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Strategy & management

Sustainable management

Voith is a globally active technology group. With our portfolio of production plants, products and industrial services, we actively serve five essential markets worldwide: Energy, Oil & Gas, Paper, Raw Materials, and Transport & Automotive. Our understanding of sustainability is strongly influenced by the tradition of Voith as a family-owned company, and the way it has always done business.

Our profile

Voith is a company with over 19,000 employees across 60 countries, with production locations, research and development facilities as well as service and sales entities in every region of the world. As one of the largest family-owned companies we have so far written 150 years of industrial history, which has always been characterized by responsible action in the interests of the company and people connected with it: As a family and owner, as employees, business partners, and customers, as well as neighbors and fellow citizens.

How does Voith define responsibility?

Companies have a responsibility. And for Voith, this is not something that has only applied since the concept of "sustainability" became fashionable. On the contrary, sustainable business practices, which take interests of future generations into account, have shaped our company’s history ever since it was established 150 years ago. Our approach to sustainability has its roots in Voith’s family tradition. Sustainable and responsible action is an aspiration and commitment for everyone in our company – something that is firmly anchored in our values and corporate culture.

What contribution can Voith make to a better future?

We are fully aware that sustainable business activities and business success are inextricably linked – they go hand in hand. Only those companies that consider people’s interests in their actions, conserve resources, protect the environment, and help society progress sustainably with their products will enjoy long-term success. Consequently, our goal is to create measurable added value through sustainable business practices – for both our company and society, of which we are a part.

Supplier management

Voith uses various tools, such as guidelines and standards, internal and external evaluations, and employee trainings to firmly establish sustainability in the supply chain. Social and environmental aspects have been integrated in our General Purchasing Conditions, supplier self-assessments, and audits.

Read more about the supplier management of Voith at Supplier ecosystem and in the Sustainability Report 2015.

Help and advice for continuous improvement

Sustainability topics are now of such great business importance that companies face the challenge of integrating their environmental and social management activities into their core business. Voith has met this challenge for many years now with a clear strategy and ambitious aims. To this end, business cases for sustainability need to be created which pay off – for companies, the environment, and society in equal measure.
Professor Stefan Schaltegger

Center for Sustainability Management (CSM)
Leuphana University Lüneburg
Voith is unwavering on its path to greater sustainability, year by year, transparently, and comprehensibly. The anchoring of environmental and social standards in global value chains is arguably the greatest challenge currently facing companies with responsible business practices. Voith is well on its way to mastering this challenge too.
Andreas Zamostny

Managing Partner

S&C – Schlange & Co. GmbH, Hamburg