3 minutes with …
… Jan Falb

Jan Falb works in the Quality Man­age­ment depart­ment at Pilz, where he is pri­marily respon­sible for sus­tain­ability man­age­ment. In our “3 min­utes with …” column, he answers the most impor­tant cur­rent ques­tions about his area of work.

Everyone is talking about sustainability: which questions are you dealing with currently at Pilz?

I receive enquiries relating to our prod­ucts, our busi­ness strategy and also our sup­pliers. Cus­tomers are increas­ingly set­ting their own sus­tain­ability tar­gets, which they can only achieve if we, as their partner, pull in the same direc­tion – which we do of course.

What contribution is Pilz already making towards sustainability?

With our com­pre­hen­sive range of ser­vices in the retrofit area, for example, we sup­port our cus­tomers as they work towards greater resource con­ser­va­tion and effi­ciency. The high quality stan­dard of our prod­ucts also means fewer returns and less scrap­page. How­ever, should a device be defec­tive, we invite cus­tomers to return it to us. Our Repair Centre staff check the extent to which the defec­tive device can be re-used, either by repair or by exchanging indi­vidual com­po­nents.

And which projects will you be pursuing in future?

Fol­lowing the pub­li­ca­tion of our first sus­tain­ability report in accor­dance with the German Sus­tain­ability Code, we are cur­rently working on our second, inter­na­tional report. Based on our inter­na­tional cli­mate accounting, we are defining appro­priate mea­sures for reducing our green­house gas emis­sions to an absolute min­imum. As part of this, our devel­op­ment depart­ment is also working hard to switch to “greener” plas­tics. Because our poly­car­bonate housing accounts for the largest share of our prod­ucts’ CO2 emis­sions. The chal­lenge: our devices that are used for machinery safety must meet the require­ments of the var­ious inter­na­tional inspec­tion author­i­ties.

Based on our fun­da­mental prin­ci­ples, with our prod­ucts and ser­vices we con­tribute towards the pro­tec­tion of human, machine and the envi­ron­ment. That’s true for our own employees, but also for our cus­tomers world­wide. It is our duty to ensure that sub­se­quent gen­er­a­tions live in a world in which they can enjoy safety, health and well-being. As a third gen­er­a­tion family busi­ness, that is what we have stood for since our com­pany was founded 75 years ago.

Sustainability for human, machine and the environment:

Sus­tain­ability — Pilz INT

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