10. Innovation and Product Management

The company discloses how innovations in products and services are enhanced through suitable processes which improve sustainability with respect to the company’s utilisation of resources and with regard to users. Likewise, a further statement is made with regard to if and how the current and future impact of the key products and services in the value chain and in the product life cycle are assessed.

One of the essential objectives of Fraunhofer UMSICHT is to further develop methods for an anticipative technology assessment accompanying innovation and to increasingly use it in its own R&D projects in the future.
From our point of view, it is insufficient for this to anchor the technology assessment institutionally and centrally. Instead, the technology assessment accompanying innovation must be part of each and every responsible scientist‘s canon of methods.
In the early stages of brainstorming, the focus is primarily on identifying and including as boundary conditions the numerous requirements that result from the objective of a sustainable development. We perceive participation, interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity as important "enablers" that we want to strengthen in our projects in the future.