Carl Zeiss supports science, educational, social and cultural institutions at its sites and requires that employees take a holistic approach to environmentally relevant processes.
Carl Zeiss adheres to environmental requirements across the entire production chain: from the development and manufacture of products to their packaging and dispatch. All production sites in Germany — and a series of non-German subsidiaries — have been certified in accordance with ISO 14001.
Carl Zeiss also accepts responsibility in society through its many different forms of social commitment. The company supports initiatives such as “VISION 2020: The Right to Sight.” VISION 2020 is a global initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). The goal of the initiative is to eliminate preventable blindness. Carl Zeiss has been supporting this program since 2002.
The company will continue to promote education and science on a cross-regional basis. The Carl Zeiss Group supports initiatives that help inspire school students for technology and science: for example, it takes part in the “Girls' Day” campaign, is one of the companies sponsoring the annual “Jugend forscht” youth science fair and regularly organizes a “Children's Day of Microscopy.”
Carl Zeiss also supports universities in different ways. During the reporting year the company clearly expanded its sponsorship of the Abbe School of Photonics (ASP) at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. Carl Zeiss provided a sum totaling EUR 500,000 to sponsor Masters students, a visiting professorship for optics and science programs for the period to 2014. The goal is to attract internationally leading scientists in the fields of optics and photonics as visiting researchers to Jena and to promote junior research groups and junior professorships. Carl Zeiss has been an active partner of the optics department at the Friedrich Schiller University and the Abbe School of Photonics in Jena since 2005.