Development impact toward the SDGs

We advance the following SDGs in support of development that offers more people access to clean, sustainable, and reliable energy while ensuring no one is left behind. 

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Through our Access to Energy program, we develop products and solutions to meet the needs of individuals and communities across the energy chain, from portable lamps and solar home systems to small, decentralized power plants, water pumping systems, and street lighting. 

But we do more than supply equipment to disadvantaged populations. We donate our time, resources, and expertise via technical training and mentorship; through our Access to Energy Training & Entrepreneurship program, we empower young adults with personalized career opportunities in energy. Our vision is that this social impact activity will spark a brighter future for millions worldwide who currently lack the fundamental human right that is electricity. 

Being socially responsible requires that the human element is kept at the forefront of our operations. Equitable treatment and fair pay are two important values that inform our company's character, and so we've developed a sophisticated action plan to monitor and address compensation disparity. We ensure our employees and associates are provided a living wage in every country in which we operate, and apply a common global methodology to close wage inequality: 

  • Our Pay Equity Framework helps us identify and correct gender pay gaps — at the end of 2019, it covered 99% of all employees. 
  • We’ve initiated a global process to analyze wages and employment practices against local living standards, as determined by an external consultant, BSR™. At the end of 2019, this process covered 63 countries for 99% of our footprint.

By 2020

By 2030

x4
turnover

of our Access to Energy program

400,000
underprivileged people

trained in energy management

20
social impact investments

80M+
people

will have access to energy through our offers

1M
underprivileged people

will be trained in energy management

10,000
entrepreneurs

in emerging countries will be supported

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture

Our Access to Energy program supports agricultural production in emerging economies. This includes the Schneider Electric Energy Access (SEEA) impact investing fund, which fosters energy innovation in small and medium-sized companies. We also contribute in the following ways:

  • In Donvagne, Côte d'Ivoire, we’ve provided a local women’s cooperative with a mill, kneading machine, and refrigerators powered by a 25kW solar microgrid.
  • SEAA has contributed €3 million to support entrepreneurial initiatives that help underprivileged communities obtain energy access.
  • We contribute to the Livelihoods-Hifadhi project to distribute 60,000 clean cookstoves, plant 180,000 trees, and provide job training in Kenya.
  • Our Villaya Solar water pumping solution provides clean, affordable drinking and irrigation water in underprivileged communities in Asia and in Africa.

By 2020

By 2030

400,000
underprivileged people

trained in energy management

60,000
families

benefitted from efficient cookstoves via the Livelihoods-Hifadhi project

80M
people

will have access to energy through our offers

600,000+
people

will benefit from the Livelihoods-Hifadhi project

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

By viewing health holistically — as physical, mental, social, and emotional — we develop programs that empower and support employees. In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re continuously adjusting our policies to protect our people, their livelihood, and the communities in which we operate.

At the individual level, we prioritize health by ensuring our employees and their families have access to both healthcare and life insurance coverage, with costs borne by the company and/or the employee. Our Global Family Leave policy further helps us support our people during critical life events, as employees are given 12 weeks of fully paid leave for natural birth and adoption, as well as one week of leave to care for family members with health conditions. At the community level, our products enhance the efficiency of critical industries, our expertise enables us to create reliable decentralized energy grids, and our IoT solutions bring critical infrastructure into the digital age – for example, EcoStruxure™ for Healthcare helps us connect and digitize hospitals, augmenting their ability to improve patient care.

Safety first, for all

Our health and well-being focus requires an ingrained, robust safety culture, and the bedrock of this culture is our S.A.F.E. First program (Self check, Activity check, Facility check, Environment check). This global policy was developed as a reminder to pause and reflect on safety prior to performing any task, empowering employees to stop work if they feel unsafe.

By 2020

By 2030

0.88
medical incident

per million hours worked

100%
of employees

worked in countries that have fully deployed our Global Family Leave policy

90%
of employees

had access to a comprehensive well-being at work program

80M
people

will have access to energy through our offers

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

The Schneider Electric Foundation uses social innovation and community engagement to invest in education and reduce the energy gap. Here’s how we do this:

  • Through our Access to Energy Training and Entrepreneurship program, we help prepare disadvantaged populations for energy careers. The program includes training on high- and low-voltage electrical distribution; building management; global energy management; and process and machine management.
  • Our digital VolunteerIn platform allows employees to contribute to causes that matter to them, anywhere in the world.
  • In France, we’ve created the “100 chances – 100 emplois” (“100 chances – 100 jobs”) program, which provides personalized career opportunities for adults aged 18 – 30 without higher education qualifications or degrees.
  • We’ve established the Ecole Schneider Electric trade school in France to provide vocational training and enable students to pursue higher education or employment in energy.

By 2020

By 2030

400,000
underprivileged people

trained in energy management

1M
underprivileged people

will be trained in energy management

10,000
entrepreneurs

will be supported in emerging countries

10,000
instructors

will be trained

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

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

  • Our Villaya solar water pump provides off-grid communities with drinking water, and since 2012, these systems have been installed across India and several African countries. 
  • EcoStruxure helps customers enhance key industrial processes for a smarter, more responsible water cycle.
  • We’re transparent about our 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

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

Our Access to Energy program helps people in underserved areas gain access to reliable electricity. In India, our HCL Foundation partnership has led to the development of the largest network of rural microgrids in Asia Pacific. These microgrids deliver electricity to more than 6,000 families as well as businesses, clinics, and schools. 

Solutions for clean, reliable, and efficient energy consumption

Our active energy efficiency solutions focus on optimizing the entire energy cycle using products, systems, services, and software:

  • EcoStruxure architecture allows companies and utilities to reduce energy consumption by up to 30%4
  • EcoStruxure Energy & Sustainability Services (ESS) helps leading companies develop sustainable energy procurement programs — like the Power Purchase Agreement signed for our Mexico facilities, securing 20GWh of renewable electricity. 
  •  Access to Energy solutions electrify remote areas, from individual systems in homes and micro-enterprises to larger-scale systems in public institutions, schools, healthcare centers, and other community buildings. 

By 2020

By 2030

80%
renewable electricity

10%
energy efficiency

(vs. 2017)

x4
turnover

of our Access to Energy program

25%
increased turnover

for our EcoStruxure Energy & Sustainability Services

1M
underprivileged people

will be trained in energy management

Invest €10B
in R&D

toward sustainable development

80M
people

will have access to energy through our offers

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

In developing countries, women are the primary beneficiaries of access to electricity in their homes. Energy access, especially with mini-grids, can significantly increase women’s empowerment, particularly in female-dominated, labor-intensive agricultural activities.

  • In Donvagne village, Côte d'Ivoire, we equipped the women’s cooperative with a 25kW solar mini-grid powering a mill, kneaders, and refrigerators. Cooperative members and entrepreneurs from the village have been trained by IECD. 
  • In India, the “Energy for Livelihoods” initiative is transforming lives of women farmers through the innovative Villaya Agri-Business solution. The project promotes sustainable livelihood activities like agriculture, agri-enterprises, food processing, livestock rearing, handicraft, and other microenterprises, implemented by mobilizing women through self-help groups.
  • In Nigeria, Schneider partners with Solar Sister NGO, whose network distributes Mobiya solar lanterns. These female entrepreneurs sell the lamps to vulnerable and underprivileged women.

By 2020

By 2030

400,000
underprivileged people

trained in energy management

x4
turnover

of our Access to Energy Program

15,000
volunteering days

thanks to our VolunteerIn global platform

1M
underprivileged people

will be trained in energy management

Reduce inequality within and among countries

With our Access to Energy program, we play a major role in helping disadvantaged populations gain access to clean, affordable electricity. Part of this program entails vocational training and skill development. In partnership with the Access to Energy Training & Entrepreneurship teams, an affordable range of educational tools was created to improve energy access in new economies via job training. The Entrepreneur Development program provides critical mentorship that budding energy entrepreneurs require in the initial phase of their business journey.

Championing inclusion and equity

Globalization allows us to welcome more diverse teams and to ensure our local presence best supports our customers’ specific needs. We prioritize how we develop and retain our employees to create an inclusive workplace that offers long-term career development prospects for everyone. As part of this vision, we’ve developed and implemented a Pay Equity Framework. This is a shared global methodology to identify and amend gender pay gaps within comparable groups of employees. By the end of 2019, 99% of employees worldwide were working in a country with commitment and processes in place to achieve gender pay equity. Today, the pay equity adjustment process is fully integrated into the annual global salary review.

By 2020

By 2030

95%
of employees

covered under the Pay Equity framework

400,000
underprivileged people

trained in energy management

1M
underprivileged people

will be trained in energy management

80M
people

will have access to energy through our offers

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable

We believe access to energy and digital are fundamental human rights. Our mission is to ensure people everywhere have access to modern energy — reliable, safe, efficient, and sustainable — to gain a better life through health, green agriculture, economic and community, development, women’s empowerment, education, and support in emergency situations, while fighting climate change. In 2018 and 2019, we supported our customers on their sustainability journeys, saving almost 90 million metric tons of CO2, equivalent to the total annual emissions of Toronto or Melbourne. 

Solutions for safe and sustainable cities

We’re building smarter homes with efficient, integrated solutions to minimize energy consumption and carbon emissions: 

  • Our Wiser system measures, controls, and monitors home energy usage — energy which can power our next-generation home heating solutions and EV recharging infrastructure.
  • Our Building Management Systems (BMS) control, monitor, and optimize performance for improved comfort, productivity, and savings.
  • We’ve installed more than 1,300 decentralized electrification systems and solar microgrids around the world since 2015.

By 2020

By 2030

95%
waste recovery rate

200
sites

labeled toward zero waste to landfill

-10%
VOC

emissions intensity

120,000
metric tons

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

100%
renewable electricity

(RE100*)

Shift 100%
of our company fleet

to electric cars (EV100‡)

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 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

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

By decarbonizing our operations, reducing our resource consumption, working toward 100% renewable energy, and transitioning to an all-electric company vehicle fleet, we’re proving that a net-zero-emissions future is possible. Combined efficiency, electrification, and digitization are the pillars of our sustainability strategy, and our investment in these pillars have yielded substantial benefits: 13 of our sites are carbon-neutral, and we’ve reduced our operation and purchased-energy emissions by 37% in just two years.

Positive CO2 impact solutions

Schneider Electric works with industries that account for a majority of global energy consumption and CO2 emissions, and so we recognize our responsibility in crafting a sustainable future. Our ecoDesignTM method delivers Green Premium environmental performance through increased resource efficiency for a reduced carbon footprint. In 2019, it helped us:

  • Save our customers 89M metric tons of CO2 through EcoStruxure offers
  • Install more than 1,300 decentralized electrification systems and solar microgrids since 2015
  • Support millions of people worldwide in gaining access to clean, affordable energy

By 2020

By 2030

10%
CO₂ efficiency

in transportation

80%
renewable electricity

120M
metric tons of CO2

saved on our customers’ end thanks to our EcoStruxure offers

Net-zero
operational emissions and reduction

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

100%
renewable electricity

(RE100*)

Double
energy productivity vs. 2005

vs. 2005 (EP100**)

Invest €10B
in R&D

toward sustainable innovation

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 a third of the CO2 emissions resulting from human activity5, and the effects are felt across all ecosystems. 

One ocean, one ecosystem

Though our products are unlikely to 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 few companies in the industrial sector to be part of the Global Plastics Commitment coordinated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
  • We’re committed to a plastic-free future, 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

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

Our Green Premium program guides us in creating solutions that offer environmental transparency, superior compliance with environmental regulations, and eco-friendly performance. Our in-house design process, ecoDesign Way, results in products that offer greater maintainability, reparability, capacity for retrofitting, and reprocessing at the end of their lifecycle. Our ECOFIT recycling and take-back program ensures resources stay in the supply stream.

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

120,000
efficient cookstoves

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

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

We’re committed to the principles as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The respect of people and the institutions that uplift them is a belief that grounds our policies and operating ethos.

  • We have a zero-tolerance policy for corruption. This means no unauthorized or hidden payments, kickbacks, or facilitation payments.
  • Adherence to our Anti-Corruption Code of Conduct is non-negotiable.
  • We do not tolerate any actions that can be viewed as money laundering or processes that obscure transparent payment.
  • In 2018, we developed an anti-corruption e-learning program, which is mandatory for employees whose job functions expose them to such risks.
  • We take a clear stance with regard to responsible lobbying, political activity, and donations, as outlined in our Principles of Responsibility. 
  • We respect the rights of workers to form and join unions.
  • We stand firmly for equal rights and fair treatment of LGBTQ+ people everywhere. 

By 2020

By 2030

100%
of sales, procurement, and finance

employees trained every year on anti-corruption

Engage
with sustainable business initiatives

such as the U.N. Global Compact

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

Taking collective action to fight climate change

Throughout 2019, our leadership helped keep the climate crisis on the minds of industry and policy leaders. We’ve affirmed our stance by joining global initiatives including:

  • We Mean Business (RE100*, EP100**, and EV100***)
  • The U.N. “Business Ambition for 1.5 °C — Our Only Future” Campaign
  • The Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition
  • The Science Based Targets initiative

Building conscientious communities

We also forged partnerships to address issues related to community development, equity, and education.

  • To promote sustainability and inclusion, Schneider Electric joined the OECD’s Business for Inclusive Growth (B4IG), a partnership of 34 multinational companies committed to advancing human rights, building inclusive workspaces, and strengthening inclusion across business.
  • In January 2018, Schneider and UNHCR signed a memorandum of understanding to provide refugees and displaced persons with sustainable and reliable access to clean energy. 
  • We’ll provide 4,650 women in Mali, Senegal, and Niger with renewable energy training for the EU’s “Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewable Energy” project.
  • The Schneider Electric Foundation joined the Solar Impulse Foundation to support 1,000 solutions that protect the environment, profitably.

By 2020

By 2030

400,0000
underprivileged people

trained in energy management

80%
renewable electricity

15,000
volunteering days

thanks to our VolunteerIn global platform

Net-zero
operational emissions and reduction

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

100%
renewable electricity

(RE100*)

80M
people

will have access to energy through our offers

Invest €10B
in R&D

toward sustainable innovation

References

4 2019 Global Digital Transformation Benefits Report, Schneider Electric, 2019.

5 The Oceanic Sink for Anthropogenic CO2 from 1994 to 2007, Science Magazine, 2019.

*RE100 is a corporate leadership initiative led by The Climate Group and CDP that seeks to establish zero-emissions grids globally. 

**EP100 is a joint effort between The Climate Group and the Alliance to Save Energy that challenges corporations to continuously maximize their energy productivity.

***EV100 is The Climate Group’s global initiative to make electric vehicles the primary mode of transport worldwide by 2030.