Organization, structure & work method
Corporate Social ResponsibilityGlobal trends as climate change, resource scarcity and paying attention to labour conditions in the supply chain, have an increasing impact on the Accell Group’s daily core business. To Accell Group Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) means to be aware of societal developments and take these into consideration for its products and activities. Accell Group produces a sustainable product that contributes to a healthy lifestyle and CO2 emission reduction. An important part of the company's mission is to organize production as friendly as possible for both humans and the environment. Accell Group engages its stakeholders in the development and implementation of its CSR policy. An outline of the company’s CSR policy is provided below. Moreover, Accell Group reports on level C of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
Accell Group contributes to sustainable mobility by offering the bicycle as a sustainable means of transport. Hence, innovation and promoting a healthy lifestyle are important themes to Accell’s core business. For instance, Accell has introduced the electric bicycle to facilitate the mobility of people with physical limitations. In addition, the company supports initiatives that encourage the youth to stay physically active as a way to battle overweight. Detailed information is provided on the Sustainable Product page.
Accell Group wants to be a good employer by offering its employees a safe, healthy and challenging working environment. To meet employees’ needs, Accell Group provides an open corporate culture with good training and career opportunities. Furthermore, extra attention is paid to employees with a longer distance to the labour market as Accell Group works together with various sheltered employment organisations. Detailed information is provided on the Our Employees page.
Accell Group strives to increasingly produce in a sustainable manner. Key themes to this topic are:
- CO2 and Energy
The goal of the organisation is to reduce the energy use and CO2 emissions of both production activities and transport operations. Please find out more about the specific goals and activities on the CO2 and Energy page.
- Sustainable Materials and Recycling
Sustainable Materials and Recycling: Accell Group aims to increase the share of sustainable materials in its products and packaging. Suppliers are encouraged to reduce packaging of their goods to a minimum. Detailed information is provided on the Sustainable Materials and Recycling page.
Accell Group works only with registered substances under the right circumstances and with proper protective equipment. Where possible, substitutes are used that do not contain any harmful substances. Detailed information is provided on the Chemicals page.
As one of the leading companies in the international bicycle industry and member of the Board of the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI), Accell Group initiated the implementation of international supply chain responsibility in this sector. In addition, the Accell Group has implemented a Code of Conduct for its suppliers, by which they are committed to comply with internationally accepted standards for labour rights and human rights. Detailed information is provided on the Supply Chain Responsibility page
Accell Corporate Sustainable Initiative (ACSI)
Accell Group’s organisational structure consists of a broad spectrum of small and medium-sized enterprises ranging from 20 to 350 employees. Accell Group Holding is the owner of these companies. Each individual enterprise has independent business processes and administration. As a result the Accell Group wide development and implementation of CSR policies is a challenge. To coordinate the CSR policies and activities Accell Group has founded a CSR network with representatives from all Accell companies, called ACSI (Accell Corporate Sustainable Initiative).
More information about Accell Group’s vision on Corporate Social Responsibility can be found in the Annual Reports:
Annual Report 2011 (download pdf). The CSR Chapter "Living, Working, Recreation and Sports” provides a detailed explanation of the Group’s vision and key Corporate Social Responsibility themes.
- Annual Report 2012 (download pdf). In the CSR Chapter "Accell Group and Society” the company further elaborates its CSR activities and achievements in 2012.