DIALOGUE AND COOPERATION.
Progress through collaboration. Learning through dialogue. At the BMW Group, we align our business goals as closely as possible with the needs and expectations of society. To do this, we are in close and regular contact with stakeholders, various aid and educational organisations, and young leaders from across the globe. Our collaborations aim to instigate honest and constructive discussions around business, the environment and social issues so we can rise successfully to challenges that face us and actively shape the future. This section of our website offers an overview of our platforms.
We collaborate with various stakeholders and take a holistic approach to developing ideas for tomorrow’s mobility – because it gives us new and innovative perspectives as we shape this all-important aspect of the future.
Member of the Board of Management, BMW AG
INITIATIVES FOR REGULAR EXCHANGE.
INTRODUCING THE RAD°HUB.
Tomorrow’s mobility will encompass much more than just products and services. That’s why the BMW Group established the rad°hub – a safe space for visionaries, experts and thought leaders from various disciplines both within and beyond the BMW Group to debate and collaborate on innovative solutions.
rad°hub participants work in small impulse groups to develop future scenarios. The idea is to encourage close, lively exchanges between individuals from different disciplines as well as new ways of thinking, changes of perspective and contacts. All with a common goal: to generate ideas and proposals for new products and services.
Why “rad°hub”? “Rad” is not just German for “wheel” – one of humanity’s most important inventions – but also the unit of measurement for the rotation of the Earth (rad/s). The word “hub”, of course, refers to a central point, for example where people come together to invent something new. The name rad°hub, then, stands for the force that drives us – today and in the future.
The beating heart of the rad°hub is our rad°influencers, who all have one thing in common: they set new standards and drive progress in their respective fields. Coming together to share their knowledge and develop ideas for future mobility, they aim not so much to develop ideas to maturity but to explore different ways of thinking about the future that will shape the culture of innovation and creativity both within the BMW Group and beyond.
The goal of the rad°hub is to meld in-house and external perspectives and build up a network of influencers who will sustain interactions, opening up new perspectives on both sides.
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WHAT WILL THE CITY OF THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE?
The city of the future is a place of plurality. Every city is different, with its own individual structures that have evolved over time. So rather than a universal solution, a variety of approaches will be needed that can each be implemented at their own pace. As the population and urbanisation increase over the coming years, transport will not just need to become more available; it will be more complex to orchestrate too. That’s why, when it comes to developing viable scenarios for future mobility, a holistic perspective is essential. At the rad°hub 2019, participants developed a vision of the city of the future, exploring various aspects of urban life, including mobility, infrastructure, work, living, public spaces, culture, regulations and much more besides.
WHAT KIND OF SUSTAINABLE WORLD DO WE WANT TO LIVE IN, IN 2040?
Technical solutions such as electromobility, renewable energies and digitalisation will require large amounts of metallic raw materials – which must be used as sparingly as possible. The only way to do this is through a circular economy. As a society, we will need to make fundamental changes to the way we develop, manufacture, use and recycle products linked to these resources. Innovative, cooperative value chains throughout the product lifecycle will be essential.
Circularity is instrumental in bringing about the social and cultural change we need to maintain the prosperity of humankind and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. At the moment, society is producing and consuming at the expense of humanity and nature. But circularity aims to change that fundamentally – and was therefore the focus of the rad°hub 2021. Participants envisioned consumer behaviour of the future and developed ideas and solutions for life in a circular economy in 2040.
WHAT KIND OF WORLD DO WE WANT TO LIVE IN, IN 2040?
Digitalisation is undoubtedly the way of the future. Its capacity as a breeding ground for innovation leaps and the emergence of vast new markets is already proven, and it is redefining the way we communicate and access information. But is it really benefiting us all? How can we ensure that the disruptive force of digitalisation will be used as a force for good?
In 2022 the rad°hub set out to reflect on this question and find answers. The event was a space for open discussions around the latest trends, possible solutions and the potential risks of digitalisation for the mobility sector. Together, the rad°hub community developed various scenarios for the future mobility of 2040.
ONE YOUNG WORLD.
Meeting global challenges through collaboration and building lasting global networks. Those were the guiding principles that emerged from the establishment of the non-profit One Young World (OYW). Founded in the UK in 2009 by David Jones and Kate Robertson, OYW has gone from strength to strength. Over the years the organisation has burgeoned, and today thousands of young talents from business, NGOs and research from around the world come together for the annual OYW Summit. There they reflect on and discuss topics such as education, climate and environmental protection, and social projects, and also grow their networks. Founded on collective, social and societal engagement, the aim of the Summit is to reimagine and actively shape the future.
Reimagining and actively shaping the future is not just the guiding principle of One Young World but also firmly established in the mindset of the BMW Group. We take our responsibility to society and the environment extremely seriously, and our commitment is very much a part of what we stand for. It’s also the reason we attach special importance to helping our own employees shape their futures. Young talents enjoy our particular support: we mentor them in their personal development, encourage them to develop a broad view of the company and help them grow their personal networks. Because we want them to become visionary, committed managers who provide the foundation for successful collaborations within a future-focused BMW Group and actively contribute to the corporate citizenship of our company.
BMW GROUP @ ONE YOUNG WORLD SUMMIT.
The One Young World Summit brings together young leaders aged between 18 and 30 from across the globe who are engaged in social and societal causes. It offers them a platform for discussions around innovative solutions to global challenges and questions facing the world, and potential ways of tackling them. The BMW Group has been sending its own delegation of committed young leaders to the event since 2016.
The One Young World (OYW) Summit is an inspiring annual get-together of young talent determined to change the world for the better. A historic example of positive change was the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. Now, on the 25th anniversary of the agreement that put an end to the decades-long conflict in Northern Ireland and modelled conflict resolution globally, including as far away as Colombia, the One Young World Summit 2023 was hosted in Belfast and included a celebration of this historic event.
A gathering with an impact: The One Young World (OYW) Summit is an inspiring annual convention of young talents who want to change the world for the better. In 2022 it was hosted by Manchester. A centre of the spirit of innovation, the OYW Summit was attended by 2,000 young leaders from across the globe. Also taking part was the BMW Group, with its own delegation of 52 young people.
The four-day meeting focused on a range of topics affecting the whole world and requiring solutions, such as conflict prevention, global gender equality, clean oceans, responsible leadership and health. The young contributors from 190 countries debated, networked, contributed new perspectives, and put forward bold solutions.
This year the atmosphere in the BMW Group delegation was particularly enthusiastic. Travelling with them was Ilka Horstmeier, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG for HR, Real Estate and Labour Director. In her keynote speech for the congress, she was clearly impressed by participants’ enthusiasm and engagement. This was exactly the “spirit”, she said, that talented young achievers bring back to the BMW Group on their return and that sparks new ideas for the sustainable transformation of the company.
In 2021 the One Young World Summit took place in Munich.
Focusing on the theme of Innovation, the congress explored issues such as the climate crisis, freedom, civil liberties and education. Making up the BMW Group’s delegation were 60 young talents from sites across the globe, who had come together for the weekend.
Ever since the BMW Group sent its first delegation to the OYW, in 2016, our employees have also been part of the OYW ambassadors’ group. The fact that the OYW Summit came to Munich in 2021 was particularly good news for the BMW Group, which co-hosted the event: as a showcase for innovation, we work closely with the City of Munich and have long fostered the innovative spirit here.
For its ninth edition, the One Young World Summit went to The Hague. Young managers from multinationals came together to offer a fresh perspective on economic, social and political questions.
The BMW Group participated with 36 delegates from ten countries. Also taking part in the four-day congress from 17-20 October 2018 was Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management, BMW AG – again in his role as counsellor.
From 4-5 October 2017 the BMW Group delegation and Board Member Peter Schwarzenbauer, as counsellor, joined the One Young World Summit in the Colombian capital Bogotá. Once again, the event attracted young leaders and personalities from across the globe to discuss politics, education, economic developments, social entrepreneurship and much more besides. This year’s speakers included the Nobel Peace Prize winners Professor Muhammad Yunus and Tawakkol Karman, and the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan.
In 2016 the One Young World Summit was hosted by the Canadian capital, Ottawa. For the first time, a delegation of 21 young and committed employees from various divisions of the BMW Group took part. Delegations from 196 countries discussed global issues such as environmental protection, sustainability, peace and security, and human rights. Among the counsellors enriching the event with their thoughts and ideas were the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, actress Emma Watson, campaigner Bob Geldof and the Canadian premier Justin Trudeau.
INTRODUCING THE BMW GROUP DIALOGUES.
The BMW Group Dialogues are the international stakeholder format by the BMW Group. We meet regularly with stakeholders from business, the sciences, NGOs, politics and civil society to discuss key sustainability topics at the BMW Group and beyond, in our core markets. In 2022 we also established BMW Group XChange, a community platform designed to help stakeholders connect outside of Dialogue events and share their opinions on important issues. The aim of the platform is to establish a comprehensive learning process with constant sharing of ideas around the issue of sustainability.
Are you a stakeholder with questions or suggestions around sustainability at the BMW Group?
Then contact our stakeholder team at: firstname.lastname@example.org