As a globally active innovation leader, the Dürr Group contributes to the achievement of eight of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
UN agenda 2030
With the 2030 Agenda adopted in 2015, the United Nations has opted for a comprehensive environmental and social reform program to take decisive steps toward sustainable development within 15 years. The 2030 Agenda contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals — also known as SDGs — with a total of 169 targets.
We have identified eight SDGs that map the key impacts of the Dürr Group’s business and corporate strategy. Derived from this, our aim is to systematically expand our positive contribution to these goals by continuously improving our internal business practices and products, seizing new opportunities while effectively limiting our negative impact.
As a technology company, our corporate success depends to a large extent on qualified personnel and prudent management. That is why we attach great importance to comprehensive training and qualification opportunities for our workforce, thus creating the basis for high-quality professional and personal development of our employees. We also promote self-guided and flexible learning with new digital training offerings.
Our economic activities are consistent with ecological and social concerns as well as responsible corporate governance. In doing so, we go beyond compliance with the law and have imposed extensive voluntary commitments on ourselves. We respect internationally recognized human rights, stand up for fair working conditions and offer an attractive working environment with a wide range of company benefits.
As a global employer, we have an impact on regional employment as well as a decent and safe working environment in our communities. Respecting human rights and ensuring fair working conditions are therefore the basis of our corporate responsibility. A binding component of the contracts with suppliers is our globally applicable Supplier Code, which explicitly requires compliance with human rights. As part of audits, we check compliance with social and environmental standards in our global supply chains.
The health and well-being of our employees and business partners are an essential prerequisite for our success and an important basis for sustainable regional development. Through our Group-wide strategy Striving for Excellence in Safety, we aim to ensure the integrity of our employees and business partners, promote a safe and decent working environment, and minimize health risks.
As an innovation and technology leader, we have a direct impact on the development and provision of clean and environmentally sound technologies. Through our R&D activities and production technology, for example, we ensure greater energy efficiency and resource conservation in various industrial sectors. In addition, we are making an important contribution to the transformation toward a climate-neutral society in growth sectors such as electromobility and sustainable construction with timber.
Diversity, equal opportunities and equal treatment in the workplace are part of our core values and determine our daily actions and behavior. We promote an inclusive culture regardless of personal or genetic characteristics, are committed to the principle of gender equality in all areas of business, and do not tolerate any form of discrimination.
For our customers, we are a partner for sustainable production processes. In this context, the efficient use of natural resources is an essential building block for greater sustainability. Through our service activities, we ensure the longevity of our products and extend their useful life. We thus contribute to the circular economy, conserve valuable resources and reduce our ecological footprint.
Climate change is one of the greatest and most pressing challenges of our time. With our climate strategy, we have made a pledge to contribute to the achievement of the 1.5°C target under the Paris Climate Agreement. Our goals by 2030 are: 70% reduction in GHG emissions at our own sites (Scope 1 and Scope 2) and 15% reduction in GHG emissions in our upstream and downstream value chain (Scope 3) compared to the base year 2019.
Our corporate principles are based on a clear commitment to compliance with legal requirements and ethical standards. We are committed to fair competition and reject any form of corruption, extortion or bribery. With regular mandatory training, we educate our workforce on compliance and anti-corruption and follow relevant anti-corruption guidelines when selecting our business partners.
We value the importance of global partnership for sustainable development. We therefore engage in a lively exchange of views with various stakeholders in society in order to identify their expectations in a timely manner and actively help shape change. As a member of the UN Global Compact and other international sustainability initiatives, we reinforce our responsibility to society and the environment.