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Our sustainability themes


Sustainability along the entire value chain

Sustainability is an essential part of SEW-EURODRIVE Oy’s strategy and daily actions. It affects the entire value chain within the company: people, products and services, supply and raw material chains, assembly and business processes as well as ethics and governance.

We are determined to live up to our responsibilities in every way, whether in relation to the environment, our customers, our business partners, our employees, and not least our children and the world in which they will live.

For more information, also see our sustainability report.

The basis of our business activities


Products and services

Supply and raw material chains

Production and business processes

Ethics and governance

Our approach to sustainability

Sustainability is one of our values, built into our daily management and strategy. We are guided by the 17 global sustainability targets:

“Sustainable Development Goals” of the United Nations. As part of this long-term sustainability initiative, we aim to gradually and consistently safeguard resources, lower CO₂ emissions, and thus optimize our entire value chain.

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1. People make the difference

People are the key to the success of our company. Whether in assembly, sales or service – people are at the heart of everything. Our company culture is characterized by the reciprocal trusting, respect, and valuing of one another.

By putting in place countless measures related to occupational health management and both basic and further training, we keep levels of motivation high and make sure our employees identify strongly with our company.

One of our top priorities is to provide our employees a healthy and safe working environment. We encourage our employees to develop occupational safety. We also provide continuous training for employees and jointly identify areas in need of development in the work environment. Our goal is zero work accidents.

2. Products and services

As a leading drive technology company SEW-EURODRIVE sees innovation as a decisive factor at the heart of its sustainable approach to developing products, systems,and services. The modular concept behind our products is one of the most important reasons for their success and also contributes significantly to sustainability.

By maximizing energy efficiency at the concept development stage, we aim to make our drive solutions as economical as we can. One good example for this is the inverters in the latest generation of our MOVI‑C® modular automation system. When rating energy efficiency, both the motion task as a whole and the complete drive system are key.

Sustainable Life Cycle Services

Our Life Cycle Services covers the entire service lifespan of a product while it is in use with the customer. Life Cycle Services encompass services, tools and resources throughout the entire system life cycle.

3. Supply and raw material chains

"Act global – think and buy local."

To achieve our aims of minimizing our carbon footprint and maintaining a healthy supply chain, SEW-EURODRIVE aims to use it's global network to ensure both the procurement of raw materials and it's products and solutions themselves are located as close as possible to company's sites and customers. By keeping transportation routes short in this way, we will reduce our CO2 emissions and minimize the amount of packaging involved.

4. Production and Business processes

How much CO₂ does a drive solution from SEW‑EURODRIVE generate? Given the modular nature of our product portfolio, that question is impossible to answer on a generic basis, since every solution is tailored to a customer's specific needs.

We aim to enhance our efficiency and added value across individual areas by ensuring our assembly processes are ideally coordinated, by enhancing these processes by adopting a smart approach to the digitalization of our business processes.

We will use emission-free electricity and heat energy in our Hollola facilities starting in 2023. We have also invested in solar power plant in our service center. In addition we are committed to the local energy efficient agreement.

We prefer local sustainable products and services. In addition, we pay attention to total and life cycle costs and optimize recycling.

We regularly review and evaluate new methods of energy generation that may be of interest to us.

5. Ethics and governance

The high quality of our products and solutions is matched by a high benchmark in ethical guidelines and standards. We believe that ethics and governance are about more than just abiding by applicable laws and global human rights. As part of SEW-EURODRIVE Group, these standards are very close to our heart, whether in terms of occupational health and safety, a corporate code of conduct, or functional safety.

We observe and abide by all provisions and regulations in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which entered into force in 2018.

Our operations are guided by SEW-EURODRIVE internal audits and external audits of our stakeholders in addition to other standards on occupational health and safety and information security.

Sustainability rating EcoVadis

EcoVadis has awarded SEW-EURODRIVE Oy a gold level classification for its sustainability work. EcoVadis evaluates companies' responsibility in four areas: environment, labor and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement.

Your sustainability partner

We are determined to live up to our responsibilities in every way, whether in relation to the environment, our customers, our business partners, our employees, and not least our children and the world in which they will live.

Further information

Our sales team is happy to tell you more about our sustainability themes and actions.