Sustainability. We see it as a driving force in the development of our products, the services we provide, how we manufacture and contribute to a future-fit society.

  • People

    Our commitment to our people and area is paramount and constantly invested in. The well-being of employees, customers and society at large is a driving force for the ambitious changes we’re pursuing.

  • Planet

    We make highly sustainable appliances, as efficiently as possible. We are tightening the circular economy and have been carbon neutral in production since 2020, preferring to achieve first and talk about it second.

  • Profit

    Our success is built upon quality, design and durability. These values are also reflected in the projects we undertake. They are not geared towards short-term profit maximisation, but rather towards safeguarding the future of our company for generations to come.

Circular economy

For us, a sustainable product begins with its development. It is at this early stage that we can have the most influence on its ‘lifelong’ sustainability. We focus on elements including the durability and repairability of the appliances, low energy and water consumption in use, material choice and a modular design to enhance circularity.

We are responsible for our products - and this throughout their entire life cycle. We know the upstream value chain and audit our suppliers regularly - also with regard to selected sustainability criteria. We show our customers how they can use their equipment in a resource-conserving way and we take responsibility for optimal and environmentally friendly disposal or recycling.

Download our sustainability report

Information concerning the measurable aspects of our activities can be found in the detailed report.

Our journey to a more sustainable tomorrow

For us, sustainability is not just a commitment to climate protection. It is the heartbeat of our product development, our services and the way we work together. Find out how we incorporate sustainability into every aspect of our journey towards a better and more conscious future.

On the go with V-ZUG – powered by electricity

In the autumn of the reporting year, the time had finally come: V-ZUG took receipt not only of five more fully electric service vehicles, but also of its first electric lorry. The gradual electrification of our company fleet, which covers almost six million kilometres every year, is an important element of our sustainability strategy. This is because electromobility is a key factor in our journey towards our goal of achieving an 80% reduction in our direct emissions by 2030.
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One person’s trash is another person’s treasure

Sustainability is a topic that is relevant across our entire value chain – and packaging is no exception. V-ZUG strives to keep as much of its packaging material in circulation as possible, and this applies to cardboard waste in particular. We found an innovative solution for this together with Model, a company based in Switzerland.
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Mobility for employees and the environment

The introduction of a mobility concept and smart work principles for V-ZUG’s employees has significantly reduced private motorised transport to and from the V-ZUG site. Measures taken include levying a mobility charge and parking space fees, reducing on-site hours, and promoting flexible, environmentally friendly conduct with regard to mobility.
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Foodie Coach for sustainable consumption

The environment and healthy eating are two key areas we focus on when it comes to our customers. This is why we released our V-Kitchen app. Offering plenty of tasty, sustainable recipes and fun facts, we help our users to be mindful about what they consume and prepare more varied dishes at home.
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The factory of the future

The transformation toward a circular economy entails enormous changes. What does that mean for our company specifically? Our “circular economy factory” pilot project shows how V-ZUG will in future not just manufacture new household appliances, but also take back previously delivered appliances and repair them or completely dismantle and restore them.
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When the circle closes

By turning our focus to closing the material loop while minimising transportation costs and emissions, we have developed a strategy to reuse the materials found in our products – like the grey cast iron used to build our washing machines. We are working with partners such as Georg UTZ AG to engineer new, sustainable business models that serve as stepping stones on the path towards creating a truly circular economy.
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Low-carbon-emissions-steel in our supply chain

In global terms, we are not a big player when it comes to the procurement of steel and precious metals. Nevertheless, we believe that we can contribute to making the steel industry more environmentally friendly. How? Through partnerships.
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Zephyr Ost: our trailblazing new building

V-ZUG’s premises are changing. The new “Zephyr Ost” building will result in more production space, offices and recreation areas. The unique selling point? As it stands, “Zephyr Ost” is the largest construction project in Switzerland to use more climate-friendly concrete.
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Use over ownership: a new model for a more efficient circular economy

Moving forward, we want to be responsible for the use of our devices across their entire service life. This is the only way we can be certain that the materials in these devices remain in circulation for as long as possible and that we are being mindful in our use of raw materials. Following a successful pilot phase, we have since launched our V-ZUG Product as a Service business model.
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