Corporate Social Responsibility at Sonova

Message from the CEO

Sonova CEO, Lukas Braunschweiler

Lukas Braunschweiler, CEO of Sonova

Dear reader

At Sonova, we take great pride in our employees around the world who make Sonova what it is today: the most comprehensive hearing care provider in the industry. As the global industry leader, we strive to have the best team, not just the best players. Every day, we address the exciting new opportunities that our work brings to us as a strong global team that is pulling in the same direction and leverages each other’s strengths.

Together, we are determined to create a world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing and lives a life without limitations. From this vision, two long-term goals are derived: To meet our customers’needs by developing innovative products and solutions, and to improve access to hearing care for millions of people.

As we work towards these goals, we’re continuously seeking to better integrate our sustainability efforts into our daily actions.

Our ongoing efforts to further advance our corporate social responsibility continues to be recognized by a number of relevant organizations in the field. Sonova was admitted for the first time to the FTSE4GOOD index. The company remains in the internationally recognized Dow Jones Sustainability Index, where we were able to improve our overall score from the previous year.

A key element of our corporate social responsibility activities continues to be the Hear the World Foundation, a Sonova Group initiative that places a special focus on projects that support children in need who have hearing loss.

In light of demographic changes, developing talent with the goal of ensuring internal succession is vital to sustainable success. Thanks to our professional leadership culture and proactive approach to employee retention, we were able to fill more than half of our open leadership positions with Sonova employees in 2015 and hence reach our long term target.

As part of our ongoing environmental management program, we continue to work on minimizing our ecological impact across all our business activities. I’m very pleased that we were able to reduce the carbon emissions from our business flights by 10.2 % over the past year thanks to a broad range of measures, such as new travel policies.

We are committed to creating sustainable value for all our stakeholders – by providing access to hearing care for millions of people with hearing loss, by continuously innovating to offer the best solutions to our customers, by investing in the personal growth and development of our employees, and by applying environmentally friendly practices across all our business activities. I would like to thank all of our employees, customers, suppliers, business partners and shareholders for their support for and commitment to Sonova in 2015. We invite you to read this report to learn more about our commitment to sustainable practices and responsible products and services.

Lukas Braunschweiler, CEO


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