IWC Schaffhausen receives Walpole Award for its efforts in sustainability

Date — 21 November, 2012

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The luxury Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen impressed an illustrious team of 60 judges with its efforts in Corporate Social Responsibility and was presented with the highly coveted Walpole Award for Excellence.

Walpole is a non-profit-making organisation that furthers the interest of the British luxury industry by harnessing and sharing the collective knowledge, experience and resources of the membership. Every year, the awards are held to honour individuals and companies who exemplify British excellence by their work in the luxury sector, both in the UK and internationally. The annual 2012 Walpole Awards for Excellence, in association with Coutts, took place on the 19th of November in the splendid setting of the Banqueting House and honoured those individuals and companies who have, in the views of the renowned team of judges, members and industry representatives, achieved the pinnacle of excellence across ten categories. Edwin Colella, Associate Director Communication at IWC Schaffhausen as well as Simon Chambers, UK Brand Director, were delighted to accept the highly coveted Walpole Award for Excellence in the category Corporate Social Responsibility (hereafter “CSR”) on behalf of IWC.

“The annual Walpole Awards are undoubtedly a highlight of the British luxury calendar and to have been recognised within the UK for this prestigious award is a testament to our CSR commitment”, confirms Simon Chambers, UK Brand Director.

“Every company has a responsibility towards the environment and we are proud to have established CSR as an inherent part of the business ethic of IWC Schaffhausen”, explains Edwin Colella, Associate Director of Communication at IWC. “Our responsibility to the environment incorporates product design and development, supplier and employee relationships as well as the need to nurture the communities and environments in which our company operates. This way of thinking has also resulted in several long-term partnerships and commitments worldwide.”

Partnerships

As a company that enjoys international success, IWC Schaffhausen has a corporate philosophy that embraces ecological responsibility and social commitment. This way of thinking has resulted in several long-term partnerships and commitments worldwide.

The corporate philosophy of IWC Schaffhausen embraces ecological responsibility and social commitment both on a global and local level. Globally, IWC Schaffhausen supports various projects of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, the Fondation Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – d’Agay, the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Cousteau Society. Parallel to these joint efforts, IWC Schaffhausen launches special editions of its watches that refer specifically to current projects. These watches act not only as ambassadors for good causes; some of the proceeds from their sale also make a welcome financial contribution to the activities of the foundations in question. Locally, the traditional Swiss watch manufacturer has lowered and offset its carbon dioxide emissions with modern building technology and has been certified as a carbon-neutral enterprise since the summer of 2007. The company is also member of the RJC (Responsible Jewellery Council) and sources all its materials according to their rules.

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