Our role as market leader motivates us to take part in the global battle against climate change and contribute to a respectful economic development. We help communities face their biggest challenges, making the world more sustainable.
Together for Our Future
Sustainability has been a topic close to the heart of the Schréder family shareholders for generations and featured strongly in our company’s mission statement. In 2019, we formalised this commitment by conducting our first materiality assessment.
Based on the materiality assessment, we developed a cohesive, company-wide sustainability strategy.
We called it the “Together for our Future” project and launched it in early 2020. The project is structured around three axes encompassing the relevant and prioritised SDGs and targets:
Sustainability at a glance
Supporting UN Sustainable Development Goals
At Schréder, we are strong supporters of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the action-based nature of these goals align with our own values.
We have identified seven SDGs that we contribute to the most through our own operations and our work for towns and cities worldwide. They form the framework of our sustainability strategy to build a positive future for all.
Sustainability in our everyday business
Sustainability is embedded into our our strategy, structure, processes and culture. Working this way is the only way forward for truly positive and lasting benefits.
Training and Education
We have always invested in the necessary tools, training and support to enable employees to develop their skills and successfully adopt new technologies in the lighting industry. Every year, our internal training academy - SKILL - welcomes employees from across the globe and organises e-learning courses.
As we believe it is important to never stop learning, our local entities like BEKA Schréder in South Africa, regularly sponsor higher education and provide work placement for young adults.
Health and Safety
Our people are our greatest asset. We are committed to providing a safe working environment that ensures the health and well-being of all our employees. We are continually evaluating and implementing new measures to increase safety and achieve our goal of zero accidents.
In 2020, for example, we made sure that all fork lifts were fitted with blue spotlights to ensure that all employees keep a safe distance.
Safety is key when Schréder engineers design new products. In addition to meeting the strict regulations for IEC 60598-1 certification and derived standards, each product must meet Schréder’s time-proven design standards.
Our processes ensure the safety of our employees, the people who install and service our products and the people who sit, walk, run, drive, practise sport or work under them.