Sustainable Investments

In 2019 Continental has re-established its sustainability strategy. A new framework was defined in 2020. At the heart of this is Continental’s sustainability ambition. It defines our four focus areas and the goals that we have set ourselves. It also describes our eight essentials for sustainability.

Our four focus areas:

  • Climate Protection
  • Clean Mobility
  • Circular Economy
  • Sustainable Supply Chains.

They are associated with major challenges for Continental, but also with great opportunities.

We are convinced that acting sustainably will increase our capacity for innovation and our future viability by opening our company to change and helping identify risks and opportunity at an early stage.

We are working to create electrified, automated and connected mobility that contributes to clean air and accident-free, comfortable driving. 

Continental expressly recognizes the 10 principles of the United Nations Global Compact for Human and Employee Rights, Environmental Protection and Anti-Corruption Measures.

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Organizational Anchor

The Sustainability group function overseen by the board member for Human Relations and Sustainability is responsible for sustainability management. It coordinates the implementation of the sustainability strategy, its further development and an interdepartmental sustainability committee. In addition to two members of the Executive Board, the relevant business units and group functions are represented in this steering committee. Coordinators and interdepartmental sustainability councils in the business areas complement the sustainability organization. 

The Environment department reports directly to of the CEO (chairman of the Executive Board).

The Sustainability Committee meets two times a year and for relevant occasions. 

Questions of sustainability are also the subject of regular reports from the Executive Board to the Supervisory Board concerning ongoing business development, and at the strategy meeting, which takes place once a year. The Audit Committee of the Supervisory Board is closely linked to Compliance and Risk Management.

Sustainability Framework

Continental’s sustainability ambition

In our four focus areas of sustainability, we are committed to our strong, visionary ambitions, which we want to achieve by 2050 at the latest, together with our partners along the value chain.

Carbon Neutrality 

We strive for 100% carbon neutrality along our entire value chain (products, operations, supply).

Emission-free Mobility and Industries1 

We strive for 100% emission-free mobility and industries.

Circular Economy

We strive for 100% closed resource and product cycles.

Responsible Value Chain 

We strive for 100% responsible sourcing and business partnerships.

1 ”Emission-free“ refers to zero emissions like greenhouse gases or NOx but does not include harmless emissions like water vapor emissions, non-toxic biodegradable particulate emissions or a minimum of noise emissions.

Our eight sustainability essentials represent the backbone of our sustainability management.

Environmental Strategy

New Targets adopted

We are fully committed to the Paris climate agreement – 100% climate neutrality by 2050. The following steps are planned:

  • The use of electricity from renewable sources in all production sites by the end of 2020
  • CO2-neutral production by the end of 2040
  • A CO2-neutral value chain by the end of 2050

Read more about our environmental strategy.