For over 165 years, Siemens has stood for technological excellence, innovation, quality, reliability, and internationality. Siemens is one of the world's largest providers of environmental technologies, with almost 43 percent of its total revenue stemming from green products and solutions. In the 2013 fiscal year, revenue from continuing operations totalled 75.9 billion euro and income from continuing operations reached 4.2 billion euro. At the end of September 2013, Siemens had almost 362,000 employees worldwide, on the basis of continuing operations.
As Siemens’ history shows, their understanding of sustainability is closely linked to their company values – responsible, excellent, and innovative. From the beginning, Werner von Siemens insisted that his company fulfils its responsibilities to its employees, to society and to nature. Siemens’ vision and challenge has always been to achieve excellence, capture leading positions in the markets of tomorrow, and develop innovative technologies that help ensure the future viability of modern civilization. Acting responsibly for a successful environmental future, Siemens provides innovative products and solutions to improve both their own ecobalance and that of their customers and suppliers. In the area of business, Siemens focuses on long-term value creation. In terms of society, they foster their own employees and strive to be good citizens in all communities in which they are active. The three areas of sustainable development – environment, business, and society – govern all their activities. The goals and activities of Siemens’ Sustainability Program are focused on the three fields of “Business opportunities”, “Walk the talk”, and “Stakeholder dialogue”.
The Green Talents will visit Siemens’ headquarter in Munich and the laboratories of the company’s Corporate Technology Department. Globalization, demographic change, urbanization and climate change are placing tremendous pressure on society. Industry, the public sector and governments all face similar challenges: More than ever, environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions are needed. Developing innovative technologies which conserve resources, reduce costs and increase energy efficiency is therefore of key importance to Siemens. It also brings multiple benefits: for the customers, for the environment and for the company. In fiscal year 2013, Siemens helped their customers to cut their CO2 emissions by 377 million metric tons.
Honoring the success in integrating sustainability into the company activities, Siemens has been ranked Industry Group Leader in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index with 93 out 100 points in 2013.