The world will be warmer and more crowded, challenging the quality of life and the environment. And technology will continue to accelerate. With over 125 billion intelligent devices, energy demands will escalate.
We see the trajectory. And we know we can make a difference today with the products we create, the decisions we make and the actions we take. We are—each and every Eaton employee—dedicated to a better future for our planet and our fellow global citizens.
Our vision is to improve the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services
As this transformation plays out, we will be part of the solution. For the generations living today and tomorrow, we make a healthy planet work. We're working to positively impact the environment while helping to solve pressing climate issues. These and other offerings help fulfil our vision for all our stakeholders, while also creating sustainable value for our shareholders:
- eMobility systems that help original equipment manufacturers incorporate hybrid and electric vehicles into their transportation options
- Microgrid technology that helps deliver clean, reliable and resilient power
- Home automation that lets home owners make smart energy decisions
- Energy storage that optimises renewable energy sources and helps meet sustainability targets
- Intelligent Power systems that collect data, learn and provide actionable insights to optimise power use and continuity
- Lightweighting parts and components made of advanced materials to reduce fuel usage
Making our value chain more sustainable
It’s not just about what we make, but how we make it. We strive to use materials wisely, address substances of concern as defined by multiple regulations across the globe, and consider the end-of-life impact of our products. In our operations we focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy and water-reducing processes. More than 120 of our facilities send zero waste to landfill. We have committed to setting a science-based target for our greenhouse gas emissions and are testing state-of-the art manufacturing techniques, such as 3D printing and discrete simulations, to maximise productivity while lessening our impact. Our expectations for our operations are also communicated to all our suppliers, and we are working to forge strong relationships with them to amplify the effect of those expectations.
Engaging our employees, giving back to our communities
To make innovative products, we need to provide the best operating environment for our people. Our commitment to the safety and health of our employees reflects our belief that all injuries can be prevented, and we reinforce specific principles to strengthen our Zero Incident Safety Culture. We care about providing meaningful and engaging work for our employees, and ensure that our culture allows them to flourish every day. Creating a motivated, inclusive and diverse workforce is a central focus at Eaton, and we support and train our employees for the changes we see in the coming decades. The Eaton family also extends to the communities where we operate, with our employees rolling up their sleeves to paint, build, repair, clean, plant, teach and more. When the worst happens—such as last year’s hurricanes and other disasters—we mobilise our capabilities and desire to help not only by donating money to disaster relief, but also by providing services and assistance on the ground.
In this, our 2017 Sustainability Report, we invite you to explore the many ways we are improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services.