We think and act responsibly and with an eye to the future in order to secure Weidmüller's long-term business success and a future worth living for generations to come.
Our understanding of sustainability is based on a holistic approach which, in addition to economic efficiency, also assigns a decisive role to employee satisfaction and motivation, environmental preservation and the common good.
In 2015, the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda - a plan for a better future. At the core of the 2030 Agenda are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) . Together, these represent a response to the key economic, social and environmental challenges of our time. At Weidmüller, we recognise the high relevance of all 17 goals and our shared responsibility for their fulfilment. Our focus is aligned with the strength of our influence and the expectations of our stakeholders.
At Weidmüller, we see sustainability as an inseparable component of long-term corporate success and ...
As a family company, Weidmüller respects and supports compliance with internationally recognized human rights:
In our Code of Conduct, which is mandatory for our employees and business partners, we reaffirm the prohibition of all forms of child and forced labor, human trafficking and unlawful discrimination.
Since 2011, we have been committed to the ten principles of the UN Global Compact. These include respect for human rights, fair and safe working conditions, environmental protection and anti-corruption.
For more information on our activities within the framework of UN Global Compact, see the Weidmüller membership profile .
Blue Competence is the sustainability initiative of the Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V. (VDMA) [German Engineering Federation]. At the heart of this initiative are the twelve sustainability principles to which we are explicitly committed.
Every two years, we are scored by EcoVadis to certify our development towards sustainability. In our last rating in 2021, we were awarded the silver medal. This result places Weidmüller among the top 25 percent of the companies assessed by EcoVadis.
Achilles JQS certification confirms our high environmental and labor standards. Our automation systems have the necessary functionality, ensuring the safety and stability of our industrial facilities.
The two bodies of the German Electronic and Digital Industry (ZVEI) and of the Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) have jointly developed a new code of conduct which is based on internationally established standards for ethical business. Weidmüller is strictly acting according to these ethics and has integrated this CoC into its processes globally.
In the spirit of sustainable development and our global responsibility, we are committed to proactively advancing climate protection and contributing towards the fulfilment of the Paris Climate Agreement. In doing so, we are guided by the cornerstones of the EU climate protection strategy as well as other relevant national and international targets.
We have been an active member of the Climate Protection Companies group, a German business network, since 2013. We are committed to ambitious climate protection and energy efficiency targets and work together to optimize the use of energy and protect the climate.
We are in constant dialogue with our stakeholders and place great value on openness and trust. There are numerous examples of this self-image of dialogue: customer and employee surveys, press work, trade fairs, cooperation with universities, participation in committees and associations and many others. Such mutual network connections help us to always keep our finger on the pulse and to take the needs of the various stakeholders into account in our actions.
In addition, we systematically assess the expectations of our stakeholders with the help of a materiality analysis. This is a widely used methodology to assess the materiality of sustainability issues from the perspectives of different stakeholder groups. The result serves us as a basis for sustainability management and other management systems.
Selection of topics: Taken together, the 25 topics of the materiality analysis stand for sustainability and securing the future at Weidmüller. These topics were developed based on the GRI structure and in consideration of factors specific to Weidmüller. The GRI indicators, which are of minor importance to Weidmüller and its stakeholders, were not considered. In addition, topics such as "Innovations", which have a particular relevance for Weidmüller, were added. The result was then summarised in the 25 overarching themes that are significant for Weidmüller.
Methodology and interpretation: In the materiality assessment, which was based on interviews, the interview participants had to prioritise between individual topics. In principle, all 25 topics are important, but the materiality analysis helps us to get a differentiated picture. The prioritised topics are grouped into four clusters. This figure shows that, for Weidmüller, the fundamental basis for securing the future is close proximity to customers and a good corporate culture combined with robust economic performance and a sustainable growth rate. In doing so, qualitative, environmentally friendly and innovative products, together with healthy and motivated employees, form the basis for long-term success. Both compliance with laws and regulations and the continuous optimisation of our use of resources are part of our standard practice.
Social engagement is an issue that we pursue out of deep conviction.
In response to global challenges and in line with our sustainability policy, we continuously monitor and improve our sustainability performance. The basis for this is our international sustainability management system.
We have created corresponding organisational structures and responsibilities that ensure functioning sustainability management in the company. Sustainability management is closely interlinked with the tasks of the Global Environment, Health and Safety (Global EHS) division, which ensures smooth integration with environmental, energy and occupational health and safety management.
Weidmüller has established an integrated management system (IMS) that combines quality management, environmental management, energy management, occupational safety management and other management systems, thus ensuring a holistic and consistent management approach. You can find all information on the IMS and the current certificates here.
We attach great importance to the safety and conformity of our products and always ensure this. You can find all relevant content on product compliance and declarations of conformity (incl. RoHS and REACH) here.
We take breaches of our Code of Conduct very seriously. In order to uncover these in time and give everyone a safe way to make cases of unethical behaviour transparent, we have introduced a compliance mailbox and established corresponding processes.