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Liebherr-MCCtec wins a gold medal for sustainability


December 2, 2021
By Crane & Hoist Canada staff

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Liebherr-MCCtec electric craneThe Liebherr LR1250, the first battery-powered crawler crane.

EcoVadis, an independent corporate responsibility auditor, has awarded Liebherr-MCCtec with a gold medal for sustainability.

Liebherr-MCCtec is part of the Liebherr Group and is a divisional holding company for maritime cranes, crawler cranes and duty cycle crawler cranes, as well as pilling and drilling rigs for deep foundation work.

The gold medal places Liebherr-MCCtec in the top five per cent of all rated companies for sustainability and within the top three per cent of manufacturing companies globally. In 2019, Liebherr-MCCtec and Liebherr Container Cranes earned silver medals from EcoVadis.

“Responsibility and care for the environment has always been a key component of Liebherr philosophy,” said Tatjana Grissemann, corporate responsibility manager for Liebherr-MCCtec.

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“We have been part of our respective communities for many decades and we have always cared for our local environment. Today, we carry that same responsibility with us, but as part of the global supply chain, we have a global responsibility.”

EcoVadis generates sustainability ratings for more than 75,000 companies worldwide. The auditing firm scores sustainability using indicators in four key areas;

  • Environment
  • Labour and Human Rights,
  • Ethics
  • Sustainable Procurement

The Liebherr Group set clear environmental goals by anchoring sustainability in its core values. The OEM places a focus on protection of humanity and the environment, meaning products and processes used in the company’s manufacturing must be safe, efficient and environmentally acceptable.

“We aim at all times to fulfil our responsibility to society in general and to the environment,” Grissemann said.

For example, Liebherr-MCCtec has developed battery-powered, hybrid and electric cranes to provide its customers with several environmentally-friendly equipment options.

Liebherr-MCCtec signs UN Global Compact

Liebherr-MCCtec also signed the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) — a vision of a sustainable economy for the benefit of all people, communities and markets. The UNGC serves as a call to companies to align strategies and operations with 10 universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment and anti-corruption as well as the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The SDG are at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by all member states of the United Nations (UN) in 2015.

“Our recent success is not the end, merely a step along the way. We will continue to do better, we endeavour to improve,” Grissemann said.

“We have mapped out a future pathway and are working to embed a culture of assuming responsibility towards the environment and people at all levels of the company – from employees to management.”