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With the release today of its latest Sustainability Report, Swarovski reiterates its longstanding commitment to do business in a way that respects people and the planet. The report covers Swarovski’s work globally and focuses on the actions it has taken on the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issues at the heart of the company’s activities.
Responsibility is an integral part of Swarovski’s heritage, and has been an essential characteristic of the company since it was founded in the Austrian Alps in 1895. The report’s findings reflect the company’s CSR activities since the publication of its last Sustainability Report in 2013. Some of the key achievements highlighted in the 50-page report are summarised below.
Swarovski is committed to playing its part in environmental sustainability, including reducing carbon emissions, adopting renewable energy, and responsible water and waste management.
Across its production operations worldwide, the majority of the energy consumed (55%) is derived from renewable sources. In addition, Swarovski is continuously working to reduce water consumption within the company and to optimize its water treatment and recycling facilities. Each year since 2010, Swarovski has recycled 68% of the water used in its operations. The Swarovski Gemstones Business and the Swarovski US-based personalized jewelry business Chamilia also have both achieved Responsible Jewellery Council certification.
Swarovski’s abiding tradition of caring for people is a fundamental part of its approach to business. The company maximizes the impact of its worldwide community engagement activities through supporting long-term projects and partnerships.
The Swarovski Foundation was established in 2013 to build on the company’s history of philanthropy and giving, upheld by five generations of the Swarovski family. Through strategic charitable donation and stakeholder partnerships, the Swarovski Foundation focuses on supporting culture and creativity, promoting wellbeing and conserving natural resources.
The Swarovski Waterschool program teaches the next generation the best and most sustainable ways to use the planet’s most precious resource. Since it launched in 2000, the Swarovski Waterschool programme has reached 257,000 children, worked with more than 2,000 schools, and trained more than 8,700 teachers. In 2014, the Waterschools expanded to the Amazon basin in Brazil with a new programme that will reach 2,400 children in 105 schools by 2016.
Reflecting both the thousands of women that form the majority of the company’s workforce and the love that millions of women around the world have for the brand, Swarovski is proud to have signed the United Nations’ Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) in March 2014.
For more information about Swarovski’s efforts in Corporate Social Responsibility and to download the full report, please visit - www.swarovskigroup.com/csr
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Swarovski delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity. Founded in 1895 in Austria, Swarovski designs, manufactures and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones and created stones as well as finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. Now run by the fifth generation of family members, Swarovski Crystal Business has a global reach with approximately 2,560 stores in around 170 countries, more than 25,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.33 billion euros in 2014. Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2014, the Group generated revenue of about 3.05 billion euros and employed more than 30,000 people. A responsible relationship with people and the planet is an integral part of Swarovski’s heritage. The global Swarovski Waterschool education programme has reached 257,000 children on the world’s greatest rivers, and the Swarovski Foundation incorporated in 2013, works to support culture and creativity, promote wellbeing, and conserve natural resources to achieve positive social impact.
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