First prize for Sulzer integrated reporting 2011
(November 09, 2012)
Sulzer was awarded the first prize for its corporate integrated reporting 2011 in November 2012. A research team of the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland conducted the country’s major independent sustainability reporting benchmark study. In this tenth benchmark study Sulzer scored 285 (90%) out of 317 points before Geberit and Bank Sarasin. The benchmark study included all publicly available reporting material and channels to quantitatively and qualitatively analyze a corporation’s sustainability reporting practices. The content of the assessment is closely aligned with the voluntary reporting guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). In 2012, Sulzer reached the highest possible grade, a GRI G3 A+, for its online sustainability report 2011.
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(July 26, 2011)
Sulzer has a high level of concern regarding the exploitation and the trade of conflict minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that help finance violent conflict in the eastern DRC and cause an emergency humanitarian situation. Conflict minerals include coltan (niobium, tantalum), cassiterite (tin), gold, and wolframite (tungsten) as well as associated refined metals that may directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the eastern DRC and surrounding regions. Armed conflict in those regions leads to both human rights violations and environmental damage.
In July 2010, new legislation was signed into US law, which pertains to the use of conflict minerals (Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act). This law may affect Sulzer’s supply chain.
Sulzer is committed to maintaining a socially and environmentally responsible supply chain and will therefore take all appropriate action to avoid illegal and unethical mineral sourcing in its products. In this regard, Sulzer requested and will continue to request written confirmation that the powders or products supplied by its vendors do not contain any conflict minerals (which are those minerals originating in the DRC or its surrounding countries). Sulzer also intends to comply with the principles set forth by the United Nations and US Congress.
Sulzer is currently not aware of the use of any conflict minerals in its products. If you have any concerns, please address your contact person at Sulzer or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
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Impact of the Situation in Japan
(April 15, 2011)
Following the recent disaster in Japan, we would like to express our deep compassion with the Japanese people.
Regarding our own exposure and the situation of our supply chain we have established an emergency group under the lead of Corporate. All information will be regularly updated and communicated accordingly to our stakeholders as the situation develops.
In connection with occurrences in Japan we have been contacted by several customers to clarify the impacts on the safety of Sulzer's products and our ability to supply. We can confirm at this stage that none of our locations have been directly impacted. Regarding our sub-suppliers we do not expect any critical impacts for the moment. If the stability of supply from any particular source should become an issue, we will inform all affected customers directly about the situation and the required actions.
In respect of radioactive contamination we carry out all the required controls, which include also regular controls of and instructions to our international transport carriers. If our customers require testing procedures which exceed the legal requirements, this will be handled as subject to individual and specific agreements.
Please understand that our responses to individual requests may need some time due to the fact that we want to consider each situation individually and accordingly. But be assured, we will do everything we possibly can to minimize any potential impact to your business operations.
For further questions in this respect please contact your contact person at Sulzer or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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