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Our passion is leading advances in materials engineering and developing solutions designed to ensure that living sustainably is central to living our best lives.
We love the challenge: the chance to push the boundaries of innovation to serve our planet and society. That’s how Oerlikon defines sustainability and how sustainability defines Oerlikon. And we invite you to explore our ideas for building a cleaner and healthier planet.
Our customers are actively seeking means of reducing resource consumption, eliminating waste and lowering emissions of harmful substances. They turn to Oerlikon for solutions that meet these ambitious goals. Our capacity for delivering sustainable innovation reverberates across sectors whose environmental practices have global impact: aerospace, automotive, energy, mining, construction, polymer processing and many other industries. Every positive step we take with them toward a more sustainable planet carries benefits for our environment and all the living beings on Earth.
It’s no surprise that we have applied these high standards of innovation to our own operations and practices. For several years, Oerlikon has been creating pilot initiatives that we intend to implement company-wide to the greatest extent possible. For example, we are committed to achieving CO2 neutrality in all our locations by 2030 as we have already done at a site in Liechtenstein that provides our blueprint for meeting this commitment. Our goals also include obtaining 100% of our electrical energy from renewable sources and achieving the standard of Zero Harm to People.
What inspires us to believe we can fulfill such demanding ambitions?
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a framework demonstrating Oerlikon’s priorities as a business and as a global citizen. While we support all the SDGs, eight of them are the most relevant in terms of our ability to serve the environment, our people and every individual or community with a stake in our work.
Our stakeholders are equally important in determining our role and responsibility. We recognize that our relationships with each of these stakeholders are essential to our ability to pursue growth targets and maintain our standards of business conduct. It is in keeping with the needs and expectations of our customers, employees, investors, policymakers, capital markets and civil society that we can achieve sustainable results and long-term growth.
Longtime advocates of partnership in bringing innovation to market, we value listening to our customers and collaborating with suppliers and contractors in support of our shared commitments. Within our company, we encourage curiosity and that individual employees and teams are open to unconventional ideas. In our experience, a workplace that gives its employees the freedom to reach their potential is just as essential as investment in R&D resources in commercializing industry-leading innovations.
At Oerlikon, our role is to enable our customers, their customers and the industries they serve to achieve more with less. Specifically, we aim to help customers to achieve more in terms of savings, efficiency and productivity, while using fewer resources such as energy and materials. In doing so, we help them to reach their sustainability and economic goals. With our technologies, we enable less fuel consumption in airplanes, facilitate future mobility, extend the lifetime of tools, save energy and reduce waste in processing polymers, and beyond.
Below are a number of examples of our sustainable technologies for customers. Further details can be found in case studies here.