Lifting Sustainability

We drive positive impact

This is the overarching vision for PALFINGER sustainability management. As a responsible employer, PALFINGER produces sustainable products in an eco-efficient manner and stands for fair business. PALFINGER has been paying attention to the topic of sustainability in a structured way for 15 years. It is viewed as an interdisciplinary matter and is incorporated in all areas of the company. Furthermore, PALFINGER supports the UN Global Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Sustainable thinking and acting significantly contribute to our economic success. This is why we take social, ecological and economic responsibility – along the entire value chain.
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Sustainability management

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Sustainability fields

Responsible Employer
Eco-efficiency in Production
Sustainable Products
Fair business
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Responsible Employer

Employees are a material factor of PALFINGER‘s success. Therefore, their motivation, qualifications and, first and foremost, their health and safety are given high priority. The objective for PALFINGER is to have a corporate culture characterized by respect in dealing with diversity and differences. PALFINGER’s actions are influenced by the values: Entrepreneurship – Respect – Learning.
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Eco-efficiency in Production

Energy efficiency and climate protection are relevant throughout the entire production process. PALFINGER is aware of its environmental responsibilities and due to self-interest has committed itself to the goal of continuously managing resources economically and efficiently.
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Sustainable Products

Minimizing energy consumption, cost and emissions throughout the entire product life cycle is just as important as maximizing safety in product use. Research, development and innovation i.e. with the ACE program (autonomous, connected & electrified) contribute to the sustainable business model of PALFINGER.
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Fair Business

Cost effectiveness means for PALFINGER to generate profit and achieve sustainable profitable growth. Topics such as the Code of Conduct, corruption prevention, the integrity line and fair taxation are in focus. The integrity of PALFINGER is based on the commitment to comply with legal and ethical standards.
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Sustainability stories


Palfinger shows responsibility 

22. Oct 2019
The Future is electric: PALFINGER at Transport & Logistikk 2019

The future is electric. Being a driver of innovation PALFINGER develops alternative drive systems. At the TRANSPORT & LOGISTIKK 2019 fair PALFINGER showed innovative electrified lifting solutions.

04. Oct 2019
Divörsity at PALFINGER - it is worth being diverse

Diversity is a plus, an advantage, a strength for companies, societies and individuals.

14. Aug 2019
What wouldn‘t exist without bees, or in other words why PALFINGER supports Hektar Nektar

Due to the bees' great ecological importance and responsibility, they make a considerable contribution to the conservation of wild and cultivated plants and their yields.


As a grown family business, PALFINGER has the understanding to take responsibility for its activities – in the economic, ecological and social area. In 2004, this understanding was first published in a sustainability report. In the following years, the four sustainability fields of PALFINGER continued to gain importance. PALFINGER has been actively and strategically committed to sustainability for more than 15 years. Social and ecological responsibility is seen as an essential success factor for the future.


PALFINGER sees great potential in sustainability and publishes the first sustainability report.


The first materiality analysis serves as a guide to meet the needs of stakeholders. PALFINGER becomes a member of the Vönix and offers its customers biodegradable hydraulic oil for the first time.


PALFINGERS wins the first of many Austrian Sustainability Reporting Awards (ASRA).


The first published sustainability programme documents the efforts of PALFINGER.


The values Entrepreneurship, Respect and Learning are now guiding PALFINGER’s employees.


The Integrity Line is introduced as a reporting system for every stakeholder.


The Code of Conduct is mandatory for employees, suppliers, dealers and partners.


The first e-product comes onto the market with the electric tail lift.


PALFINGER integrates social and ecological criteria in the supplier evaluation.



PALFINGER publishes the first Integrated Annual Report in Austria and combines financial and non-financial content.


The topic of diversity is taken into account with the PALversity project. The first environmental targets are set for energy and hazardous waste. PALFINGER is awarded as a Green Brand Austria for the first time.


A global group policy on environmental protection is in place.


PALFINGER deals with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


In addition to the employee targets for turnover and industrial accidents, diversity goals and a long-term CO2 target have now been defined.  


In an exemplary manner, PALFINGER implements the Austrian Sustainability and Diversity Improvement Act, which is in force since January 1st 2018. The first photovoltaic systems are installed.


The two plants with the highest consumption of electricity, Lazuri (RO) and Maribor (SLO) change to buying electricity from renewable energy sources. PALFINGER Ride Sharing for employees starts at four Austrian locations. Two additional long-term goals concerning energy efficiency and hazardous waste are set.


Since 2013, PALFINGER reports on its material economic, environmental and social aspects in an Integrated Annual Report. It is written according to the international reporting standard of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI Standards: “Core”). PALFINGER is committed to the 10 principles of the United Nations Global Compact and prepares an annual progress report. In addition, the sustainability programme is included in the Integrated Annual Report.

Integrated annual report 2020

How it all begins.

Sustainability program 2020

Measures in four fields 
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Progress report 2020

UN Global Compact
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GRI Index 2020

GRI Standard: Core
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sustainability contact

Daniela Werdecker-Davies

Head of Sustainability Management
Lamprechtshausener Bundesstraße 8 | 5101 Bergheim | Austria
T +43 (0) 662 2281 81105
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