Environmental Care

Understanding and acting on our impact

Everything we do has an impact on the environment - from the raw materials we select to how our suppliers and factories process and utilise those materials; from the amount and type of energy used to make our products to the way we transport them to our customers; from the energy used by our products when applied by our customers to the way our products are disposed of at the end of their useful life.

In other words, every stage in our value chain presents us with the possibility to reduce the environmental impact. Doing so not only addresses our responsibility towards society and future generations, it also enhances our ability to do more with less and so creates sustained competitive advantage.
That is why SKF’s environmental approach is based around the implementation and integration of environmental life cycle management into core business processes.
Our journey
Environmental Care started in our own back yard, focusing on our own operations by issuing the Environmental, Health and Safety policy in 1989. We became the first international bearing manufacturer to receive global certification according to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System in 1998.

Since then, we have been building on these foundations by continually taking steps which address environmental impact at different stages of our products' life cycles, and our entire value chain. The steps we have taken and plan to take in the future are informed by a solid understanding of environmental life cycle management. This is something we have invested in and built up over the last ten years through numerous life cycle assessments and focused applied research and development in this area.

Environmental Care in our products' life cycles:

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