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In 2019 Continental has re-established its sustainability strategy. The focus of the sustainability strategy is on the four strategic 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.

Interdepartemental Sustainability Committee as a steering body

  • Dr. Ariane Reinhart (Member of the Executive Board Human Relations, Sustainability and Director of Labor Relations)
  • Wolfgang Schäfer (CFO)
  • Group Sustainability
  • Sustainability coordination of the business areas
  • Relevant group functions
  • Experts from business/technology and other experts (on request)

The Sustainability Committee meets two times a year and for relevant

The Environment area is assigned directly to the CEO (chairman of the Executive Board).

Sustainability issues are treated in the regular reporting of the Executive Board to the Supervisory Board about ongoing business development and in the annually held strategy meeting of the Supervisory Board. The Audit Committee of the Supervisory Board is closely involved in compliance and risk management. 

Strategy and Targets

In fiscal 2019, the Executive Board approved a sustainability strategy. The key topics were identified on the basis of a survey of stakeholder groups. 

The global stakeholder survey (Sustainable Impact Evaluation) was conducted in the first quarter of 2019. More than 1,700 stakeholders across all groups responded to the survey. 

Strategic sustainability
focus areas
  • Clean mobility
  • Climate protection
  • Circular economy
  • Sustainable supply chains
Other sustainability topics
  •  Green and safe factories
  •  Good working conditions
  •  Product quality
  •  Corporate governance
  •  Innovation and digitalization
  •  Safe mobility
  •  Sustainable profits
  •  Corporate citizenship

The corresponding concepts, goals and key performance indicators are being developed successively. A sustainability scorecard covers not only the four strategic focus areas but also all other sustainability topics,

The sustainability strategy is subject to regular review and is continuously developed. The entire corporate Executive Board is involved in this process.

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.