The United Nationsʼ (UNʼs) 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ensure sustainable development in ecological, economic and social areas of activity worldwide. Flender’s sustainability strategy is aligned with those global goals.
As a quality leader in the field of gear units, generators and couplings for global industrial and wind power customers, we directly contribute to three of the 17 SDGs. Our gearboxes power a significant share of global wind turbines, thus achieving more affordable and clean energy for the world (SDG 7), and we also contribute to the infrastructure of tomorrow and incorporate sustainable production processes into our product design (SDG 9 and 12). We offer our employees, regardless of their gender or their origin, numerous training and further-training opportunities and long-term support in line with their personal goals.
"By 2030 Flender will be operating in a 100 % carbon-neutral way. An ambitious yet necessary goal, on which we are focusing our actions"
Andreas Evertz, Flender Group CEO.
We have started our sustainability journey a few years ago and have implemented several projects since then to map our baseline. In our Sustainability Report we are updating and informing you about our sustainability strategy, initiatives and corresponding progress. We illustrate how we reduce our footprint in terms of carbon, waste, water and materials, and minimize our environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks.
Flender has achieved a Gold Medal from EcoVadis, the worlds’ most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings. Being awarded the Gold Medal is outstanding as this is the first year, we have applied for EcoVadis rating after being independent as company again. With this first application, Flender ranks in the top 5 percent of companies for sustainability performance globally. “There are lots of projects and initiatives ongoing and we want to score even higher in future. This first award is a great motivation to keep up our ambitions for a sustainable future,” Flender Group CEO Andreas Evertz said.
As part of our commitment to sustainable and responsible business practices, Flender has embedded the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact into strategies and operations. As a participant of the compact, we are committed to respecting human and labour rights, safeguarding the environment, and working against corruption in all its forms. We have joined thousands of other companies globally committed to taking responsible action to create the world we all want. Annually, we will report to the UN Global Compact on our ongoing efforts.
We have started to set net-zero targets aligned with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) criteria to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C. In the next months, we will develop near-term and long-term targets in line with the latest climate science to drive forward the goals of the Paris Agreement. The positioned targets will be reviewed and validated by SBTi. We are proud to set a science-based emission reduction target to lessen the impact of the climate change.
In short, we shall be The Partner of Choice for a Sustainable Future. To ensure that this corporate vision becomes a livable reality, we have set up a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Board. The chairman of the CSR Board is Andreas Evertz, Flender Group CEO.
The CSR Board will make central strategic decisions for the sustainable development of Flender and will set non-financial corporate goals.
Our products are making an important contribution to the safeguarding of sustainable energy (UN SDG #7). For more than 40 years Flender, under the brand name Winergy, has been supplying gear units and generators for wind turbines that turn windpower into electrical energy. In this way, with the aid of our gear units and generators, over 115 million households are already being supplied with sustainable electric power.
To ensure a sustainable production process (UN SDG #12) we have taken a large number of measures to reduce energy requirement and have also switched to carbon-neutral electric power. This has already enabled us to reduce the carbon footprint of the remaining energy requirement by about 83 % in the last four years.
CO2-equivalent emissions in t, baseline: financial year 2015
Scope 1 and 2, all Flender locations
Our sustainability efforts extend beyond company bounds. All our suppliers join Flender in signing the code of conduct that requires for a collaboration an adherence to strict principles with regard to human rights and environmental protection.
Sustainability aspects are also being increasingly incorporated into our purchasing processes: for example, increased transparency with regard to CO2 emissions. Here we have already carried out an assessment with selected suppliers (UN SDG #12 and 13). Furthermore, we are working with our suppliers to reduce wastage (UN SDG # 12). An example of this is the recyclable packaging project with our supplier Schaeffler (see also "Eco-Friendly Packing System").
Global partnerships: Flender is also helping to change thinking outside the bounds of the company.
Flender solutions are indispensable in many parts of the world. Our Winergy brand is one of the main suppliers to sustainable energy producers. So, with our gear units, couplings and generators we are helping wind turbines all over the world turn wind into electric power – a crucial constituent of a reliable infrastructure (UN SDG #9). At the same time, we work to lower the costs of energy generation from wind both now and in future.
Our solutions offer our customers in many very varied branches of industry highest-quality solutions and a comprehensive service and maintenance offering that stands out for its long service life and is foresightedly very sparing with the resources of our planet.
With an over 100-year-long history and 8,500 employees, we are conscious of our obligations. As a globally operating company, we bear a responsibility for our employees and partners and for the society with which we interact. We are not only known to be a dependable employer, we also engage in a large number of mutually beneficial initiatives. Equality of opportunity, diversity, sponsorship and participation are part of Flender culture. This we practise beyond the bounds of the company and are proud to help achieve the UN SDGs "Education for all" (#4) and "Equality of opportunity" (#5).