In 2017, Swarovski’s US operation signed the “We Are Still In” declaration, joining thousands of other American businesses and organizations to demonstrate support for the global pact to stem the causes of climate change. Swarovski remains committed to the UN’s Paris Agreement and is part of the effort to keep the global temperature rise this century well below 2°C.
ENERGY AND EMISSIONS
To reduce energy consumption and lower emissions, Swarovski adopts innovative energy efficiency measures and identifies opportunities to use renewable energy. Colleagues collaborate regularly to develop new solutions and improve Swarovski’s environmental performance. An important focal point is the company’s main crystal manufacturing site in Wattens, Austria, which uses significantly more energy than other facilities. In 2016, the site achieved the ISO 50001 energy management certification. This certification has also been achieved in Swarovski’s facilities in India and Thailand.
Wherever Swarovski operates, the company complies with energy regulations. This includes adhering to relevant 2030 European Union goals, such as cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40%, increasing renewables usage by 27% and improving energy efficiency by 27%. Today, 36% of energy use at Swarovski’s manufacturing and production sites worldwide comes from renewable sources.
Water has always been central to the Swarovski story, since 1895 portions of our crystal production has been partly generated by small-scale hydro-power. We now see the most significant risks and opportunities around our production sites and in some key regions in our supply chain where there is water pollution, water scarcity and flooding. The aim now is to better understand the fresh water challenges and the potential context-based and collaborative interventions we can make.
The company takes a proactive approach to managing water throughout the cutting, grinding and polishing stages of creating crystals, and recycled water meets 70% of the water requirements across manufacturing and production sites. Since 1990, Central Water Circulation Systems have been implemented in our site in Wattens, which use a closed-loop water recycling process for grinding and polishing crystal and reduces the need to draw water from the public water supply.
The management and reduction of waste materials is another area in which Swarovski takes a rigorous approach. Swarovski’s focus on waste reduction helped to achieve important breakthroughs for the company; 80-95% of the rare earths used in the polishing process can be recycled.
Swarovski encourages its employees to consider the environment in their daily lives, such as through following ‘Conscious Living’ guidelines to help them make environmentally friendly choices. The company is also committed to creating a positive impact in the communities where it operates. One example is Swarovski’s support for the ‘green wall’ campaign at St. Mary’s School in Chiswick, London, located less than a mile away from Swarovski’s UK headquarters. The wall aims to cut pollution levels in the school by 40%.
World Environment Day is a United Nations initiative first celebrated in 1974. Today, it is a global platform with millions of people taking action on urgent environmental issues. The theme for 2019 is “Beat Air Pollution”, urging governments, companies, communities and individuals to explore renewable energy and green technologies and improve air quality around the world.
Throughout its history, Swarovski has strived to remain true to Daniel Swarovski’s vision of a responsible company that not only has its employees’ wellbeing at heart, but also that of the environment and society as a whole. Swarovski’s Executive Board supports responsible business practices, integrating social and environmental considerations into its strategy and day-to-day operations, and employees, contractors and business partners are expected to adhere to these responsible standards.