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Schneider Sustainability Impact 2018-2020

For the fourth year,   Schneider Electric  , the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, announces its financial and non-financial results together for the fourth quarter of 2018. Each quarter, Schneider Electric publishes 21 indicators from the Schneider Sustainability Impact, measuring progress towards its ambitious sustainability commitments for 2018 to 2020, in line with the COP 21 and United Nations objectives.  With a total score of 6.10 out of 10 at end-December 2018, the Group has exceeded its Schneider Sustainability Impact target of 5 out of 10 for the end of 2018 . 

The non-financial results by indicator are as follows:

Gilles Vermot Desroches, Sustainability Senior VP at Schneider Electric, commented:  "As the 21 objectives of our Schneider Sustainability Impact have demonstrated an excellent performance in 2018, we have decided to raise the level of our ambitions. Therefore, we will accelerate the implementation of our action plans on key challenges such as climate change, biodiversity, development or health. Recognitions we received (*) in 2018 all incite us to continue our efforts and to drive the sector forward in picking up those challenges.”

(*) ‘The Circulars 2019’ prize in the ‘Multinational’ category, our selection among the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune magazine, our presence in the CDP Climate A list for the 8th   consecutive year; or our ranking in the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World by Corporate Knights for the 7th   consecutive year.

Quarter Highlights


- The "CO2   efficiency in transportation" indicator  registers a CO2   emission increase by 1.8% in 2018 compared to the -1% target. This is mainly due to an increase in air freight in Q1 2018 in our ITD business, and an increase of CO2   emissions in North America in Q1 and in Q2 due to a high level of domestic air freight.

- The " increase in turnover for our  Energy & Sustainability Services " indicator  shows very  strong performance at +13.8% in 2018. The high growth is boosted by the energy efficiency business with the public sector in the US, and by key wins in the cleantech business. The energy sourcing business is contributing to the growth as well.  Energy & Sustainability Services  targets a 25% increase in sales in 2020 compared to the 2017 baseline.

Circular Economy:

- The "sales under our new  Green Premium  program” indicator’s  result was 45.7% for the fourth quarter of 2018. Schneider Electric’s  Green Premium  ecolabel was upgraded in 2018 to be more customer focused. By adding environmental claims and through collaboration with external organizations, Schneider Electric is able to deliver value propositions that support its customers’ own sustainability goals. With the environmental information available through its  Green Premium  ecolabel, Schneider Electric has helped customers to achieve Green Building certifications. After products, the scope of the ecolabel will be extended as of 2019 to include services and software.

Health & Equity:

- The "employees working in countries that have fully deployed our Family Leave policy" indicator’s  result is presented for the first time this quarter. 75% of the Group’s employees are covered by the new Global Family Leave Policy. 59 countries, including seven of Schneider Electric’s top ten operating locations (China, France, India, Mexico, Spain, the UK, and the US) fully implemented this policy within its first year of deployment. The Global Family Leave Policy is industry leading in its scope and supports the Group’s employees worldwide by providing paid personal time during moments when it matters the most, enabling them to better manage their unique life and work. The policy features global minimum paid leave standards for primary and secondary parental leave, care leave for a family member that either needs elder care or care for a serious health condition, and bereavement leave for a death of an immediate family member. The Group has actively chosen to define “leave” and “family” in an inclusive way, recognizing that definition of family, life and work are changing every day.


- The "suppliers under Human Rights & Environment vigilance received specific on-site assessment" indicator  reaches 155 audits at the end of 2018. In alignment with the Group strategy and vision, and to comply with the 2017-French law concerning the Corporate Duty of Vigilance, Schneider Electric committed to implementing a vigilance plan. This includes identifying and managing suppliers that are most exposed to risks in terms of labor practices, health & safety, and environment. In early 2018, a global supplier risk mapping has been performed with a recognized third-party expert mapping tool (Verisk Maplecroft) available through Schneider Electric’s partnership with the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA). The Group’s risk management process includes a number of prevention and control actions down to on-site audits for 300 of these suppliers in 3 years, chosen according to their level of risk and the procurement volume.


- The "underprivileged people trained in energy management" indicator  continues to grow with 196,162 people trained in more than 45 countries. The program started in 2009 and aims to reach an additional 150,000 people within 2 years and a total of 1 million by 2025. With the support provided, trainees can access a skilled job or start a business and improve their prospects in life, contributing to better access to modern and reliable energy in their community. Today, the major challenge of the program is to multiply the impact of actions by pursuing a long-term partnership policy with local and global players able to replicate the projects. Three priorities guide the coming years: entrepreneurship, the integration of women into the energy professions, and the training of trainers. One of the major partnerships is with IECD (European Institute of Cooperation and Development) which enabled the opening of training centers in Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Vietnam.


- Schneider Electric is named one of the   Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies for 2019

- Schneider Electric wins global award   ‘The Circular s  2019’   in the ‘Multinational’ category for its contribution to the circular economy

- Schneider Electric is selected in the   CDP Climate A list  2018   for the 8th consecutive year and is rated for the first time in the Water program with a B- grade

- Schneider Electric is ranked in Corporate Knights’ Global 100 Most Sustainable Co rporations in the World  2019   for the 7th   consecutive year, reaching 3rd   position in the Industrial Conglomerates

- Schneider Electric released the   2019 Corporate Energy & Sustainability Progress Report  , a look at the global trends, barriers and opportunities impacting enterprise energy and carbon-management programs


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