According to our leading principle "to live material", we design a world in which future generations will still be comfortable. This is particularly reflected in the sustainability based on which we produce our products. We pursue an integrated approach that is relevant for us in an economic, ecological and social sense. We prove that we live this approach in many different areas of our company.
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We consistently and above-averagely invest in best environmental technologies in all sites. This way, we regularly undercut benchmark values in the area of emissions of our factories, and actively contribute to health and climate protection.
We acquire our raw materials in our quarries, sand and gravel pits that are a habitat for plants and animals at the same time. Therefore, we already create habitats for pioneering and other very rare animals and plants, e.g. in our migrating biotope concept, even while producing rock. Additionally, we apply further measures to protect and support rare and endangered species and communities in the scope of our biodiversity projects, such as re-introduction of the partridge.
Industrial safety and health protection are the highest priority for us. This applies to our employees and to everyone who is present on our operating premises.
The introduction of a management system for industrial safety and health protection has enabled us to successfully create the prerequisites for this. As part of our operational health management, we also sustainably support the physical and psychological health of our employees.
Compliance with statutory and authority requirements is only the minimum for us.
We take it one step further.
We practice sustainability in all areas of our value-added chain. Convince yourself:
We are the leader in secondary fuel use in Germany, thus protecting fossil fuels.
For every kg cement, we emit less than 0.6 kg CO2 when producing cement. This way, we produce specifically less CO2 than, e.g., most of the popular foods.
We are constantly shortening our concrete transport routes through continuous site optimization. For example, the average transport route in 2020 at SCHWENK Beton Stuttgart's Westbahnhof plant was approx. 11.5 km. This allows us to protect resources and reduce CO2 emissions.
On average, Germany has 0.03 plant species per area of 100 ha. Our quarries have 275 plant species. Our quarries therefore are a hot spot of biodiversity.
More than 90% of the cement silo vehicles we use meet Euro 5 and 6. We take environmentally compatible transports seriously.
The settlement and traffic area is this much higher as compared to the area share used for stone production in Germany. The area share for raw stone production in Germany is only 0.0036% at the moment (source: BGR)
Our concrete residue is completely re-used. It is used, among others, to build concrete blocks, Easter Bunnies, Santa Clauses, vases …
fresh concrete recycling and hardened concrete recycling are implemented consistently by us!
More than 60% of our companies are certified to "Sicher mit System" (systematically safety) already. Industrial safety is a big thing for us.
An employee spends 1/3 of his working life with SCHWENK on average. Our average time in the operation is approx. 15.1 years
Work at SCHWENK is fun and fulfilling. This is reflected by our low fluctuation rate of <5%