The South African black rhinoceros is threatened with extinction. Conservationists are working tirelessly in the South African grasslands to save these animals, pushing their limits as they do. To raise awareness about the dedication of these conservationists and environmental organizations, the Rhino Conservation Awards were presented in South Africa in July. ZEISS has been sponsoring the awards since 2015.
In fiscal year 2015/16, ZEISS in Brazil held workshops run by ZEISS experts on microscopy for children and young people as part of the “Amplify! Science and Art for All” exhibition in Rio de Janeiro’s Bonucesso district. The exhibition is run jointly with the organization ArtBio, which presents scientific content in an artistic way and makes it accessible to a large audience.
At ZEISS in Oberkochen, Germany, there are four combined heat and power plants in which natural gas is used to generate heat and power. These are highly efficient combined facilities with overall efficiency as high as 89 percent.
The Code of Conduct adopted in 2007 is a mandatory set of guidelines that did not exist prior to this date and that govern how all employees and members of management within the ZEISS Group must conduct themselves. The most recently updated version was published in 2017. In the latest version, ZEISS highlights the importance of human rights due diligence and, to do so, explicitly makes reference to the labor and social standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO). Studies conducted by the ILO reveal a shocking number of people that currently work and live in conditions similar to slavery. Nearly 21 million men and women are victims of modern slavery. ZEISS explicitly condemns all forms of forced and child labor and takes proactive measures to ensure fair and humane working conditions worldwide.