Sustainability management

Sustainability management

Sustainability is integrated into PALFINGER’s strategy and an integral part of the management’s commitment. In order to systematize the road towards a more sustainable future PALFINGER operates a professional sustainability management at Group level.  



Sustainability process: Step 1 


PALFINGER takes into account the consequences of its operations along the entire value creation chain and engages its stakeholders. PALFINGER defines its stakeholders as those legal entities and individuals who are in any way affected by its corporate activities and/or whose decisions have an impact on the Company. PALFINGER’s approach to addressing individual interests and claims is as balanced as possible. Most recently in 2017, these stakeholders are regularly asked their views on the most important sustainability topics.

Sustainability process: Step 1

Materiality analysis

In order to assess which topics are most material with regard to sustainability, PALFINGER surveys the most important internal and external stakeholder groups at regular intervals in the form of a survey. 

In 2017, PALFINGER conducted such a comprehensive materiality analysis. The material economic, ecological, social and ethical aspects were reviewed and updated. The results confirmed the 13 previous material topics in the four sustainability fields. 



With the information from the materiality analysis, the Board of Management decides on sustainability targets. 

In addition to the key figures and targets presented below, there are further employee and environmental targets. On the one hand, a 20 per cent share of non-Austrians in the Headquarters is to be achieved by 2022. On the other hand, the share of women in the top management level should correspond to the share in the total workforce. In the environmental area, PALFINGER defined the target of reducing waste intensity by 30 percentage points on the index by 2030 as compared to 2015. By 2022, 75 per cent of the Group's electricity is to be generated from renewable energy sources. (2019: 68.3%)

PALFINGER employs staff from 79 different nations worldwide.
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PALFINGER has set itself the goal of lowering employee turnover to under 10 per cent.
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PALFINGER has set itself the goal of lowering staff absences due to industrial accidents to under 0.11 per cent.
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% -points energy Efficiency
PALFINGER defined the additional target of improving energy efficiency by 30 percentage points on the index by 2030 as compared to 2015.
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The long-term target is to reduce CO2 emissions by 25 per cent by 2030 (base year 2015).
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Sustainability process: Step 3 & 4 

Sustainability programme 

The PALFINGER sustainability programme entails measures of the fields Responsible employer, eco-efficiency in production, Sustainable products and Fair business. Workshops are held annually in these four sustainability fields and the measures programme is updated. This is approved by the Executive Board.

The purpose of these measures is to contribute to achieving the qualitative and quantitative goals set by PALFINGER and to support the five most relevant SDGs. 


PALFINGER looks at value creation not only within the Group but also along the entire value creation chain. Value creation starts with raw materials and ends with product use.

Through its global orientation, PALFINGER can better utilize available capacities. The focus is on existing and future customers as well as on corporate responsibility. 

PALFINGER’s success and its flexibility are based on close cooperation with suppliers. As a matter of principle, all of PALFINGER’s new suppliers have to undergo an initial audit. Environmental management and the PALFINGER Code of Conduct are essential criteria for suppliers. 

The impact table shows an overview at which stage of the value creation chain – in the supply chain, within the company or at the product use – internal or external impacts occur and to which four PALFINGER sustainability fields they are allocated to. 

Sustainable development goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have the goal of counteracting the most important problems of our time, promoting human well-being as well as protecting the environment. PALFINGER aims to contribute to sustainable development and this includes supporting and involving the SDGs in the business activity. PALFINGER prioritizes five SDGs – these are considered in the strategic orientation of PALFINGER. 



PALFINGER’s social commitment is reflected in its active involvement and support. When it comes to the sponsoring of sports, culture and charities, PALFINGER attaches great importance to continuity and long-term commitment. PALFINGER wants its employees to take pride in its social commitment. No donations have been or will be made to political parties or other political organizations.




27. Jun 2019
Award for competence in climate protection

According to the motto: “Together we are promoting mobility”, the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism supports the reduction of CO2-emissions with the “klimaaktiv mobil” initiative.

23. Nov 2018
PALFINGER awarded as Green Brand Austria for the third time

On November 21st, Hannes Hemetsberger accepted the certificate as „GREEN BRANDS Austria“ for PALFINGER. For the third time we are filled with pride to receive this appreciation of our ecological and social commitment over the years.

12. Nov 2018
ASRA 2018: Yippie for the fifth time

Already 5 years in a row PALFINGER won the first place of the ASRA (Austrian Sustainability Reporting Award) in the category of “Integrated Annual and Sustainability Report”. This confirms our efforts in sustainability reporting.



VÖNIX RATING 2019/2020

Rating: B+
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Oekom rating 2018

Rating: B-
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Vönix rating 2018/2019

Rating: B+
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CDP Rating 2018

Rating: C
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  • ASRA 2019: “Winner of Winners” (Special award conferred to the 20th ASRA anniversary for multiple ASRA-award winning reporting in past years)
  • Green Brands Austria 2019/2020
  • PwC Building Public Trust Award 2019: Best integrated annual report (Austria)
  • Salzburg Regionality Award 2019: Winner of the „Traffic and Mobility“ category for PALFINGER Ride Sharing (location Köstendorf, AT)