Our commitment to sustainability

We take our governance, environmental and social responsibilities seriously and are working to create a sustainable Zurich Airport.

  • Our business activities are aligned with the principles of the United Nations Global Compact and contribute towards the UN’s sustainable development goals.
  • We reduce our environmental impacts and improve our environmental efficiency above and beyond statutory and regulatory requirements. We aim to reduce our own greenhouse gas emissions to net zero without offsetting by 2040.
  • We provide a fair, attractive and safe environment for employees, partners and customers and we engage in broad-based dialogue with our neighbours.

The UN Global Compact

The company became a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact in 2021. This underscores our ongoing commitment to human rights along with socially and environmentally responsible corporate governance. We affirm the ten principles set out in the UN Global Compact in the key areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment and anti-corruption. The integrated report details how we contribute to upholding these principles within our sphere of influence.

  • Integrated Report
  • UN Global Compact Network Switzerland & Liechtenstein

Our contribution to the global sustainable development goals

The United Nations Agenda 2030 is intended to secure sustainable development at an economic, environmental and social level. At its heart are 17 defined sustainable development goals (SDGs). By doing business responsibly, Flughafen Zürich AG is also contributing to attainment of the SDGs. It has chosen to focus in particular on six of these goals where it believes it can make an especially valuable contribution. The company is also contributing to the achievement of another nine of the goals as well, making a total of 15 goals where it aims to make a difference (see diagram).

See the integrated report for more detailed information about our contribution to the attainment of the SDGs.

SDG Zurich Airport
Flughafen Zürich AG's contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Initiatives supported

Flughafen Zürich AG belongs to or supports a number of initiatives concerned with sustainable business management. Here are some of these initiatives and associations:

UN Global Compact (UNGC)
UN Global Compact

The UN Global Compact is the world’s biggest and most important initiative for sustainable and responsible corporate governance. Flughafen Zürich AG has been a signatory since 2021 and is a member of the UNGC Network Switzerland & Liechtenstein.

Airport Carbon Accreditation
Airport Carbon Accreditation

Airport Carbon Accreditation is an accreditation system that evaluates and reports on how far airports have succeeded in reducing their carbon emissions. Zurich Airport has been part of this scheme since 2010.


Öbu is the Swiss Business Council for Sustainable Development and has over 300 member companies. Flughafen Zürich AG joined this network in 2005.

Exemplary Energy and Climate initiative
Logo Exemplary Energy and Climate

The Swiss Confederation’s Exemplary Energy and Climate initiative is part of its Energy Strategy 2050 and is aimed at key providers of vital public services in Switzerland that wish to play an innovative and trailblazing role in relation to energy. Flughafen Zürich AG has been a member since 2020.


The Global Listed Infrastructure Organisation (GLIO) is an association of listed companies in the infrastructure sector. Its services to investors include providing information about sustainability. Flughafen Zürich AG has been a member since 2016.

Do you have any questions?

The ESG Team will be happy to help you.

  • esg@zurich-airport.com