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Sustainability

Sustainability in all its dimensions is a central component of our corporate strategy. The Schaeffler Group will operate climate-neutral starting in 2040. This target includes the entire supply chain and is underpinned by ambitious medium-term sustainability targets. We want to face up these challenges together with our business partners. Our aim is to make the supplier network transparent in order to identify and minimize risks at an early stage. In this way, we also meet the requirements and expectations of our customers and other stakeholders together.

Developing supply chain sustainability in partnership

Create the basis

The Schaeffler Supplier Code of Conduct is the basis for responsible cooperation with our suppliers.

Identify risks

We conduct a sustainability-related risk assessment of our suppliers.

Reduce risks

We reduce the identified risks through global standards, assessments, and audits.

Evaluate sustainability

Self-Assessments provided by our suppliers give us a more detailed insight into their sustainability performance.

Create incentives

In sourcing decisions, we take the sustainable actions of our suppliers into account.

Supplier Code of Conduct

In order to meet our responsibility and the expectations of our customers and stakeholders, we have defined corresponding requirements for our suppliers in our Supplier Code of Conduct. To ensure consistent compliance, these must be passed on to the entire supplier network. The supplier's acceptance of the Schaeffler Group Supplier Code of Conduct therefore represents a mandatory basis for all existing and future business relationships.

Schaeffler Group Supplier Code of Conduct

Sustainability self-assessment

To understand and develop the sustainability performance of identified suppliers, we use the standardized Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) on sustainability from the Drive Sustainability initiative. Suppliers selected for this purpose receive an invitation via NQC Ltd. to complete the questionnaire on the SupplierAssurance platform. If your company is already registered on NQC Ltd., we look forward to hearing from you so that we can view your SAQ.

Self-Assessment Questionnaire

Supplier Assurance

FAQ – Supplier Sustainability Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ)

Conflict minerals policy

Schaeffler does not directly source any of the minerals concerned for its value creation, but is aware that conflict minerals may occur in the supply chain. Schaeffler therefore demands of itself and its suppliers that all Schaeffler products are free of minerals whose trade is used directly or indirectly to finance conflicts in states or which originate from mining activities in conflict or high-risk areas.

Against this background, Schaeffler requires responsible sourcing of these minerals in its supplier network and refers to the guideline "OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict Affected and High Risk Areas" for this requirement.

Conflict Minerals Policy

Environmental protection and work safety

Environmental protection and work safety are fundamental parts of Schaeffler’s management guideline.

Our EHS policy (environmental protection, occupational health, and safety) describes the principles and is part of the management guideline. We help ensure the continuity and success of our company by creating and sustaining a work environment that is safe, healthy, and conducive to performance and by actively protecting the environment.

The following principles apply to all areas of our company. We are committed to taking responsibility for our employees, society, and future generations.

EHS policy

We encourage our business partners and their supply chain to act accordingly.

Prohibited and declarable substances

In the table below you will find the binding standards regarding "prohibited and declarable substances” for production material suppliers of Schaeffler. Accordingly, all suppliers are required to declare all substances fully and may not supply prohibited substances in products to Schaeffler.

S132030-1 Prohibited and declarable substances

Applicable documents

S132030-1/Appendix Declaration of conformity

Training documents & Examples

Process instruction on Prohibited and Declarable Substances S132030-1

Example Conformity Declaration for a Mixture - valid for EU and US

Example Conformity Declaration for a purchased part - valid for EU and US

Training on S 132030-1

Registration live training

General information on material compliance

Material compliance topics

Climate protection and energy efficiency

Our Energy Policy describes the principles of responsible usage of energy resources. This also includes the established energy management system, which ensures a continuous improvement of energy performance in the company. Through the technical delivery conditions S151010-25, we set standards for energy efficiency in the procurement of new machinery and facilities.

With these measures, Schaeffler supports the applicable climate protection targets and thus assumes responsibility towards society and future generations. The following principles apply to all areas of our company worldwide and we therefore also encourage our business partners and their supply chain to follow them.

Energy Policy

Climate protection is closely related to the emission or generation of CO2 emissions. A significant proportion of the CO2 emissions of our products are already caused in the supply network by Scope 3 emissions (upstream). We therefore expect our suppliers to provide transparent and comprehensible information in this context. An overview of the required, standardized calculation of emissions is shown in the following document.

Carbon Footprint Calculation

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