April 24th, 2020

Driving sustainability with ambition: Sauber Group launches a new environmental and community strategy

From carbon offsetting to tangible interventions in the community, building on previous strengths to reach ambitious objectives in the future: the Sauber Group of Companies unveiled a new sustainability strategy that will drive the philosophy of its organisation for the decade to 2030.

One of the first Formula One teams to be fully carbon neutral, as early as 2011, the Sauber Group of Companies, which is composed of three entities – Sauber Motorsport AG, which operates the Formula One team; Sauber Engineering AG, which focuses on prototype development and additive manufacturing; and Sauber Aerodynamik AG, which conducts full- and model-scale testing in the factory’s state-of-the-art wind tunnel and creates ground-breaking innovations in the field of aerodynamics – has been at the forefront of the drive for sustainability for nearly a decade.

The company has implemented numerous initiatives to reduce its environmental impact and foster positive changes within communities. Among the past and current initiatives, the Group has participated in:

  • Powering the Hinwil headquarters with renewable energy generated on site;
  • Fully offsetting the team’s CO2 emissions, including employee flights, through reforestation and forest protection projects;
  • Creating one of the biggest photovoltaic parks in Switzerland, situated above our staff parking generating enough energy to power over 40 households for a year;
  • Renewing the company’s vehicle fleet to reduce emissions;
  • Applying ISO 14001 norms to all waste and recycling processes;
  • Segregating trackside pit consumables for recycling and food waste for conversion to energy or donation to local charities;
  • Helping raise more than CHF 250,000 for official charities (Save the Children);
  • Promoting diversity within the workforce, with more than 40 nationalities represented among the employees.

The new strategy, which centres on the two parallel pillars of environmental protection and community development, is in line with the ambitious but sustainable goals presented by the sport of Formula One to become a net-zero carbon sporting spectacle by 2030 and to promote positive developments in the communities hosting Grand Prix events.

The Sauber Group, working alongside partners such as carbon-connect (reforestation programmes, carbon offsetting), ABB (e-mobility and energy efficiency) and Save the Children (community projects), furthered its objectives of carbon neutrality and social development by switching to renewable energy sources for its facilities and by implementing internal policies promoting social inclusivity and diversity. The measures taken so far, as well as those planned for the decade leading to 2030, will also contribute to the goals of sustainable development as expressed in the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Frédéric Vasseur Vasseur, CEO Sauber Group of Companies: “The Sauber Group doesn’t exist in a bubble, but it is part of the cultural, social and environmental fabric of our region and the wider world. Social and ecological responsibility have always played an important part of our corporate culture – we have tangible results to show for our efforts so far. More needs to be done, however, and we welcome Formula One’s commitment to join us as our company raises the stakes and embarks on a mission to make our business fully sustainable.”

The announcement of the Sauber Group’s new sustainability strategy also coincides with the launch of a new section of the company’s website, outlining the Group’s commitment to the environment and the communities in interacts with: www.sauber-group.com/sustainability