Sustainability at Zühlke
There has never been a better time to be an innovator. New technology has the power to achieve profound changes, both in business and in society.
Together with our clients, we build a sustainable future with products and services that combine sound business with a positive impact on people and the planet.
This mindset filters down throughout our projects, our culture and our operations. We aim to reduce carbon emissions, promote equal opportunities and accelerate the transition to a circular economy.
Positive project impact
We’ve even created our own key criteria for sustainable products.
In the energy sector, we focus on renewables, energy diversity, smart grid transmission, load shifting and other areas.
Using leading-edge technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), we help clients monitor and measure their waste and find ways to optimize resources and energy use.
We bring clients together to discuss sustainability best practices in areas like life-cycle assessment, ecodesign and sustainability design, eco-materials and sustainable business models.
In September 2021, we also invite clients to present their own sustainability initiatives at our booth at Impact Festival.
Caring culture and communities
Encouraging the next generation of innovators
On our Mindstorms day, members of our teams went out to help school children in grades 4–7 learn the basics of programming and robotics. The children got to build and program their own LEGO robots, then use them to solve tasks.
In partnership with Aiducation International Switzerland and local partner Pathways to Higher Education, we held an Innovation Academy in the Philippines to teach Design Thinking to a group of 42 students.
Diversity and inclusion
Sustainability is a global project – it is strengthened by a diversity of voices and perspectives across race, culture, education, belief, physical ability and neurotype.
We provide a safe, supportive, inclusive workplace for all, no matter where they’re from, how they look or how they think.
Once people join our team, we provide plenty of opportunities for learning and development, with the potential to become one of our next leaders.
While we love the richness of face-to-face meetings, we also recognise that we have a duty to treat international travel responsibly.
Even before the pandemic, Zühlke had embraced distributed working. We’ve since developed our own guidelines for distributed meetings, allowing our teams and clients to collaborate across international borders in a safe and sustainable way.
Sustainable ways of working
In Serbia, the Zühlke team have calculated their carbon footprint and adopted a whole range of carbon-cutting initiatives, from reducing air travel and printing to planting trees and cycling to work.
Our UK branch has boosted their Cycle to Work scheme post-COVID, introduced digital payslips, provided more monitors to support working from home.
They’ve also extended the lifespan of equipment (for example, using phones for three years instead of two) and started using cargo bikes to move larger items around London.