3. Objectives

The company discloses what qualitative and/or quantitative as well as temporally defined sustainability goals have been set and operationalised and how their level of achievement is monitored.

Unlike a manufacturing company, our institute cannot set absolute reduction goals due to its R&D-activities (e.g. concerning water and energy use), for the reason that Fraunhofer UMSICHT consumes different amounts of energy or water depending on the nature and scope of our projects (which include e.g. development of an innovative energy storage or improvement of the membrane technology, thus including a higher consumption of energy or water). However, our work may lead to reduced resource consumption and emissions in the final product and we also make sure that the resources are used as efficiently as possible.

Fraunhofer UMSICHT applies measures in various fields (e.g. in human resource development and sustainability management), which are documented in detail on pages 30 - 31 of our Fraunhofer UMSICHT Sustainability Report. Examples include e.g. green IT, green procurement, reducing paper consumption and childcare for the children of our employees.

The objectives of the institute are also in the Changemaker Manifesto of the Utopia Foundation in the form of ten commitments documented.