Achievements and goals 2020

Sustainability is our passion.

Sustainability is an integral part of everything that Implenia does. Our future as a company depends on us being environmentally, socially and commercially sustainable.

Our understanding and our ambition

For Implenia, being sustainable means taking full responsibility for our business’s impact on the environment, society and the economy, as well as making a long-term commitment to the well-being of current and future generations. This ambition focuses on the following five areas:

Sustainable products and services

Achievements in 2016 and 2017


Number of completed major building projects with a sustainability certificate has increased by 61% to a total of 37 since 2012.


Sustainability assessments performed for around 1,100 suppliers and improvements made to the supplier portfolio. Web-based “360° view” visualisation tool successfully launched.


Opening of new timber construction production hall and decision taken to now only use wood with the FSC, the PEFC or an equivalent label. Implementation of decision for Switzerland’s largest wooden residential complex in Winterthur.


Project successes celebrated in contract acquisition thanks to the integration of sustainability concepts.

Goals for 2020

  • Consistently integrate sustainability concepts into our bids for large-scale projects
  • Execute our own development projects in line with the Swiss Sustainable Construction Standard (SNBS)
  • Consistently embed our sustainability requirements with our suppliers, planners and sub­contractors
  • Build up our internal expertise in sustainable building and adapt our core processes accordingly

Attractive working environment

Achievements in 2016 and 2017


A stronger safety culture

  • Occupational accidents have fallen 14% to 71 per 1,000 full-time posts since the start of 2016.
  • Sicherheits­Safety training is carried out every month and now includes apprentices.
  • Line management responsibility has been strengthened and incident management introduced.
  • Exceptional work honoured at the 3rd H&S Award.
  • Around 330 safety inspections carried out with managers.


Investing in our future

  • 296 apprentices trained in a practical or office-based discipline.
  • "Young Generation" Initiative to further develop the work environ­ment expanded to include inter­national locations.

Goals for 2020

  • Reduce the number of occupational accidents throughout the Group by at least 10% a year
  • Promote training and development for our employees and work on long-term personnel development
  • Encourage diversity within our company
  • Establish “job rotation” and international exchanges

Respect for the environment

Achievements in 2016 and 2017


CO2 emissions reduced in Switzerland by 13.9% in absolute terms since 2013, but we are still to achieve our target on a revenue-adjusted basis.


Solar power production from Implenia’s roofs has gone up 137% since 2015.


We have reduced energy consumption in our production plants by 20.3%, and have reduced and successfully piloted professional energy consumption measuring techniques in our workshops.

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Environmental management on our construction sites has been professionalised, and approximately 400 environmental training sessions have been carried out on site.

Goals for 2020

  • Make data collection more precise and set ourselves specific CO2 reduction targets across the Group
  • Introduce a binding Implenia-wide environmental standard for construction sites and implement environmental concepts for major projects
  • Reduce annual CO2 emissions in Switzerland relative to revenue by 2.5%
  • Increase our annual internal solar power production to 2 GWh

Social commitment and compliance

Achievements in 2016 and 2017


Social commitments strengthened, including our work with the “Smiling Gecko” project in Cambodia.


Internal collection of sustainability indicators and external evaluations of Implenia’s sustainability have been improved.


Collaboration with external stakeholders expanded

  • Sponsorship of an ETHZ professorship in innovative and industrial construction.
  • Extended membership of the Netzwerk Nachhaltiges Bauen (Sustainable Construction Network).
  • 201 trainees trained and various master’s theses supported.
  • “One Planet Living” method developed for sustainable neighbourhoods.

Goals for 2020

  • Create transparency about our sustainability activities, report on these continuously and improve our external sustainability ratings
  • Increase our commitment to sustainable development beyond our business activities
  • Continue to engage in dialogue with representatives of politics, business and civic society, and establish such dialogue in our new home markets
  • Avoid compliance incidents thanks to training courses and a zero-tolerance policy with respect to integrity and competition law infringements

Financial and operational excellence

Achievements in 2016 and 2017


Structure of Group-wide operating model defined to harmonise all core processes and documents; first content integrated.


EBITDA, the most important benchmark of the Group’s operational performance, rose to a new record figure of CHF 173.8 million in 2017.


Digitalisation and BIM strategy: implementation begun and BIM used in around 250 projects.


Customer satisfaction maintained at high level of 96%.

Goals for 2020

  • Set out all corporate processes uniformly in the operating model and make them easily accessible to our employees
  • Expand the sustainability strategy to include international sites and benefit from shared knowledge
  • Link financial and operational excellence in the “Kairos” project and implement the next step in the company's digitalisation strategy
  • Based on the “One Company” approach, achieve improved results, greater customer satisfaction and more transparency in major projects
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