9. Stakeholder Engagement

The company discloses how the socially and economically relevant stakeholders are identified and integrated into the sustainability process. It states whether and how an ongoing dialogue takes place with them and how the results are integrated into the sustainability process.

During the last years Fraunhoder UMSICHT has immersed itself deeper in the stakeholder dialog. Several workshops with internal and external stakeholders were conducted. Two of our most important stakeholder groups are the Board of Trustees of the institute and the UMSICHT Circle of Friends and Patrons. The members of the Board of Trustees actively contribute (e. g. in workshops) to important strategic questions. As an institute of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, we cooperate in a spirit of partnership with the Board, the headquarters, and other institutes. They are equally a part of the scientific community that is interconnected with us such as universities, non-university research facilities, and industrial partners in the R&D environment.

Fraunhofer UMSICHT collected proposals for the stakeholders invited to the dialog event from the sustainability working group of the institute and coordinated them with the directorate. Particular attention was paid to taking into consideration all the relevant stakeholder groups (industry, science, politics, society).

Please find more detailed information on the stakeholder dialog in paragraph 2 “Materiality” of the section “Strategic Analysis” in this Declaration of Conformity.