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Everything we create today will influence
generations to come. CWS wants to
contribute to a clean, sustainable tomorrow.
Find out what we already do today in our
new Sustainability Report 2021/22.
The CWS Group receives the EcoVadis Gold Rating, placing it in the top 5 percent of companies of comparable size and industry. Compared to last year, CWS rose from silver to gold. EcoVadis provides a platform where ESG criteria for companies are reviewed and evaluated and thus made comparable. ESG refers to environmental, social and corporate governance. ESG assessments examine and evaluate corporate social and environmental responsibility.
The EcoVadis assessment process queries a large number of projects and their status, which is then converted into an evidence-based assessment with easy-to-read score cards. Based on the score, i.e. the final score achieved, the organisation then assigns its ratings. It identifies both strengths and areas for improvement within the organisation.
The Japanese expression "Kaizen" means "to improve continuously". CWS uses this method from lean management to identify problems and optimise processes.
See in our video how we put Kaizen into practice at our Swiss site in Glattbrugg.
Read our new Sustainability Report to find out what we are doing for a healthier and safer future already today, how our workwear gets a new lease of life on the catwalk, and how CWS fares in our first ever complete Corporate Carbon Footprint.
Click to read or download the PDF.
At CWS, we act enkelfähig. As part of our parent company Haniel's enkelfähig initiative, our circular business model contributes to a healthier and safer future.
At CWS, we transfer Enkelfähigkeit into our overarching sustainability strategy Think Circular and create value for generations by linking economic success to value-oriented action. For us, sustainability and profitability are closely linked. We do business in a way that is generation-friendly and thus enkelfähig.
For a healthier and safer future. Starting today.
We want our sustainable products to account for more than 90 percent of our new business by 2025.
By the same year, we also want to have converted our supply chains to sustainability and transparency; among other things, 100% of our suppliers from risk countries are to be audited.
By 2030, we aim to reduce CO2e by 50% in our logistics and laundry operations.
We offer our products in a service cycle and continue to use them sensibly even after their useful service life.
We are reducing our environmental and social footprint in all our processes.
The health of our employees is our top priority along with the professional development and inclusion of all talents and perspectives.
As a service provider, we keep our products in circulation for a long time. This means that their durability and sustainable design are particularly vital. With the enkelfähig rating, we do even more: We put our products to the test, evaluating and quantifying their sustainability.
At CWS, we want to be sure that our product and service portfolio is in line with our approach to sustainability: being able to realise a truly all-encompassing sustainable offering that contributes to a healthier, safer future.
One measure which takes us even closer to achieving this goal is the enkelfähig rating. From dust control mats to dungarees to soap dispensers, we put our products under close scrutiny in terms of biodiversity, climate change, circularity, innovation, health & safety, and profitability throughout their entire lifecycle. These criteria allow us to rate them according to their Enkelfähigkeit – a guiding sustainability principle of our parent company Haniel. A principle we take extra seriously: According to CWS' particularly strict take on enkelfähig, only those products achieving a score of 3.5 or higher are rated as sustainable, which goes beyond Haniel's specification of a score of 3.
To date, we have rated more than 90 per cent of our hygiene and workwear portfolio, and we are using our insights to help us develop even more sustainable products in the future. Our customers and partners can thus rest assured that the choices they make also contribute to a future worth living.
What does circular economy look like at CWS and what does circularity mean for us? Find out in our Think Circular clip.
More colourful and better: diversity and inclusion at CWS
Diversity and inclusion are a matter of great discussion throughout society. CWS is also actively working to strengthen diversity within the company. After CWS put the topic of diversity & inclusion on the management agenda internally, the company already took the next logical step: CWS signed the "Diversity Charter" in Germany. All other country organisations will follow. This is an official commitment by CWS to consistently promote diversity and inclusion throughout the company.
"We want to create a working environment in which every single person, regardless of their gender, age, nationality, religion, disability or sexual orientation, is valued and can play to their full strengths. I am convinced that diversity is a good breeding ground for innovation and top performance," said Jürgen Höfling, CEO of the CWS Group.
This process is driven by the Diversity & Inclusion Council - CWS understands diversity as the integration of different perspectives, i.e. across all aspects of diversity. This is not about quotas or rules, but rather about valuing every single perspective.
Climate analysis confirms: workwear in the rental service reduces CO2 emissions
Workwear in the rental service contributes to climate protection with its active circular economy – that was the finding of the Circular Advantage Study conducted by the CWS Group in collaboration with the consultancy firm sustainable thinking in 2020. On average, the rental service cuts greenhouse gas emissions by around 50% (including transport).
Read more here.
Together protecting our values: The CWS Compliance HelpLine
The CWS Compliance HelpLine enables CWS suppliers and clients to confidentially inform about irregular and unethical behavior as well as compliance breaches.
Find more information here.
At CWS, we work every day for a healthier and safer future. In doing so, we are guided by the official sustainability goals of the United Nations, also known as Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
The UN formulates a total of 17 political development goals, which are divided into the three areas of economy, ecology and social affairs. This division is intended to ensure that all relevant levels of sustainability are taken into account. At CWS, we support this holistic approach with a wide range of activities.
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
At CWS, we believe that diversity is a critical component of a vibrant, productive company culture and enriches each and every one of our teams. That's why we work strategically with our Diversity Board to strengthen diversity throughout the company.
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Clean water is indispensable for the health of people and nature. That is why we take a variety of measures to reduce the use of environmentally harmful chemicals in washing processes and minimise our fresh water consumption by all means. For example by:
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
For us, the focus is always on people. That is why we work on the satisfaction of our employees as well as that of our customers. We check that social standards in the supply chain and compliance rules are adhered to. We favour the diversity of our workforce and promote the talent, health and safety of all the people who work for us.
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Our business model is based on the idea of a continuous and consistent circular economy. We are continuously working on making our products more and more sustainable while maintaining the same performance and extending their service life with constant quality. Following the Circular Economy approach, we already think about the entire life cycle during development.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
We are actively involved in the fight against climate change. We are continuously reducing our CO2 emissions and energy consumption. With our circular business model, we also help to conserve other resources.
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
The health of our environment depends on intact ecosystems. With our sustainable products and diverse efforts along the value chain, we contribute to protecting our land ecosystem.
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
At CWS, we always have the big picture in mind. With sustainable products, we can create added value for the customer and at the same time drive positive development for people and the environment. We also look at our supply chains and work to achieve fair working conditions and minimal environmental impact.
One for all.
Many people are familiar with our dust control mats, as well as our towel and soap dispensers. But at CWS, we also optimise your washroom, create fire safety concepts, as well as designing and cleaning business attire. These are just some of our solutions and your possibilities. We work for people in a wide variety of industries, advising, planning, checking, repairing, sorting, washing, documenting, etc. We do it with pleasure. And in a sustainable way.