Waldmeier and environment
For many years, the Waldmeier company has been able to offer fun, entertainment and education to babies, children and the young at heart. Our target groups have the right and expectation that we take climate and environmental protection seriously. For this reason, we are constantly trying to improve on the subject of sustainability and the environment. We have already achieved quite a bit. We have a responsibility and see further potential for progress in this area in many areas of activity. We also enjoy small but meaningful steps within our areas of activity. A need-oriented, efficient and successful service combined with an ecological attitude is not a contradiction for us.
Logistics in Switzerland
We work together with our external logistics service provider Rhenus Logistics AG. Our partner sets high standards when it comes to the environment. This was and is important to us in our choice of partner. Rhenus complies with the ISO 14001 standard.
The ISO 14001 standard defines globally valid criteria for efficient and effective environmental management systems. The new 2015 version of the standard also requires consideration of external issues relevant to the organization concerned and its stakeholders. The consideration of products and services over their entire life cycle is now also required. In addition to environmental protection, the new standard aims at ways to manage and control environment-related responsibilities in such a way that they contribute to the environmental pillar of sustainable development (source SQS).
We save significantly on CO2 emissions when we ship our deliveries from the Far East by modern ships to the port of Rotterdam. A major part of our imports travels by ship on the Rhine to Basel-Kleinhüningen and is transported directly from the water to the Waldmeier warehouse.
From 2022, Waldmeier will organize its outbound logistics with the Swiss family-owned company Planzer. Planzer distributes the transport of goods within Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein across various modes of transport in an environmentally and resource-optimized manner. Today, around 60% travel by low-emission rail, which Planzer uses from all regions of Switzerland via 13 in-house rail centers. Using rail at night turns night into day. Unnecessary standing or waiting times are avoided. Planzer schedules in a time-optimized manner, bundles orders, avoids empty runs and regularly trains its drivers in EcoDrive. The modal split relieves the environment by around 39,516 truck trips or 6949.68 tons of CO2 per year.
It still exists – a 30-year-old Carrera car racetrack!
Waldmeier has operated its own repair and service department at the Neuendorf site since the beginning. Even if the costs are sometimes higher than a simple replacement, we avoid a lot of waste of valuable products and materials. In addition, we are motivated by the fact that we repeatedly find that the children want “their” toys back and are therefore positive about a repair.
Our employees attach importance to avoiding or reducing travel and air miles. We can simply protect the environment with good route planning, home offices, electronic meetings and synergies in the planning of marketing events. In a long-term comparison, we have been able to save more than a third on gasoline and diesel by using fewer and more efficient vehicles. Our B2B store enjoys great popularity. In this case, too, we avoid business trips. The planned tests with electric vehicles in combination with green electricity will show us whether we can take a further step in the subject of mobility.
Our office building
Good-quality, energy-saving building fabric, the switch to LED lighting within our office building, and no air conditioning are effects that keep electricity consumption low.
We consider separate and specific waste disposal to be a matter of course. The additional effort is justified. Specialized partners collect the materials in Neuendorf and feed them into the recycling circuit.
By focusing on quality toys, Waldmeier AG scores points with our customers for the longevity of the toys and works against the devastating throwaway society. This starts with the assortment design.