Together with our Business Partners, we face at the tasks of the topic sustainability to transfer and implement the common concept into the supply chain. We coordinate our strategy and the resulting sustainability goals, measures and indicators with the sustainability division and develop customer-oriented solutions. Our ambition is to develop a transparent supply chain. Thereby risks throughout the value-added process gets minimized and thus we meet the requirements of our customers and stakeholders
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our Energy Policy describes the principles of responsible usage of energy resources. This also includes the implementation of an energy management system, which ensures a continuous improvement of energy performance in the company.
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.
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.
The use of contractors at locations of the Schaeffler Group requires clearly defined rules for entrepreneurial responsibility and resulting tasks based on legislation pertaining to the prevention of mutual endangerment.
The regulations in this procedure serve to ensure that accidents and damage are prevented when contractors (service providers) work with companies of the Schaeffler Group as well as with other contractors.