The Burkhalter Group consists of around 50 electrical engineering companies with strong local roots. Known everywhere in Switzerland as “Your local electrical partner”, we primarily assume our responsibility to society and the environment as close neighbours. Therefore, besides economic success, social and environmental topics as well as responsible management are important to us too.
In all interactions with employees, business partners, authorities and the public, we expect integrity, fairness and professionalism of ourselves at all times – in addition to our corporate values. All employees must respect a corporate culture that is beyond reproach from a legal and moral perspective: they are aware of the relevant laws, regulations, internal guidelines and instructions and must adhere to them.
Our sustainability management is based on our corporate strategy and our business model. Our efforts to identify our core stakeholder groups (page 9) and their interests have helped us define some key topics that cover the aspects of sustainable and long-term market success. In addition, these topics also provide the basis for strategic, sustainable corporate management and reporting. Hidden factors in this analysis also included the current conditions, challenges and opportunities in the Swiss electrical engineering industry, such as fragmentation, consolidation, price fluctuations, lack of skilled workers, structural change, refurbishment and modernisation needs within the property market, digitalisation and increasing environmental requirements.
This analysis identified the following topics as key for the Burkhalter Group:
Environmental and climate protection is particularly important to us
Our focus here is twofold. For one thing, we want to do more to ensure environmental topics have an impact on construction. We are also keen to pay more attention to the environmental impact of what we do – particularly in terms of CO2 emissions. We are underpinning this commitment to environmental protection with a corresponding environmental impact assessment (page 22), which identifies our vehicle fleet as the company’s biggest source of emissions (at around 90%). This can be explained by the very nature of what we do, as our yellow service vehicles are constantly travelling to and from the sites where we are carrying out our electrical engineering work.
The drive to make the vehicle fleet more environmentally friendly is an ongoing mission. An initial interim objective is to switch 10% of project manager vehicles to alternative drives by the end of 2025. There are also plans to investigate alternatives to traditional petrol or diesel cars when replacing building site vehicles in future.
Another important aspect of our environmental commitment is concerned with the environmental impact of our own operations within buildings. The first interim objective is to optimise electricity procurement, with the aim of making 90% of overall electricity consumption CO2-free (including nuclear) by the end of 2023. Other initiatives are generally concerned with energy consumption and promoting alternative energy sources (mainly photovoltaic systems).