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. At the core of the agenda are 17 goals for sustainable development, or SDGs for short. These goals embrace the three dimensions of sustainability – society, environment and economy – in equal measure. Industry is also called upon to do its bit and make contributions towards achieving the 2030 Agenda goals. Being fully aware of its responsibility, MTU is focusing its efforts especially on the following SDGs:
Sustainable Development Goals
SDG 4: Quality education
MTU is committed to high-quality education and training, both at its various locations and within the framework of partnerships in the area of education. The company supports centers of competence in the aviation sector jointly set up with universities and research institutes, because our industry is in particular need of highly qualified and well trained employees. Together with partners, we offer employees at our company locations a wide range of training and continued training programs, irrespective of gender, ethnic origin or other personal characteristics, to ensure a high level of education in the regions. Furthermore, we provide vocational training for apprentices beyond our own manpower needs, thus laying an important foundation for their future professional success.
SDG 5: Gender equality
MTU advocates equal opportunities. Diversity is part of our human resources strategy. In this context, a major focus is on career advancement for women – a topic which is highlighted also in our corporate objectives. What we consider particularly important is to promote female talent to get more women into management positions. In addition, we offer a variety of internship and job entry opportunities for women to encourage them to pursue technical professions.
SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth
Decent working conditions are a top priority at MTU. We do not tolerate forced or child labor and maintain high occupational health and safety standards in compliance with the applicable national regulations, which we consider to constitute the minimum requirements. At all of our locations, we offer our employees additional services under our company health management scheme. The principles of our social responsibility have been laid down in our Code of Conduct. In addition, a Supplier Code of Conduct has been developed that governs cooperation with our supplier base.
SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
MTU makes major contributions to industry, innovation and infrastructure beyond national boundaries. Aviation is a mode of transportation that connects continents and nations. Through the continuous development of ever better technologies we help conserve resources and substantially improve the eco-efficiency of aircraft engines. We operate a global network of facilities, in particular with our joint venture partners, to be close to and optimally serve our customers worldwide. Thus, we improve the infrastructure in the respective countries and support sustainable industrialization.
SDG 12: Responsible production and consumption
MTU stands for sustainable production and aims to maximize the eco-efficiency of its products. In the manufacture of our products, sustainability is our basic principle. In our maintenance shops, we rather repair parts than replace them with new ones. This saves on materials and conserves resources. With our environmental management system, we pursue an integrative approach, assessing the effects of our production processes and products already in our corporate decision-making. In product development, eco-efficiency is our primary aim.
SDG 13: Climate action
MTU’s product development efforts are aimed at reducing fuel burn and hence also CO2 emissions. Our most significant contribution towards climate protection are sustainable engine technologies. For example, we are already working on hybrid propulsion system concepts and promote the use of alternative fuels in aviation. Protection of the climate is a top priority at all of our locations: We have put efficient heat recovery systems in place, use renewable energy sources and are looking into more sustainable in-house transportation options. In addition, we support regional climate protection initiatives.
SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions
Through a well-founded compliance system in conjunction with a zero tolerance approach, MTU actively fights corruption and bribery. Compliance with statutory provisions and internal regulations is an essential part of our corporate responsibility. In particular, we foster responsible foreign trade. With our Supplier Code of Conduct we make sure that our suppliers also abide by our high business ethics standards.
SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
MTU is convinced that the challenges the international community of states is currently facing can be addressed in partnerships only. This is why we rely on close cooperation with our joint venture and business partners. When it comes to the development of talent, we also collaborate with providers of education and research establishments. At our locations, we have entered into education partnerships to further develop the expertise and skills of our regional workforce. Participation in various research cooperations and technology networks are of tremendous importance for us to achieve our ambitious targets for eco-efficient air transport.