Sustainability

  • Industry leader, currently with an outstanding 77 points (ESG) in the Sustainalytics rating system
  • Applicable credit margin linked in part to sustainability performance
  • Group environmental standard introduced, and solar power produced from installations on Implenia roofs established at 1 GWh a year
  • Electricity
  • Heating oil
  • Natural gas
  • Petrol
  • Diesel

  • *    2012/2013 base year
  • **  2018 figures only available in summer 2019, at which point they will be published at sustainability.implenia.com.
  • Surfacing plant in Ecublens (VD)
  • Claie-aux-Moines gravel works in Savigny (VD)
  • Implenia’s workshop in Echandens (VD)
  • Implenia’s Vértoz workshop in the Valais (VS)
  • Implenia’s Bois-de-Bay workshop in Satigny (GE)

In 2018, Sustainalytics, the world’s leading provider of research and ratings on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, raised Implenia’s rating to 77 points. This puts the Group at the top of the league for the construction industry. Since the launch of its sustainability initiative in 2009, Implenia has consistently worked to align its commercial activities with the interests of the environment and wider society.

Sustainability is an integral part of everything that Implenia does.

Fourth Sustainability Report published in August 2018 in line with GRI standards

94% (96%)

Customer satisfaction

>1 GWh

Environmental training on noise, dust, and machinery carried out

51 major projects with sustainability labels under way

 

A significant employer in all of Implenia’s home markets, the construction sector makes a substantial contribution to overall value creation and prosperity in these economies. But it is also a major source of greenhouse gas emissions and waste, and it consumes a lot of energy. Implenia wants to do what it can to make the industry more sustainable, focusing its efforts on five clearly defined priorities.

Five sustainability priorities

Implenia always aims to deploy sustainable products and services when working on construction projects. The company can have the biggest influence on sustainability when it is developing its own real estate projects. It also requires its planners, suppliers and subcontractors to act sustainably. The sustainability standards demanded by the Group form an integral part of its supplier management processes.

Our commitment is focused on the following five subject areas


An attractive working environment is fundamental to Implenia’s efforts to recruit and retain employees. Implenia offers a variety of training and development opportunities, and works very hard to ensure the health and safety of its employees.

The Group’s environmental goals set a high bar for environmental stewardship. Implenia focuses above all on continuously reducing the environmental impact of its construction sites. Among other things, this involves cutting resource and energy consumption and achieving an annual, revenue-related decrease in greenhouse gas emissions of 2.5%.

Implenia also recognises its social responsibilities. The company abides by the ethical principles set out in its Code of Conduct. Through training and a zero-tolerance policy towards lack of integrity and infringements of competition law, it ensures that all its employees comply with the code. As part of its engagement with wider society, the Group is also involved in social projects well beyond its own business activities.

Last but not least, Implenia’s competitiveness, driven by financial and operational excellence, is part of its sustainability strategy. The Group continually adapts its structures and processes to changing market requirements. By carefully weighing up opportunities and risks, Implenia has maintained its freedom to do business as it sees fit and created long-term value for stakeholders.

Pioneer of “green” credit financing

At the end of June 2018, Implenia increased the credit facility it maintains with its existing Swiss bank syndicate, led by UBS, by CHF 150 million to CHF 800 million. Implenia is the first industrial company in Switzerland to link its applicable credit margin in part to its sustainability performance as measured by Sustainalytics. Thanks to its current good rating, the Group enjoys better borrowing conditions.

Working with universities Implenia works closely with universities to strengthen knowledge transfer between academia and business, and to help develop skilled professionals. In Switzerland, for example, Implenia supports the ETH Zurich’s Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme. Implenia is also helping develop the Assistant Professorship for Innovative and Industrialised Construction at the ETH in order to increase expertise in construction-related fields. Along with some of his students, Professor Daniel Hall, who holds the professorship, provided the BIM Community Days 2018 with an update on the latest research.

Sustainalytics, the world’s leading provider of research and ratings on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, most recently awarded Implenia an outstanding 77 points. This makes Implenia the industry leader and a pioneer of “green” credit financing. The fact that the Group’s many years of sustainability work are now having a clear monetary impact on its funding situation marks a very important milestone.

Since August 2018, Implenia has been continuously reporting its sustainability efforts in accordance with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines. This reporting is published at sustainability.implenia.com. A full overview of current measures and objectives can also be found at this address.

Sustainability is an integral part of everything that Implenia does.

Fourth Sustainability Report published in August 2018 in line with GRI standards

94% (96%)

Customer satisfaction

>1 GWh

Environmental training on noise, dust, and machinery carried out

51 major projects with sustainability labels under way