Schwalbe’s four pillars of responsibility reflect our obligation to act in a more environmentally friendly manner and with greater awareness.

The Schwalbe CSR approach

For us, CSR means us creating social, ecological and economic added value – for ourselves and for future generations.

CSR is an important element in our system of corporate governance and is included in all decisions made. We adopt a holistic approach when it comes to commitment: we incorporate both our supply chain and various social aspects with regard to our company locations and products. All our actions are guided by carefully identified Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations.

CSR in Schwalbe corporate governance

As a family business in the bicycle industry, it is both our job and our duty to make the bicycle socially responsible and environmentally friendly. It is the aim of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy to promote ecofriendly, healthy and emission-free mobility on the bicycle.

With our CSR activities we are actively driving the responsible handling of resources. In this context we aim to establish a full circular economy, support diversity, equality and inclusion in our company and encourage fair pay and working conditions throughout our supply chain.

We regularly review our performance, set ourselves new ambitious goals and develop innovative approaches to further strengthen our company’s social and ecological responsibility. In doing so, we work closely together with internal and external stakeholder groups.

With Schwalbe’s four pillars of responsibility, we have defined four strategic fields of action in our CSR policy: products, the company, our supply chain and social (commitment). These fields of action are an integral part of our commitment, designed to ensure our success in the long term and create added value for all of our stakeholders.

Schwalbe’s four pillars of responsibility

We act as leaders in the development of ecofriendly products and as pioneers in introducing innovative recycling systems – plus we take on responsibility for the next generations. We also try to make a positive contribution to and minimise the amount of negative impact in the up- and downstream value chains .

In order to further develop our CSR, we have set ourselves ambitious targets in relation to Schwalbe’s four pillars of responsibility. This is how we ensure that we can achieve positive impact and global success in the long term.

Four pillars – targets

As pioneers at product and CSR level, we are convinced that CSR is an ongoing transformation process and that we can always do better. We are constantly working on achieving these goals and developing new campaigns and initiatives to drive positive change.

We support the UN’s SDGs

Schwalbe is actively committed to helping to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations. In our corporate strategy we focus on the SDGs that best tie in with our company mission and core areas of expertise. Essentially, these are SDGs 7, 8, 9, 12, 13 and 15.

International climate finance / contribution

For the year 2022 Schwalbe has purchased emission certificates for the emissions calculated for 2021 and thus made valuable investments in climate and development projects in Indonesia and Vietnam. The purchase of these certificates is not offset against Schwalbe’s emissions inventory but instead contributes to achieving the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in the respective countries. These are pledges countries make to help protect the climate and promote sustainable development.