Sustainability Report 2021

Acting for tomorrow

Our motivation

STIHL is a family-owned business with roots in forestry that stretch back ­nearly 100 years. Everything we do has always been focused on people, nature, and their power to grow. That is what drives us – and what we want to keep driving forward.

Dear Readers,

With extreme weather events, supply chain bottlenecks, and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, 2021 was characterized by a diverse range of challenges that also left their mark on the STIHL Group. The credit for our ability to master these challenges with relative aplomb, despite all the adversities, goes in no small part to the outstanding commitment and dedication of our people, who have earned our sincere thanks.

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STIHL AG Executive Board

Dear Readers,
We want to keep the STIHL Group ready for the future. To continue making sure that this is the case, and to ensure that we do business sustainably throughout the value chain, we need to incorporate the corresponding sustainability criteria in all of our decision-making processes.

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»As a globally operating family-owned business, we are aware of our function as a role model and are actively living up to it. For nearly 100 years now, STIHL has been taking responsibility and making an important contribution to the environment and society.«

Dr. Bertram Kandziora
Chairman of the Executive Board
(until Jan. 31, 2022)
Dr. Bertram Kandziora, Chairman of the Executive Board

»Making a sustainable corporate culture a reality affects the entire business. By working together across departmental and divisional boundaries – from development, procurement, and production, to the sale and use of our products – we will master the transformation.«

Michael Traub
Chairman of the Executive Board
(since Feb. 1, 2022)
Michael Traub, Chairman of the Executive Board

»We are conducting research on innovative technologies and are developing the products of tomorrow – for maximum performance and a positive environmental footprint. By doing so, we are claiming our spot at the top of the global competition«

Anke Kleinschmit
Research and Development
Anke Kleinschmit, Research and Development

»With our eyes on the overriding goal of climate neutrality, we are continually optimizing our processes to ensure energy-efficient value and supply chains that are socially fair and conserve resources.«

Martin Schwarz
Manufacturing and Materials
Martin Schwarz, Manufacturing and Materials

»The progress in digitalization offers a wide range of opportunities to ensure our competitiveness in global markets in the long term. We are investing globally in the future at STIHL and are seizing the opportunities of tomorrow.«

Karl Angler
Finance and Information Technology
Karl Angler, Finance and Information Technology

»Sustainable success as an organization is only possible with our people. That is why STIHL Group companies support employees in their professional development over the long term and offer attractive working conditions – with an eye toward the future as well.«

Dr. Michael Prochaska
Human Resources and Legal Affairs
Dr. Michael Prochaska, Human Resources and Legal Affairs

»Acting sustainably is an essential part of the STIHL brand – it is what we stand for, and it is what drives us. We will continue inspiring our customers with innovative products going forward, and we will remain true to our proven premium quality.«

Norbert Pick
Marketing and Sales
Norbert Pick, Marketing and Sales

Sustainability Report 2021
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About us

The STIHL Group develops, manufactures, and distributes outdoor power equipment for forestry, agriculture, landscaping, construction, and discerning consumers. The product range is complemented by digital solutions and services. The products are sold to end users through authorized servicing dealers and through STIHL’s own online shops, which are slated for international expansion in the years ahead. The STIHL Group’s sales network consists of 42 sales and marketing companies, approximately 120 importers, and more than 55,000 independent, authorized dealers. The Group has manufacturing operations around the world in seven countries: Germany, Brazil, Switzerland, Austria, China, the U.S., and the Philippines. STIHL has been the world’s top-selling chainsaw brand since 1971. The STIHL Group was founded in 1926 and is based in Waiblingen near Stuttgart, Germany.


billion euros in revenue
worldwide in
fiscal year 2021


employees beschäftigte
as of late 2021

In over


people can buy STIHL

About this report

This publication is the first STIHL Sustainability Report. It outlines our sustainability strategy and our sustainability targets, as well as our sustainability activities in 2021. Unless stated otherwise, all figures relate to the German STIHL locations (The founding company ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG with eight locations in Waiblingen, Fellbach, Ludwigsburg, Weinsheim, and Wiechs am Randen, as well as the distribution center in Dieburg), along with all international STIHL production companies (U.S., Brazil, Austria, Switzerland, and China) and the ZAMA Group, with subsidiaries in China, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, and the U.S. The STIHL Group’s international sales companies are not yet covered in this report, but will be included in the medium term.

The report complies with the Sustainability Report Standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI Standards). You can find the GRI content index in the PDF document.

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All forward-looking statements in this report were based on assumptions valid as of the editorial deadline. The actual results and developments may vary. The next STIHL Sustainability Report is scheduled for publication in early 2023.

Dr. Friedemann Stock


Dr. Friedemann Stock
STIHL Vice President Sustainability


The STIHL Sustainability Report deals with the following fields of action:

Sustainability is a marathon
Sustaina­bility is a marathon

Dr. Michael Prochaska and Martin Schwarz on sustainability at STIHL

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Time matters
Time matters

A look at tools and sustainability from the perspective of a horticulture and landscaping expert

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The many sides of biodiversity
The many sides of bio­diversity

Focus on biodiversity - a round trip through three German municipalities

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Efficiency hunters
Efficiency hunters

Saving at least 40 percent energy compared to 2019 - that is our goal by 2030.

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100 million trees for Borneo
100 million trees for Borneo

STIHL supports Fairventures in environmental projects in the rain forest

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The long haul
The long haul

Making supply chains sustainable – from respect for human rights to fair working conditions and environmental protection

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People at Stihl
People at Stihl

Enthusiastic and qualified, full of ideas and vision – people who take action and have the courage to break new ground and surpass themselves. These are the people of STIHL.

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