Responsibility at ZEISS

1846 The company is founded
1875 A company health insurance fund is established
1888 Pension statute is one of the first retirement plans
1889 The Carl Zeiss Foundation is created
1892 Employment contract guarantees, among other things, a minimum wage
1896 The Carl Zeiss Foundation's statutes come into effect
1900 An eight-hour workday is introduced
1903 A savings and loan association is established for employees
The Carl Zeiss Foundation opens the Optical Museum in Jena
The first planetarium as an educational institution opens at the Deutsches Museum in Munich
The state government of Württemberg moves the legal domicile of the Carl Zeiss Foundation to Heidenheim
1990 With the publication of the Biebelried declaration of intent in May 1990, the companies in East and West Germany announce their intention to merge
1991 Reunification of Carl Zeiss Jena and Carl Zeiss Oberkochen
First year in which annual environmental performance indicatores are monitored
2002 ZEISS is the first industrial sponsor of the initiative "VISION 2020: The Right to Sight" aimed at reducing preventable blindness
2002 Industrial Metrology reconditions and modernizes customer machines for first time
ZEISS Code of Conduct comes into force worldwide
2008 The Primo Star iLED microscope is introduced as the result of a partnership between ZEISS and the Foundation for Innovative Diagnostics and is offered to public healthcare customers in “high-burden countries” (according to the definition by the WHO) at a particularly favorable price
Carl Zeiss Promotion Fund is established to support activities at German sites
The Education and Science Fund is established, which supports scientific projects at universities and research institutes worldwide, for example

All of the company's sites in the European Union are certified in accordance with the ISO 50001 energy management standard

ZEISS sponsors the Rhino Conservation Awards for the first time, which are dedicated to protecting endangered South African black rhinos

2016 A foundation for the German Optical Museum in Jena ist established in honor of the 200th birthday of Carl Zeiss

ZEISS conducts the first sustainability audits at suppliers as part of the company's sustainability program

The revised version of the ZEISS Code of Conduct highlights for example, the importance of human rights due diligence

2018 The ZEISS Group publishes its first Sustainability Report