Climate Action Day
Climate Action Day
To develop an understanding among all of the employees of just how important it is to achieve the climate targets, Schaeffler organized a company-wide Climate Action Day in June 2022. That day, all of the company’s approximately 83,000 employees spent 90 minutes learning about the challenges that climate change poses for Schaeffler and society and, in more than 4,000 workshops worldwide, developed ideas about how to reduce CO2 emissions with green materials, green production, green products, and personal behavior in their various divisions.
Employees developed more than 23,000 recommendations for helping to protect the climate. These recommendations apply to Schaeffler’s entire value chain, from the use of sustainable materials and increased reliance on alternative energies to the utilization of production waste heat and the leasing of e-bikes. Additional ideas included the installation of photovoltaics on the company’s own sites, the development of products based on the principles of bionics to minimize the use of materials, procurement from local sources, and reliance on local suppliers to reduce transport routes. Another suggestion was to provide product developers with information about the CO2 emissions of products during development.
The initiative provided an opportunity to create an interactive and inspiring experience that brings the Schaeffler’s climate journey to life and generates enthusiasm, curiosity, and dedication to climate protection and sustainability among employees. The event was held in digital form and in small groups, both in offices and at production facilities, and was a huge success.
Klaus Rosenfeld, Chief Executive Officer (left), Corinna Schittenhelm, Chief Human Resources Officer (right), and Andreas Schick, Managing Director of Production, Supply Chain Management, and Purchasing (center), symbolically kicked off the Schaeffler Group’s global Climate Action Day by planting a tree on the grounds of the Schaeffler headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany.
Schaeffler ideas for climate protection were developed during the Climate Action Day
“With the training course, we plan to develop a shared understanding of climate action and the issues associated with climate change among all of the employees at Schaeffler.”Hanna Peter-Regar Head of the Schaeffler Academy
Schaeffler’s climate journey is not only the responsibility of the Executive Board and management, but also of the employees, which is why a new training course at the company should help establish a shared understanding of climate action and the issues associated with climate change at Schaeffler. Ultimately, the best way for the company to achieve its ambitious climate targets is for all of the employees to work together to develop a shared perspective for a sustainable future.
The climate action training course provides an introduction to promote a better understanding of climate change and its consequences as well as the importance of global climate action and climate policy. It also explains the basics of calculating CO2 emissions and climate neutrality. Based on this understanding, the course presents Schaeffler’s emission values and provides insight into the measures with which Schaeffler plans to reduce its emissions and thus achieve the target of climate neutrality by 2040.