Message from the CEO

Dear Reader

We are committed to creating sustainable value for all our stakeholders – by continuously innovating to offer the best solutions to our customers, by providing access to hearing care for millions of people with hearing loss, by investing in our employees and partners, and by applying eco-efficient practices across all our business activities.

For our customers, we continue to set new standards in hearing performance, ease of use, and design with our new portfolio of rechargeable and discreet solutions.

To expand access to hearing care, we offer the industry’s most comprehensive product portfolio and support education of local specialists, in particular in emerging markets. We also support people with hearing loss and limited access to hearing care through our Hear the World Foundation. Over the past ten years, the Foundation has provided funding, hearing technology, and expertise with a total value of over CHF 8 million to more than 80 projects in 39 countries.

Thanks to our professional leadership culture and proactive approach to employee retention, we were able for the third time in a row to fill more than half of our leadership positions with Sonova employees. We are proud, that 46% of our current leadership positions are held by women.

As part of our ongoing environmental management program, we continue to work on minimizing our ecological impact across all our business activities. For instance I am pleased that we have reached, for the first time, our long term goal of achieving average carbon emissions in our corporate car fleet of 140 grams CO2 / km or below.

Our efforts to further advance our corporate social responsibility continue to be recognized by a number of relevant organizations in the field. Sonova has gained a place on the Global 100, an index of the hundred most sustainable corporations published yearly in Forbes magazine. The company remains in the internationally recognized Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good indices.

As a sign of our holistic sustainability engagement, Sonova became a signatory to the UN Global Compact in 2016, endorsing its ten principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption. All employees of the Sonova Group, as well as its business partners, are expected to comply with these standards and principles. With this report, I also confirm our ongoing support for the ten principles of the UN Global Compact.

I invite you to read this report to learn more about our strategy and the progress we have made in advancing our four sustainability commitments. 

Lukas Braunschweiler, CEO