Rapporto sullo sviluppo sostenibile

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Corporate responsibility

Taking responsibility for the protection of life, quality of life, health and safety, and the environment are among Swatch Group's fundamental concerns. The company endeavors to do the best it can in all areas and at all levels to live up to this responsibility. The Group's aim is to create value for its stakeholders, the environment and society as a whole. Environmental, ethical and social criteria have therefore always been an integral part of its corporate culture and its sourcing policy. The Executive Group Management Board, the Extended Group Management Board and the management of the units ensure on a daily basis that this culture of responsibility is implemented and that all employees at all levels sustain and practice this approach.

Sustainability Report and Social Policy

Swatch Group strives to ensure that resources are used efficiently and sparingly to guarantee that its products are manufactured and marketed in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner, and thereby secure its long-term success. The use of recyclable materials and substances as well as environmentally friendly production methods are taken into consideration as early as the planning and development phase of each new product.

In 2001, Swatch Group began to set clear climate and efficiency targets and to implement effective measures throughout the Group in order to play its part in preserving the environment. The company is also actively committed to protecting international human rights and fighting all forms of corruption in connection with its business activities.

Swatch Group's commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Swatch Group aims to meet the needs of current generations without jeopardizing the ability of future ones to satisfy their own needs. The company's sustainability management is based on the United Nations' 2030 Agenda, which was adopted by the UN Member States. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the core of the 2030 Agenda form the international and universally applicable framework for sustainable development. Every SDG is essential to securing the prosperity of people and the planet. Swatch Group has identified 13 SDGs that are particularly relevant for the company and its stakeholders, and to which it can and will contribute. It has defined its commitments, and it will continue to refine them on an ongoing basis, by adding goals, actions and performance indicators.

SDG Topics for Swatch Group & Commitments
SDG - Good health and well being

Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages

− Occupational health and safety
− Working conditions in the supply chain
− Environmental issues in the supply chain
− Air quality
− Water quality


− Ensure no work-related fatalities
− Prevent work-related injuries and illnesses

SDG - quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable high-quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

− Training and education
− Availability of specialists
− Training and employment of young workers


− Train specialists in house through watchmaking schools and an extensive range of apprenticeship programs
− Promote employee training and development


SDG - gender quality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

− Equal pay for equal work
− Promoting diversity among employees


− Conduct regular pay reviews
− Increase the number of women in management roles


SDG - clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

− Water consumption
− Water quality
− Environmental issues in the supply chain


− Take measures to minimize water use when constructing new buildings
− Take care to minimize water use in production and use of circuit water as much as possible


SDG - clean energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

− Energy efficiency of the Group’s products
− Renewable energies in the Group’s products
− Energy efficiency of buildings and processes


− Products are developed so that they can be operated with sustainable energy as far as possible and that they use minimal energy consumption


SDG - decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

− Offering and creating high-quality workplaces
− Cooperation with trade unions, collective labor agreements, employee benefits
− Economic performance
− Further training and education programs for employees
− Working conditions in the supply chain


− Commit to manufacturing in Switzerland and training employees to become specialists
− Be an attractive and responsible employer

SDG - Industry, Innovation, Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

− Innovation and R&D expenditure


− Remain the leader for the number of new patents in the Swiss watchmaking industry



SDG - Responsible consumption and production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

− Durable products, enabling repairs
− Recycling and a circular economy
− Environmental issues in the supply chain
− Working conditions in the supply chain
− Avoiding waste


− Offer durable products that can be repaired
− Take into account sustainability in the supply chain
− Use sustainable materials
− Continue to increase the amount of recycled materials used
− Switch to bio-based plastics

SDG - Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

− Energy efficiency of buildings and processes
− Reduction of GHG emissions


− Become climate neutral by 2050
− Continually increase the energy efficiency of the company's facilities and processes
− Develop products


SDG - Life below water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

− Water quality
− Environmental issues in the supply chain
− Avoiding waste


− Minimize water use
− Audit suppliers in relation to water management
− Reduce the use of plastics to minimize the threat of microplastics


SDG - Life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems

− Deforestation and forest degradation
− Biodiversity
− Air pollution
− Avoiding waste
− Environmental issues in the supply chain


− Only use certified timber
− Do not use leather from protected or endangered species
− Take steps to reduce emissions
− Avoid waste

SDG - Peace, Justice and strong institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

− Effective and transparent governance
− Compliance with laws and regulations
− Working conditions in the supply chain


− Take a zero-tolerance approach to corruption, modern slavery and child labor
− Comply with international sustainability standards (Kimberley Process, etc.)
− Safeguard and promote human rights and sustainability in supply chains


SDG - Partnerships for the goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

− Financial/technological support for sustainable actions
− Economic performance, responsible taxpayer


− Swatch Group brands support specific actions taken on sustainability by third parties



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