Ying, we promise to
offer more people
access to energy.

Our development focus

Two of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG1 and SDG7) are to end poverty and to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.

The Development megatrend addresses today’s energy paradox, in which world energy usage is ever-increasing, yet 1.1 billion people do not have access to electricity1. This is a driving factor behind Schneider's focus on tackling energy poverty in emerging economies. We believe access to energy is a fundamental right, so we must act to provide energy in a way that is safe, sustainable, and responsibly managed.

Amplifying our energy

Our responsibility doesn’t stop at deploying energy solutions. We must also cultivate innovative business models that promote economic development in rural areas. This includes entrepreneurship and engaging communities, collaborators, and non-profits through training, funding, and volunteering. In keeping with our commitment to the United Nations (U.N.) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for energy-poor communities, we developed offers and business models for our Access to Energy program, and collaborations via the Schneider Electric Foundation. We’re happy to share our progress toward our Development goals through 2020.

Worldwide electricity deficit: 20171

In committing to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, one of our strategic ambitions is to quadruple the number of people gaining access to energy through the aid of our solutions. In other words, we’re talking about roughly 80 million people with access to energy gained since 2009, when the program was created.

Gilles Vermot Desroches

Chief Sustainability Officer

Schneider Electric

Our Development action

The 2018 – 2020 Schneider Sustainability Impact (SSI) highlights our Development commitments, which ensure that we’re innovating for — and engaging in — communities worldwide. By 2020, we commit to ...


turnover of Access to Energy Program


underprivileged people trained


volunteering days thanks to our VolunteerIn platform



1 “Energy Access Outlook,” International Energy Agency, 2017.