SCHOTT joins sustainability initiative UN Global Compact

Thursday, July 20, 2023 , Mainz , Germany

  • Clear commitment to responsible corporate governance
  • Regular progress updates on sustainability
  • Focus on four UN goals: Health, diversity, sustainable production and climate protection
SCHOTT AG is a new participant in the UN Global Compact.
The United Nations confirmed that the international technology group is now included in the world's largest and most important initiative for sustainable and responsible corporate governance.
Building view with SCHOTT logo
The technology group SCHOTT is a new participant of the UN Global Compact, the world's largest initiative for sustainable corporate governance. Photo: SCHOTT/Oana Szekely
As an internationally active technology group, SCHOTT is aware of its special responsibility for sustainable development. The company would also like to make a clear commitment to the public for sustainable corporate management.

"We are implementing our sustainability strategy throughout the company and together with our partners," said Dr. Frank Heinricht, CEO of Schott AG. "Economic activity must be reconciled with ecological considerations and social action. For us, these are fundamental components of sustainable corporate management."

To that end, SCHOTT has joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). This is the United Nations’ appeal to companies to orient their business processes and strategies to ten universally-accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environmental protection, and anti-corruption.

"We are committed to upholding human rights, creating fair working conditions, promoting environmental and climate protection, and opposing all forms of corruption and bribery," explained David Klein, Manager of the SCHOTT Sustainability Program. "As a foundation company, SCHOTT has already taken a wide range of steps towards greater sustainability in the past. By joining the UNGC, we aim to deepen this commitment further."

Clear commitment to greater sustainability: focus on four UN goals

In order to shape a more sustainable future, the UN is calling on companies worldwide to commit to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Detailed in their 2030 Agenda, the United Nations adopted 17 global SDGs that consider three dimensions of sustainability: economic, ecological, and social. Given these three dimensions apply to all states and social actors worldwide, the global Sustainable Development Goals make it clear that everyone shares a common responsibility.

SCHOTT aims to fulfill its responsibility here, as well. Based on its sustainability strategy, SCHOTT is focusing on the four SDGs where the company can make the greatest contribution:

SDG 3 Health and well-being: SCHOTT's products enable new diagnostic and treatment options to be developed and people to be supplied with medications safely. The safety and health of employees, as well as all partners in the supply and value chain, have the highest priority.

SDG 5 Gender equality: The foundation statutes of 1896  guaranteed social rights that were unique at the time – and pioneering for the future. Today, the Group promotes a family-oriented HR policy as well as equal opportunities, diversity and inclusion for all people. For instance, one of the company’s goals is to increase the proportion of female employees to at least 23% by 2026, particularly at the top two management levels.

SDG 12 Sustainable consumption and production: Responsible use of resources is part of  SCHOTT’s sustainability strategy: The company has reduced water consumption, waste, and emissions for decades. Solutions in the circular economy are now driven forward – innovative processes are being developed in pilot projects together with customers and reprocessing companies. The vision: to reprocess used products in such a way that they can be ecologically and economically reintegrated into the production process.

SDG 13 Climate protection measures
: As an energy-intensive company, SCHOTT is aiming to achieve climate neutral production by 2030 (Scope 1 and 2, GHG Protocol). On the way towards climate neutrality, the Group acts according to the principle of "avoid - reduce – compensate." The development of new technologies is intended to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in the long term. 

Regular updates on developments and challenges

SCHOTT will provide regular updates on its progress not only to the UN Global Compact but the public as well. Founded in the year 2000, the UN Global Compact is a multi-stakeholder platform for the development, implementation, and disclosure of responsible business practices.
It is the largest initiative for sustainable business management worldwide – with more than 15,000 companies and 3,000 other signatories in over 160 countries.
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Products from SCHOTT, such as pharmaceutical vials, enable new diagnostic and treatment options and that people are supplied with medications safely. Photo: SCHOTT

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Three women and two men in front of a laptop.

SCHOTT promotes a family-oriented work culture, equal opportunities, diversity, and inclusion of all people. Photo: SCHOTT

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Shard storage with excavator on industrial site.

SCHOTT works with customers and remanufacturing companies to develop solutions for remanufacturing used products so that they can be reintegrated into the production process. Photo: SCHOTT

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Man in heat protective clothing looks into the melting tank.

As an energy-intensive company, SCHOTT wants to become climate-neutral in its production by 2030. To achieve this, the Group is researching new, more environmentally friendly processes for melting glass. Photo: SCHOTT

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Pioneering. Responsibly. Together.

These attributes characterize SCHOTT as a manufacturer of high-tech materials based on specialty glass. Founder Otto Schott is considered its inventor and became the pioneer of an entire industry. Always opening up new markets and applications with a pioneering spirit and passion – this is what has driven the #glasslovers at SCHOTT for almost 140 years. Represented in over 30 countries, the company is a highly skilled partner for high-tech industries: Healthcare, Home Appliances & Living, Consumer Electronics, Semiconductors & Datacom, Optics, Industry & Energy, Automotive, Astronomy & Aerospace. In the fiscal year 2022, its 17,200 employees generated sales of 2.8 billion euros. SCHOTT AG is owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation, one of the oldest foundations in Germany. It uses the Group's dividends to promote science. As a foundation company, SCHOTT has anchored responsibility for employees, society and the environment deeply in its DNA. The goal is to become a climate-neutral company by 2030.

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Jonas Spitra, Manager Corporate Communication
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Manager Corporate Communication