Time for responsibility
“A corporate strategy in which sustainability aspects are firmly embedded is not a luxury; it is something that we can benefit from in a myriad of ways.”
Senior Vice President of Communications & Investor Relations,
member of the DEUTZ Sustainability Committee
The cornerstones of our sustainability strategy
An ever-growing global population and the steady march of climate change present society with fundamental challenges. The responsibility for addressing these challenges does not lie exclusively with politicians; business also has an important role to play. In 2019, we developed a groupwide sustainability strategy with the aim of linking sustainability matters more closely with the corporate strategy. The name of the strategy, Taking Responsibility, reflects our objective of striving for commercial success while fulfilling our corporate, social, and environmental responsibilities. After all, that is what managing a company responsibly is all about. The targets that we have set ourselves for 2023 are brought together in DEUTZ’s Sustainability Vision for 2023.
Further information can be found in the non-financial report.
As a leading manufacturer of innovative drive solutions, we believe we have a responsibility to society to make products that move us toward a future of locally carbon-neutral off-highway vehicles and marine vessels, thereby helping to stem climate change.
The E-DEUTZ program, initiated in 2017, is one of the main ways in which we are contributing to a future of locally carbon-neutral mobility. To this end, we are developing a scalable range of products with which we can give customers the optimum combination of conventional and electric drives for off-highway and marine applications. These customized solutions reduce carbon emissions, fuel consumption, and overall costs.
E-DEUTZ-strategy enhanced with high-voltage battery management system
We reached another milestone in our E-DEUTZ strategy in October 2019 when we acquired Futavis, a development services provider for battery management hardware and software solutions. Founded in 2013, the company specializes in high-voltage battery management systems and thus adds to the systems knowledge of our development teams. As a result, DEUTZ now has expertise in all relevant technologies, including electric motors, power electronics, low- and high-voltage batteries, and systems integration. This takes us an important step further toward zero-carbon off-highway drive systems.
Sustainability: new life for old engines with DEUTZ Xchange.
Another way in which we shoulder our responsibility to society is through our Xchange program. Under this program, old engines are professionally remanufactured and wearing parts are replaced with genuine DEUTZ components. At the end of the process, the engines are as good as new and identical to the original ones in every respect. However, they benefit from technological progress because the latest expertise from the manufacturing of new engine parts is incorporated during reconditioning. We thus extend the lifecycle of our products and provide a cost-effective and, above all, environmentally friendly alternative to purchasing a brand-new engine.
For us, good corporate governance is about much more than just obeying the law. It is also, for example, about ensuring the health and safety of our employees and supporting women in the Company. And it puts the responsibility for these matters on the shoulders of every one of us. This is reflected not only in our corporate values but also in our revised code of conduct, which we brought into line with our new sustainability strategy in 2019. At the same time, we believe that part of our corporate responsibility is to progressively apply our understanding of good corporate governance to our supply chain as well. We therefore developed our first code of conduct for suppliers in the year under review.
We do not merely strive to make a contribution to protecting the environment and preventing
climate change at global level by developing innovative drive solutions. We also see it as our
responsibility in this area to continuously optimize the activities associated with our business
operations, particularly our production processes, with regard to their impact on the
environment and society.
As a manufacturing company in the industrial sector, we focus our efforts around environmental and climate protection on reducing emissions at our production sites. We do this by making greater use of renewable energies, optimizing our existing machinery, and taking other steps to increase efficiency.