Sustainability at Hess

Why is sustainability
important for Hess?

Our convictions are
quite clear here:

Sustainability is seen by us as incentive and clear mandate at the same time. As incentive, to continuously improve the energy efficiency of our products. As mandate, to contribute to securing the livelihood of future generations and thus fulfilling our responsibility for these generations.

Hess Product Sustainability Advantages

Long-term profitability, in turn, is only possible with the steady increase of market share and moderately stable prices. Living sustainably creates the preconditions for this. We are aware of the risks associated with living sustainably, but the benefits far outweigh them. We undertake what is necessary to hedge against these risks Hess product lines offer numerous advantages. Let these inspire and convince yourself in your planning.

1. Advantage

Our products are a combination of superb function and quality aesthetics, adhering to the Bauhaus maxim “form follows function”. We realise challenging technical product features aesthetically. The availability of products in families provides immense creative freedom.

2. Advantage

The stringent design vocabulary of product families generates a uniform design and ensure their various integration in the scenery as well as a harmonious composition of urban space.

3. Advantage

The selective illumination of architecture with efficient technology and attractive design adds cultural value, art and further appreciate urban space.

4. Advantage

LEDs' significantly higher efficacy and longer maintenance intervals permit energy savings of 70% and more, which results in a considerable reduction of maintenance costs and a very attractive payback period.

5. Advantage

Key criteria for choosing the right light source are not limited to operating costs, but maintenance cost considerations also carry significant weight. Thanks to their long lifetime and their less frequent need for maintenance, these costs are very low with LEDs.

6. Advantage

Using reflectors are an effective means of increasing the efficiency and decreasing the light pollution. Reflectors precisely direct the light to where it is required. Reduced stray light improve the illumination considerably.

7. Advantage

Less light pollution means less nightglow and fewer disturbances of nocturnally active animals. The minimum proportion of UV light in LED light compared to previous lamp technologies makes LED sources significantly less attractive for insects. Animals are secured this way and the pollution of the luminaires reduced.

8. Advantage

Today's electronic ballasts are more efficient than earlier ballasts and enable a constant output.

9. Advantage

The manufacturing quality has a strong impact on the longevity of the luminaires. Poorly sealed housings permit the ingression of foreign particles, which decrease the luminous output of the luminaire. At Hess, we therefore attach great importance to the quality of our luminaires.

10. Advantage

LED-Lighting is basically steplessly variable. Using intelligent lighting controls therefore allows for adjustment of the luminaires to the respective lighting situations. Thus, dimming with different lighting levels and lighting that adapts to the traffic situation save a maximum of energy.

11. Advantage

Our dim systems are suitable for use with various LED modules and luminaires, and add to the already sizeable decrease in energy consumption and thus carbon emissions that LEDs provide.

12. Advantage

Besides energy savings, reduced light pollution, light beam image splitting technology delivers an exceptionally homogeneous distribution of light with an absolute minimum of glare.

13. Advantage

Solar-powered lighting can operate off-grid, making it ideal for areas with deficient infrastructures.

14. Advantage

Recycling materials conserves resources. In the spirit of sustainability, most of the materials we use in our products are recyclable, which is another distinct advantage for the environment.

Defining Goals

Sustainability has three dimensions. They are economy, ecology and social responsibility. These are included in all objectives we have defined and are pursued with the same priority.   
Our commitment to live our sustainability precepts means:
  • acting in accordance with high ethical standards, manifested in our compliance with legislation, laws and internal corporate regulations and guidelines; and which manifests itself in our managers and personnel maintaining their personal integrity. Our orientation here comes from the principles of the UN Global Compact, which we joined in our conviction of the need to uphold human rights, anti-corruption, environmental protection and labour laws.
  • producing energy-efficient lighting solutions that meet the requirements of our customers. This means products that use green technologies improve the quality of life, feature aesthetic design and offer an impressive return on investment.
  • using resource-conserving processes in all the stages of our products' lifecycles. All our value-creating processes must be in line with optimum quality and environment management standards and subject to continuous improvement.
  • attracting and retaining motivated employees, offering them the best possible working conditions and career development opportunities. Regardless of where they work and what they do. Our employees are our most valuable resource. They are our source of innovation.
  • fulfilling our social responsibility. As an internationally operating company with regional roots, we feel that we have a special obligation to the people in the regions where our companies are located. We engage in dialogue, exchanging experiences and are active in local and regional associations whilst remaining politically neutral.
  • ensuring our long-term profitability, which is why we focus on the high quality of our products, the excellent reputation among clients as well as practice consistent cost management.

Engaging in Dialogue

To build credibility and trust, we document and engage in a transparent ongoing dialogue on sustainability with all the stakeholders. Key target groups are our customers, employees, vendors, associations and the public.

Corporate Governance

UN Global Compact

An integral component of Hess’ corporate culture is operating compliant with high ethical standards, which means adhering to legal and internal guidelines as well as all management personnel maintaining personal integrity.
Our principles are based on the Global Compact of the United Nations. This compact, which was established in July 2000, comprises 10 principles, covering human rights, working standards, and environmental protection as well as anticorruption. Today, it receives support from more than 8,500 participants from over 135 countries around the globe.
Hess has a compliance guideline that provides transparent and mandatory rules on the following topics: anti-corruption, anti-bullying, anti-discrimination, data protection, environmental guidelines, fair behaviour towards one another, and respectful use of private property (which not only includes material property but also knowhow and trademark rights).
Further information: http://www.unglobalcompact.org/

Quality of life – we design cities

The lighting demands of our international customers are very varied and go far beyond design and simply illuminating dark areas. Instead, the focus is on creating amiable living spaces that people will identify with their village, city or the surroundings in which they live.
Today, as we experience the concentration of population in large urban areas and therefore a growing competition between cities, having a unique personality, a feeling of well-being as well as a sense of security is essential to a city's or place’s attractiveness.