Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility

As an industrial manufacturing group, Metall Zug is aware of the responsibility it bears toward society and the environment. The use of the buildings required for business purposes, and the production, operation and use of the appliances and machines brought to market are intended to be as resource-efficient as possible. 
In this regard, the company's claim to great innovative strength includes the search for new technological procedures that make production more sustainable and reduce consumption of energy and water.

Metall Zug views sustainability as a strategic priority and aims to lead the way in relation to green products, environmentally friendly production, and procurement and logistics.

All entities of the Metall Zug Group in Switzerland therefore rely on electricity generated from Swiss hydropower and self-produced solar power.

Household Appliances: Current and future measures

Reducing CO2 emissions is a matter of great importance for V-ZUG. A schedule was therefore drawn up in consultation with the Energy Agency of the Swiss Private Sector (EnAW) for lowering CO2 by 2020. Since then, a large number of measures have helped V-ZUG attain its targets, including installing a large photovoltaic system, deploying a waste heat recovery system in the data center and purchasing biogas and Swiss hydropower. CO2-neutral production is the stated medium-term goal. This objective is supported by the energy concept for the Technology Cluster Zug, the multigenerational project being realized on the current production site. The Cluster will draw on local renewable energy sources, using groundwater and lake water to generate its own heating and cooling and thus making seasonal thermal energy storage possible. 

V-ZUG regularly publishes a sustainability report providing information on its performance in relation to the environment and society, among other things. The report (available at www.vzug.ch is prepared in accordance with the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

Infection Control: Case Study Shows Efficiency Gains and Protection for Hospital Staff

Belimed takes resource responsibility and sustainability very seriously. Its entire product range is engineered with high energy efficiency and resource conservation in mind. Washers and sterilizers are designed to use less water and chemicals, leading to significant reductions in resource consumption and the associated costs. 

According to a documented case study , Belimed demonstrates that customers have the potential to deliver improvements through their use of cleaning products. New cleaning solutions introduced by Belimed in the US reduced average wash cycle times by four and a half minutes, or 11 %. As well as saving water, this translates into the ability to process more washer loads. This led to fewer delays in the operating room as the hospital had more sterile instruments at its disposal. In addition, staff at the Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD) reported less reprocessing of the cleaned instruments and no more allergic reactions, presumably due to the lack of subtilisin in the product enzyme formulations.

Wire Processing: Protecting the Environment and Giving Back to the Community

Schleuniger protects the environment by using sustainable construction materials and renewable energies, as illustrated by the new production and training center in Thun, which opened at the end of 2016. The building is made entirely of wood and its walls conform to Minergie Standards. The approximately 200,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year generated by the company’s own photovoltaic system at its headquarters in Thun cover around 25 % of its electricity needs. In China, Schleuniger set up a donation funding plan for the Hu Zhen Bang Hope Primary School in Mao Jiaping Village with the assistance of the “Share4love” organization. Books and gifts were distributed to the children again in 2017. Schleuniger employees in the US collected donations in aid of those affected by the hurricanes in Puerto Rico and Texas as well as the Mexico City earthquake victims.

Medical Devices: Renewable Energy

Haag-Streit gains energy from solar-, wind-, and hydro-power plants in Switzerland. The residual heat from the production machines is reused for heating the premises.