50 Sustainability and Climate Leaders


SSI SCHAEFER joins the 50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders initiative as the first material handling company to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. #ThinkTomorrow.

The 50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders initiative is the response from the international business community, which demonstrates the desire, the drive, and the ability to take effective action in the fight against climate change. To actively contribute to achieving the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG), SSI SCHAEFER effectively promotes sustainable as well as efficient material handling solutions and strengthens corporate logistics.

The material handling industry is the backbone of almost every sector and provides services that no modern society can do without, enabling sectors to operate both locally and in a global environment. Having a functioning, sustainable material handling and supply chain is one of the success factors for most companies. Resources are finite and need to be used wisely. Given its experience and portfolio of sustainable solutions and innovations, SSI SCHAEFER has been invited to participate in the initiative. The company tagline of "Think Tomorrow.” is certainly fitting.

Steffen Bersch, CEO of the SSI SCHAEFER Group, explains, "The initiative we have joined is based on the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. We at SSI SCHAEFER are committed to these goals. As a leading international supplier of warehouse and logistics systems, we have been dealing with sustainable solutions for a long time. We need an economically efficient as well as sustainable logistics organization to reduce energy consumption, CO2 emissions and costs while promoting short supply chains and healthy working conditions."


As a global supplier with a strong local presence, SSI SCHAEFER helps both large corporations and small to medium-sized enterprises innovate and increase efficiency within their logistics processes and supply chains. SSI SCHAEFER has a broad portfolio of innovative products and solutions, which experts combine together for specific needs of each customer – some examples are: energy efficiency as well as environmentally friendly operations of warehouses and material flows, ecological construction methods, short supply chains, predictive maintenance, healthy working conditions and a cleaner atmosphere, less waste and carbon footprint reduction.

See in the following how we at SSI SCHAEFER, as one of the 50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders, partner with our customers for sustainable, economical, and future-proof material handling solutions and enable them to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

We are enabler and partner for sustainable solutions and material handling

The presented references ORCA, Infarm and Pepperl+Fuchs show examples of how SSI SCHAEFER is contributing to several of the UNSDGs:

UNSDG 2: Zero hunger

UNSDG 7: Affordable and clean energy

UNSDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

UNSDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities

Find out more about SSI SCHAEFER sustainable solutions here.

SSI SCHAEFER Sustainable Solutions

Infarm UNSDG

Sustainable innovation to create a scalable solution for a new local food system with Infarm (Europe)

Following the UN prediction that by 2030 80% of the population will live in cities, along with the expected population growth, the demand for food production will overwhelm our most precious resources: Infarm and SSI SCHAEFER worked together to enable the change from traditional agriculture to automated vertical farming. They have taken on a clear significance to help make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. Compared to traditional farmland, the innovation is up to 400 times more efficient (on 25 m² farmers are able to produce the equivalent of almost 2 acres of farmland), it needs 95% less water, 75% less fertilizer, and no chemical pesticides at all.

Resilience against climate change and unpredictable events such as the COVID-19 pandemic with ORCA Cold Chain Solutions (Asia)

Food safety, security, as well as high performance is another area in which SSI SCHAEFER makes a difference. For example, SSI SCHAEFER implemented an energy-efficient but highly automated logistics solution for ORCA Cold Chain Solutions in the Philippines. It faces the industry challenges that up to 37% of the food manufactured globally is lost due to poor packing, poor storage, and poor handling. With the integrated solution, the partners reduced the electricity costs by nearly 35%, minimized human intervention to ensure integrity of all products and increased accountability with 100% traceability of goods in the facility (i.e. moving up to 4,800 pallets in a single day with SSI SCHAEFER automation solution).
Pepperl+Fuchs UNSDG

A digital distribution center including energy-efficient hardware and a smart predictive maintenance software solution with Pepperl+Fuchs (North America)

Following an innovative approach and use of technology, SSI SCHAEFER implemented a reliable and future-proof distribution center with approximately 28,000 storage locations for Pepperl+Fuchs. Equipped with energy-efficient hardware and designed to reduce the footprint, the automated solution harnesses the power of Pepperl+Fuchs sensors in conjunction with SSI SCHAEFER logistics software for an innovative and custom predictive maintenance solution.


SSI SCHAEFER supports the Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an urgent call for action by both developed and developing countries in a global partnership to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the worldwide challenges, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice and are all interconnected.



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