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Sustainability Report

Company Sustainability

in brief

The globally active Swiss company HUBER+SUHNER develops and produces components and system solutions for electrical and optical connectivity. The company serves the three main markets – industry, communication and transportation – with applications from the three technologies of radio frequency, fiber optics and low frequency. HUBER+SUHNER products excel in performance, quality, reliability and long service lives – even under the most demanding conditions. Through a global production network, combined with subsidiaries and representatives in over 80 countries, the company is close to its customers worldwide.

Our journey to a more sustainable future

At HUBER+SUHNER, we have embarked on an exciting journey that will lead us and our stakeholders to a sustainable future. Guided by our ongoing commitment to the United Nations

Global Compact and its ten principles, this journey will take us forward step by step. However, we will never reach the point where we are satisfied, because we will commit ourselves to continuously setting new and more ambitious goals. All employees will have to do their best in their areas of responsibility if we want to make our journey successful.

On behalf of the Executive Group Management of HUBER+SUHNER,

Urs Ryffel
Chief Executive Officer

Performance highlights 2020

Scope 1+2 CO2



Absence rate due to sickness


Electricity from renewable ressources


Lost-time injuries per one million hour worked


Cases of corruption, bribery, conflict of interests reported or detected


333 000

spent on 118 community involvement and development projects

Average time
to closure of a customer



sustainable value

At the heart of the business of HUBER+SUHNER lies the aspiration to satisfy the basic human needs for communication, mobility, and security. With its innovative connectivity solutions, HUBER+SUHNER helps meet these needs by contributing to reliable communication, sustainable mobility, and responsible security.

With its products, the Group improves the effectiveness and efficiency of the overall value chain and supports innovations that contribute to a more sustainable development.

Company values

At HUBER+SUHNER, respect for people and cultivating an entrepreneurial spirit at every level are integral parts of the company’s commitment to being a hub of innovation and nurturing talent. A set of guiding values complements the company’s business and supports its employees. The five values are trust, care, passion, transparency, and accountability.


To maximise benefit for its customers, HUBER+SUHNER strives to understand customer requirements better than its competitors. The company must detect and align with market trends early and focus on selected growth initiatives to ensure the sustainable development of the Group. With efficient and durable products tailored to customers’ requirements, HUBER+SUHNER benefits its customers by building efficient systems that keep longevity and total cost of ownership in mind.

Business Model

Strategic pillars
of sustainability

For HUBER+SUHNER, there are two core aspects of sustainability. First, the company believes that when sustainability is an integral part of business, it drives financial performance, especially in the long term. With a proactive approach, long-term risks can be reduced, and the company’s resilience increased. Second, the importance of evaluating the company’s impacts on the environment and other stakeholders has risen in recent years. HUBER+SUHNER expects this trend to continue and aims to provide a comprehensive overview of its impacts, including an articulation of its stringent and holistic approach toward corporate responsibility.

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material topics

Focus topics

  • Sustainable growth
  • Leadership in core markets
  • Operational excellence
  • Leadership in technology and
  • Community involvement and
  • Human rights
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Attractive employer
  • Business ethics
  • Responsible procurement
  • Customer relations
  • Greenhouse gas emissions and
    climate change
  • Resource efficiency

score card

Sustainable growth in 2020

20% of net sales
from growth

By 2023

>33% of net sales
from growth

Greenhouse gas emissions and climate change

11 200 t CO2-eq in scope 1+2

By 2025

8400 t
CO2-eq in
scope 1+2¹

By 2030

0 t
CO2-eq in
scope 1+2²

Community involvement and development

333 000CHF donated to 118 community involvement and development projects

From 2022 onwards

500 000CHF
The company sets aside at least 0.5 % of the budgeted EBIT or 500 000 CHF³, whichever is higher, for community development projects as a matter of principle
  • Science-based target to support limiting global warming to 1.5 °C: 50 % reduction from 16 800 t CO2-eq in base year 2015
  • After reaching the science-based target in 2025, HUBER+SUHNER aims to further reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in scope 1+2 to zero by 2030.
  • The funds will be provided from the operating business as well as from the Huber + Suhner Foundation