Current ZEISS Responsibility Highlights

New ZEISS Code of Conduct now online

The ZEISS Code of Conduct was first published in 2007 and is now available online in its revised form.

The aim of the revision was to expressly accept the international labor standards (ILO standards) for ZEISS and better communicate the basic rules contained therein. The Code of Conduct – the framework conditions for day-to-day actions at the ZEISS Group – sets out aspects such as the fair treatment of employees and business partners, as well as product safety and environmental protection.

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Microscopes for a Digital Classroom

Peter Meßler, Head of the Product Center Light Microscopy for the Microscopy Business Group at ZEISS, student Timm Seikel, and Christine Neuwirth, principal of the Otto Schott Gymnasium Jena (left to right) at the handover.

Peter Meßler, Head of the Product Center Light Microscopy for the Microscopy Business Group at ZEISS, student Timm Seikel, and Christine Neuwirth, principal of the Otto Schott Gymnasium Jena (left to right) at the handover.

The Otto Schott Gymnasium is a high school not far from ZEISS’s location in Jena, Germany. With the help of the Carl Zeiss Promotion Fund, ZEISS is supporting the school in its efforts to set up a digital classroom.

In collaboration with SCHOTT and the school’s booster association, ZEISS is supporting the Otto Schott Gymnasium in Jena, Germany in its efforts to set up a digital classroom for science lessons. Together, the partners donated 13 ZEISS Primo Star microscopes to the school in 2016, one of which is equipped with a digital camera. The goal is that the microscopes will promote scientific education at the school and increase students’ enthusiasm for experimental work.

“The interest children and young people show in science and technology is what motivates us and makes us so successful as a leading technology company. Our goal is to engage and maintain their interest – and the earlier you start, the better,” says Peter Meßler, Head of the Product Center Light Microscopy for the Microscopy Business Group.

Digitization is making inroads into the classroom

Contact with digital media and image processing techniques is a key part of this process. “The digitization of society is leading to radical changes in schools, too. Computers, whiteboards and the Internet are making inroads into the classroom, and good teaching nowadays makes use of multimedia and interactive components. To ensure these are up-to-date and fit for purpose, SCHOTT is supporting the Otto Schott Gymnasium in its efforts to create a digital classroom,” says Christian Jabschinsky, explaining why the company got involved. He is the general manager of glass post processing at SCHOTT and the company’s representative in the Otto Schott Gymnasium Jena e.V. booster association.

“Insights into new and exciting cellular worlds”

Working with microscopes is a key part of how biology is taught at school. “The opportunity to use microscopes motivates students and gives them insights into new and exciting cellular worlds,” says Christiane Neuwirth, principal of the Otto Schott Gymnasium. “It also teaches them valuable skills such as the use of complex systems, slide preparation, and analysis and depiction of microscopic structures.” The microscope with the HD camera will also be used in physics, general science and technology lessons at the Otto Schott Gymnasium to study topics such as optics and microscope theory.

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ZEISS Sponsors Rhino Conservation Awards Ceremony Held in South Africa

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.

About the Rhino Conservation Awards

The Rhino Conservation Awards were established in 2012. They are awarded in a total of six categories, including Best Field Ranger, Best Conservation Practitioner and Best Political and Judicial Support. The presentation of the Rhino Conservation Awards is organized in collaboration with South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs and the Game Rangers’ Association of Africa (GRAA). The patron of the awards is Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Nature conservation at ZEISS

The binoculars and spotting scopes from ZEISS allow people to get closer to nature and already have an excellent reputation among nature lovers around the globe. ZEISS products for observing nature allow people to experience the animal kingdom up close. It is therefore in the company’s interest to campaign on its behalf.

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ZEISS Team Wins 'Champion of the Flyway' Birding Competition

The winning team from Finland, the ZEISS Arctic Redpolls, with the ZEISS Victory SF.

The winning team from Finland, the ZEISS Arctic Redpolls, with the ZEISS Victory SF.

The ZEISS-sponsored team from Finland – the ZEISS Arctic Redpolls – won this year's Champions of the Flyway birding competition. ZEISS binoculars and spotting scopes supported the teams and helped them succeed.

The goal: each team tried to identify as many species of bird as possible within a 24 hour period. This year's winning team spotted 174 different species. 16 international teams participated in the competition, which took place after the famous Eilat Birds Festival at the end of March and during the spring migration.

"Every year millions of migratory birds are hunted, captured and killed illegally on their way to or from their breeding grounds. By sponsoring the Champions of the Flyway, ZEISS is helping to protect endangered species," explains Petra Kregelius-Schmidt, a birding expert from Sports Optics.

Other ZEISS winners

The ZEISS-sponsored team from the US also won two international prizes: the trophy for the most sustainable team and the prize for raising the most money. This year the organization and all the teams involved collected more than $70,000 in donations for this year's partner: the Hellenic Ornithological Society. The money is used to find ways to protect birds and their habitat in Greece.

What is Champions of the Flyway?

Champions of the Flyway is an initiative from the Israel Ornithological Center and BirdLife International, an international partnership of national bird conservation groups with 13 million members. ZEISS has been an official partner of BirdLife International since 2015 and has been contributing to the active protection of endangered bird species from the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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ZEISS Back to Bush Program connects communities in need to better surgical equipment

Using a donated ZEISS surgical microscope, partners of the ZEISS Back to Bush Program perform surgery in Papua New Guinea.

Using a donated ZEISS surgical microscope, partners of the ZEISS Back to Bush Program perform surgery in Papua New Guinea.

The ZEISS Team in Australasia, in cooperation with ZEISS customers, supports rural and disadvantaged areas access valuable surgical technology. ZEISS firmly believes that better equipment contributes into better surgical outcomes – which is why ZEISS launched the Back to Bush campaign in 2006.

The Back to Bush Program follows two approaches:

First, eye care centers in the Australian Outback and Oceania in need of aid may apply to ZEISS to see if it is eligible to receive a refurbished ZEISS surgical microscope.

Secondly, surgeons in Australia and New Zealand may apply to borrow high-quality and portable ZEISS surgical microscopes for their charity work in the field. Some ZEISS technology, including a portable table-mounted model of a surgical microscope, is well-suited to examining patients in remote indigenous locations. 

ZEISS Customers are key contributors to the ZEISS Back-to-Bush Program

While purchasing a new ZEISS surgical microscope, ZEISS customers in Australia and New Zealand who trade in their ZEISS surgical microscope can generously donate their devices to the Back to Bush Program. ZEISS then refurbishes the traded-in ZEISS surgical microscope at no cost and makes it available to the Back to Bush Program on the sponsor’s behalf. 

A Success Story: The Back to Bush Program pairs with a local organizations and hospitals to enhance health care in Papua New Guinea

One of the Back to Bush program’s successes is the support of The Youth With a Mission (YWAM) Medical Ship. YWAM Medical Ship Australia (YWAM MSA) delivers health services to communities of Papua New Guinea, where 84% of the population lives in remote, rural areas. The Medical Ship is well suited to accessing isolated coastal communities. ZEISS started supporting YWAM MSA in 2010 by making several refurbished surgical microscopes available for the voyages to Papua New Guinea.

Further, in 2014, ZEISS Clinical Support Specialist for Ophthalmic Systems joined the YWAM MSA team on their mission to provide collegial support and skill exchange with a Papua New Guinean hospital. Here, the ZEISS colleague provided further training on how to use the donated ZEISS technology to the YWAM MSA team and to the local health care professionals. Through the Back to Bush Program, ZEISS technology was also directly donated to the same Papua New Guinean hospital. The donation was facilitated by an optometrist from Melbourne, Australia whose personal mission has been to improve eye healthcare in Papua New Guinea since the 1980s.

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New ZEISS Facility: One of Germany’s Top Ten Buildings

New facility of the Medical Technology business group gets the gold from the German Society for Sustainable Building (DGNB)

New facility of the Medical Technology business group gets the gold from the German Society for Sustainable Building (DGNB)

ZEISS has received certification for the new facility of its Medical Technology business group located in the industrial zone between Oberkochen and Königsbronn from the German Society for Sustainable Building (DGNB). The new building was awarded first place in the category Administrative and Production Buildings and received the Gold Award. In the list of all buildings constructed in Germany and assessed by the DGNB, the new facility made it into the top ten.

A Four-Leaf Clover for ZEISS

The solar panels on the roof cover more than seventy percent of the energy requirements at the Dublin site

The solar panels on the roof cover more than seventy percent of the energy requirements at the Dublin site

The ZEISS site in Dublin, California, has received the Green Shamrock award, the highest honor for companies that have demonstrated their commitment to sustainability.

A Flurry of Activity

The ZEISS site in Dublin has created different campaigns focused on sustainability: the recycling program that was launched around ten years ago halved the costs of waste management and the amount of waste that would otherwise have ended up on a landfill. The most striking change, however, is the solar panels that were installed on the roof back in 2012 and now cover more than seventy percent of the site’s energy requirements.

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Encouraging Employees to Volunteer

The ZEISS plant fire brigade is also in action outside of ZEISS

The ZEISS plant fire brigade is also in action outside of ZEISS

In September 2015, ZEISS received a special award from the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Interior for encouraging its employees to help the local community. At a ceremony in Stuttgart, Interior Minister of Baden-Württemberg Reinhold Gall honored companies that support their employees when it comes to volunteering for the good of their community in a host of ways.

ZEISS has made many contributions to raising numbers of local volunteers. This includes the commitment of the paramedics in Oberkochen, who are not only at the ready during corporate events and emergencies, but are also integrated into the emergency services system of the Ostalb region by virtue of their membership in the local branch of the German Red Cross. The company releases the staff from their duties for training sessions, exercises and missions and provides equipment and facilities.

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