Thinking further and acting responsiblyAt schülke, economics, ecology and social commitment place equal demands on our overall corporate thinking and actions. Long before environmental protection became an increasingly important topic of public interest, schülke was a pioneer in sustainability. In 1996, our site in Norderstedt was validated for the first time in accordance with the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). Since then, it has been our ambition to positively impact the ecological key figures, to lower those where possible and to establish long-term energy efficiency at the company. Our main drivers for positive environmental development have been the optimization of processes and the use of improved technologies. This now allows us to focus our efforts on increasing our awareness of sustainable conduct.
More sustainability – an ongoing processWe compile a sustainability report every three years which not only satisfies environmental statement requirements according to EMAS, but also helps us improve the framework for better sustainability through specific measures. Validated by external environmental experts, this report has drawn great interest from the public. schülke reviews its figures and current developments anew every year. We engage in open dialogue in a self-critical manner and continue to do our best for the future of society with all our strength and determination, within the context of our holistic quality expectations.
Cooperations for intensive exchangeOur strong commitment to quality, environmental protection, work safety and risk management goes far beyond our corporate dimensions. Various memberships and cooperation partnerships give us the opportunity to engage in intensive exchange with others. We are always happy to present our expertise and longstanding experience to interested circles of experts, make suggestions and add new momentum. We want to inform, inspire and motivate others. This, too, is wholly in line with our self-image: fair, reliable and proactive.
Total Quality Management
Common objective: zero errorsThe schülke self-conception is based on a holistic approach to quality. It encompasses not only the quality of a product or service in the narrow sense of the word, but all aspects that impact specific customer solutions – and all individual sub-stages. We make every effort to continually improve our products and services, with the objective “zero errors“. For example, during the process we give due consideration to costs and time in addition to the expectations and demands of our customers. We also include the areas of work safety, environmental management, leadership and cooperation in our quality concept. This demand for holistic quality at schülke creates more than economic success; it enables a sustainable contribution to the environment and society.
The schülke Integrated Management SystemThose who want to be the best must set their own high standards. More and more standards, laws and guidelines are defining the framework for business activities within our economy or within our field. Many times, schülke has already set these higher standards for ourselves. In 1996, we established our unique Integrated Management System. This system ensures that the structure and organization of our company are in harmony with our company policy and our trend-setting self-image. As an interdisciplinary instrument and within the context of our Total Quality concept, the Integrated Management System enables us to achieve our goals. In addition to internal processes, it regulates a number of other influencing factors: from the fulfillment of customer expectations and requirements, to the observance of work safety, the preservation of resources and the identification of errors and their causes, as well as the provision of staff and resources. It therefore consists of rules and procedures for the following five areas:
- • Personnel management
- • Environmental management
- • Work safety management
- • Quality management
- • Risk management
The Integrated Management System covers all departments at our headquarters, as well as all subsidiaries. One company – one uniting standard of which our customers all over the world can be sure.
Audits - Quality needs to be reviewedWhen it comes to what we do, we set the highest standards for ourselves. As a result, we subject ourselves to regular self-critical reviews. For these audits, we have established a sophisticated process comprising internal and external review systems. Not only are all statutory requirements met, but also, and above all, we ensure that we meet the high-quality standards that we ourselves have defined. The whole company, plus our suppliers, are included in the review system. The results of these audits underline the high efficiency of our management system, but also reveal any weaknesses and potential for improvement- valuable information that immediately leads to new optimization measures. For schülke, post-audit is pre-audit.
“ When it comes to what we do, we set the highest standards for ourselves. ”