Sustainability Report 2022

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,

Especially uncertain times require a clear compass. Where is STIHL headed in today’s turbulent climate? How can we make sure we remain ready for the future? The sustainability strategy contributes to the compass for our actions. As a family-owned company, we see ourselves as drivers of sustainable business in every area. For three generations now, we have been defining the strategic principles of successful long-term business development.

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STIHL AG Executive Board

Dear readers,
Behind us lies a year of multiple, concurrent crises, the likes of which we had never seen before. The coronavirus pandemic, material shortages, and a lack of skilled labor had already put STIHL to the test. And then came the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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»Shaping a sustainable future is an obligation for us all. I firmly believe that we have the tools to drive forward the transformation of both ourselves and our customers toward even more sustainability by thinking and acting together.«

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

»Sustainability is the environment, business – and people. Our employees are a key success factor. That’s why we help them to help STIHL develop for the long term, so that they grow with us, and we with them.«

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

»We’re growing without forgetting our roots. Seizing the opportunities of transformation and investing globally, with an eye to the future, are what set STIHL apart as a sustainable business.«

Karl Angler
Finance and Information Technology
(until Jul. 31, 2022)
Portrait Karl Angler

»Quality, innovation, and reliability are what our customers expect from STIHL. We have had lasting success in the market because we meet these very expectations with our products and services.«

Norbert Pick
Marketing and Sales
(until Dec. 31, 2022)
Portrait Norbert Pick

»Good corporate governance is the basis for our sustainable development. We know where we stand and where we want to go. We’re creating the right structures and processes to get there, and we’re taking everyone who works here along for the ride.«

Ingrid Jägering
Finance and Controlling
(since Aug. 1, 2022)
Portrait Ingrid Jägering

»We develop products that combine performance and responsibility, for technology with reasonable environmental footprint. Our customers get sustainable innovations – and STIHL ensures its leading competitive position.«

Anke Kleinschmit
Research and Development
Portrait Anke Kleinschmit

»The most resource-efficient and climate-friendly production methods possible, embedded in a socially responsible value and supply chain – we are constantly growing better with that goal in mind.«

Martin Schwarz
Manufacturing and Materials
Portrait Martin Schwarz

Sustainability Report 2022
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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, Switzerland, Austria, Brazil, the U.S., China, and the Philippines. STIHL has been the world’s topselling 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 2022


employees Group-wide as of late 2022

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people can buy STIHL

About this report

This publication is the second STIHL Sustainability Report. The report was prepared in accordance with the Sustainability Reporting Standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for the period from January 1, 2022, to December 31, 2022.

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It outlines our sustainability strategy and our sustainability targets, as well as our sustainability activities in 2022. The consolidated group covered in the Sustainability Report differs from the one covered in the STIHL Annual Report. Unless stated otherwise, all data relates to the operating German STIHL locations (the founding company of the STIHL Group, 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 and the U.S. company CS COSMOS STIHL Manufacturing Inc., which was founded in late 2022, are not yet covered in this report, but will be included in the medium term. The Sustainability Report was published in digital form in May 2023 and is available in German and English. It was not subjected to external assurance. 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 2024.

Dr. Friedemann Stock


Dr. Friedemann Stock
STIHL Vice President Sustainability


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

Natural talent forest
Natural talent forest

Dr. Michael Prochaska and Prof. Dr. Andreas Rigling discuss the importance of forests and approaches to sustainable forestry

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Maximum power
Maximum power

STIHL is advancing its battery strategy and investing in new production sites for battery-operated tools

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Biodiversity in 3D
Biodiversity in 3D

STIHL’s municipal partners are using drones and artificial intelligence in the Biodiversity in Communities project

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Action, but green
Action, but green

The TIMBERSPORTS® World Trophy earned EcoEvent recognition for sustainability from the city of Vienna in 2022

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Into the woods
Into the woods

Rain forest partnership in Bolivia – a win-win for the indigenous population and the forest

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From raw material to battery pack
From raw material to battery pack

We take a closer look at the high-risk cobalt supply chain for battery cells

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Careers take off at STIHL
Careers take off at STIHL

Exciting tasks, good prospects – STIHL employees tell their stories

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