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Corporate governance

The UN’s 2030 Agenda

Global goals for sustainable development

At a United Nations summit held in September 2015, the international community of states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, thus making it clear that the current global challenges can be effectively addressed in a joint effort only. The agenda aims to make sure that economic progress goes hand in hand with social justice and ecological responsibility. Industry is also called upon to do its bit and make contributions towards achieving the 2030 Agenda goals. MTU lives up to this responsibility.


 

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Our contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

At the core of the 2030 agenda are 17 goals for sustainable development, or SDGs for short. These goals embrace the three dimensions of sustainability—economy, environment and society—in equal measure. We support the implementation of the SDGs and have identified eight goals to which we can contribute and which are therefore relevant for MTU:

Quality education
Gender equality
Decent work and economic growth
Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Responsible consumption and production
Climate action
Peace, justice and strong institutions
Partnerships for the goals

→ Overview of our contribution to the SDGs

The following examples and projects show the specific action we take to promote individual SDGs. They are intended to reflect the range of topics and activities with which we encourage sustainability in the company, in the supply chain or as part of our commitment to corporate social responsibility.


SDG 4: Quality education

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Offering good educational opportunities: To enable lifelong learning, we have created digital learning worlds at MTU that provide an appealing environment, available in several languages, for our employees to flexibly build on their knowledge. We also provide high-quality training for our youngest employees: our apprentices. We offer training for ten different career paths as well as practical courses of study in collaboration with selected vocational academies. And our training is second to none: last year, our top training was recognized with an award from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK). More information about our commitment to education under → Employee development

Other ways we support SDG 4:
→ Corporate social responsibility

Quality education

SDG 5: Gender equality

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Promoting diversity & inclusion: Chief Technical Officer Lars Wagner has assumed patronage of our new Network of Engine Women (NEW), which we established in Munich in 2019. NEW is all about new suggestions, new impetus, new routes and new perspectives. The idea behind it is to tap deeper into the benefits of diversity by exploring innovation, creativity and corporate culture. More information about our commitment to diversity under → Diversity and inclusion

Other ways we support SDG 5:
→ Human rights
→ Corporate social responsibility

Gender equality

SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth

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Protecting employees: We attach great importance to safe working conditions at our plants and subsidiaries. The importance of this concern came to the fore during the coronavirus crisis and it became a focus of our activities. We want to do our bit to contain the pandemic and ensure our employees are protected against infection through a wide range of measures. In addition, we donated over 60,000 face masks to medical and social institutions. More information under → MTU vs. virus

Other ways we support SDG 8:
→ MTU as an employer
→ Human rights
→ Occupational safety
→ Supplier management

Decent work and economic growth

SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

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Collaborating locally on global goals: We joined forces with other companies to form the Munich Business Climate Pact (Klimapakt Münchner Wirtschaft), which entered its second round in 2019. In the first round, we already succeeded in saving some 7,500 metric tons of CO2. Now we have set ourselves a new goal and want to save another 5,000 metric tons. More information about our commitment to climate action in production under → Emissions

Other ways we support SDG 9:
→ Climate & flying
→ Aircraft noise
→ Environmental management
→ Conservation of resources

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production

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Making production sustainable – based on the example of well water: At our headquarters in Munich, we use well water for cooling to a great extent in our production processes and subsequently feed it back. As a result, we draw only small amounts from the municipal drinking water supply. To enable us to use well water, we have our own wells on our premises. Using well water contributes to climate action and protection, as it means we eliminate the need for energy-intensive cooling processes such as compressor cooling systems. More information about environmental protection at our various sites under → Conservation of resources

Other ways we support SDG 12:
→ Climate & flying
→ Aircraft noise
→ Environmental management

Responsible consumption and production

SDG 13: Climate action

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Rethinking aircraft propulsion: Our experts are working on various conceivable propulsion concepts for the future to pave the way for more climate-compatible aviation. Their creative and innovative approaches also foresee a role for fuel cells. Because they emit only water, fuel cells enable virtually climate-neutral and pollutant-free flying. Read about how this could work under → Climate & flying

Other ways we support SDG 13:
→ Environmental management
→ Emissions

Climate action

SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

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Working together for integrity: We introduced a new reporting system in 2019 that is online, anonymous and available in several languages. iTrust enables employees and external stakeholders to submit reports and any leads they have to MTU’s Compliance Officer if they feel that individual activities and actions breach the company’s guidelines or value management. iTrust can be accessed via the MTU intranet and website. More information about our approach under → Compliance

Other ways we support SDG 16:
→ Supplier management

Peace, justice and strong institutions

SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

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Europe commits to clean aviation: We pursue collaborative ventures in a wide range of areas in order to make a difference. Collaboration with universities and research institutions is especially important when it comes to research and development. At the Paris Air Show on June 19, 2019, we signed up to Horizon Europe, a declaration of intent by 23 European companies, universities and research institutions. This agreement provides the framework for key collaborations on climate action and has the ambitious goal of emissions-free flight. More information about our climate action activities under → Climate & flying

Other ways we support SDG 17:
→ Corporate social responsibility

Partnerships for the goals

  


More information about:
Sustainable Development Goals

SDG graph “17 goals to transform our world”
Source: UN communications materials
SDG 9 image source: Andreas Gebert, City of Munich’s Department of Labor and Economic Development

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