Every day we all try to live up to our responsibility to the environment and to society.


Sustainability Report published in
accordance with GRI G4 for the first time

91%(93%)

Customer satisfaction

>400

Environmental trainings within three different campaigns


43 building construction projects qualify for sustainability labels

Partnership
Implenia is helping the ETH Zurich to develop further expertise in construction and civil engineering: Prof. Dr. Lino Guzzella, President of the ETH Zurich, and Implenia’s CEO Anton Affentranger after the signing ceremony.
The gateway to Zurich North
Implenia is building the Andreasturm in Oerlikon for Swiss Federal Railways (SBB). The tower block has been awarded the “DGNB Platinum” certificate and is a pilot project for application of Implenia’s “Environmental Concept for Construction Sites”.
The most recent Sustainability Report shows the concrete results achieved in all five of the priority areas.
sustainability.implenia.com

 

 

Sustainability

Further significant progress 

  • New Sustainability Report published
  • Further reduction in CO2emissions
  • Active participation in development of Swiss-wide “SNBS” sustainable construction standard

Implenia continued to pursue its sustainability agenda vigorously in 2016. This chapter focuses on a few main points that reflect Implenia’s determination to live up to its responsibilities. For a full and systematic portrayal of the Group’s achievements and its goals for the future, please refer to the third Sustainability Report, which was published in August 2016 and covers the 2014/2015, period.

Every day we all try to live up to our responsibility to the environment and to society.


Sustainability Report published in
accordance with GRI G4 for the first time

91%(93%)

Customer satisfaction

>400

Environmental trainings within three different campaigns


43 building construction projects qualify for sustainability labels

Partnership
Implenia is helping the ETH Zurich to develop further expertise in construction and civil engineering: Prof. Dr. Lino Guzzella, President of the ETH Zurich, and Implenia’s CEO Anton Affentranger after the signing ceremony.
The gateway to Zurich North
Implenia is building the Andreasturm in Oerlikon for Swiss Federal Railways (SBB). The tower block has been awarded the “DGNB Platinum” certificate and is a pilot project for application of Implenia’s “Environmental Concept for Construction Sites”.
The most recent Sustainability Report shows the concrete results achieved in all five of the priority areas.
sustainability.implenia.com

 

The construction industry has a disproportionately large environmental and social impact. Even though it only employees about 7 percent of the Swiss workforce and contributes 5 percent to overall economic value creation, it accounts for 30 percent of domestic greenhouse gas emissions, 40 percent of the country’s energy consumption and half the waste. Consequently, the construction sector has a huge responsibility to act sustainably. As Switzerland’s leading construction company, Implenia takes this responsibility seriously.

Five priorities for sustainability

Megatrends like mobility, the transition to alternative energy sources, urban sprawl and resource shortages, demand sustainable responses. Back in 2009, therefore, Implenia launched its sustainability initiative, which identified five priorities.

Attractive working environment

Implenia has stepped up its commitment to education and research. At the beginning of 2016, it signed up to a strategic partnership on innovative and industrial construction with the ETH Zurich. New research findings will feed directly into concrete process optimisations along the entire value chain of a construction project. At the heart of the agreements is the financial support Implenia is providing for an assistant professorship at the Institute for Construction and Infrastructure Management, part of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering. Implenia is supporting this chair for six years with a total ring-fenced contribution of CHF 2.4 million. The academics who benefit from the funding will have complete freedom in their research, teaching and publications.

Implenia wants to be an attractive employer and works hard to protect the health of its employees and ensure their safety. Investment in health and safety at work has been increased still further in recent years, and the number of occupational accidents has been reduced substantially – from 86 per 1,000 full-time positions to 77. The aim is to cut the number of occupational accidents to below 75 by 2017.

Sustainable products and services

Implenia applies strict sustainability criteria when executing construction jobs, and in particular when developing its own projects. It also demands that its suppliers act sustainably, and in 2015/2016 it professionalised its supplier management process accordingly. Another area of focus has been active collaboration on the Swiss-wide “SNBS” sustainable construction standard. Customer satisfaction has remained pleasingly stable: 9 out of 10 clients are satisfied and would recommend Implenia to others.

Implenia’s target for 2016/2017 is to roll out its sustainability strategy to international locations, and to base the projects it develops itself on the SNBS standard. The Group uses sustainability criteria to audit its main suppliers, and defines and implements binding sustainability criteria for civil engineering and infrastructure projects.

Respect for the environment

Implenia has set itself ambitious environmental targets. The company is particularly keen to increase its energy efficiency and in so doing cut its CO2emissions and consumption of resources. In the last two years, CO2emissions have been cut by more than 8 percent in absolute terms, and by 1.2 percent relative to revenue. This reduction is in part thanks to environmental protection measures such as the refurbishment of the Ecublens surfacing plant, the installation of photovoltaic systems at workshops in western Switzerland, and the use of low-emission concrete in the construction of the Nant de Drance pumped storage power plant in the Valais.

Implenia Switzerland aims to cut its CO2emissions relative to revenue by even more in 2017 in order to achieve the targeted 5 percent reduction compared to 2015. This will require the company to use more hydroelectricity. All non-renewable energy consumption and flight-related emissions are compensated through off-set schemes. Implenia has a standardised environmental strategy for its construction sites. Its international units will also record their CO2emissions in future, and use the findings to develop their own operational reduction measures.

Social commitment and compliance

Implenia’s “Code of Conduct” provides binding guidelines that cover all of the Group’s activities. The Code sets out principles for dealing with customers, business partners and employees. The Group also reviewed its sustainability priorities with the help of external stakeholders. As part of its social programme, Implenia worked with sheltered workshops, and sponsored cultural and sporting events. The 2014/2015 Sustainability Report was produced for the first time in accordance with the latest Global Reporting Initiative guidelines (GRI G4 content).

In 2017, Implenia aims to introduce a Group-wide compliance management system and set up a Compliance Committee to undertake systematic risk assessments. Regular dialogue with political, business and social bodies will be continued in Switzerland and established in the newer markets.

Financial excellence

Implenia aims to create sustainable financial value through its business activities. The Group continually focuses its structures and processes on market requirements. It maintains its entrepreneurial freedom by striking a healthy balance between opportunity and risk. The “One Company” model facilitates effective Group-wide cooperation and brings together the business’s wide range of capabilities.

Turning to the “Financial Excellence” priority, in 2016/2017 Implenia is establishing and harmonising financial management processes and tools across the Group. It is also focusing on improving results, increasing customer satisfaction, bringing greater transparency to large-scale projects, and strengthening its internal control system (ICS).

Sustainability Reports

2010/2011

The Group made sustainability part of its strategy and defined its five priorities in 2009. Implenia’s first Sustainability Report appeared two years later. This first report set out the goals that Implenia had formulated for each priority and established the future direction of travel

2012/2013

In its 2012/2013 Sustainability Report, Implenia was able to describe the initial progress it had made in all five priority areas. These included: the launch of account management, consistent application of the Group’s own “GeNaB” sustainability assessment tool, the first Group-wide management programme “Winning the Future”, implementation of a data collection and analysis tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the introduction of an e-learning tool for the “Code of Conduct“, and the establishment of a risk management organisation.

2014/2015

The most recent Sustainability Report shows the concrete results achieved in all five of the priority areas. Implenia will continue to push the sustainability initiative as a central component of its strategy, and will continue to take its responsibility to the environment and society very seriously.