year 2019/20, ZEISS has adopted additional, concrete measures to further strengthen sustainability.
Not only do children suffering from albinism have to protect their skin from the sun, their eyes are also sensitive to the light and suffer from visual impairments. That’s what prompted European experts to support a home in Tanzania where they could examine the albino kids. They took with them 166 pairs of glasses equipped with special filters – and the hope of helping the kids become more independent.
Kim Nguyen has volunteered twice on the Medical Ship that supports Papua New Guinea in terms of health care. Her work with the charity “Youth With A Mission – Medical Ships Australia” (YWAM) has been a memorable experience for her.
Unspoiled nature and vast forests in Thailand are endangered by deforestation activities. This puts the nation’s unique flora and fauna at risk. Theeraphong Boonrodchu was part of a one-day reforestation program that engaged in preserving and restoring the country’s wildlife.
The Aloka Vision Programme provides people in unserved rural areas of India with eye and vision care. In 2018, “eye camps” were set up in the Indian Himalayan Region – and the local inhabitants graciously accepted the assistance.
More than two billion people around the world have no access to vision testing and eye exams because there are no ophthalmologists or optometrists in their region. Since 2015, ZEISS has been teaming up with nongovernmental organizations, foundations and small local businesses in ther Aloka Vision Programme to deliver basic eye care to remote parts of rural India. Thanks to these partnerships, as well as user-friendly digital platforms and optimized supply chains, Aloka has made it possible to perform up to 8,000 eye exams per month and sell as many as 2,300 pairs of glasses.
More about the Aloka Vision Programme
For the past 15 years, the physicist Steffen Lang has been volunteering with the Govinda Entwicklungshilfe e.V. This German NGO raises funds and supports development work in Nepal. Lang sees sustainability as a top priority. His own commitment to these “clients” in Asia is just as important good planning. For him, it all started with 10 microscopes from ZEISS.
Burkina Faso, located in West Africa, is one of the world’s poorest countries. Almost two-thirds of the population is illiterate. For many years, the Stern Stewart Institute has been promoting economic independence in the region through different projects. A key aspect of this strategy is increasing the number of educational opportunities.
Bettina and Axel Kelm think owls are fascinating creatures. They act as volunteers to help protect the habitat of the world’s biggest owl, the Eurasian eagle-owl, which is struggling for survival in southern Germany. Their first task is to track down the birds’ territories and nesting sites. This information makes it easier to protect eagle-owls from disturbance by forestry work, sports activities, and other encroachments on their habitat.