Success thanks to long-term perspective
For 210 years Bucher Industries’ success has been built on a corporate strategy with long-term orientation. The Group develops and manufactures acclaimed economical, state-of-the-art and environmentally sustainable machinery and equipment. The objective in defining a sustainability strategy is to ensure that this long-term perspective remains an active element of the core business of Bucher Industries in the future.
As part of its sustainability strategy the Group was already working with stakeholder groups such as employees, customers and shareholder representatives in 2015 to define various key topics as focal points in the area of sustainability. On this basis, four key issues were identified in 2016 as priorities for the core business. Specific sustainability goals for 2017 and 2018 were derived from the key issues.
The Group and divisions attach great importance to the Code of Conduct. At Group level, prevention of corruption and compliance with competition laws have been targets for many years now. The divisions concentrate on goals in two of the following three priority areas:
- Customer health and safety
- Impact of our machinery and systems on the environment
- Attracting and retaining diverse and highly qualified employees
The concrete activities and objectives of the Group and divisions are detailed in the attached Sustainability Report 2016.
Sustainability embedded in core business
Aspects of sustainability are taken into account in product development, infrastructure, and purchasing, as well as with regard to the general behaviour of employees. Kuhn Group, for example, as a manufacturer of agricultural sprayers for crop protection, focuses on responsible use of protectants. New technology leads to a nine-fold reduction of section overlap, thus preserving crops, soil and groundwater. The efficiency of the valves that Bucher Hydraulics integrates into electrically powered farm loaders effectively extends the vehicles’ operating time. Bucher Municipal transformed the sweeper market with a vehicle that operates with zero CO2 emissions and saves energy. As a manufacturer of glass-forming and inspection machinery, Bucher Emhart Glass focused on transferring its employees’ expertise to younger colleagues. Bucher Unipektin, a business unit of the Bucher Specials division, invested in improved safety for customers operating its fruit juice processing equipment.
Sustainability Report 2016
The Sustainability Report 2016 can be accessed via the following links or the Bucher Industries website. It shows how aspects of sustainability are put into practice in the Group’s day-to-day business:
Simply great machines
Bucher Industries is a global technology group with leading market positions in speciality areas of mechanical and vehicle engineering. The company's operations include specialised agricultural machinery, municipal vehicles, hydraulic components, manufacturing equipment for the glass container industry and for wine and fruit juice production, as well as automation technology. The group's shares are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange (SIX: BUCN).