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    With the publication of the Sustainability Report 2023, Schaeffler is highlighting its progress, with clear targets along the three ESG dimensions.

    Schaeffler CEO Klaus Rosenfeld comments: “Sustainability is an integral part of our corporate strategy. Schaeffler has always been known for its innovative strength and technological expertise – building on this, we want to bridge the gap between sustainability and cost efficiency. We have set ourselves ambitious targets. Despite all the progress we have made in recent years, we are aware that we still have a fair way to go.”

    Sustainability is viewed as a holistic and overarching issue by the Schaeffler Group and one for which it assumes both ecological and social responsibility along the entire value-added chain. This includes the definition of ten actionable areas for the implementation of its sustainability strategy, which are assigned to the three areas of Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG). These actionable areas were further substantiated in the 2023 reporting year.

    As part of the Roadmap 2025, “Sustainability & Engagement” is the subprogram under which Schaeffler will ensure the consistent implementation of its sustainability strategy and the achievement of its sustainability goals. The holistic subprogram was re-instigated in 2023 and the Climate Action Plan, which was devised in 2022 and details specific measures for reducing CO2e emissions, was integrated as a key component. The result is a strong network that will deliver on implementing the sustainability strategy and ensure that the subprogram is firmly anchored in the functions, divisions, and regions of the company.

    Schaeffler is currently focusing its attention on seven key ESG goals in the implementation of the sustainability strategy, which relate to various actionable areas such as climate neutrality, efficient use of resources, environmental protection, and occupational health and safety. For example, Schaeffler aims to achieve climate neutrality across production and its supply chain by 2030 and 2040, respectively – the sub-targets that contribute to the goal of climate-neutral production have been classified as scientifically compliant by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

    Selected target KPIs have been incorporated into the annual remuneration of board members, management, and employees in a bid to promote the achievement of ESG goals, with the implementation of measures in 2023, which will lead to an annual reduction in freshwater consumption of 150,000 cubic meters, being among those relevant to short-term remuneration in the reporting year. In fact, the Schaeffler Group succeeded in reducing its freshwater consumption by around nine percent in the reporting year, with 27 water-saving measures implemented and verified externally in 2023 now set to account for minimum annual savings of 265,000 cubic meters from 2024.

    The consistent implementation of the sustainability strategy in the environmental area was also rewarded with good scores in sustainability ratings and rankings in the reporting year. Schaeffler was awarded an “A” score in the climate change category for 2023 by the global non-profit environmental organization CDP for its commitment to corporate transparency and performance, and received a score of “A-”in the water category. In the EcoVadis sustainability rating, Schaeffler improved its score to achieve a total of 79 out of 100 points, earning itself Platinum status once again and a repeat ranking in the top one percent in its peer group in 2023.

    Decarbonization as the main environmental challenge


    Climate change is a key challenge of our time and can only be tackled collectively. Sustainable supply chains (Scope 3 upstream) and the purchase of low-emission materials and services are an important aspect of this for Schaeffler. Andreas Schick, Chief Operating Officer at Schaeffler: “Through close and trusting partnerships with our suppliers, we have already achieved initial successes and set the right course. Transparency and dialog with our suppliers are now crucial to mastering the challenges ahead of us together and achieving our goal of a climate-neutral supply chain in 2040.”

    At Schaeffler, the decarbonization of production (scope 1 and 2) is largely based on the use of renewable energies, increasing energy efficiency, and retrofitting plants to use renewable energies. For this reason, the internal generation of renewable energies is being developed at sites across the Schaeffler Group as an extension to the existing energy efficiency program. Since 2023, 100 percent of the electricity purchased at almost every plant in Europe, Greater China, and the Americas has come from renewable sources, with the plants in the Asia/Pacific region set to follow suit in 2024.

    Through continuous improvements in energy efficiency, the Schaeffler Group has seen a reduction in production-related greenhouse gases of around 24 percent compared with the previous year, resulting in a decrease from 493,000 tons CO₂e tons 375,000 tons CO₂e.

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