Siemens has been present in the Pacific region since 1872, and while we are a worldwide organisation, sustainability and citizenship values demonstrated at the global level also remain strong at the local level.
The leaders of the world’s industrialised nations have pledged to decarbonise the global economy by the end of this century. All corporations have a vital contribution to make, and our own strength is our innovative technology, which improves efficiency, helps conserve scarce resources and generates clean power.
Starting at home, we have set ourselves the ambitious goal to cut our own carbon dioxide emissions in half by as early as 2020 and become the world’s first major industrial company to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint by 2030.
We view sustainable development as the means to achieve profitable and long-term growth. In doing so, we (externally) align ourselves with the goals of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development while (internally) striving to balance people, environment and profit.
Our Product Return for Disposal program
We are committed to minimising the environmental impact of our products across their lifecycle. DEGREE, our framework for sustainability, notes that every degree counts as we strive to responsibly meet the needs of an ever-evolving future. As such, we have partnered with CleanAway to offer an end-of-life, fee-for-service solution for our customers and partners in Australia to dispose of e-waste originating from Siemens products, in an environmentally responsible manner.
Sustainability activities: an overview
Our Sustainability report: strong results, continued acceleration
We have achieved further progress towards meeting our sustainability ambitions. At our Capital Market Day in June 2021, we set ourselves ambitious environmental, social and governance (ESG) targets with our new strategic framework DEGREE. In our Sustainability Report for fiscal 2021, we have published information today on our progress toward achieving these targets.
“Sustainability is in our very DNA. It’s not an option. It’s a business imperative. Based on our successful track record, we’re now setting ourselves even more ambitious targets. We’ll accelerate our efforts and raise the bar to create considerably more value for all our stakeholders. Sustainable business growth goes hand in hand with the value we create for people and our planet.”
Judith Wiese, Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Sustainability Officer and member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG
At Siemens, we are taking our ESG commitment to the next level with our DEGREE framework. It constitutes a 360-degree approach for all stakeholders – our customers, our suppliers, our investors, our people, the societies we serve, and our planet. In addressing the three aspects of ESG, we are building a better future that helps us stay within the planetary boundaries, helps us foster a culture of trust, empowerment and growth, supports inclusive economic opportunities, and ensures our people and businesses remain resilient and relevant for whatever the future holds.
We have set clear, very ambitious priorities for core ESG topics that we will drive internally within own operations as well as together with our customers. The DEGREE framework is built on our strong track record and on our technology with purpose that is fully embedded in our business strategy. At Siemens, we want to advance sustainability by creating value for all our stakeholders, driving sustainable growth with our customers, and creating a better tomorrow.
We at Siemens aspire to be role models and act in the interest of our company as well as our stakeholders. Responsible business conduct plays a vital role in our company’s aspiration to make ethical and responsible decisions in the interest of all our stakeholders. This encompasses our high standards in environmental management, the respect of human rights throughout the entire value chain as well as our determination to foster reliability, fairness and integrity within our own operations and beyond.