The report provides a basis for open dialogue with all the interest groups. This is important because, against the backdrop of the current economic and financial crisis and climate change, even more is expected of Siemens with respect to sustainable management. This applies to the Siemens product portfolio and the production processes, as well as to other factors such as purchasing policies.
The main goal of sustainable company development at Siemens is the expansion of the Environmental Portfolio. With annual revenue from this area that last measured around €19 billion, Siemens is already the largest supplier of environmental technologies. The aim is to increase Environmental Portfolio revenue to €25 billion by 2011. Numerous major orders received by the company in the recent past show that Siemens is well positioned in interesting growth markets. Siemens has for example received the largest order in the world for offshore wind turbines.
Siemens has also set itself ambitious internal ecological goals. CO2 emissions and energy consumption are to be reduced by 20 percent in relationship to revenue by the year 2011. Water consumption is to be cut by 20 percent and waste by 15 percent. To give an example from the recent past: in the new headquarters of Siemens China in Beijing, energy consumption is around a third of that in comparable office buildings in China as a result of intelligent building technology.
There are many other aspects of sustainability at Siemens: operational and product-related environmental protection as well as responsible management and an employee culture based on diversity, occupational health and safety, the requirement that suppliers comply with the high standards of Siemens and the corporate citizenship activities.
As a socially responsible company, Siemens acts in the interest of its employees and of society. This includes a commitment to family-friendly working conditions. Siemens recently announced that it would be doubling the number of places at its childcare facilities in Germany to 800. Parents at Siemens should be given the best possible opportunity of returning to work soon after the birth of their children. The company will also be focusing more on the integration of the disabled.
The Sustainability Report 2008 is available in full on the Internet at www.siemens.com/sustainability-report