Today, more people live in urban centers than in rural areas. Cities and structures are growing taller, denser, and more hectic. These new dimensions demand new transport capabilities. At the same time, technology and society are merging – creating the need for more efficient, smarter, and more sustainable urban mobility. At Schindler, we believe that this calls for a combination of technology and responsibility, efficiency and awareness, and a focus on the present and the future.
What steps are we taking? In 2018, we launched our sustainability strategy ‘We Elevate Our World.’ Based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change, our strategy comprises six clearly defined priorities relating to the environment, to society, and business. It sets out ambitious targets for 2022 that are described in detail in our sustainability report.
We selected these targets because they make sense to our business. We have already made good progress in areas such as energy efficiency and vocational training – and we are proud of these efforts. However, we still have a long way to go in other areas; workforce diversity is one example.
Our commitment to sustainability forms part of our fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of the company and its stakeholders. By operating in a sustainable manner, we can align the success of our business with social responsibility and a forward-looking approach. It takes courage to think and act long term rather than focus on short-term results. This courage has been part of Schindler’s culture since the company was founded in 1874 – and it will continue to be part of our strength in the future.
Sustainability cannot be achieved in a single step. At Schindler, we believe that sustainability is a mind-set. It is about the way we act and assume responsibility – toward shareholders, the company, and its employees.
Sustainability is our commitment to society, our planet, and future generations.