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Corporate Social Responsibility


As an owner-managed family business, we are committed to our social responsibilities. By acting in an economically, environmentally and socially responsible manner, we aim to improve people's quality of life and protect the livelihoods of current and future generations. Our activities support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015. We regularly compare them with our sustainability activities to see where we as a company can make a concrete contribution to each SDG.


We actively invest in our employees' health

  • Company health management (nutrition, exercise, screening) in cooperation with the Barmer health insurance company
  • Job bike leasing programme for all employees
  • Guided "active break" in cooperation with a physiotherapy centre
  • Catering with fresh organic fruit from a local organic food delivery service
  • Continuous improvement of work processes and the working environment with regard to ergonomics
  • Regular safety briefings to prevent accidents at work
  • Free use of the local tennis court
  • Free entry to the local outdoor pool

We actively promote the development of our employees

  • Regular training courses via the "icotek Online Academy"
  • Regular product training by our product management team
  • Support for external training and development
  • Half-yearly employee appraisals to identify development potential
  • Employee app "my icotek", as a platform for internal communication to keep all employees equally informed, share knowledge and develop new ideas

We support external educational organisations

  • Cooperation with Aalen University of Applied Sciences, "Master Business Development" programme: Professional mentoring and support of students in company projects
  • icotek young professionals: Initiative to support students, teachers and lecturers in the field of electrical engineering, e.g. by providing illustrative materials, practical teaching and learning materials as well as financial support for events for professional knowledge transfer and education
  • Sponsorship of the "Formula Student" competition with products related to cable management
  • Technology partnerships with technical colleges and universities
  • Cooperation with schools and kindergartens in the region: offering work experience, age-appropriate workshops on topics related to icotek products and fields of applications, etc.

Offers to promote work-life balance are always open to all genders and support employees:

  • Flexible working hours
  • Individualised working time models: one third of all employees work part-time
  • Home office option
  • Wedding and childcare subsidy

The proportion of women (52%) and men (48%) employed at icotek is almost equal (2022).


We contribute to the development of renewable energies

  • Our photovoltaic system covers 35% of our energy needs. This means a saving of 55,000 kg of CO₂ emissions (2022)
  • Further measures as part of the current new building: Significant expansion of the existing photovoltaic system and installation of e-charging stations for charging e-vehicles and e-bikes

We provide secure employment for many people in the region and are constantly striving to grow

  • Expansion of the headquarters in Eschach creates more secure jobs in the region (doubling the number of office jobs)
  • We source our raw materials and goods predominantly from German and European suppliers with standardised labour and environmental regulations
  • Stable delivery capability, as a result of long-standing and trusting supplier relationships, helps us to achieve continuous growth
  • The implementation of the CRM solution Salesforce enables us to target our prospects and customers more effectively, retain them for the long term and thus grow faster and more consistently

We stand for innovation and are an important partner for the industry

  • The structural expansion of the headquarters in Eschach (under construction) is a long-term and sustainable commitment to the Eschach site
  • We are an innovation leader in cable management with numerous patents and certifications
  • We are an important partner for industry and have become indispensable in many sectors: icotek systems are used wherever electrical cables, pneumatic or hydraulic hoses or fibre optic cables need to be fed tightly into a machine or control cabinet
  • We are constantly developing our existing products and continuously expanding our high-quality product portfolio through regular innovations

We are committed to a respectful and non-biased work environment

  • Employees are valued for their contributions - regardless of age, ethnicity and nationality, gender and gender identity, physical and mental ability, religion and belief, sexual orientation and social background
  • We are a signatory of the Charta der Vielfalt since 2021
  • Promoting the professional integration of people with disabilities through recruitment and employment and/or through cooperation with social institutions

Social commitment: For many years, we have supported organisations working for the common good through various sponsorship activities


We help protect the climate by improving energy efficiency and using resources responsibly

  • Conversion to efficient LED lighting in the logistics & order picking area contributes to significant energy savings
  • Digitalisation measures can save 67% of previous paper consumption (2022)
  • Excellent thermal insulation of the company's buildings favours energy-saving heating
  • Our operational waste is systematically collected, sorted and disposed or recycled in an environmentally friendly manner (some of it is returned directly to the materials cycle)
  • We use mainly recycled paper packaging, which is 100% recyclable
  • We send our packages 100% carbon neutral
  • Online meetings and home-office options for employees replace travel-intensive on-site meetings, thus reducing CO₂ emissions
  • We encourage our employees to cycle to work instead of driving. This not only saves resources, but is also good for their health.
  • Planned measure in the course of the current new building: installation of an environmentally friendly heat pump system in the new building

Contribution to sustainable development from the perspective of our products

  • Our products are REACH compliant: The substances contained in our products do not adversely affect human health or the environment
  • Our products are RoHS-compliant: The RoHS Directive controls and restricts the use of environmentally harmful substances in electrical and electronic equipment that are difficult to dispose of
  • We have a sustainable supply chain: We source around 95% of our goods from from suppliers in the immediate vicinity. This allows us to reduce CO₂ emissions and minimise our carbon footprint
  • icotek is ISO 9001 certified: our customers benefit from consistently high product and service quality as well as a long product and service life
  • The use of our products in machines, systems and control cabinets effectively protects them against malfunctions and thus contributes to their maintenance and thus to a long service life and useful life
  • Our "LED lighting for industry" product line helps our customers to use energy efficiently