Corporate Responsibility: responsibility at Festo as a family-owned company

Corporate Responsibility

Responsibility concerns us all.

“Responsible conduct. Healthy growth. Across generations“. Our corporate responsibility is in line with this dictum. Because as a family-owned company, we think sustainably and act with a sense of responsibility.

Our Corporate Responsibility report

Festo Corporate Responsibility report

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Our fields of activity

Targeted commitment

Wherever we do business, we want to contribute to sustainable development. In order to focus our actions, we’ve defined fields of activity within which we can make a contribution where major social challenges are concerned.

Fields of activity for Corporate Responsibility

Our six fields of activity reflect our commitment to education and knowledge, as well as technology and innovation, and are targeted at reducing negative effects on humankind and the environment, and making positive impacts. We want to constantly improve ourselves and be at the forefront within these six fields of activity.

In doing so we influence our own company – described here as the “Festo footprint”. But above all, this applies to the effects felt by our customers Because we have tremendous leverage in this regard with our innovative products, solutions and services, as well as qualification, training and consulting.

Our understanding

Our understanding of sustainable development

The Festo group is aligned to a global mission statement specifying sustainable development. According to this mission statement, development is only sustainable if it meets the needs of today’s generation without putting those of future generations at risk.

Values and mission

As a family-owned company, we’re particularly aware of this long-term responsibility. We’re distinguished by the fact that we think across generations. Our action is determined by our values: we’re ambitious, determined, visionary, appreciative and responsibly minded.

In accordance with our mission, we see ourselves as a “driving force in the field of industrial automation” and face up to global challenges. Thanks to Festo Didactic, we’re a global leader in industrial basic and further training. In everything we do, we bear in mind the need to reconcile the interests of the environment, society and the economy.

Corporate Responsibility (CR) and Corporate Educational Responsibility (CER)

We refer to our contribution to sustainable development as Corporate Responsibility (CR). We’re guided by the expectations which are placed upon us, above all by our customers, employees and shareholders. We identify the key challenges for industrial automation and define corresponding fields of activity with clear objectives.

We call the contribution we make in the field of education and knowledge Corporate Educational Responsibility (CER). All over the world, education is the basis for a worthwhile future. This is why Festo consistently invests in the sustainability of education systems.

Our dictum in detail

“Responsible action” expresses the concept that we want to grow within a planned, responsible framework. It’s based on a value-oriented way of working together.

“Healthy growth” means remaining financially “healthy” as a family-owned company and promoting and maintaining the health of our employees as well.

“Across generations” stands for enduring as a family-owned company across generations. We keep an eye on our next-generation customers and employees.

The Blue Competence initiative

We’re a partner to the Blue Competence sustainability initiative. Blue Competence is an initiative of the VDMA targeted at promoting sustainability in the machinery and equipment manufacturing sector, and at spreading the word about sustainable solutions within the industry. Our commitment to comply with the twelve guiding principles for sustainability in machinery and equipment manufacturing goes hand-in-hand with our partnership.

The guiding principles for sustainability in machinery and equipment manufacturing (PDF)