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The sustainable life of a joystick

The stairways at Caldaro

Five of Caldaro's joysticks

Caldaro has signed up for the UN Global Compact, intending to be a sustainable company and a responsible employer. What does this mean for the production of a joystick? Let’s see.

A customer needs a joystick with a new, special design. A salesperson visits the customer driving a plug-in hybrid electric car. The travel route is planned to limit carbon dioxide emissions.

Development work is done in Caldaro’s headquarters in an environmentally certified building. The BREEAM In-Use certificate addresses issues including heating systems, energy use, and waste management.

On another front, Caldaro has a nearly even gender distribution. Employees are offered a wellness allowance and time to work out during working hours. On top of the 480 days of paid parental leave, Caldaro adds some extra salary to encourage the staff to go on parental leave. They nurture a positive company culture and offer courses for personal development and education.

Choosing materials is an essential part of developing a joystick. Caldaro always selects robust materials that will last a long time, but they also have to make sure the raw materials contain only allowed chemicals and come from conflict-free zones in the world.

The products are ”glocal”: produced locally in Sweden and used all over the globe. Locally produced means short transportation distances and long-term relations with sub-contractors. To a high extent, the final assembly is done by socially owned companies that hire people who have ended up outside the labour market due to disability or illness.

Every single joystick undergoes a thorough and partly automated test before it is delivered. All test values are stored for full traceability. Products are transported by train whenever possible.

The joysticks are easy to mount since they are tailor-made. All cables will, for example, be the right length and fitted with connectors defined by the customer. Additionally, joysticks have just the number of buttons or functions that will be used. Caldaro doesn’t use any unnecessary materials.

Since the joystick is made of the best and most robust materials it will last for a long time. The ergonomic design is easy on the operator. The joystick makes it possible to electrify the machine, creating a cleaner and quieter working environment.

When the joystick has been used for a long time and doesn’t function as well as it used to, it’s often possible to send it in for reconditioning, which is more economical and environmentally friendly than buying a new one.

This is part of how Caldaro works to be sustainable, and the work goes on because to be sustainable means constantly searching for new ways to become even better at it.

Un Global Compact Goals: 5, 8, 9, 11, 12

The goals Caldaro focus on

  • Goal 5: Gender equality — Achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.
  • Goal 8: Decent working conditions and economic growth – Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment with decent working conditions for all.
  • Goal 9: Sustainable industry, innovations, and infrastructure – Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and promote innovation.
  • Goal 12: Sustainable consumption and production – Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.


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