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Sustainability at SEW-EURODRIVE

Ecology, economy, or social responsibility?   Why not all three?

Sustainability is not something SEW-EURODRIVE cares about only in good times.

Sustainable business is a company philosophy we live by. Opposites are not always mutually exclusive. Indeed, they can exist in parallel, as can be seen in our sustainability report for 2010 and 2011. The report answers the question of “Why Or?” by making links between seemingly opposing issues and showing that they do not have to be exclusive.

For years, SEW-EURODRIVE has invested in the development and expansion of energy-efficient drive technologies. “Lower CO2 footprint or lower TCO?” We at SEW-EURODRIVE do one without sacrificing the other. At our new large gear unit plant, we produce efficient and powerful drive packages while still reducing CO2 emissions by around 485 metric tons every year by using a state-of-the-art combined heat and power plant. High-quality, efficient production can go hand in hand with environmental protection.

In the sustainability report for 2010/2011, you will find a number of projects and examples that demonstrate the unique aspects and responsibilities of a global company.


Who We are at SEW-EURODRIVE1. Our responsibility to our company

SEW-EURODRIVE is a family-owned and family-run company based in Bruchsal in southwest Germany. As one of the international market leaders in the area of drive technology and automation, the company can look back on 80 years of history.


Today, SEW-EURODRIVE is managed by a third generation of the family: brothers Rainer and Jürgen Blickle. With about 15,000 employees, 15 production plants, and 76 Drive Technology Centers in 45 countries, the company ensures on a daily basis that the world is kept moving. The company generated about EUR 2,4 billion during the fiscal year 2011/2012.

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Environment2. Our responsibility for the environment

Environmental protection is a particular priority at SEW-EURODRIVE. We are committed to protecting the environment and to using natural resources sparingly.

Comprehensive environmental protection is an objective at SEW-EURODRIVE, one that is equally as important as high product quality and efficient health and safety at work in terms of safeguarding the future of the company and its workplaces.

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Employees3. Our responsibility for employees

Attract – Develop – Retain : These are the pillars of a sustainable personnel development strategy. We restarted projects and measures and furthered existing activities accordingly.


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Responsibility4. Our social responsibility

SEW-EURODRIVE meets its corporate social responsibilities in a variety of ways. SEW-EURODRIVE supports various target groups through different foundations.


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Projects5. Global sustainability projects of SEW-EURODRIVE

SEW-EURODRIVE is also committed to sustainability at its worldwide locations.



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This sustainability report is available in full as an online PDF. In consideration of the environment, we have not provided the printed publication.

Sustainability report as printed copy

If, however, you would like a printed copy, please email your contact details to
presse@sew-eurodrive.de and we will be happy to send you a copy by post.