Bringing sustainable development to life

All sustainable development decisions throughout the company are clear, transparent, and fully integrated across Schneider Electric. The voice of stakeholders is incredibly significant to us, so we enable and encourage ongoing and open dialogue.

Open
dialogue

Through comments, ratings, and evaluations, we gather — and listen to — stakeholder input. Open dialogue directly influences the Sustainable Development Department’s policies, programs, and actions. Such feedback is integrated throughout this report, as well as through Schneider Electric’s annual Registration Document, new progress plans throughout the company program, and the Planet & Society barometer. Many people matter to us. Clearly identifying stakeholders and their focused input helps us best engage in ongoing, fruitful dialogue.

Stakeholders include employees, shareholders, customers, partners, institutions, civil society, and more.

Stakeholder presence
and participation

Schneider Electric works with different local and international organizations and associations on economic, social, and environmental issues to foster sustainable development in cooperation with various players from society.

Where are we spreading the word

Sustainable Governance: World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), United Nations Global Compact, International Chamber of Commerce (Environmental Commission)

Energy/Energy Efficiency: Alliance to Save Energy, Clinton Climate Initiative, Green Grid,  The 2 °C Challenge Communiqué, eu.bac, Caring for Climate

Smart Grids: Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster, Grid Edge Executive Council, Fort Collins Cleantech Cluster, Tenerrdis Energy Cluster, Smart Energy Demand Coalition, Demand Response Advisory Team, Association for an Energy Efficient Economy, Smart grid project group of Capiel, Infrastructure task force of Orgalime, Smart grid task force of T&D Europe, and many others.

Smart Cities: Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster, Grid Edge Executive Council, Fort Collins Cleantech Cluster, Tenerrdis Energy Cluster, Smart Energy Demand Coalition, Demand Response Advisory Team, Association for an Energy Efficient Economy, Smart grid project group of Capiel, Infrastructure task force of Orgalime, Smart grid task force of T&D Europe, and many others.

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Access to Energy: Co-signatory of a white paper for the WBCSD on business solutions for access to energy for all, copilot of the “Low Carbon Electrification in Remote Areas” group, Sustainable Energy For All, Club ER, Alliance for Rural Electrification

Diversity: Signatory of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEP) of the United Nations

Social Policy: Observatoire Social International

Education: Training programme in energy management for disadvantaged people, in partnership with local vocational training centers and/or national or international NGOs

Ethics: Transparency International, Cercle éthique des affaires, Club Droits Humains (Human rights club) of Global Compact France, Entreprises pour les droits de l’homme (Companies for human rights).

Biodiversity: Livelihoods: Carbon offset fund for biodiversity and rural communities

Standardization: More than 500 experts actively participating in international and national standardization bodies

Philanthropy: IAVE (International Association for Volunteer Effort), Ashoka, ADMICAL (Association pour le développement du mécénat industriel et commercial, member of the European network CERES), IMS-Entreprendre pour la Cité, and more than 70 NGOs supported each year in over 35 countries

The voice of
shareholders

The Advisory Committee is the voice of Schneider Electric’s individual shareholders. The committee consists of up to eight independent volunteers appointed by Schneider Electric. The Advisory Committee meets three to four times per year to discuss various topics with a strong emphasis on the company’s strategy towards individual shareholders (enhancing communication material and defining dedicated events). The committee also plays a role in the Annual Shareholders Meeting as one of its members opens up the Q&A session with the Chairman and CEO.