Schott has joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC).

The United Nations confirmed that the speciality glass manufacturer is included in the initiative for sustainable and responsible corporate governance.

Dr Frank Heinricht, CEO of Schott, said: "We are implementing our sustainability strategy throughout the company and together with our partners.

"Economic activity must be reconciled with ecological considerations and social action. For us, these are fundamental components of sustainable corporate management."

The UNGC is the United Nations’ appeal to companies to adapt their business processes and strategies to ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environmental protection, and anti-corruption.

It has over 22,600 participants in 165 countries, making it the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.

David Klein, Manager of the Schott Sustainability Programme, said: "We are committed to upholding human rights, creating fair working conditions, promoting environmental and climate protection, and opposing all forms of corruption and bribery.

"As a foundation company, Schott has already taken a wide range of steps towards greater sustainability in the past. By joining the UNGC, we aim to deepen this commitment further."

The multi-year strategy of the UNGC is to drive business awareness and action in support of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

The United Nations has adopted 17 global SDGs that consider three aspects of sustainability: economic, ecological, and social.

Schott has focused on the four SDGs where it believes it can make the greatest contribution: health and wellbeing, gender equality, sustainable consumption and production, and climate protection measures.