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What matters to society?

With the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as our global reference, we strive to generate lasting value for societies and make real what matters. We developed the “Business to Society” methodology to assess and measure Siemens’ impact on a project, site, country, and on the global level.

Business to Society

Why contributing to sustainable development matters

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Businesses must contribute to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

At Siemens we believe companies only really succeed if they fulfill the needs of the society they work in. That means business has a responsibility for economic and social development, and that companies must add lasting value to the countries and communities they work in.

This requires us to measure corporate success by much more than profit.

With our customized “Siemens - Business to Society” (B2S) methodology we objectively assess and determine the impact of a specific project, site, business, or of our activities in an entire country.

Our global reference for determining the value we create for society is the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It sets out 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, to protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

So, what is our impact on the things that matter to society globally?

Full awareness of our responsibility towards the society and the future generations… That is what "Business to Society" means to me!

Joe Kaeser, CEO, Siemens AG

Siemens Global Value Map

What is our contribution to sustainable development?

The Siemens Value Map shows our contributions in the following impact areas: strengthening the economy, developing local jobs and skills, driving innovations, environment and sustainability, increasing quality of life, and supporting societal transformation.

Siemens Global Value Map

Strengthening the economy

Siemens Global Value Map

Developing local Jobs and Skills

Siemens Global Value Map

Driving Innovations

Siemens Global Value Map

Sustaining the Environment

Siemens Global Value Map

Improving Quality of Life

Siemens Global Value Map

Shaping Societal Transformation

* all figures relate to FY16 unless stated differently **FY15
FY: Fiscal Year GDP: Gross Domestic Product PLM: Product Lifecycle Management IoT: Internet of Things STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

“Siemens - Business to Society” around the globe

Our contribution on a country level

Have a look at our globe and find out more about what matters to the different countries and how we as Siemens make real what matters to them.

Business to Society around the globe

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Business to Society in Germany

50% of German electricity is generated using Siemens technology.

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Business to Society in Brazil

Siemens offers 6,000 direct jobs in Brazil (2015), with 264,000 jobs created through its global business activities.

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Business to Society in Turkey

Number of employees at Siemens Turkey R&D centers multiplied by 5 in 5 years and the budget reached to TL 60 million.

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Business to Society in the UK

400,000 students reached by education projects, with £12m per year generated in economic value to participants.

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Business to Society in Russia

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Business to Society in United States

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Business to Society in South Africa

Enabled ~50% of South Africa's mining value (R140bn)

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Business to Society in Argentina

~1.2 billion pesos to the local economy in the form of taxes, wages and social security contributions in 2015.

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Business to Society in Singapore

Singapore enjoys the world’s most reliable power grid thanks to Siemens Energy Management Systems

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Business to Society in Morocco

More than 12,000 jobs in Morocco are linked to Siemens global business operations (2015)

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Business to Society in Qatar

Siemens technology contributes to transmitting and distributing over 60% of power generated in Qatar

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Business to Society in United Arab Emirates

Our regional headquarters in Masdar City averages 55% energy savings and 47% water use reduction compared to standard UAE offices

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Business to Society in Mexico

6 million Mexicans benefit daily from Siemens rail solutions in 11 subway lines in Mexico City

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Business to Society in Algeria

More than 75,000 passengers per day (28,000,000 per year) are carried by the Algiers metro, for which Siemens, as consortium leader, delivered the complete rail system

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The “Siemens - Business to Society” methodology

Measurable factors that contribute to economic success and social stability

With the “Siemens – Business to Society” methodology we identify and measure our contribution to the things that really matter to a country, like economic growth, job creation and skills, infrastructure and industry, the environment, quality of life and socio-economic development. This is based on stakeholder input, published goals and the national development plans of countries when available.
Global consulting firms and agencies are used when required to provide external expertise and independent support to assess our impact.
When assessing our contribution in specific industries we measure only where Siemens technology plays a fundamental role in a sector or is a critical part of a business or industrial process.
Companies often try to gloss over the negative. At Siemens, we are committed to understanding it and dealing with it. The B2S analysis enables us to identify areas where we need to improve and provides insights to understand how we can perform better.

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