Trust, reliability and innovation: These are BayWa's most dearly held values and they provide the company with its strong sense of social responsibility. Founded as a cooperative in 1923, the company's main aim from its very inception was to meet fundamental human needs.
To protect our climate means more than simply generating power in a natural way: It is our constant endeavour to minimise long transport routes. And we are setting a good example ourselves by gradually converting BayWa AG's established sites to renewable energy. We are also engaged in projects abroad, such as in Ethiopia and Myanmar, where off-grid photovoltaic plants and other essential yet climate-protecting measures are being planned and plants are under construction.
Furthermore, we select our suppliers carefully, and pay particular attention to manufacturing conditions, where we want to see the use of high grade durable materials produced with resource protection in mind, as well as the use of fair trade products. Our suppliers guarantee working conditions that are humane and socially acceptable.
Sustainability is also of paramount importance to our parent company BayWa AG. To find out more: BayWa sustainability.
UN Global Compact
Our perception of responsibility is in line with the UN Global Compact, a leadership platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible corporate policies and practices. Launched in 2000, it is the largest corporate responsibility initiative in the world, with over 10,000 signatories based in 140 countries. For example, BayWa r.e. solar systems UK already is an official signatory of the UN Global Compact.
The UN Global Compact asks companies to embrace, support and enact, within their sphere of influence, a set of core values in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment and anti-corruption. The UN Global Compact's ten principles in those four areas enjoy universal consensus and are derived from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.
We support a number of local communities with charitable funds. The spirit of such funds is the concept of complementing the existing environmental, economic and employment benefits that already arise from renewable energy projects by providing broader, socially and community focused funding for worthwhile projects in the areas where our projects are located.
Recycling of PV Modules
We are a member of PV CYCLE. Originally founded in 2007 as a not-for-profit association, PV CYCLE ensures that its members’ discarded end-of-life (EOL) photovoltaic (PV) modules are collected and processed in a sustainable and cost-effective way. PV CYCLE represents approximately 90% of the European solar market today.
A better future for the disadvantaged
The BayWa Foundation was founded in 1998. It initiates and supports sustainable educational projects around Nutrition and Renewables.
The BayWa Foundation is active nationally and internationally, with a particular focus on Germany. In all projects, support for educational initiatives is always at the forefront of our endeavours. We believe that the only way to enable people to help themselves in the long term, and to give the disadvantaged futureproof development opportunities, is through education.
What is so special about the BayWa Foundation?
- All donations flow directly into projects, as BayWa AG covers all administration costs of the Foundation.
- The BayWa AG matches all donations that flow into the BayWa Foundation.