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Continental’s sustainability ambition

Sustainability is anchored in the foundation of our values. They form the basis of our work, they guide our company and they will take us into the future. Continental is convinced that sustainable and responsible business increases our ability to innovate and meet the future – adding value to the company. It allows us to identify risks and opportunities early and opens up the change processes we need. This is why sustainability is firmly integrated in our corporate strategy and is a key driver of innovation.

In a systematic process that included market analyses, customer discussions and a stakeholder survey, a new framework was defined in 2020. At the heart of this is Continental’s sustainability ambition, which is regularly reviewed by corporate management. It defines our four focus areas and the goals that we have set ourselves. It also describes our eight essentials for sustainability.

Four focus areas of sustainability

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.

Eight Sustainabilty Essentials

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

Good Working Conditions

We provide inspiring, healthy and fair working conditions. 

Green & Safe Factories

We operate our business in a safe and responsible manner based on systematic management and protecting people and the environment.

Innovations and Digitalization

We continuously push innovations, new business models and a responsible digital transformation.

Benchmark in Quality

We are recognized by our customers and the society as being a Benchmark in Quality by ensuring safe and sustainable products.

Safe Mobility

We strive for maximum safety in mobility with technological solutions envisioning zero road accidents and fatalities.

Long-term Value Creation

We focus on sustainable short-, medium- and long-term value creation for our stakeholders and a responsible distribution of the value created.

Sustainable Management Practice

We implement effective management processes, fair business practices and responsible corporate governance with a balanced view of different perspectives.

Corporate Citizenship

As an active member of the communities we live and operate in, we are committed to make a positive impact on society beyond our business activities.