Short, sweet and to the point: the BMW Group Sustainability Factbook 2017 shows that, when it comes to climate protection, the Munich automotive manufacturer focuses not just on products.
At the end of 2017, a highly symbolic light show transformed the BMW Group’s head quarters in Munich into a giant battery; it was clear even then that the automotive manufacturer had had an extraordinary year. With its message, “The future is electric”, the BMW Group therefore celebrated not only the sale of more than 100,000 electrified vehicles, but also the start of a successful new alignment.
And so the current Sustainability Factbook 2017 shows that the transformation process from a pure vehicle manufacturer to a sustainable premium provider for individual mobility has been in full swing for a while and includes the whole value chain. Starting with suppliers, through production and to the end of the life cycle of the vehicle, the Munich company is meeting the full bandwidth of challenges.
In other words, selling 100,000 electrified vehicles is not where this stops. Even though the BMW Group has secured a market-leading position through its early focus on electromobility (Fact 020), it has at the same time improved consumption in the rest of the fleet. In 2017, the Group achieved another significant decrease to 122 grams per kilometre on average in Europe, although the share of diesel vehicles had already been in decline there.
As mentioned, the company also presents the facts about emissions at its production sites. For example, the BMW Group has set itself a target of carbon-free manufacturing worldwide by 2020 (Fact 041). We have already done a lot towards this; to mention one example, the Leipzig site, where wind turbines help to ensure that the BMW i3 is made with 100 percent CO2-free electricity (Fact 042).
Worldwide, more than 12,000 suppliers made a significant contribution to the company’s value creation, so they are part of the comprehensive sustainability strategy, too. To increase transparency in the supply chain, for example, the BMW Group is the first automotive manufacturer in the world to publish information about smelting and countries of origin of the raw material cobalt (Fact 058) and launched the first certified eucalyptus wood in the market (Fact 052).
For the Munich company, sustainability means future viability - for the company and for society. Our wide variety of different community, social and cultural projects around the world (Facts 091 to 100) also make an important contribution to securing the company’s long-term reputation.
The BMW Group Sustainable Factbook makes no claims as to its completeness, but rather represents a very compressed extract, reduced to the bare essentials, of the Sustainable Value Report 2017, which is published in parallel. The latter offers an extensive overview of all facts and figures and came out on March 21, 2018, the same day as the Annual Report.
The BMW Group has published sustainability reports annually since 2001. The 2017 edition meets the complete requirements of CSR reporting in Germany, as per the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). All quantitative and qualitative statements contained within were reviewed by an external auditor.
Both the Sustainability Factbook 2017 and the longer Sustainable Value Report 2017 are available here as PDFs.