Circular economy impact toward the SDGs

We advance the following SDGs in support of a circular economy to amplify the maximum value of resources across our supply chain.

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

We take great care in ensuring our operations don’t impact biodiversity and water quality. Our strategy of promoting circular principles allows us to avoid waste, CO2 emissions, and resource consumption while our solutions address individual and community needs across the energy chain:

  • Our Villaya solar water pump provides off-grid communities with drinking water; since 2012, these systems have been installed across India and in several African countries.
  • EcoStruxure helps customers that rely on water for industrial applications to enhance key processes for a smarter, more responsible water cycle.
  • We’re transparent in our consumption. We provide details of water usage per source, such as public networks, groundwater, surface water, rainwater, and recycled water.
  • In 2019, we earned an A- rating by CDP for water security.

By 2020

By 2030

-5%
water consumption

intensity

100%
of applicable sites

certified with ISO 14001, ISO 50001, and ISO 45001

120,000
metric tons

of avoided primary resource consumption through ECOFIT™, recycling and take-back programs

Invest €10B
in R&D

toward sustainable innovation

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

By working closely with our suppliers to develop their maturity in integrating sustainability, we mitigate risks and improve our competitive advantage. Other opportunities and benefits include carbon footprint reduction and opportunities to co-innovate sustainable solutions with our top suppliers and partners.

  • We employ our Schneider Supplier Quality Management process to select new suppliers, and continually evaluate their operations and facilities to ensure that their values align with ours. This qualification process includes two specific sections on people and social responsibility in addition to environmental management.
  • We engage our strategic suppliers in a continuous process based on the ISO 26000 standard to improve the environmental, labor, human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement aspects of our global supply chain.
  • We’ve begun a three-year, on-site audit program for suppliers identified as “high risk” regarding labor standards, environmental management, and ethics. We share best practices and provide suppliers with guidance and training.
  • Our “Conflict Minerals Compliance Program” is based on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas. We enforce this program unilaterally, and across our entire product portfolio.
  • We go further than the European REACH and RoHS regulations by applying their standards across our entire product portfolio and with all suppliers, regardless of their geography. We’ve also implemented a new data-collection process, which allows us to respond faster to customer inquiries.

By 2020

By 2030

5.5 pts/100
increase in average score

of ISO 26000 assessment for our strategic suppliers

350
suppliers

under Human Rights & Environment vigilance received specific on-site assessment

A net-zero
supply chain

by 2050

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

Schneider Electric services prolong products’ lifecycles, which ensures customers enjoy energy management and automation services using fewer resources. Our circularity mindset is manifested in our Green Premium products, a line that emphasizes responsible management of every stage in our solutions' lifecycles. Whether it’s uninterruptible power supply systems for homeowners and small businesses or low- and medium-voltage equipment for OEM manufacturers, we adhere to circular principles for unmatched cost of ownership, lower environmental footprint, and peace of mind.

Fostering Innovation At Every Level

We cultivate environments, processes, and partnerships that inform our future success: 

  • The Schneider Electric Exchange, launched in April 2019, is a diverse ecosystem built to foster collaboration and innovation. 
  • Our Innovation at the Edge program facilitates investments, incubations, and partnerships with other companies in AI, IoT, cybersecurity, distributed energy resources, and more. 
  • These ecosystems, processes, and partnerships have led to innovations like the world’s first SF6-free medium-voltage switchgear.

By 2020

By 2030

75%
of sales

under the Green Premium program

0.25%
SF6 leaks

in manufacturing process

100
smart factories

and distribution centers

Eliminate
SF6

in our products

Invest €10B
in R&D

toward sustainable innovation

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

We embed circular principles into our supply chain to advance our “Tailored, Sustainable, Connected Supply Chain 4.0.” From reusable transport packaging to end-of-lifecycle take-back programs, we take every opportunity to secure our sustainability vision. Six pillars guide our strategy:

  • Creating CO2 neutrality in the extended supply chain
  • Ensuring a resource-efficient supply chain
  • Adopting a “waste as worth” mindset
  • Delivering environmental performance to customers
  • Implementing circular business models
  • Pushing for stronger environmental governance

By 2020

By 2030

200
sites

labeled toward zero waste to landfill

100%
cardboard and pallet

for transport packing from recycled or certified sources

120,000
metric tons

of avoided primary resource consumption through ECOFIT, recycling, and take-back programs

100%
of applicable sites certified

with ISO 14001, ISO 50001, and ISO 45001

Eliminate
SF6 gas

in our products

Double
the quantity

of recycled plastics in our products

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Materials and disposal comprise a significant portion of global greenhouse gas emissions. By employing circular principles at every phase of the product lifecycle, we avoid waste, reduce energy consumption, decrease CO2 emissions, and preserve resources. For our part, we’re also working toward using 100% renewable energy, emphasizing low-carbon transport, and encouraging our supply chain to adopt a similar “waste as worth” mindset.

Circular offers for more significant CO2 savings

  • With the ecoDesign Way, Schneider offers products with greater maintainability, reparability, capacity for retrofitting, and end-of-life reprocessing. It is a pillar of Schneider’s Green Premium program: solutions providing environmental transparency, superior compliance with stringent environmental regulations, and differentiating performance on climate, resources, or health.
  • Last year we published a five-step model (repair, refurbish, remanufacture, reuse, and recycle) to reduce waste, material, and energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and water use.

By 2020

By 2030

200
sites

labeled toward zero waste to landfill

100%
cardboard and pallet

for transport packing from recycled or certified sources

120,000
metric tons

of avoided primary resource consumption through ECOFIT, recycling, and take-back programs

Net-zero
operational emissions

and reduction of scope 3 emissions by 35% (vs. 2017) as part of our 1.5° C SBT

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

We’ve deployed concrete, short-term actions toward a CO2-free business model. Why? Because oceans absorb more than one-third of the CO2 emissions resulting from human activity, and the effects are felt across all ecosystems.

One ocean, one ecosystem

Even though our products are highly unlikely to ever end up as ocean plastic waste, we strive to create the same result for our supply chain.

  • Through the ECOFIT recycling and take-back program, our offers are repaired, reused, refurbished, and recycled to avoid resource consumption and CO2 emissions.
  • We’re one of the few companies in the industrial sector to be part of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment coordinated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
  • We also made a commitment toward a plastic-free future, as outlined in the French Circular Economy Roadmap.

By 2020

By 2030

200
sites

labeled toward zero waste to landfill

100%
cardboard and pallets

for transport packing from recycled or certified sources

120,000
metric tons

of avoided primary resource consumption through ECOFIT, recycling, and take-back programs

Double
the quantity

of recycled plastics in our products

Net-zero
operational emissions

and reduction of scope 3 emissions by 35% (vs. 2017) as part of our 1.5° C SBT

Engage
with suppliers

toward a net-zero supply chain by 2050

Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems; sustainably manage forests; combat desertification; halt and reverse land degradation; and halt biodiversity loss

  • Schneider has contributed to the Livelihoods Carbon Funds (LCF) since 2011. LCF leverages the carbon economy to finance ecosystem restoration, agroforestry, and rural energy projects, while simultaneously improving food security for rural communities. LCF provides up-front financing for large-scale project implementation and long-term maintenance.
  • The “Energy for Livelihoods” initiative in India is transforming the lives of female farmers through the Villaya Agri-Business solution. The project promotes sustainable livelihood activities like agriculture, agri-enterprises, food processing, livestock rearing, handicraft, and other micro-enterprises.
  • Schneider is a signatory of the Act4Nature initiative, committed to its 10 principles for global biodiversity. 

By 2020

By 2030

75%
of sales

under the Green Premium program

120,000
metric tons

of avoided primary resource consumption through ECOFIT, recycling, and take-back programs

x4
turnover

of our Access to Energy Program

100%
of scope 1 and 2 emissions

compensated with credits generated by the Livelihoods Carbon Fund

120,000
efficient cookstoves

distributed in Kenya through the Livelihoods Hifadhi project, avoiding 35M tons of CO2.

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

With around 700 experts actively participating in international and national standardization bodies, we’re making a decisive contribution to the creation and distribution of standards that ensure the safety and reliability of electric facilities and equipment while addressing their environmental impacts.

Actions toward innovation

Through advocacy and strategic partnerships, we’re investing in the future of innovation for a more resource-responsible future: 

  • We partner with universities throughout the world to support engineering, energy management, technology, and business programs. 
  • Schneider Electric is one of the few companies in the industrial sector to be part of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment coordinated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as well as recycled plastics commitment in the French Circular Economy Roadmap.

By 2020

By 2030

75%
of sales

under the Green Premium program

120,000
metric tons

of avoided primary resource consumption through ECOFIT, recycling, and take-back programs

200
sites

labeled toward zero waste to landfill

100%
cardboard and pallet

for transport packing from recycled or certified sources

Double
the quantity

of recycled plastics in our products

Engage
with sustainable business initiatives

such as the U.N. Global Compact

Invest €10B
in R&D

toward sustainable innovation