Whether knives, watches, bags, clothing or perfume – sustainability is part of our DNA
Our attitude is this: in the long run, we can only be a healthy company if the planet is healthy. From procuring raw materials through to production, packaging and distribution – we look closely at every detail. Our philosophy can be partly explained by the fact we are a family business. After all, we want future generations to be just as successful as we are today.
Discover how we emphasize sustainability in all aspects of our operations.
Yesterday’s waste becomes tomorrow’s fashion
Packaging isn’t always necessary
Where possible, we forgo packaging altogether, just as we’ve done with our deodorants and shower gels. We pack our fragrances in cardboard boxes to protect them from light, but like all of our cardboard and paper packaging, these boxes are bleached without chlorine.
Smells good, does good
We produce our perfumes in Switzerland, but many of our aromas come from faraway lands such as Uganda, Haiti, Malaysia, and Venezuela. We check constantly that our suppliers work sustainably and ethically.
We use the heat from our knife production for heating
The various knife-grinding processes create a lot of heat. That’s why we use water for cooling. We recycle the stored heat and use it to keep our headquarters in Ibach as well as 120 nearby apartments warm.
For us, scrap steel means new knives
We collect all our scrap steel. Really all of it. Scrap steel and cutting dust is returned to the steel plant. In fact, we’re pioneers in the recycling of grinding sludge. Each year, we filter 600 tons of steel from our cooling water – that’s 25% of our entire steel purchase.
We source close to home
The wood for our pocket knives with wooden scales previously came from Gabon in Africa. Although it was FSC-certified, we preferred to rely on local sources. We searched long and hard for a suitable material and we succeeded. Now we work with a walnut wood from a local supplier.
Victorinox and Nespresso – two recycling pioneers team up
For the 25th anniversary of Nespresso’s recycling program, the coffee capsule producer Nespresso has joined up with Victorinox. The result of the collaboration is the Pioneer pocket knife, whose Alox scales consist completely of recycled Nespresso capsules.
Repair not replace: our long-lasting luggage
This planet’s resources are limited. That’s why we treat them responsibly. Take the long warranty on our luggage as an example. Should something break, we’ll repair it wherever possible, thus avoiding the waste of more raw materials.
For our chronometers, we rely on the sun
Our watches are manufactured in Switzerland. They are actually produced under a roof that produces a significant portion of our energy. Our production centers are fitted with photovoltaic installations which provide part of the electricity for watch production.
Well maintained to extend the life cycle
We’re proud of our machinery and maintain it very carefully. Our equipment thanks us with its long life – some of our machines have been with us for more than 50 years. We simply adapt and modernize them where necessary, thus saving on resources.
We keep a watchful eye on our partners
Our responsibility doesn’t just extend to our own operations. That’s why we regularly visit our carefully selected suppliers. Because we want to make sure that our high standards regarding the quality and sustainability of our products are shared by our partners.
Those who come, come to stay
True to our values, a work-life balance is important for us. We encourage a hearty laugh as much as an open discussion in our meetings, and believe in being friendly and polite. We offer recreational sports or snacks during breaks, plus flexible working hours and secure terms of employment. It’s worth it: our employee turnover is less than two percent.