Promoting sustainability

As a family-managed business, thinking and acting long-term are deeply ingrained in the Würth Group’s DNA. The Würth Group is committed to ensuring that future generations can also enjoy a good life on our planet. The Group has defined three fields of transformation on its path toward a circular economy: climate neutrality, material life cycles, and social standards.

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The solution is to provide a solid foundation for our system of values and our culture that is fair for future generations.

Bettina Würth, Chairwoman of the Advisory Board of the Würth Group

A global effort

With over 400 companies in more than 80 countries worldwide, the Würth Group is very well prepared to use innovative products, concepts, and projects to make the world a fairer place and to contribute to the 1.5 degree target set in the Paris Agreement. In line with the European Green Deal, the company supports the transition to a modern, resource-efficient, and competitive economy. The objective of the Green Deal is to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union to zero by 2050.

Sustainable Development Goals

At the same time, the Würth Group has always used the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN) as a guide. The 17 goals of the UN Agenda 2030 serve as the basis for shaping global economic progress in harmony with social justice and within the earth’s ecological limits. The core targets of the Würth Group are:

• Decent work and economic growth

• Industry, innovation, and infrastructure

• Sustainable consumption and production

• Climate protection measures


With many small individual projects, the Würth Group supports these UN goals, which together have a great impact. The following projects illustrate this:

1. No poverty
No poverty

The Würth Group currently employs more than 85,000 employees worldwide. By paying fair wages, the company ensures their secure livelihood. In addition, the Würth Group maintains a long-standing partnership with UNICEF to support children in need.

Zero hunger

The Group company Würth Elektronik Circuit Board Technology supports the WE MILL project, which enables indigenous women in India to build a sustainable livelihood by selling traditional cereals at markets.

3. Health & well-being

Since 1994, Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG has been supporting the health of all its employees with its “Fit with Würth" health management program. The goal is to raise the employees’ awareness for healthy living and working.

High-quality education

The Würth Foundation promotes projects in the fields of arts and culture, training and education, and science and research. The foundation also supports projects for the integration of people with disabilities.

Gender equality

By participating in Girls’ Day, several companies of the Würth Group support a career orientation project for girls. As a leading manufacturer of assembly and fastening materials, the Würth Group provides insights into the professions related to IT, the skilled trades, and technology and highlights career opportunities free from traditional role expectations.

Clean water and sanitary facilities

As water is a limited resource, the efficiency of water use needs to be improved significantly in all sectors. In order to keep industrial wastewater as pure as possible, the Group company REISSER Schraubentechnik, for example, has developed a passivation process that does not require hypophosphite. This prevents fish mortality and the overfertilization of plants and fields.

Affordable and clean energy

Globally, the share of renewable energies and energy efficiency need to be increased significantly in order to reach the target of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius as defined in the Paris Agreement. Many Würth Group companies have already partly or completely switched to solar, hydropower, geothermal, or wind energy.

Decent work and economic growth

Doing business in harmony with people and the environment is an essential cornerstone of Würth’s relationships with suppliers. Therefore, the Group has introduced a Group-wide Supplier Code of Conduct based on international standards, which obliges all suppliers to act responsibly.

Industry, innovation, and infrastructure

Reinhold Würth Innovation Center Curio in Künzelsau provides for more sustainability and innovation in the field of products. One focus of the research and development department based there is to incorporate sustainability and recyclability into the product design and testing of new, environmentally friendly materials.

Reduced inequalities

At the initiative of Carmen Würth, Würth has been supporting Special Olympics Germany—the German organization of the world’s largest sporting event for people with mental and multiple disabilities—since 2008. With Anne-Sophie Hotel-Restaurant in Künzelsau, Carmen Würth has created a place where people with and without disabilities have met as equal partners in their day-to-day work for almost 20 years.

Sustainable cities and communities

Modell Hohenlohe is a non-profit corporate network that promotes sustainability and environmental awareness in the Hohenlohe region. As a founding member, Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG is one of 130 companies that promote sustainable and future-oriented business in their own region.

Responsible consumption and production

Closing climate-neutral material cycles is essential for decoupling economic growth from resource consumption. Therefore, as part of a pilot project, Würth-Additive Group Inc. is testing the use of recycled plastics for the production of filaments for 3D printing.

Climate action

Combating climate change goes beyond a company’s own premises and production activities. That is why the Group company Würth Elektronik Turkey plants a tree for every order of electrical components, thus supporting a reforestation project. With the aim of growing a climate-stable mixed forest in the region, the employees of Würth MODYF planted more than 1,000 trees in cooperation with “Deutschland forstet auf” (Germany reforests).

Life below water

More than 150 million tons of plastic waste are floating in our oceans. Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG teamed up with CleanHub to collect plastic waste before it reaches the earth’s most valuable ecosystem: the oceans. The used plastic is gathered by women working in self-help groups in Mattannur, India, and is recycled in a second step.

Life on land

Among others, the Group companies WASI GmbH, Schmid Schrauben, and baier & michels have made it their mission to protect their own terrestrial ecosystems. They promote biodiversity on their own premises with flower meadows, hives, insect hotels, and lavender fields.

Peace, justice, and strong institutions

In order to send a signal of peace and reconciliation, the Würth Group supports Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgraberfürsorge e. V. (German War Graves Commission). This commission also launched the PEACE LINE project in 2020 to promote international encounters, understanding, and European cooperation.

Partnerships for the goals

The Würth Group is one of the 45 companies and corporations that were selected to support the “Vision 2045” campaign with its own video contribution. The central theme of Vision 2045 is the fight against climate change and the contribution that companies make to achieving the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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