We make what matters work. Sustainably.

We are powered by our vision, driven by strategy, guided by our aspirational goals and committed to doing business right. 

Improving the quality of life and the environment

The world is experiencing some of the most important secular growth trends that we will experience in our lifetime: The explosive rise of digitalization and the energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables — changes being driven by unprecedented growth in electrification and climate change.

Eaton's vision is to improve the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. As a participant in the U.N. Global Compact, we’ve made a commitment with other companies around the world to continue to adopt sustainable and socially responsible practices. We have a vital purpose in our world because we create the products and services that help our customers — and their customers — manage and use power. 

Stakeholders are calling for nations and businesses to work together to address global climate change. Human-induced climate change has wrought observable impacts to people, infrastructure and ecosystems, including increases in global temperatures, more frequent heatwaves, extreme precipitation in some regions and droughts in others. We understand the urgency of the climate emergency and have developed science-based greenhouse gas reduction targets consistent with the limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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By 2030 our goal is to reduce GHG emissions from our operations by 50% from 2018 levels
By 2030 our goal is to have all of our manufacturing sites zero waste-to-landfill certified
Our investment in R&D targeted at creating sustainable solutions by 2030

Aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Our work aligns closely with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which were created to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Our strategy and 2030 sustainability targets help advance these UN SDGs:

  • #3 Good health and well-being
  • #5 Gender equality
  • #6 Clean water and sanitation
  • #7 Affordable and clean energy
  • #8 Decent work and economic growth
  • #9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • #10 Reduced inequalities
  • #11 Sustainable cities and communities
  • #12 Responsible consumption and production
  • #13 Climate action

For example, as demand on the power grid increases, we’re helping municipalities and utilities optimize power efficiency and distribution, including clean energy from solar and wind. With increases in global population of about 82 million people per year, food production — from field to table — will need to be more efficient, minimizing waste while improving food safety. And, working with many of the world’s largest manufacturers, we help make air and land transportation operate more efficiently and safely, while consuming fewer resources.