Our corporate value as the foundation

Commitment to leadership in sustainability is one of our core corporate values. Maintaining a balance between economic success, protection of the environment, and social responsibility has been fundamental to our corporate culture for decades.

As sustainability leaders, we aim to pioneer new solutions for sustainable development while continuing to shape our business responsibly and increase our economic success. This ambition encompasses all of our company’s activities – along the entire value chain. It is underpinned by our more than 47,000 employees around the world, who have firmly embraced the principles of sustainable development in their daily work and think and act accordingly.

Sustainability Strategy 2030: Achieving more with less

We are facing immense challenges: The global human footprint is already greater today than the planet’s resources can bear. By the year 2050, the world’s population is expected to grow to 9 billion. The accompanying acceleration in global economic activity will lead to rising consumption and resource depletion. Competition for the available resources will thus intensify in the coming decades. Since sacrificing quality of life and consumption is not a realistic solution in our view, we have adopted the Vision 2050 of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) as the basis for our strategy: “In 2050, 9 billion people live well and within the resource limits of the planet.” For us as a company, this means helping people to live well by generating value while using less resources and causing less emissions.

This is the idea at the heart of our new sustainability strategy: Achieving more with less. We want to create more value – for our customers and consumers, for the communities we operate in, and for our company – while reducing our ecological footprint at the same time. To accomplish this, we need innovations, products and technologies that can enhance quality of life while using less resources. Building on our decades of experience in sustainable development, we aim to work together with our suppliers, customers, and consumers to develop viable solutions for the future. By doing so, we will be contributing both to sustainable development and to our company’s economic success.

Last updated: March 8, 2012