Principles of social responsibility

Principles of social responsibility


STIHL operates sustainably and responsibly – in the interests of the company, employees and the community alike. The Group recognises its responsibility as part of society in all the regions in which it operates. STIHL respects the cultural, social, political and legal diversity of societies and nations. The STIHL Group abides by the laws and regulations applicable in individual countries and harmonizes commercial goals with the demands detailed below. Our social responsibility policies are based on the principles of the United Nations Global Compact and the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. These principles are part of STIHL’s corporate culture. The employees of the entire STIHL Group conduct themselves accordingly. We expect our business partners to observe comparable principles.

Human rights

STIHL observes compliance with the internationally proclaimed human rights.

Business World

STIHL embraces the principles of the social market economy and competition, recognizes employees’ freedom of association, rejects any form of forced labor or child labor, guarantees equality of opportunity in recruitment and employment, undertakes to maintain – and constantly and purposefully to improve – a high level of safety and health at work, and promotes the integration of physically and mentally handicapped persons.

Environment and Energy

STIHL declares its commitment to sustainability in conservation of the environment. The company undertakes to practice a high level of environmental protection and energy efficiency and their continuous improvement - in our company processes and our products. We demonstrably improve environmental performance long-term.


STIHL is opposed to corruption, including extortion and bribery.

signed Dr. Nikolas Stihl (Chairman of the Supervisory Board of STIHL AG)

signed Dr. Bertram Kandziora (Chairman of the Executive Board of STIHL AG)

Corporate responsibility Corporate responsibility

Corporate responsibility has a long tradition at STIHL. Find out more about how we live this responsibility at STIHL.

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Responsibility in the supply chain Responsibility in the supply chain

Our responsibility extends into our supply chain. Here you can read which requirements STIHL expects its suppliers to meet.

Code of conduct for suppliers (PDF, 4.22 MB)