Sustainability Development Goals

From a global perspective, sustainability has many facets. For an industrial company like Freudenberg that operates globally, the following eight Sustainable Development Goals out of a total of 17 are at the center of its business activities. For each of them, we have defined the contribution we are striving to make in our daily work.

One example of a sustainable solution is employing used and recycled plastic. Recycled polypropylene pellets are transformed into red components for the Vileda brand of the Freudenberg Home and Cleaning Solutions Business Group. Here the focus is on objectives 12 and 13 on the list of Sustainable Development Goals.

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Health services are naturally a benefit to our employees. Along with the prevention of common diseases, healthy nutrition and the mental health of our employees are especially important to us. Our activities include vaccine campaigns, the provision of masks, and reductions in the use of critical substances.

Demographic changes in Europe will make shortages of skilled employees likely in the future. Other continents have overwhelmingly young populations. In either situation, we rely on robust training courses. We promote lifelong learning for our employees with many training and continuing education courses.

We plan to secure access to reliable, modern and affordable energy for all our locations. Around the world, completely different conditions prevail for procuring clean energy. Where possible, we are concluding long-term contracts that guarantee a supply of clean energy.

We have a social obligation to all of our employees. But this also involves the laws, practices, needs and the possibilities available in their countries. Discrimination and the marginalization of vulnerable persons have no place in the company.

The value of a robust infrastructure to an industrial company is obvious. We practice sustainable industrialization with ongoing investments in existing and new plants. Our products are used in large industrial projects.

Diversity is anchored in the Group’s Values and Principles. With a range of initiatives, Freudenberg supports a work environment where everyone is valued, respected and heard. Special attention is paid to a balanced gender distribution in which women can strive for targeted career development leading to top leadership positions.

In our business, we limit our use of resources so that they remain available for future generations. The use of recyclates and recyclable raw materials has priority, as does the elimination of plastic packaging. In our companies, employees are trained to internalize sustainable work methods and assess them based on key performance indicators.

The industrial sector accounts for a high proportion of greenhouse gas emissions. Freudenberg is reducing its CO2 emissions relative to sales by 25 percent by 2025. By 2045 at the latest, we would like to be climate-neutral in terms of Scope 1 and 2, and we are adopting crucial measures to do this: first, maximizing energy efficiency and reducing our energy consumption; second, electrifying our energy supply; third, using green electricity, and fourth, offsetting the CO2 emissions that are still unavoidable.