Our csr responsibility as a company
We know that social, ecological and economic activities and services influence each other and have tangible interactions. As a supplier to a pioneering key industry, we conduct our business prudently, responsibly and with the interests of all stakeholders in mind. Our efforts are therefore aimed at a future for our company, our customers and society that is characterised by sustainability.
Sustainability is much more than simply fulfilling regulations and rules. It must be an expression of a constant and serious effort to improve our economic, ecological and social aspects on a lasting basis. We also want our employees to be motivated to work for a responsible company and to develop products that can help change the world.
The deposition equipment of AIXTRON - one of the world's leading suppliers to the semiconductor industry - is used to manufacture high-performance components for electronic and opto-electronic applications based on compound and organic semiconductor materials.
We can influence the design and development of our products to a particular extent. We contribute to a significant reduction in the energy consumption of our clients’ products and their customers by means of our forward-looking technologies, but also by applying industry 4.0 processes. For example, power components (III-V semiconductors) made of gallium nitride (GaN) with a large band spacing, such as those manufactured on our systems, require considerably less energy for the same or higher performance than conventional silicon-based power chips.
We are also continuously reducing the environmental impact in the manufacturing process and in our building technology by using energy and other natural resources consciously and responsibly.
Climate protection is important for AIXTRON. We attach great priority to making sure that the environmental footprint of our business activities is as small as possible and to minimizing the release of emissions of CO2 harmful to the climate.
AIXTRON is known worldwide for its energy-efficient technologies: Our products and solutions help to enhance energy efficiency in numerous key industries and thus play an active role in cutting avoidable greenhouse gas emissions. We have had an energy management system certified under ISO 50001 since 2014 already. This forms the basis for implementing effective energy efficiency measures at AIXTRON.
In our efforts to protect the climate, we will be going one step further from now on. To minimize the burden on our climate as far as possible, since 2019 AIXTRON has procured all of its electricity from renewable energies and is thus making a major contribution to avoiding greenhouse gas emissions. Within our companywide climate efficiency strategy, we will with immediate effect be offsetting remaining CO2 emissions, such as those caused by business travel, heating buildings, or journeys to and from work, by means of certified climate protection projects. This way, AIXTRON has become a climate-neutral company.
More details on AIXTRON's sustainability activities can be found in the reports below, which are published annually in addition to the Annual Report.