To date, the international rating agency EcoVadis has evaluated 100,000 companies in over 175 countries and from more than 200 industries. The four areas of environment, labor and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement are closely scrutinized every year. Fronius, a family-owned company based in Upper Austria, was able to improve on last year's performance and win gold for the first time this year. This puts Fronius in the top 5 percent of the most sustainable companies in the industry.
"We live sustainability, you can feel it every day in our actions and our joint commitment. Every contribution, no matter how small it may seem, lays an important foundation stone - for future generations and a future we can be proud of. The EcoVadis award is both a big step in the right direction and a big inspiration. We want to get even better, so the journey continues," says Katrin Helmberger, Head of Corporate Sustainability.
The best example of a future-oriented sustainability strategy: Fronius has succeeded in phasing out natural gas and can now operate all its manufacturing sites in Austria without fossil fuels. By investing in the gas phase-out, the company is able to save more than 2.9 GWh of natural gas compared to the previous year at the Sattledt, Thalheim, Pettenbach and Steinhaus sites alone. This corresponds to the gas consumption of around 73 single-family homes or 73 metric tons of CO2 equivalent. In addition, the photovoltaic systems installed on the roofs currently already generate an in-house output of 4 MWp, and the electricity purchased is 100% certified green electricity.