Society

The vacuum specialist Schmalz received an award for the “Best Innovation System” in German industry. From the left: Walter Dunkmann, Head of Business Development for Vacuum Components, Dr. Kurt Schmalz, Managing Director, Hendrik Bittenbinder, Head of Marketing Communications

Schmalz is also committed to society and the local community. The company engages its employees in social activities and encourages them to be active in their private lives.

Several typing drives in the company have enabled employees to register free of charge in the German bone marrow donor database. Employees also took part in the 2015 “Christmas in a shoe box” campaign, in support of children in need around the world.

Trainees also help Schmalz to extend its social commitment into the community on a regular basis. In the summer of 2015, they built two stone changing rooms in the open-air natural swimming pool in Glatten. This work was a part of Schmalz’s participation in the sustainable business initiative of the state of Baden-Württemberg (WIN). Each year, Schmalz supports a local cause within the WIN project. The Kindergarten in Glatten also received active help from Schmalz trainees in a recent renovation project. The trainees created new play walls for the child care center Schmalz Kinderwelt.

Schmalz’s social engagement also includes providing financial support to local clubs and public institutions, in the form of sponsoring club and student newspapers, as well as more general sponsorship activities. Instead of giving gifts to its business partners, Schmalz traditionally donates to the German Cystic Fibrosis Association to support research and the advancement of therapy in the field of cystic fibrosis.

Engagement in Interest Groups and Networks

Schmalz represents its conviction and commitment to sustainability far beyond its company. Therefore Schmalz is member of various committees, interest groups, best practice groups and networks.

Economic initiative lastingness

Schmalz has been a member of the Business Initiative for Sustainability since 2010. This also includes participation in the advisory council of the federal state government for sustainable development and membership in the sustainability conference of the federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. In May 2014, Schmalz was one of the first companies to sign the WIN Charter.

 

 

Climate Protection Companies

Schmalz is part of the Climate Protection Companies group since 2010. This excellence initiative sponsored by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and the German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) honors companies for their climate protection efforts and operational energy efficiency.

Economy Pro Climate

Schmalz has been part of the ”Economy Pro Climate” initiative since 2013. With the publication of best practice examples from various business areas, members from other companies are providing valuable tips for the implementation of climate and environmental protection measures.

Schmalz also works closely with institutes. Especially in the development of new technologies and products the experiences within the network is a valuable asset. There are numerous educational partnerships with colleges and universities in which students actively participate in business projects of Schmalz. Thus, the students are already learning to deal with the acquired knowledge in a practical way during their studies. Schmalz benefits primarily from latest trends and imaginative impulses.