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2020 Sustainability Report

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Building a
better future

In a world full of challenges, the most powerful tool is the engagement of all of us. At Hilti, we want to contribute to a more sustainable way of life – for a world that is less burdened by our impact, for better health and safety in construction, and for a more equitable society.  

Photo: Hilti: Dr. Christoph Loos, CEO

We want to run our business in a fundamentally more environmentally friendly way and with a more positive contribution to society.

Christoph Loos,
CEO

Our
sustainability
strategy

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Environment

Environment

Find out how we take responsibility for the environment.

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Society

Society

Find out how we fulfill our corporate and social responsibility.

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People

People

Find out how we take responsibility for our customers and employees.

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Strategy

Strategy

Securing long-term success through a business strategy that values ecological, people and social aspects equally with economic factors.

Photo: Hilti: Interview with the Executive Board Christoph Loos, Michèle Frey-Hilti and Peter Rupp

Let’s
talk

An interview with Christoph Loos,
Michèle Frey-Hilti and Peter Rupp

THE INTERVIEW

2020 Highlights

  • 2023
    CO2 target

    We are committed to being climate neutral by 2023 (related to Scope 1 and 2 emissions and business travel).

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  • 25.5%

    of Hilti’s workforce are women – the female share has thus increased by more than one third since 2010. 

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  • > 120

    charitable projects were supported by our employees worldwide.

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  • CIR­Celligence

    We have made circularity quantifiable.

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  • CHF
    28.7 million 

    was the sum invested in Hilti Foundation social projects.

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  • ~12,000

    users worldwide were trained on health and safety in construction.

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Selected worldwide projects

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Modernization of our global vehicle fleet

Modernization of our global vehicle fleet

We want to convert our global vehicle fleet from gasoline and diesel engines to electric drives, natural gas and full hybrid vehicles.
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Exclusively purchase of green electricity in all our operating facilities

Exclusively purchase of green electricity in all our operating facilities

We have converted our electricity demand to renewable energy sources worldwide and thus obtain green electricity at all locations.
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Further recycling of returned Hilti equipment by using spare parts

Further recycling of returned Hilti equipment by using spare parts

We have meaningfully reused returned Hilti fleet tools after their first service life.
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Virtual event series “Care and Perform during challenging times”

Virtual event series “Care and Perform during challenging times”

In 2020, we created the virtual series of events “Care and Perform during challenging times”.
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Hilti Foundation Engagement in Economic Empowerment

Hilti Foundation Engagement in Economic Empowerment

The activities of the Hilti Foundation focus on East Africa, because poverty there is disproportionally high in rural regions.
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Hilti Foundation Engagement in Affordable Housing & Technology

Hilti Foundation Engagement in Affordable Housing & Technology

The Hilti Foundation believes that a safe home is the basis for the positive development of every human being.
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Helping hands for children

Helping hands for children

Every year, our team in the UK supports various initiatives of the organization “WellChild” ...
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With head, heart and muscle power

With head, heart and muscle power

Together with the St. Louis organization “Rebuilding Together”, Hilti employees in the United States ...
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#insiemesempre – stick together

#insiemesempre – stick together

Especially at the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Italy was one of the hardest hit countries.
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A real team – how we support each other at Hilti

A real team – how we support each other at Hilti

The COVID-19 pandemic affects everyone worldwide. And in our global workforce, too, employees suddenly find themselves ...
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Project location
Further locations

Belgium

Modernization of our global vehicle fleet

Europe
Modernization of our global vehicle fleet

About the project

We want to convert our global vehicle fleet from gasoline and diesel engines to electric drives, natural gas and full hybrid vehicles. We are already looking for such an alternative for more than 50 percent of our global vehicle fleet – in excess of 7000 vehicles. We will gradually change these in the context of expiring leasing contracts. In our lead market, we expect delivery of the first wave of more than 60 battery-powered vehicles in the second quarter of 2021. The delivery of further batches of battery- powered and full hybrid vehicles is expected in the second half of the year. Thanks to the increasing availability of new car models with alternative drive systems and the improving charging infrastructure, we are confident that we will be able to implement this process more rapidly in other markets in the coming year.

In addition, this project was realised at other global locations:

Location: Modernization of our global vehicle fleet

Liechtenstein

Exclusively purchase of green electricity in all our operating facilities

Europe
Exclusively purchase of green electricity in all our operating facilities

About the project

We have converted our electricity demand to renewable energy sources worldwide and thus obtain green electricity at all locations. With more than 40,000 tons, this has had the largest self-initiated effect on our 2020 carbon footprint. We are also promoting the further expansion of green power plants with the contractually agreed purchase of green electricity from newer power plants, which came on the grid less than ten years ago. 

In addition, this project was realised at other global locations:

Location: Exclusively purchase of green electricity in all our operating facilities

France

Further recycling of returned Hilti equipment by using spare parts

Europe
Further recycling of returned Hilti equipment by using spare parts

About the project

We have meaningfully reused returned Hilti fleet tools after their first service life. Our team in France has pioneered the use of selected spare parts for reuse after repairs of Hilti fleet tools. In compliance with our high-quality standards, almost 30,000 spare parts have been recovered, which would otherwise have been recycled. This corresponds to more than five tons of valuable materials.

Liechtenstein

Virtual event series “Care and Perform during challenging times”

Europe
Virtual event series “Care and Perform during challenging times”

About the project

In 2020, we created the virtual series of events “Care and Perform during challenging times”, which deals intensively with the challenges and burdens of remote working. Specifically created for team leaders, the module “Leadership during challenging times” took place in parallel, in which aspects of virtual team leadership were discussed, among other things.

In addition, this project was realised at other global locations:

Location: Virtual event series “Care and Perform during challenging times”

Kenia

Hilti Foundation Engagement in Economic Empowerment

Africa
Hilti Foundation Engagement in Economic Empowerment

About the project

The activities of the Hilti Foundation focus on East Africa, because poverty there is disproportionally high in rural regions. Therefore, together with the aid organization Hand in Hand International, self-help groups have been established which are led by professional, local business coaches who share the knowledge that is fundamental for young entrepreneurs. These selfhelp groups create self-generated savings funds which, in turn, are given to individual members as microloans for necessary investments. The program has already yielded positive results: By the end of 2020, more than 11,000 new small businesses had been founded, which also helped create 10,000 additional jobs. 90 percent of participants who have completed the program are now able to earn a living above the poverty line.

Philippines

Hilti Foundation Engagement in Affordable Housing & Technology

Asia
Hilti Foundation Engagement in Affordable Housing & Technology

About the project

The Hilti Foundation believes that a safe home is the basis for the positive development of every human being and has therefore set itself the goal to provide sustainable support for those in need to improve their housing situation. The construction of homes for families in need started as a project in 2012 when Hilti engineers in the Philippines tested innovative construction technologies for all supporting elements of a building. To do so, they used bamboo, a construction material that is both sustainable and locally available. Bamboo not only withstands natural disasters; it is also less expensive than conventional construction materials. By 2018, nearly 800 houses had been built using bamboo and handed over to disadvantaged families. At the same time, a value chain began to emerge in the country, which ranged from bamboo harvesting and transportation through to processing which, in turn, created valuable jobs in vital rural regions.

Great Britain

Helping hands for children

Great Britain
Helping hands for children

About the project

Every year, our team in the UK supports various initiatives of the organization “WellChild”, with which we have been working since 2016. The same applies to the “Helping Hands” project: 200 dedicated Hilti employees build small playgrounds and adventure worlds for children with special needs. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, active engagement was unfortunately not possible in 2020. However, this did not prevent co-workers from making their contribution this year and supporting “WellChild” with a donation of GBP 20,000

GBP
20,000

were donated.

North America — USA

With head, heart and muscle power

USA
With head, heart and muscle power

About the project

Together with the St. Louis organization “Rebuilding Together”, Hilti employees in the United States worked to renovate and maintain homes where elderly people on low incomes live. In addition, Hilti USA contributed and donated over 100 tools.
 

>100
tools were donated.

Italy

#insiemesempre – stick together

Europe
#insiemesempre – stick together

About the project

Especially at the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Italy was one of the hardest hit countries. The Hilti team in Italy and their families worked on behalf of the “Croce Bianca” in Milan. Under the auspices of #insiemesempre, they launched a crowdfunding initiative to fund an ambulance, helping those who are fighting the virus day after day. A complete success – the employees raised a total of EUR 35,000 and were consequently able to make a significant contribution.
 

EUR
35,000

was collected by employees for the Croce Bianca Milano.

Liechtenstein

A real team – how we support each other at Hilti

Europe
A real team – how we support each other at Hilti

About the project

The COVID-19 pandemic affects everyone worldwide. And in our global workforce, too, employees suddenly find themselves in difficult situations. Sick family members, supply bottlenecks or suddenly closed borders – the disease has many effects. Additionally, government support is inadequate in some countries.

To support Hilti employees in this emergency-situation, colleagues in various Group divisions voluntarily waived part of their salary and reduced their working hours. Together with a contribution by the company, CHF 13.6 million was raised in a short time. Until now, more than 4000 employees have already benefited from these uncomplicated and fast aid payments. This is great proof of how we stick together in our team!
 

CHF
13.6 million

were collected in the Solidarity Fund.

In addition, this project was realised at other global locations:

Location: A real team – how we support each other at Hilti

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