Cooperation for spreading sustainable solutions
Looking beyond our internal requirements, we are committed to contributing to a sustainable change in the lighting sector. That is why we are in dialog with many organizations and associations, are participating in initiatives, and have built long-term partnerships. As early as 2012, OSRAM joined the Global LEAP and GOGLA sustainability initiatives, which are planning to provide access to sustainable energy and efficient lighting solutions throughout the world, particularly in regions without permanent power supply. Diverse cooperation agreements are an important and proven approach for OSRAM. We are able to share the knowledge and expertise we have gained in our WE!Hub project in Kenya together with local and international companies, organizations, and institutions and use them in further initiatives. We have further intensified our long-term commitment in the Lighting Europe industrial association and in the UNEP en.lighten initiative in the area of standard grid-based lighting.
Sometimes common initiatives are required for a sustainable changes on the market. We are a member of the European LightingEurope Association which represents leading European lighting manufacturers and national associations. LightingEurope is strongly committed to innovation, sustainability, quality and market leadership in the lighting sector. The association makes a decisive contribution to designing guidelines and establishing industry standards. LightingEurope promotes the use of clean and efficient lighting for a comfortable, safe, healthy and sustainable environment. Technical standards are prepared in international standardization bodies such as the IEC/CIE (International Electrotechnical Commission/International Commission on Illumination) which offer a broad interchangeability of lighting technologies.
- Governments and authorities:
We provide expert support to governments and authorities for finding sustainable development solutions and play an active role in the development of guidelines for using energy-saving lighting technology. In addition, we are in contact with authorities throughout the world to create collection and recycling systems in the same way they were created in Europe following the WEEE directive.
As a global company we are also committed to our local responsibilities. OSRAM is based at a number of locations worldwide. At these locations our neighbors and other local stakeholders are particularly important for us. Our site coordinators are responsible for dialogs with our neighbors, always tailored to the actual situation on site.
- Non-governmental organizations (NGOs):
There are a number of non-governmental organizations throughout the world which pursue different goals and also place demands on OSRAM when it comes to implementation. We organize contact in different ways, e.g. by individual meetings or participation in conferences.
- Legislation regarding inefficient lighting:
Many countries worldwide have already put in place statutory regulations for a transition to more efficient lighting technologies.
Prominent examples for Stakeholder Dialogue:
The Initiative en.lighten
The UNEP en.lighten initiative - a partnership between UNEP, Philips Lighting, National Lighting Test Center and OSRAM - addresses the challenge of accelerating global market transformation to environmentally sustainable lighting technologies.
UN Global Compact
The UN Global Compact is a framework for businesses that are committed to values beyond mere profit. It sets forth principles that ask companies to embrace, support and work towards making them universally accepted.