Together for Our Future

Our role as market leader motivates us to take part in the global battle against climate change and contribute to a respectful economic development. We help our customers and communities face their biggest challenges, making the world more sustainable.

Werner de Wolf - Schréder CEO
Werner de Wolf
CEO – Schréder
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Together for Our Future

Sustainability has been a topic close to the hearts of the Schréder family shareholders for generations and is strongly anchored in our company’s mission statement.

In 2019, we formalised this commitment by conducting our first materiality assessment. Based on the materiality assessment, we developed a cohesive, company-wide sustainability strategy. 

We called it the “Together for our Future” project and launched it in early 2020.

     Together for Our Future encompasses our sustainability strategy

    The project is structured around three axes encompassing the relevant and prioritised SDGs and targets: 

    In 2022, we held two sustainability workshops with representatives of our key stakeholders to strengthen our sustainability strategy. Our 2022 materiality assessment confirmed the relevance of our strategy and enabled us to align the ambitions and targets of the three axes to: 

    • highlight our ambition to help our customers reduce their carbon footprint and build a circular economy;
    • align our carbon footprint reduction targets with the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change;
    • embrace diversity and inclusion in all its forms.

    To find out more, read our Sustainability Report 2022


    Sustainability in 2022 at a glance

    reduction in CO2e emissions (2022 vs 2018)
    products scored 4 stars for Circle Light Label
    new recruitments were women
    supply value compliant with RBA
    Schréder's sustainability goals are in line with 10 of the UN's SDGs

    Supporting UN Sustainable Development Goals

    At Schréder, we are strong supporters of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the action-based nature of these goals align with our own values.

    We have identified ten SDGs that we contribute to the most through our own operations and our work for towns and cities worldwide. They form the framework of our sustainability strategy to build a positive future for all.  


    Sustainability in our everyday business 

    Sustainability is embedded into our strategy, structure, processes and culture. Working this way is the only way forward for truly positive and lasting benefits. 

    BEKA Schréder regularly funds education for members of the local community

    Training and education 

    We have always invested in the necessary tools, training and support to enable employees to develop their skills and successfully adopt new technologies in the lighting industry. Every year, our internal training academy - SKILL - welcomes employees from across the globe and organises e-learning courses.

    As we believe it is important to never stop learning, our local entities like BEKA Schréder in South Africa, regularly sponsor higher education and provide work placement for young adults. 

    Schréder is continually implementing measures to improve health and safety for employees

    Occupational health and safety

    Our people are our greatest asset. We are committed to providing a safe working environment that ensures the health and well-being of all our employees. We are continually evaluating and implementing new measures to increase safety and achieve our goal of zero accidents. 

    As part of our “continuous improvement” approach, our manufacturing sites located in Spain, Hungary, Ukraine and China are ISO 45001 certified and we intend to extend this ISO certification to all our factories.

    All Schréder lighting solutions are designed to last and to guarantee safety in public spaces

    Customer protection 

    Safety is key when Schréder engineers design new products. In addition to meeting the strict regulations for IEC 60598-1 certification and derived standards, each product must meet Schréder’s time-proven design standards. 

    Our processes ensure the safety of our employees, the people who install and service our products and the people who sit, walk, run, drive, practise sport or work under them.