Employees and society
Employees and society
Corporate social responsibility
In all that we do to contribute to social development, our focus is on research and education. As we drive aviation technology forward, we rely on a new generation of skilled employees and an innovative business environment. In addition, we support social projects that have a local impact close to our locations.
Corporate social responsibility is an integral part of the MTU Principles, which state: “MTU takes its responsibility for the environment and society seriously.” Particularly in the case of its sites in Germany and Poland, the company is a major local employer offering a wide variety of attractive jobs in a high-tech environment. This has a positive effect on employment in the areas where the sites are located, including in less economically successful region such as Brandenburg, Germany. We also offer apprenticeships in various trades in Germany. We generally take a long-term approach to employment. In addition to training and developing our employees, we invest in the expansion of our plants, as we are currently doing in Munich, Ludwigsfelde, Hannover (Germany) and Rzeszów (Poland). This strengthens the local economy and job market, which means we also play a role in social issues such as infrastructure and prosperity. We contribute to society through income tax, too. → How we add value by steadily increasing shareholder value
Our contribution to the SDGs
Our commitment to social responsibility moves us closer to attaining several of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We see our corporate social responsibility as a contribution to achieving SDG 4 on “Quality education”; SDG 5 on “Gender equality”; and SDG 17 on “Partnerships for the goals.” With our educational initiatives, we are engaged in increasing the number of girls and women who pursue scientific and technical careers, thus improving equal opportunity. We create equal access to high-quality education irrespective of gender or other characteristics. Through intensive collaboration with universities and research institutions on increasing eco-efficiency in aviation, we enter into partnerships aimed at achieving the common goals of sustainable development. Such collaborations are highly important, especially when it comes to new, groundbreaking technologies such as alternative fuels or electric flight.
Our corporate social responsibility
As a company that engages heavily in research, our concept of corporate citizenship revolves around science and engineering initiatives. We seek out interaction and collaboration with the world of science and research and foster dialog with young people and new talent.
We offer young people a solid grounding in various trades. In 2018, we had a total of 279 apprentices. Our holistic approach combines technical qualifications with methodological and social skills. It involves our apprentices in all aspects of the company, including health management, environmental protection, social values and our no-blame culture. MTU also collaborates with German vocational academies in Stuttgart, Ravensburg and Berlin as well as with Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University to offer practical courses of study in business administration, information technology, mechanical engineering and business engineering. In addition, MTU participates in numerous educational projects and initiatives for children and young people (→ Diversity & equal opportunity, →Employee development). For example, MTU Maintenance Hannover is now committed to supporting the Jugend forscht young researchers initiative for the fourth year in a row. It is both a partner and host of the regional contest with responsibility for organization and financing.
MTU’s technology network
Collaborating with universities and research institutes is a mainstay of our research and development work and a key part of fulfilling our responsibility to society. We have built strategic alliances with research partners to foster links between universities and industry and to safeguard MTU’s capacity for innovation.
Centers of competence (CoCs)
MTU runs six scientific centers of competence across Germany, each with its own research focus. In 2018, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) opened a new institute in Augsburg for testing and simulating gas turbines (TESIG), which will become part of MTU’s Center of Competence for Propulsion Systems. Here is where we are building the virtual engine R&D platform as well as a one-of-a-kind test center for validating new propulsion solutions. The institute is a cornerstone of efforts to strengthen the virtual engine research landscape.
To address longer-term topics in aviation, we joined forces with partners to set up Bauhaus Luftfahrt, A visionary think tank with an international dimension that pursues novel, unconventional, holistic and interdisciplinary research. It brings industry and science together under one roof, focusing primarily on exploring the socioeconomic, political and ecological aspects of aviation, designing visionary aircraft, unearthing promising technologies for the future, and devising knowledge management strategies.
Collaboration with various Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany is a key area of activity in MTU’s cooperative ventures—particularly when it comes to production and materials technologies. With its broad spectrum of expertise, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft works on industry-related research contracts on behalf of MTU.
We support the next generation of researchers and scientists
We run a series of sponsorship schemes at the University of Stuttgart and DLR that support young researchers for a number of years after they finish their degrees, and we provide financial backing for a Deutschlandstipendium, or “Germany Scholarship,” at Leibniz Universität Hannover and Technische Universität Braunschweig. Our international locations also work together with selected universities and colleges in their regions: MTU Aero Engines Polska has established an alliance with the Lezajsk Technical School, and MTU Aero Engines North America has a partnership with the CREC Aerospace Academy.
We run a company-affiliated foundation to support highly talented young women studying scientific and technical disciplines. As well as providing financial grants, the MTU Studien-Stiftung offers personal advice and mentoring to help students get started with their careers.
MTU research experts give regular presentations and guest lectures at universities. We provide a significant proportion of the lectures for the engine technology course at the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus. MTU has endowed a chair for aircraft engine structural mechanics at the University of Stuttgart as well. We also give national and international university groups the opportunity to gain insights into how an industrial company works. We offer trainee programs, dual vocational training, work placements for high school students, work experience for students and opportunities for writing bachelor’s/master’s/doctoral theses at our European sites. These are key factors on the labor market. In 2018, there were 457 students working with us as part of their undergraduate or postgraduate program, on work experience or as holiday staff.
Each year, the company confers the Wolfgang Heilmann Science Award for outstanding achievements by talented young students performing research in the field of aircraft engines at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. We are also an industry sponsor of a prestigious German award for aerospace journalism that is awarded annually to non-specialist journalists for outstanding articles on aerospace trends and issues.
MTU supports various social institutions. These are generally charitable organizations, preferably with a social focus, to which we provide assistance in the form of financial or in-kind donations. A key factor in selecting recipients is a local/regional connection or a thematic link to our business. We prioritize support for specific projects over general institutional funding, which are selected and the support implemented independently by the MTU subsidiaries concerned on the basis of careful research. Internal guidelines govern the granting of donations and sponsorship, and a centrally managed clearance and approval process ensures that the rules are adhered to.
Donations and sponsorship in 2018 (distribution in %)
In the reporting year, we supported almost 90 projects and institutions. Together with regional partners, we also achieved local goals that we could not have met on our own. For example, MTU is committed to the Munich Business Climate Pact and makes a local contribution to sustainable development through new e-mobility solutions or carpooling.
Examples of our social responsibility projects in 2018
- Funding of the TurBienchen e.V. child daycare center initiative, Munich
- Sponsorship for childcare while schools are on vacation
- Off-site deployment of MTU’s company fire department and doctor, Munich
- wohlBEDACHT e.V. dementia center, Munich
- Die Arche (The Ark)—a project devoted to improving the lives of children in Potsdam, near Berlin
- Cystic fibrosis charity run, Berlin
- InkluVision (inclusive sound festival), Hannover
- Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen (Wings of Help) e.V.
- MTUlandia children’s playground, Rzeszów
- Hands on Hartford, East Hartford
- American Lung Association, East Hartford
- Des mach ma!, an event organized by Munich companies
We welcome our employees’ voluntary efforts to support good causes. This is covered by an internal company agreement. At MTU Aero Engines Polska, for instance, 38 volunteers took part in a long-term project to construct the MTUlandia playground. After opening in 2018, MTUlandia has been gradually expanded and is expected to be finished in 2019. Another example in 2018 was the Plant to Plant Challenge, in which MTU employees cycled about 700 kilometers from the Hannover site to the Munich headquarters to raise funds for charity. For every kilometer they cycled, the volunteers donated 10 cents to nonprofit organizations. MTU increased the amount to a total of EUR 6,000. In addition, the company allows staff to undertake projects with the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief during their paid workday, and offers the services of lay justices for labor tribunals and social justice courts and of examiners for the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.