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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.

Further information on sustainability can be found here

Strategy and Management

Pfeiffer Vacuum is committed to responsible corporate governance. As one of the world’s leading suppliers of vacuum solutions, we adhere to the principle of sustainable development. In addition to economic interests, we systematically consider environmental and social aspects in our business decisions and value-added processes. The goals of economic success, integrity and social responsibility are all equally important to Pfeiffer Vacuum – regardless of whether we operate in Germany, Europe or other parts of the world.

Pfeiffer Vacuum’s CSR strategy focuses on three areas: “Investing in people”, “Operating responsibly” and “Enabling sustainable innovations”, each of which we implement in our day-to-day business by applying defined goals and measures:

  • Our employees and their knowledge and commitment are decisive factors for Pfeiffer Vacuum’s success. We strive to be an attractive and long-term employer. Our daily work is based on equality, diversity, respect and mutual support.
  • Compliance and ethical conduct are fundamental principles for Pfeiffer Vacuum. We operate responsibly and are committed to environmental protection within our sphere of influence along the value chain.
  • Sustainability and innovation are important success factors for Pfeiffer Vacuum. As a partner to our customers, we take on a leading role: We develop and supply innovative and energy-efficient vacuum technology solutions for numerous industries.
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Organisation

Pfeiffer Vacuum’s management board bears overall responsibility and ensures that sustainability is firmly anchored in the company’s strategy, management and day-to-day activities. For the implementation phase, we are setting up a global, interdisciplinary sustainability team made up of managers from the areas of purchasing, research and development, compliance, communications, environment, and occupational health and safety.

The Pfeiffer Vacuum Code of Conduct is the central element of our compliance management system and forms the main basis for the daily actions of all employees and board members worldwide. We are convinced that a company cannot be successful in the long term without code-compliant conduct and integrity. We see compliance as the strict observance of all laws and ethical principles in business transactions, in all the markets in which we operate, worldwide.

Further information on Pfeiffer Vacuum's Code of Conduct can be found here.

Stakeholder Dialog

Pfeiffer Vacuum attaches great importance to cooperative dialog and the exchange of information with all stakeholders of the company. For us, trust and continuity are decisive factors for ensuring successful relationship management in the long term – in our dealings with each other and with our stakeholders, such as customers, business partners, investors and the public.

Through our membership in the VDMA’s “Blue Competence” initiative, we promote sustainability in mechanical and plant engineering and are committed to making the industry aware of sustainable solutions.

Strategic Focus

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.

At the end of 2020, Pfeiffer Vacuum had almost 3,300 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 2,700 men.

Composition of Workforce

Further information on Pfeiffer Vacuum's responsibilities as an employer can be found in our annual report in the “Non-financial Group Statement”.

Qualifications, Education and Training

Pfeiffer Vacuum places importance on good training for its workforce and on the willingness of its employees to develop further through continuous training and to adapt to new market conditions.

We help our employees to develop their specialist knowledge, skills and qualifications on a needs-orientated and individual basis. A wide range of training courses and further training measures ensure the good performance of both new and experienced employees with regard to their current and future activities. In this way, we also address developments such as the demographic change, the declining number of people in employment and the changing world of work.

Training and Education

Further information on training and further education at Pfeiffer Vacuum can be found in our annual report in the “Non-financial Group Statement”.

Diversity

Pfeiffer Vacuum operates worldwide and thus brings together a large number of people of different origins under one umbrella brand. We promote diversity and equal treatment regardless of the ethnic or social origin, gender, skin color, religion, sexual orientation, disability or age of our employees.

The successful cooperation of different cultures and nationalities is important to us. For many years now, we have been part of the “Charta der Vielfalt” (German Diversity Charter), which is an initiative of the German federal government. This represents a fundamental commitment to fairness and respect towards people in companies and institutions.

Further information on diversity at Pfeiffer Vacuum can be found in our Code of Conduct.

Occupational Health and Safety

For Pfeiffer Vacuum, safety at work and the physical health and safety of its employees are a top priority. As a responsible employer, we want to reduce the number of accidents and the frequency of sick days as far as possible. We comply with all legal requirements at local, national and international level. In addition to this, the topic of occupational health and safety is addressed in our group-wide preventive policy on occupational health and safety. This makes it possible to identify sources of danger, analyze suggestions for improvement and agree on concrete measures.

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Further information on occupational health and safety at Pfeiffer Vacuum can be found in our annual report in the “Non-financial Group Statement”.

Employee Satisfaction and Work-life Balance

At Pfeiffer Vacuum, the employees are the key factors in value creation. This is why we attach great importance to fair working conditions, a good working atmosphere, respectful interactions with one another and a culture of open communications. We offer our employees flexible working hours and mobile working to ensure a good work-life balance. Childcare provision also helps to reconcile family and career. The topics of employee development, leadership and work-life balance will be of major strategic importance in the coming years.

Further information on the working conditions at Pfeiffer Vacuum can be found here.

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. We are constantly working to save energy and 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”.

Certification

Pfeiffer Vacuum has implemented management systems for quality, environmental protection, energy, and occupational health and safety at its production sites. Some sites, for example, are already certified in accordance with ISO 14001, the internationally recognized standard for environmental management systems, in order to systematically reduce negative environmental impacts and continuously improve environmental performance. We plan to certify further production sites according to relevant management standards in the future.

Further information about ISO certification at Pfeiffer Vacuum can be found here.

Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions

Pfeiffer Vacuum is committed to reducing its energy consumption and the associated CO2 emissions. In order to make our production processes as energy efficient and resource friendly as possible, we are continuously introducing energy efficiency measures. We are increasingly committed to the Group-wide use of renewable energy and are promoting photovoltaic systems, combined heat and power plants, and heat recovery systems. Some of our facilities already have energy management systems that are certified to ISO 50001. Energy officers at the sites coordinate all the measures and obligations to comply with the local legal requirements. Regular energy audits make it possible to comprehensively analyze and review the measures. We also use a complex process to record CO2 consumption balances, which include direct emissions from the operation of the plant and buildings as well as indirect emissions from purchased energy.

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Further information on energy consumption and CO2 emissions at Pfeiffer Vacuum can be found in our annual report in the “Non-financial Group Statement”.

Material Efficiency and Waste

Pfeiffer Vacuum aims to improve material efficiency and the environmentally-friendly use of all materials used in production. In the production phase, it is predominantly the choice of materials during product development and the use of materials in the production process that have the greatest effect on the environment. Important elements in the development process include testing the environmental compatibility of the materials we use, reducing the quantities of raw materials used, and employing methods that reduce waste and avoid hazardous substances. One example is our development of products that allow materials and resources to be conserved thanks to a design that reduces the dimensions of the product and uses modern drives.

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

Suppliers & Raw Materials

Pfeiffer Vacuum is committed to respecting universal human rights along its entire supply and value-added chain. As a company that is growing worldwide, we consider respect for human rights to be one of the fundamental preconditions for our business activities. This is in line with our corporate goal of contributing to a sustainable society. For this reason, we reject all forms of child labor, forced and compulsory labor, modern slavery and human trafficking. Within the framework of a voluntary commitment, we strictly ensure when purchasing electronic components and other products that they are “conflict-free”, i.e. do not contain any conflict minerals.

We procure our preliminary products from a large number of suppliers and we evaluate these suppliers by carrying out risk analyses that also include sustainability aspects. Along our entire supply chain, we endeavor to work with companies who comply with environmental legislation and social standards. Sustainable and safe supply chains can be guaranteed only if compliance with the mandatory requirements is checked on a regular basis. Our production sites address this task by carrying out quality audits regarding environmental and social standards at the individual suppliers’ premises.

Further information on sustainable supply chain management at Pfeiffer Vacuum can be found in our annual report in the “Non-financial Group Statement”.

Promoting 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.

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.

Environmental Friendliness and Energy Efficiency of Products

Pfeiffer Vacuum aims to improve the environmental friendliness and efficiency of its products in terms of use of materials and the consumption of energy. In the production phase, it is predominantly the choice of materials during product development and the use of materials in the production process that have the greatest effect on the environment. Once the product is in service, on the other hand, its power consumption efficiency, noise emissions and material properties in its specific type of application are the decisive factors.

Depending on the application and manufacturing process, our products are subject to different requirements with regard to resource conservation and environmental protection, such as the requirement to increase energy efficiency, for example. We have made a voluntary commitment to ensure that, for each new product process, the energy consumption in use is reduced by 5% compared to the previous model. Using innovative control and drive technology, for example, it is possible to achieve energy savings of up to 90%, depending on the application.

Further information on the environmental friendliness and energy efficiency of Pfeiffer Vacuum products can be found in our annual report in the “Non-financial Group Statement”.

Product Benefits for Sustainable Development

Pfeiffer Vacuum’s products and solutions are used in important future markets. There are already many innovative processes, such as in nanotechnology, in the production of LEDs, or in research, that would be unthinkable without the use of our vacuum technology. The technological progress resulting from our research and development activities in these fields of technology leads to new, energy-efficient products and sustainable manufacturing processes.

Further information on Pfeiffer Vacuum’s sustainable product range can be found here.