Sustainability Report 2013


Video: Our sustainability strategy


Our ambition

Commitment to leadership in sustainability is one of our core corporate values. Through our sustainability strategy we contribute both to sustainable development and to our company’s economic success.

As sustainability leaders, we aim to pioneer new solutions for sustainable development while continuing to shape our business responsibly and increase our economic success. This ambition encompasses all of our company’s activities – along the entire value chain. Our around 47,000 employees all over the world have firmly embraced the principles of sustainable development in their daily work and think and act accordingly.

We are facing immense challenges: By the year 2050, the world’s population is expected to grow to 9 billion. The accompanying acceleration in global economic activity will lead to rising consumption and resource depletion. The effect of increasing pressure on available resources is becoming more noticeable around the world.

Achieving more with less

Our strategy is based on the Vision 2050 of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD): “In 2050, 9 billion people live well and within the resource limits of the planet.” For us as a company, this means helping people to live well by generating value while using less resources and causing less emissions.

This is the idea at the heart of our sustainability strategy: Achieving more with less. We want to create more value – for our customers and consumers, for the communities we operate in, and for our company – while reducing our environmental footprint at the same time. To accomplish this, we need innovations, products, and technologies that can enhance quality of life and, moreover, use less input materials.