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Our Commitment to Sustainability

Our Commitment to Sustainability

Sustainability (ESG) has always been a cornerstone of Oerlikon’s R&D, business and strategy. We drive growth and profitability by leveraging our core competencies, including market leadership, innovations and talents, as well as our relentless focus on sustainability.

What Sustainability Stands for at Oerlikon

Our overarching purpose is to leverage our technology leadership and expand/diversify into new applications and new markets. By taking advantage of our knowledge and capabilities across additional industries, Oerlikon is able not only to drive growth in its business portfolio but also to increase its contribution to sustainability.

Prioritizing sustainability in R&D and delivering sustainable solutions for customers will always take precedence. At the same time, we recognize the need to apply the same standards of excellence to our own operational processes and systems and to reduce the impact of our business on the environment. Ultimately, we are well positioned to maintain
Oerlikon’s technology leadership while delivering sustainable value to all stakeholders and simultaneously creating both market and social value.

What Sustainability Stands for at Oerlikon

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

At Oerlikon, we affirm both the ideals and the necessities of each of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Given the nature of our business, processes and operations, we have a greater impact on certain SDGs compared to others. Based on where we can make the greatest difference, both in our practices and in our impact on the planet and its people, whether globally or in the communities in which we work, we have identified eight SDGs that we are working towards every day. These are Goal 3 Good Health and Well-Being, Goal 5 Gender Equality, Goal 7 Affordable and Clean Energy, Goal 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, Goal 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production, Goal 13 Climate Action and Goal 17 Partnerships for the Goals.

Our Material Topics and Focus

Our Material Topics and Focus

In 2020, we analyzed input from internal and external experts with thourough benchmarking, which paved the way for our materiality analysis. We examined what has or could have an impact on Oerlikon and where, conversely, we make or could make a positive impact. This materiality analysis resulted in eight material topics:

  • Innovation
  • Climate & energy
  • Circular economy
  • Health & safety
  • Employment practices & education
  • Responsible sourcing & human rights
  • Governance
  • Community engagement

Recognizing the importance of these material topics to stakeholders, six of them have been captured in our 2030 sustainability targets - to be found below. We conduct materiality assessments at reasonable intervals so that we can evaluate if there is a need for us to make any adjustments to our material topics. The next double materiality assessment is planned to be performed in 2024.

Our 2030 Sustainability Targets

Based on the materiality assessment, we have set 2030 sustainability targets for six of the identified material topics and have been reporting on the progress on these targets since 2020. At Oerlikon, we are on a journey towards a better future, embracing sustainability in all we do. Together, we aim to create a lasting and positive impact on the world with these targets as the way forward.

Environmental (Own Operations)

Priority Topics Objectives 2019 20217 2022 2023 2030 Target
Climate & Energy1 Implementing energy management system at all relevant sites2 12%B 19% 33% 52% 100%
Increasing the share of electrical energy from renewable sources n.a.


30% 35% 100%
Reducing emissions in relevant operations to become climate neutral3 60.9B 60.8 50.6 53.8 0
Circular Economy1

Reducing the share of disposed waste

42%B 31% 28% 27% 21%
Innovation Increasing the share of R&D investment in products that must cover ESG criteria n.a. 72%B 73%4 78% 100%


Priority Topics Objectives 2019 2021 2022 2023 2030 Target
Employment Practices Increasing % of women in management and leadership roles 12%B 12% 13% 14% 20%

Increasing % of women in high potential talent programs

24%B 23% 19% 22% 30%
Health & Safety Ensure Zero Harm to People – Decreasing the rate of recordable work-related injuries (TAFR)6 0.88B 0.72 0.75 0.72 <0.50


Priority Topics Objective 2019 20218 2022 2023 2030 Target
Ethics & Compliance Increasing completion of CoC training including on human rights and anti-corruption, both electronically and in person7  n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. >95%
– % of employees who completed e-training 91% 97% 95% 96%

B Baseline.
1 Relevant sites are production and large office sites and exclude small offices (<50 employees). Operational sites include small offices if they reported the data. In 2023, data from 172 operational sites were consolidated, including one small office and sites acquired in 2023.
2 Energy management systems include both ISO-50001-certified and Oerlikon-defined Energy Management Systems.
3 The climate neutrality target for Scope 1 & 2 emissions in all of our relevant operations was defined in 2020. In 2022, we elected to use the GHG emissions intensity level, which is measured in tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per million Swiss francs of sales (tCO2 e/million CHF), as the key performance metric.
4 R&D investment 2021 excludes provisions.
5 R&D investment 2023 excludes the 2023 acquisition and reversal of accruals.
6 Health and safety data includes data from 187 operational sites, including one small site that have provided environmental data and 15 additional small offices that
have also provided health and safety data, as well as acquired sites.
7 Oerlikon plans to ensure that all employees are trained, both electronically and in person. Face-to-face training was piloted in 2022, and rollout started at Surface Solutions in 2023. The 2030 target remains unchanged.
8 Excluding 2021 acquisitions.

Download our 2023 sustainability report to learn more about our commitments to sustainability and our targets.

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Key Stakeholders and Our Value Chain

At Oerlikon, we recognize that our relationships with all stakeholders in our value chain, are not only key to our ability to succeed in pursuing our growth targets but also to contributing as a sustainable company. In all our endeavors, we embrace diversity, pledge Zero Harm to People, respect for human rights, non-use of child labor and the strict adherence to anti-harassment, anti-corruption and non-discrimination, among others. We conduct our business with integrity and in a fair manner and expect the same from the partners in our value chain. Learn more about how we address this matter in our sustainability report.

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