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Sustainability at the BMW Group

Sustainability at the BMW Group.

Sustainability management.

Two BMW i3 Cars at a charging station.

For the past 100 years, our company has inspired people around the world with fascinating products and services for individual mobility. Not many companies reach such an age – and not many companies have the opportunity and the resources to shape their own future.

Source: Sustainable Value Report

For us, sustainability is about shaping the future of the BMW Group. In 2016, the company celebrated its 100th centenary. This important milestone provided a unique opportunity for us to look to the future and to present our ideas for the mobility of tomorrow – with our four Vision Vehicles.

We view sustainability – not just in our vehicles, but throughout the entire value chain – as a basic requirement for tomorrow’s individual mobility and ensuring its social acceptability.

We believe the only way to achieve success in the long term is through sustainable action.

We remain committed to the principles of the United Nations Global Compact and have systematically implemented its Ten Principles at all locations worldwide since 2001. Our sustainability strategy also supports the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations in autumn 2015.

Sustainability has not just become a success factor for business. It is increasingly a question of individual lifestyle. A sustainable lifestyle is viewed as a personal enrichment and represents a conscious decision for many people worldwide. Today, emissions and the raw materials and other resources used in production are a consideration in many customer purchases.

The BMW Group has therefore set itself ten long-term sustainability goals encompassing the entire value chain.

Our vehicles with Efficient Dynamics technology, plug-in hybrid drivetrain or electric engine – combined with innovative mobility services – lay the foundation for our business success. Our production focuses on the efficient use of resources, which helps the environment and lowers costs. Our wide variety of different community, social and cultural projects around the world also make an important contribution to securing the company’s long-term reputation.

As we work to reduce the CO2 emissions of our vehicle fleet, electro-mobility will play a significant role. Our Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT underlines our strong commitment to electrified drivetrains. We will be increasing the share of electrified models across all brands and model series. To date, we have already sold more than 100,000 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. We now aim to achieve this same figure in 2017 alone. In this way, we are helping reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and improving air quality.

One of our tasks is to rethink urban mobility. For this reason, our experts reached out to stakeholders in different cities around the globe last year to discuss specific challenges and possible solutions. Input from our stakeholders is constantly fed into our strategy process.

We are responding to the individual mobility requirements of people in cities with innovative solutions, like our DriveNow and ReachNow car-sharing services. These offerings will be expanded as part of Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT.

For the BMW Group, this is “year one” after the centenary. We aim to succeed with our business model for premium mobility and premium services in the future. Sustainability is therefore an integral part of our thinking and actions.

This approach is in line with our values of trust, openness, appreciation, responsibility and transparency. It is anchored in our Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT and reflected in our efficient value creation and emotional products – in the interests of our customers, all our associates and our partners in society and business around the world.

BMW Group once again sector leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

The BMW Group has once again been named the world’s most sustainable automotive company in the rating published by RobecoSAM AG for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI). The BMW Group is also the only one of the three automobile manufacturers listed to feature in the renowned index every year since 1999. 

“The BMW Group is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. For us, sustainability is an important part of our identity and our strategy. We have accomplished a great deal in recent years and continue to set ourselves concrete goals for the future. We are delighted to be named sector leader once again in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. This shows that our activities continue to have an impact and we are on the right track,” according to Ursula Mathar, head of Sustainability and Environmental Protection at BMW AG. 

Sustainability is firmly embedded in the BMW Group’s culture and corporate strategy. In 2001, the BMW Group committed itself to the United Nations Environment Programme, the UN Global Compact and the Cleaner Production Declaration. It was also the first company in the automotive industry to appoint an environmental officer back in 1973. Today, the Sustainability Board, comprising all members of the Board of Management, defines the strategic alignment through binding targets. 

The BMW Group adopts an holistic approach, implementing sustainability throughout the value chain. In addition to reducing CO2 emissions, its strategy also focuses on achieving continuous progress in areas such as corporate environmental protection, supply chain sustainability, employee orientation and social commitment. 

Between 1995 and 2015, the BMW Group succeeded in reducing the CO2 emissions of its new vehicles sold in Europe (EU 28) by 40 per cent. In 2015, its average CO2 emission across Europe (EU28) stood at 127 g/km and worldwide 147 g/km. Systematic expansion of alternative drive trains in the BMW fleet, combined with innovative mobility services have made a significant contribution to this progress. 

Since July 2016, the BMW Group line-up has included seven models that are either all-electric, like the BMW i3, or combine a conventional engine with an electric motor as a plug-in hybrid. This signals the company’s clear commitment to sustainable mobility. 

The BMW Group aims to be a leader in the use of renewable energy in production and value creation. 58 per cent of the electricity purchased by BMW Group worldwide already comes from renewable sources. The company operates four wind turbines at its Leipzig site, for example, which exclusively supply energy for production of the BMW i3 and BMW i8. Its American plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, uses methane gas from a nearby landfill to generate up to 50 per cent of the power needed for production. 

In 2015, the BMW Group also became the first automobile manufacturer in Europe to use a 40-ton electric truck for transporting materials on public roads. 

A further goal of the BMW Group is to significantly increase transparency and resource efficiency throughout its supply chain by 2020. In this connection, around 1,900 supplier locations were evaluated for the first time using an industry-specific sustainability questionnaire in 2015. These evaluations are performed for all nominated, potential and active supplier locations. 

Further education and training of employees remains another top priority for the BMW Group. In 2015, the BMW Group invested a total of € 352 million in further education and training programmes. The company also hired more than 1,500 apprentices worldwide. Around 4,700 young people are currently enrolled in vocational training and talent development programmes at the BMW Group, including more than 3,800 in Germany. 

The BMW Group has also been involved in promoting intercultural exchange, both within and outside the company, for many years. In conjunction with the UN Alliance of Civilisations, the BMW Group presents the Intercultural Innovation Award to exemplary projects in this field. 

The BMW Group is also promoting exchange between refugees classed as unaccompanied minors, local youth and BMW employees through the neighbourhood project “Lifetalk” at its Munich plant. The aim of the initiative is to give young people a better idea of possible career paths. 

Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Sustainability – An investment in the future.

We believe that sustainability is capable of making a positive contribution to the company’s long-term business success. Taking social and environmental responsibility for everything we do is an integral part of how we perceive ourselves as a company. We are convinced that the lasting economic success of any enterprise these days is based increasingly on acting responsibly and ensuring social acceptance. Efficient and resource-friendly production processes and state-of-the-art solutions for sustainable individual mobility offer a clear competitive advantage.

Most succesful and sustainable premium provider for individual mobility.

Pursuing long-term sustainability goals.

Our strategic sustainability targets up to 2020 cover areas from products and services, production and value creation to employees and society.

BMW i3 in the city.

Sustainable Value Report.

All facts and figures can be found in our current Report.

Sustainability management: key performance indicators.