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Sustainability at the BMW Group

Sustainability at the BMW Group.

Sustainability management.

Oliver Zipse

At the BMW Group we have a consistent approach across the company: we deliver on our promises. The same applies to the topic of sustainability.

Oliver Zipse

Chairman of the Board of Management of Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft

At the BMW Group we have a consistent approach across the company: we deliver on our promises. The same applies to the topic of sustainability. While others talk, we set actions into motion. Bold visions and distant targets are fine and good, because they provide orientation. However, what really matters is that we make an effective contribution to environmental and climate protection here and now. Because the only way to realise grand visions like that of a climate-neutral Europe in 2050 is by implementing concrete measures today.

Sustainability is not just a trend for us. It is a call to action.

For us it’s about thinking and acting beyond today for tomorrow. This can be seen in our Sustainable Value Report 2019. We have already fulfilled almost all the sustainability targets that we set in 2012 for 2020 or are in the final stretch towards achieving them.

Our road to sustainable mobility: we plan to meet Europe’s CO2 requirements for 2020 and 2021.

A major focus of our sustainability strategy is lowering CO2 emissions. In recent years, we have steadily reduced the CO2 emissions of our vehicle fleet and achieved a decrease of around 40 per cent between 1990 and 2019. In 2020, we will once again lower our carbon emissions in Europe significantly, with a decrease of around 20 per cent from the previous year. This means we plan to meet Europe’s ambitious CO2 targets for 2020 and 2021. One factor in achieving this is to inspire more customers to drive electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. This accounts for about two-thirds of the reduction. The remaining third will come from further efficiency measures for our conventional engines.

We have a clear e-mobility roadmap.

A quarter of the vehicles we sell in Europe should be electrified by 2021; a third in 2025 and half in 2030. In 2019, we delivered more than 146,000 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids to customers worldwide. That means we now have a total of more than half a million electrified vehicles on the roads across the globe. However, it is also clear that people all over the world will continue to buy vehicles with a conventional engine. For many people worldwide, it is still the best choice for their individual mobility needs. It is precisely because we take climate protection so seriously that we have taken Efficient Dynamics to the next level by making our conventional engines systematically even more accomplished.

Effective climate protection cannot be achieved with bans.

We will continue to offer our customers a wide range of drive technologies, where they can choose between different drive trains in all relevant vehicle segments – according to their mobility needs and desires. This gives our customers the “Power of Choice”.

From production to recycling: we take a holistic approach.

Our understanding of sustainability is not limited to reducing the emissions of our vehicle fleet. Our sights are focused on the entire value chain. In our supply chain, for example, we have created a high level of transparency. Moreover, our suppliers must commit to the BMW Group’s high sustainability standards. We support them, for instance, by sourcing cobalt and lithium directly and making it available to our partners, starting 2020. Since 2017, all BMW Group locations in Europe have obtained their externally purchased electricity exclusively from renewable sources; from 2020, all BMW Group locations worldwide will do the same. This shows our full commitment to sustainability across the company.

The BMW Group is driving active environmental protection.

We were the first automobile manufacturer to appoint an environmental officer in our organisation back in 1973. Since 2001, we have been committed to the UN Global Compact and implement its ten principles at all our locations worldwide. The fully-electric BMW i3, with its 360-degree approach, has been a pioneer in sustainable mobility since 2013.

Now, we are going even further: we have set ourselves ambitious targets to successfully tackle a variety of new challenges. For this very reason, we have decided to fully incorporate our sustainability strategy into the BMW corporate strategy. This will fully ensure that the company’s thinking and actions are aligned in a sustainable manner. For me, this is how environmental and climate protection can achieve a real impact – across the company and within society.

Oliver Zipse
Chairman of the Board of Management of
Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft

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 successful 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.

Key Visual SVR 2019

Sustainable Value Report.

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

Sustainability management: key performance indicators.