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Society and Environment

Shaping society and environment in an innovative way.

The BMW Group takes its responsibility for society and the environment seriously: New ideas don’t just affect the company itself. They help us fulfil this responsibility and realise our own vision.

Topics and drivers for society and environment.

BMW Group employees standing in front of a large model of a human eye.
Picture taken at BMW Plant Spartanburg.
Tractor unit of a 40-ton electric truck.

Innovations for society and environment: current developments.

From energy usage to training: The innovations of the BMW Group underline its role as a pioneer. Read about the latest developments here.

The German initiative “Give Something Back to Berlin” is the winner of this year’s Intercultural Innovation Award, with which the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group promote innovative intercultural concepts. The winning project enables newcomers to the city from all over the world to contribute their time, energy and know-how to social projects and community work – with the aim of creating a platform for people from different backgrounds to come together.

At BMW Welt, the BMW Group offered young technology enthusiasts between the ages of nine and twelve the chance to bring machines to life. Working with robots, the children learned programming basics. In an educational workshop programme, the young participants also learned about ground-breaking future topics, such as electro-mobility and sustainability.

BMW Group employees stands in a factory building.

Six-week "WORK HERE!" orientation programme in cooperation with the German Federal Employment Agency now also started at Berlin Plant.

Improving long-term prospects for refugees in Germany is the aim of the BMW Group's "WORK HERE!" initiative. The orientation programme, organised in conjunction with the "Asyl" employer service of the South Berlin Employment Agency, supports refugees with social and professional integration. 

BMW Group Mitarbeiter stehen in einem Photovoltaikpark.

In 2015, the BMW Group obtained more than 50% of its electricity worldwide from renewable sources – with the goal of 100% over the next few years.

The first step is to use energy more and more efficiently. In the second stage, individual sites install systems to generate electricity from renewable sources – such as wind turbines in Leipzig or biogas in South Africa. In stage three, the BMW Group purchases renewable electricity from energy producers worldwide. 

Children building things at BMW Group Junior Campus Berlin.

Hands-on electro-mobility is a reality for young people at the Junior Campus at the German Museum of Technology. The Junior Campus in Berlin is a joint project run by the Foundation of the German Museum of Technology in Berlin and the BMW Group.

In addition to workshops on the topics of mobility, sustainability and natural sciences supervised by the museum's educational staff, teams of schoolchildren also learn how an electric engines works. Younger children aged three to five have the chance to explore the topic of road safety and the environment in a fun way.

One Young World.

One Young World.


Imagining and actively shaping a new kind of future is the aim of the annual One Young World Summit, built on a foundation of collective social engagement. The BMW Group has sent its own delegation of committed young leaders since 2016. This year, Board of Management member Peter Schwarzenbauer will also serve in an advisory capacity as an OYW Summit counsellor.
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