Sustainability as Part of the Corporate Strategy

As an industrial manufacturing group, Metall Zug is aware of the responsibility it bears toward its employees, society and the environment. Operating in a responsible and sustainable manner has been deeply ingrained in the Group's strategy for many years. Based on a relevance matrix, Metall Zug has defined four focus topics. The Business Units implement concrete projects within the framework of these focus topics. Progress is measured using key performance indicator sets.

Sustainability as Part of the Corporate Strategy

Metall Zug views sustainability as a strategic, intrinsically motivated priority. All those in positions of responsibility act with a view to success and in line with the Metall Zug values: any success can only really be counted as such if it is sustainable and has been achieved with due respect for society and without tarnishing the reputation of the company in question and the Metall Zug Group as a whole.

With regard to durable and resource-saving products, environmentally friendly and material-efficient production, responsible procurement and logistics, and as a committed employer, Metall Zug aims to assume a pioneering role.

Embraced by the Organization

Metall Zug’s Business Units have strived for many years to make their daily business activities as sustainable as possible. Metall Zug set up a Sustainability team in fall 2018 to support the Business Units, with the aim of making sure these ambitions are broadly embraced within the Group, firming up the sustainability strategies, and implementing, measuring and communicating action for sustainability in a more targeted fashion. The Business Units for their part have each nominated a member of Senior Management and a project team to define and implement goals and measures.

Systematic Approach

The 14 key sustainability issues at each entity were analyzed together with a consultant and assessed from the point of view of both internal and external stakeholders.

The relevance matrix per Business Unit resulting from this process then serves as a basis for strategy which covers the entire spectrum of sustainability issues. By involving employees from every Business Unit, strategic thrusts were defined and a catalog of measures drawn up for each area of the business. These packages of measures are directed in particular at the four focus topics employees, climate & energy, products & services, and society. The concrete measures for the individual Business Units were recorded in a Roadmap 2022 for the years to come.

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Key Performance Indicator Set

The implementation and progress of measures is assessed according to a set of key performance indicators (KPIs) and regularly reviewed by a steering committee made up of the CEOs of the Business Units and the Senior Management of Metall Zug.

Over time, the defined KPIs are to be measured at all Group sites. In the reporting year, sustainability KPIs were measured at the producing companies of the Household Appliances, Wire Processing and Medical Devices Business Units in Switzerland. In a subsequent step, the other Swiss companies and companies outside Switzerland are also to be measured. The KPI set also serves as a framework for future measures and as a yardstick for progress made.