What sustainability means to us
Sustainability is in our DNA
What everyone is now calling sustainability has always been a guiding principle for our company. Drawing on our extensive history, we innovate sustainably to enable healthcare for everyone, everywhere.
Together all our employees contribute to this aspiration – acting with outstanding dedication, intrinsic motivation, and a profound sense of responsibility to truly shape the future of healthcare. We drive innovation to help humans live healthier and longer.
We are therefore entirely aligned with the United Nations’ aim of improving living conditions for all, documented in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Our commitment to continuous improvement includes accurate reporting on the progress of our sustainability activities, which take into account the essential aspects of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) and is geared toward the standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Furthermore, Siemens Healthineers is member of the UN Global Compact.
Innovating to sustainably enable healthcare for everyone, everywhere
Find out why our Board is fully committed to sustainability.
Targets and facts
Specific targets to meet our sustainability commitments
Improve quality of life through access to healthcare and innovation
We will improve access to healthcare by increasing availability in underserved countries with 220 million patient touchpoints by 2025, and 260 million patient touchpoints by 2030 (2020 = 147 million).
We will regularly have at least 35% of revenues based on innovations introduced in the last three years
(2020 = ~40%).
We will improve clinical decision-making by increasing the number of AI-supported product offerings from 63 today to 110 by 2025 and 160 by 2030.
Contribute to a regenerative and healthy environment
We will reduce net CO2e emissions from scope 1 and 2 to 130 kilotons in 2025 and become carbon neutral by 2030 (2019 = 197 kilotons).
Advance diversity & inclusion and drive employee engagement
We will improve gender equality by increasing the share of women in senior management to 26% by 2025 and 30% by 2030 (2020 = 17 %).
We will achieve an employee engagement index of 8.5 out of 10 points by 2025, maintaining our ranking in the top 25% benchmark. By 2030 we strive for 8.7 points, which will put us in the top 10% of the benchmark (2020 = 8.2).
Create sustainable value through responsible business and leadership
- We incorporate sustainability criteria into executive compensation for our top management.
Our commitment to sustainability has always been based on a wide range of innovations – technological, social, and environmental
Innovation has always been at the heart of our company’s activities – innovation coupled with responsibility. For example, radically reducing the recording time of our systems with X-ray applications has been a topmost priority for us ever since the company was founded. Pursuing this ambition, we were able to reduce the average recording time for a human hand from the initial 20 minutes to between 0.25 and 0.5 seconds in 1913. Today, only a few milliseconds are needed.
For more than 130 years, we have also contributed to a regenerative and healthy environment by improving the efficiency of our production facilities and the products themselves. For example: In 1993, we reduced the amount of wastewater produced by our plant in Rudolstadt by 94 percent. In 2003, the Axiom Iconos R200 X-ray machine was designed to allow 99 percent material reuse, a dramatic reduction in radiation exposure of up to 93 percent, and significant power savings. Shortly after Reiniger, Gebbert & Schall was founded in 1886, the company began offering machine rentals, and since 1998 Siemens Healthineers has been refurbishing medical systems, thereby saving resources while simultaneously creating opportunities for sustainable and low-cost use of standard technology for medical care.
As early as 1877, Moritz Reiniger, one of our founders, began systematically training young employees, becoming a driver of personal growth among the company’s employees from the very beginning. Reiniger, Gebbert & Schall and its successor Siemens-Reiniger-Werke were among the first companies to have a female board member, as early as the 1930s. Responsible leadership has become part of the everyday life of our company in many ways. Today, this is reflected in our corporate policies. The Principles of Siemens Healthineers and the Catalyst network, which supports the Principles so that they are lived throughout the company, represent a corporate culture characterized by our ability to act rapidly and sustainably both in adapting to new trends and in driving developments ourselves in order to help people live longer and healthier lives.
Opportunities for a sustainable future through digitalization
In order to sustainably enable healthcare for everyone, everywhere, sustainable innovations are needed both now and in the future. We believe that digitalization and the use of artificial intelligence offer considerable opportunities for innovation. This applies in several areas of our sustainability approach, and can enable us to:
- make healthcare more humane by giving staff more time to interact with patients individually
- tailor healthcare to the needs of each patient, boosting precision and therefore effectiveness
- provide adequate healthcare anywhere in the world
- achieve significant efficiency gains and reduce healthcare costs
- unlock the potential of our diverse workforce
We are of course already working on these issues – sustainably and in line with our Principles of Siemens Healthineers. And in doing so, we learn something new every day.