Environmental Protection

Guiding Principles for Safety and Environmental Protection

These reference terms define SCHOTT's strategic goals concerning safety and environmental protection.

Responsibility to the Community

In regard to safety and environmental protection, the SCHOTT Group accepts the challenges involved in protecting the environment and actively contributing to solving the problems this poses. It intends to be a model of environmental protection and practices an open information policy toward its staff, its market partners, the official authorities and the general public.

The economic benefits of our actions will not be achieved at the expense of personal safety and environmental protection. The stipulations contained in laws and directives are considered to be minimum requirements.

Environmentally Compatible Products

A new generation of halogen lamps uses 30 percent less power and, therefore, gives out less heat.
Products manufactured by the SCHOTT Group should be safe, harmless for the user and capable of being recycled or disposed of without undue burden on the natural environment.

Safety and Environmental Protection as Managerial Responsibilities

Each manager is responsible for safety and environmental protection in his or her area of responsibility. One of the fundamental duties of a manager is clearly allocating responsibility, selecting suitable employees, making sure that they are trained and qualified as well as supervising operation and maintenance of plant equipment.

Managers cooperate actively in the improvement of environmental protection and working conditions, thereby setting an example for their employees.

The success of the environment management system is reviewed constantly and deviations from targets are rectified.

Healthcare for Employees

More than 600 well trained employees at the main plant in Mainz are able to provide first aid on-the-spot.
Health and safety of our employees are a top priority. This is exemplified by providing staff with suitably designed work places, safe equipment and materials as well as adequate preventive healthcare and training.

This training is also meant to make the employees aware of their responsibilities toward health, work safety and environmental protection. It is our goal to constantly improve workplace.

Reducing Environmental Pollution

Our aim is to reduce pollution to water, air and soil to an absolute minimum. The choice and use of materials, technologies and production processes is largely determined by their environmental friendliness. Wherever possible, potentially hazardous raw materials are replaced by less dangerous ones. We are contributing to the further development of state-of-the-art methods of environmental protection by testing new technologies and applying scientific solutions at an early stage.

Our goal is to minimize emissions into the air and water, to prevent waste or to recycle it, or as a minimum, to dispose of it correctly.

Conserving Resources

Business processes at SCHOTT are designed to require smaller and smaller quantities of raw materials and energy. Constant monitoring ensures that a minimum of materials and energy is used. Recycling capability is an important criterion at the materials selection stage. Our aim is to set up closed loops for all the resources in use.

Safe and Environmentally Friendly Logistics

The variobox for "Ceran®" cooktop panels.
The handling, storing and shipping of materials and products must satisfy all the relevant safety requirements. We keep packaging and other materials to a minimum and require them to be suitable for multiple reuse. We do not stop there. Transportation equipment is used in an environmentally-friendly way as well.

Plant Safety

The planning, construction, operation and maintenance of our plants must meet all the requirements for safety and environmental protection. In addition, SCHOTT's goal is to occupy a leading position in the glass industry in the area of safety and environmental protection by continuously improving its processes and seeking optimized solutions.