Wolfgang using his arm prosthesis and Myo Plus pattern recognition as he feeds a calf a bottle of milk on his farm.

Responsibility is our foundation

We see Ottobock not just as a company, but also as an active member of society. That’s why doing our part to ensure sustainable development is a matter of course for us.

Sustainability is still the way forward

Responsible social action and economic success have gone hand in hand at our company since it was founded in 1919. Sustainability was and continues to be the foundation for our company’s successful development. Environmental standards, social responsibility and good governance are vital to us.

Our sustainability strategy

Managing environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors forms the basis of business success and strong investment performance. At the same time, a sustainable approach to business makes it possible to deal with new opportunities and risks in a timely manner. We strive to raise awareness and aim to uphold and promote sustainability standards. We are committed to reducing the emission of hazardous substances and waste as well as limiting and reducing the consumption of scarce resources, and to maintaining zero tolerance toward child labour, all types of discrimination, corruption and unethical business practices.

“Sustainability isn’t an optional extra anymore. Enterprises are facing growing requirements from all sides. That’s why the entire Executive Board is focusing its attention on sustainability and systematically driving our development in this area."

Philipp Schulte-Noelle, Chief Executive Officer

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at Ottobock

As a signatory of the UN Global Compact, Ottobock is also committed to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. The United Nations has created the SDGs as a framework to drive sustainable development at the economic, social and environmental levels, both nationally and internationally, until the year 2030.

At Ottobock, we want to make our contribution to the success of the initiative and have integrated the SDGs into our sustainability strategy. Based on a comprehensive analysis of our key sustainability topics, our values and strategies, we have identified the six SDGs that are of the highest relevance for Ottobock. We want to make our contribution to attaining these goals through our business activities.

Graphic showing sustainability goal 3 (health and well-being)

Good health and well-being

People’s well-being is closely linked to their physical and mental health. We have been helping people with limited mobility maintain or regain their freedom of movement for more than 100 years. Studies prove that we can sustainably improve the quality of life for amputees and people with neurological diseases by providing prosthetic and orthotic treatment.
Graphic showing the sustainability goal 9 (industry, innovation, infrastructure)

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

A viable economy is closely linked to sustainable industry, innovation and infrastructure. We make our greatest contribution by expanding the functions of our prostheses, orthoses and wheelchairs, increasing the robustness of our products and finding solutions for orthopaedic technology challenges that have yet to be solved. In doing so, we improve the personal mobility and well-being of our users.
Graphic showing sustainability goal 10 (reduced inequalities)
SDG 10

Reduced inequalities

Social, economic and political inclusion must be promoted in order to reduce inequalities. By designing our solutions to overcome or alleviate mobility restrictions, we help people with disabilities to participate more fully in economic and social life. High-quality prosthetic and orthotic devices allow affected individuals to hold a job and lead an active family life.
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SDG 12

Responsible consumption and production

Sustainable patterns of consumption and production are of great importance in light of the world’s growing population and demographic trends. The sustainable use of natural resources is crucial for us under consideration of environmental and economic aspects. We are making our production processes sustainable and optimising our material efficiency in production and logistics, among other things by using more environmentally and resource-friendly alternatives.
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SDG 13

Climate action

All enterprises and organisations are tasked with taking immediate steps to combat climate change and reduce the impacts of their own activities. Because we are a company that makes products, we bear special responsibility for protecting the climate. Establishing an environmental and energy management system helps us make our carbon footprint more transparent and implement targeted measures.
Graphic showing sustainability goal 17 (partnerships fpr the goals)
SDG 17

Partnerships for the goals

Measures to improve sustainability can be implemented more purposefully when companies combine their competencies and resources with other actors in science, civil society and government. We work with international and national multi-sectoral partners to highlight the social, economic and health benefits that come with the provision of high-quality devices and improve access to these devices.
A boy sitting in a wheelchair as a helper from the Ottobock Global Foundation kneels next to him.
Workers for the Ottobock Global Foundation provide devices to children and young people in Syria and Turkey.

Code of conduct

We have a company-wide code of conduct, which you can download in full. Furthermore, we are a member of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest and most important initiative for responsible corporate governance.

Based on 10 universal principles and what are known as the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN Global Compact pursues the vision of an inclusive, sustainable global economy that benefits all people, communities and markets, both today and tomorrow.

A team standing together like a sports team before a game; they are holding their hands on top of each other in the centre to show they’re ready to get started together.
We’re strong because we pull together as a team.

Sustainability management

For us, sustainability is a strategic responsibility for management and part of our company strategy. We are responding to the increasing importance of sustainability by increasing the visibility of environmental, social and governance aspects at Ottobock, both internally and externally. To this end, we have involved our departments even more closely in our sustainability efforts. In a steering committee of representatives from various departments such as Procurement, HR and Operations, we work together on the goals and their implementation. The steering committee implements the sustainability strategy, works on its further development and monitors our progress in view of the objectives. This helps us examine routines from a critical perspective, spark innovations and ensure our success as a business.

Contact for the topic of sustainability

Maren Harloff

Manager Sustainability

+49 5527 848 1865

Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA
Max-Näder-Str. 15
37115 Duderstadt