Since 1868, IWC Schaffhausen has exemplified haute horlogerie, combining precision engineering with exclusive design. The IWC philosophy remains integral to the legacy of the company today: to imbue a passion for watchmaking, untiring enterprise and perfect craftsmanship into every innovative watch produced.
This legacy was born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland when after the American Civil War, entrepreneur Florentine Ariosto Jones travelled from Boston to Switzerland to set up the first and only watchmaking company in northeastern Switzerland. IWC Schaffhausen continues to develop its story in this historic location. Florentine’s vision was to combine the pioneering excellence of the American system of mechanism with the skilful hand labour of the Swiss. This philosophy is behind IWC to this day: to imbue a passion for watchmaking, untiring enterprise and perfect craftsmanship into every innovative watch produced.
IWC Schaffhausen’s commitment to sustainability is exemplified by their measurement and management of key topics related their social and environmental impact. In 2018, IWC became the first Swiss luxury watch company to produce a sustainability report aligned to Global Reporting Initiative Standards, and commits to biennial reporting on progress against their sustainability targets.
IWC Schaffhausen recognizes that business decisions can have an impact on the health of communities and the sustainability of the planet. As a member of the global community, IWC is also committed to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), establishing targets and measuring progress in those SDGs at the core of their business practices, in particular (8) Decent work and economic growth and (12) Responsible consumption and production.
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the highest quality sustainably & profitably
Through its commitment to responsible business practices, IWC Schaffhausen strives to create long-term value for both their business and society while preserving their heritage in quality, craftsmanship and innovation. IWC aims to lead the way in the luxury watch segment by producing timepieces of the highest quality sustainably and profitably.
In recognition of their efforts to implement responsible business practices, IWC Schaffhausen has received numerous awards including the Walpole Award for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility in 2012, best CSR in Switzerland by Capital Finance International in 2014, and the bronze award in sustainability in the 2017 International CSR Excellence Awards. In a 2018 report on environmental impact by WWF Switzerland, IWC was rated the best-performing of all 15 Swiss watch and jewellery brands assessed.
Their Measurable impact and commitments
IWC Schaffhausen is a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council, and received RJC Code of Practices certification in 2014. All their diamond and gold suppliers are RJC-certified, and all suppliers must adhere to a Supplier Code of Conduct. An audit program and support to implement best practices strengthen the approach further. IWC uses recycled gold so far as possible, and sources from a refinery powered by renewable energy.
In 2018, IWC Schaffhausen opened a new Manufacturing Center close to its Schaffhausen headquarters, and offers electric Smart cars (charged using renewable energy) to employees for travel between the two locations. The Manufacturing Center consolidates movement part making, case making and movement assembly in one facility, optimising processes and combining skilled workmanship with sophisticated technology. Like IWC’s Headquarters, the Manufacturing Center is powered by renewable energy, and it also has rooftop solar panels, automatic lighting control coupled with LED lights, and a sensor-controlled sunshade system that prevents the building from being heated unnecessarily. Employees enjoy plenty of natural light, and ergonomically designed workstations. As at Headquarters, an on-site canteen offers seasonal, locally sourced meals, and free fresh fruit daily.
IWC Schaffhausen encourages employees to support the local community with volunteering opportunities with the Forest Stewardship Council, and globally with Be My Eyes. Organisations working for a positive impact worldwide are also supported, through partnerships with the Cousteau Society, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, and the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation.