Sustainability

Social and Corporate Commitment at Wienerberger

We conduct our business responsibly and support initiatives worldwide: read more about Wienerberger’s social and corporate commitments.

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Christine Vieira Paschoalique

Christine Vieira Paschoalique

Corporate Sustainability Officer

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Social and Corporate Commitment

As a successful international company, Wienerberger bears substantial responsibility. Our action is based on clear ethical principles and follows fixed compliance guidelines. We are engaged in numerous social projects and initiatives. We support disadvantaged people with donations – in particular, we provide help in every region in which we are active.

Principles for social and corporate commitment

We take our role as responsible members of the economy very seriously. At Wienerberger, responsibility means acting ethically, communicating honestly, shaping the economic environment transparently and acting as a valuable member of society. We consider the economy to be an integrated part of society that should serve the people and provide them with benefits. 

By signing the UN Global Compact in 2003, we committed ourselves to implementing the ten principles of human rights, labour standards, environmental protection and the fight against corruption. Two years before that, the Managing Board of Wienerberger AG and the Chairman of the European Forum had already concluded the Wienerberger Social Charter. The charter acknowledges the fact that Wienerberger give their full compliance to the conventions and recommendations of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Key aspects

Sustainability Aspects for Social and Societal Commitment

In our materiality analysis, company ethics and compliance were deemed to be particularly important for social and corporate commitment and were identified as key activity areas.

Company ethics and compliance

As an internationally active, listed company, we are committed to strict principles of quality corporate management and transparency as well as to the further continuous development of an efficient system of corporate control. Compliance covers all tools and actions that ensure the legally compliant conduct of the company and our employees. This includes compliance with all legal regulations on a national and international level.

Aims and actions

Eradicating corruption

Wienerberger is committed to free and fair competition. This includes being firmly opposed to corruption. Our aim is to move towards a workplace and world with no corruption and consequently, we expect our employees to act accordingly so we may achieve this. As an essential principle of Wienerberger conduct, we expect full compliance to be given to all applicable national and international legal standards.

Wienerberger compliance policy

Our Compliance Policy is based upon the Provisions of the Austrian and European Stock Exchange Law (Börsenrechts). The policy is a preventative measure aimed at stopping insider trading and the unlawful disclosure of insider information. A compliance officer and deputy have been appointed to monitor compliance. Furthermore, there are regular training sessions on Issuer Compliance for the top management of Wienerberger AG and its business areas. 

Social commitment and donations

The best way to help is with our core competencies – offering building materials and infrastructure solutions as well as passing on expertise in relation to sustainable construction. In 2017, we revised the Wienerberger Donation Guidelines and made further positive changes to our social commitment and local collaborations. 

We support current social projects and institutions. Particularly in the countries where we are active, we aim to help disadvantaged people with our products. Starting in 2012, an example of this is our collaboration with the international non-profit organization Habitat for Humanity. In 2018 alone, we were able to help another 37 families and over 290 children and adolescents within the framework of our partnership. Since the beginning of the second round of cooperation from July 2015 to June 2018, help was provided for a total of 1,134 people in need, among them 82 families. As in previous years, so-called “housing forums” were co-organized with Habitat for Humanity, the objective being to make politicians as well as pubic authorities aware of the importance of social housing. 

Target Concerning Business Ethics & Compliance       Deadline 2016 2017 2018
Group level: Zero incidents of corruption       Every year 0 0 0

Further Information

Sustainability Report 2018

Sustainability Management

We have set out a clear approach for managing sustainability. An overview of the structure, tools and initiatives of the Wienerberger group.
Sustainable Product Development

Products

We add permanent value using durable and innovative products. Find out more about sustainable product development at Wienerberger.
When manufacturing plastic pipes, we pay attention to the environmentally friendly use of materials as well as energy-efficient processes.

Production

Wienerberger promotes environmentally friendly and safe products. Read more about this: from efficient use of energy and raw materials to protecting local residents.
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Employees

From safety and well-being to the international exchange of knowledge: learn more about what Wienerberger does for its employees.