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Sustainability and innovations are key business drivers for Pfeiffer Vacuum Group. At Pfeiffer Vacuum, we are taking a leading role to enable a sustainable future. We do this by creating and delivering innovative and energy-efficient vacuum technology solutions to our clients in multiple industries. The Group's sustainability strategy is primarily based on three pillars: Employees, responsible operations and innovation, and is intended to provide solutions to optimize the impact on ecological, economic and social aspects.

Message from the
Management Board

Dr. Britta Giesen, CEO and Wolfgang Ehrk, COO

Together, we can make a difference

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

As a manufacturing company, we know that by consciously using natural resources, saving energy and using climate-friendly means of transport, we can reduce our environmental impact. By assuring compliance with human rights, laws and regulations and creating a safe working environment for our employees, we can make a contribution. This is why we have conducted an analysis of all CSR relevant data and derived corresponding sustainability targets as well as the necessary measures to reach them. Thereby, we follow an holistic approach and cover all the different areas comprised by CSR such as occupational health and safety, diversity, environmental awareness and the promotion of sustainable innovations in our product portfolio.

As a commercial enterprise, it is the duty of Pfeiffer Vacuum to act responsibly. Therefore, fair business practices, the promotion of diversity within our workforce, compliance with human rights and labor standards as well as social responsibility are guidelines of our corporate management. We have also reflected all of these in our Code of Conduct.

As an employer, occupational health and safety is of greatest importance to us – especially during the Corona pandemic. More than 3,400 employees work at Pfeiffer Vacuum worldwide.. For all of them, we have a responsibility to protect their health in the best possible way during their time at work. That is why we have implemented strict safety and occupational health measures at our sites that all employees must adhere to.

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To further strengthen our efforts to protect the environment, we are currently implementing measures at group level to reduce our energy and water consumption at our sites to a minimum and thus reduce not only operating cost, but also harmful CO2 emissions. In 2022 we will go even further and develop our plan for a carbon emission free company in the long term. All of our employees can contribute to ensuring that resource conservation, efficiency and sustainable management are implemented everywhere at Pfeiffer Vacuum. Their everyday attitude and behavior make a difference and we will include this in our efforts.

As a technology company, we also have direct influence on promoting sustainability in society: Our products are used in the development and promotion of renewable energies, they are necessary for the production of electric cars, for the analysis of drinking water quality and in research on alternative propulsion concepts for aircraft – just to name a few examples. Just the same sustainability is a major factor, that must be considered when developing new products and innovations in our R&D departments.

As you can see, the topic of sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) is core to all areas of our company. Our global CSR organization is working in a worldwide network to make sure that we comply with all legal regulations and continue to work on all of our CSR targets.

Making Pfeiffer Vacuum more sustainable

Sustainability is a crucial success factor for the future of our company – and for us all as human beings. Only if we act responsibly and sustainably, we can be a reliable partner for our customers and serve them in the long-term. Therefore, we are determined to making our company more sustainable and implementing the ten principles of the UN Global Compact. 

Because we want Pfeiffer Vacuum to be the most sustainable and fastest growing market player in our industry to drive technology for a sustainable future and contribute to a better world for coming generations.

Best regards,

Dr. Britta Giesen Wolfgang Ehrk

Management Board Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG


Pfeiffer Vacuum is a signatory of the world's largest sustainability initiative, the United Nations Global Compact. With this accession, we commit to sustainable corporate governance in accordance with the ten principles of the Global Compact on human rights, labor standards, environmental protection and the fight against corruption. We are also clearly committed to assuming social and ecological responsibility and aligning our economic activities accordingly. The aim of the United Nations is to secure peace, social standards, food as well as water supply, to promote clean energy, fair educational opportunities, and to stabilize the global climate.

These principles are consistent with the core values of our company. Because it is clear to us that sustainability concerns us all and is a decisive factor for our economic success!

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1 No Poverty
2 Zero Hunger
3 Good Health and Well-being
4 Quality Education
5 Gender Equality
6 Clean Water and Sanitation
7 Affordable and Clean Energy
8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
10 Reduced Inequalities
11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
12 Responsible Consumption and Production
13 Climate Action
14 Life Below Water
15 Life on Land
16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
17 Partnerships for the Goals

Investing in People

Pfeiffer Vacuum’s employees are its most valuable resource. Their competence, motivation and enthusiasm make it possible for us to remain successful in the market and to grow steadily. Our corporate culture focuses on the individual, and enables people to develop their potential in an appreciative working environment that ensures equal opportunities. Through systematic human resource management, we retain our existing employees and also attract the best employees and the most talented people on the market.

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At the end of 2021, Pfeiffer Vacuum had almost 3,400 employees worldwide at its various production sites, sales subsidiaries and service offices. Our workforce, which is primarily engaged in engineering and engineering-related activities, comprises approximately 600 women and 2,800 men.

Further information on Pfeiffer Vacuum's responsibility as an employer can be found in our annual report.

Operating Responsibly

Pfeiffer Vacuum promotes the efficient and responsible use of natural resources and is committed to complying with social standards in all of its value-added processes. Ensuring that our actions are environmentally friendly and socially responsible is both an ethical and a corporate duty for us: whether in the supply chain, in our own production, sales and administration processes, or later during the service life of our products at the customer’s site.

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We are constantly working to save energy, reduce CO2 emissions and thus make a positive contribution to global climate goals. We also want to continuously improve operational environmental protection at our sites worldwide, to use resources and materials efficiently, and to unconditionally require good occupational health and safety. In accordance with sustainable recycling principles, we make sure that we produce as little waste as possible and that we take the durability and recyclability of our products into account right from the start, during initial development.

Further information on responsible action at Pfeiffer Vacuum can be found in our annual report in the “Non-financial Group Statement”.

Operating Responsibly

Sustainable Innovation

Sustainability, innovation and technological leadership are important factors at Pfeiffer Vacuum for ensuring the company’s success. We take a leading role in order to pave the way to a sustainable future. We do this by developing and delivering innovative and energy-efficient vacuum technology for our customers in numerous industries.

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In addition to pursuing our own research and development (R&D), we work closely with customers and suppliers on projects to jointly move new technologies and innovative sustainability solutions forward to market maturity at an early stage. We also have a well-established network that includes various national and international universities and research institutes.

Further information on research and development at Pfeiffer Vacuum can be found in our annual report.