MAHLE is committed to bringing sustainable development and technical progress into perfect alignment in the interest of efficient, environmentally friendly mobility. In doing so, we strive to reconcile the economic success of our company with the requirements of the environment, society, and our employees.The strategy MAHLE 2030+ anchors Sustainability as key strategic enabler.

In 2023, we reached another milestone in our CO2 Roadmap as our climate targets 2030 have been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Until 2030 we strive to reduce the Scope 1+2 CO2 emissions by at least 49 percent compared to the 2019 emissions. In terms of Scope 3 emissions, we plan to reduce emissions from purchased goods and services and use-phase emissions by 28% in the same timeframe. Our CO2 Roadmap is a vital element of the MAHLE strategy. Throughout our company we have adopted reduction targets and will plan to reach carbon-neutral production by 2040 in terms of all direct CO2 emissions and those associated with energy purchases.
Georg Dietz
Member of the Management Board, responsible for Sustainability at MAHLE

Our Sustainability Strategy

The highest level of responsibility for Sustainability, Environmental Management, and Safety at Work is at the MAHLE Management Board. Strategic decisions related to the sustainability goals of MAHLE are made in the Management Board.

Our sustainability management is regularly reviewed by the Sustainability Steering Committee. It shall identify related risks and opportunities at an early stage and ensure the appropriate management of our sustainability projects.

The corporate function for Sustainability is the driving force for sustainability in MAHLE. It coordinates sustainability activities throughout the Group, leads the regular updates of the materiality analysis, conducts performance monitoring, and ensures the transparent communication and stakeholder dialogue.

Our Strategic Topics

Following our materiality analysis the sustainability program of MAHLE covers the following eight strategic topics tackling numerous United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Climate and Environment

Occupational Health and Safety

Employees & Social

Sustainable Purchasing

Human Rights

Compliance & Ethics

Sustainable Products

Sustainable Financing

Climate and Environment

With energy-efficient and environmentally friendly processes, MAHLE contributes to the SDGs "Clean Water and Sanitation" (SDG 6), "Affordable and Clean Energy" (SDG 7), "Sustainable Consumption and Production" (SDG 12), and "Climate Action" (SDG 13).

Occupational Health and Safety

We act in accordance with the applicable standards regarding health, safety at work and environmental protection. Regular training sessions and instructions are designed to prevent accidents and minimize risks. All this shall help to achieve the SDGs "Good Health and Wellbeing" (SDG 3).

Employees & Social

As a foundation-owned company, we have a unique responsibility towards our employees. They are our most valuable resource. Our activities contribute to the SDGs “Gender Equality” (SDG 5), “Decent Works and Economic Growth” (SDG 8) and “Reduced Inequalities” (SDG 10).

Sustainable Purchasing

For us, it has always been clear that we are responsible for our supply chain. Recent developments in customer requests regarding conflict minerals and the new German Supply Chain Act have further confirmed our understanding of responsibility. Therefore, the prerequisite to conduct business with MAHLE remains unchanged: full compliance with our sustainability requirements.

Human Rights

We believe that upholding human rights, i.e., combating child and forced labor, are self-evident principles contributing to the SDG “Decent and Economic Growth” (SDG 8). We have set up a cross-functional working group on human rights including representatives from HR, Purchasing, Sustainability & HSE, Compliance and Risk Management.

Compliance & Ethics

Responsible business behavior means complying with laws and internal rules as well as ensuring fair competition. Therefore, compliance has always been an important element of our corporate governance. At Group level, we ensure that our conduct and actions adhere to laws and internal rules by means of the MAHLE compliance structure.

Sustainable Products

Based on our vision “We Shape Future Mobility” and our mission “Efficiency in Motion”, MAHLE is working on the climate-neutral mobility of tomorrow that contribute to the SDGs "Responsible Consumption and Production" (SDG 12) and "Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure" (SDG 9).

Sustainable Financing

MAHLE integrates sustainability aspects in financing which supports investments in projects that have a positive impact on the environment and thus, help to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement as well as the UN SDGs.

Sustainability Reports

MAHLE publishes annual Sustainability Reports, which explore in detail the topic of sustainability in all business areas. All reports published since 2018/2019 are available online.

The Sustainability Reports since 2021 have been externally assured by a third party (limited assurance). Our Sustainability Reports are in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards.

Sustainability Reports

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Sustainability Report 2022 [PDF; 3671 KB]

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Sustainability Report 2021 [PDF; 3797 KB]

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Sustainability Report 2020 [PDF; 3275 KB]

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Sustainability Report 2018/2019 [PDF; 2476 KB]

ESG Fact Sheet

Key figures in terms of our sustainability targets and performance can be found in our ESG Fact Sheet.

ESG Facts & Figures

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Ratings & Awards

CDP (2023)

CDP (2023)

Climate Change: B

CDP (2023)

CDP (2023)

Water Security: B

Ecovadis (2023)

Ecovadis (2023)

61/100 points

SDG Index (Sustainable Development Goals Index)

In 2015, the United Nations have adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in total. These Global Goals are understood as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people can live in peace and prosperity. The following nine SDGs are of major importance for the MAHLE Group.

Good health and well-being

Goals

  • Lost Time Incident Rate*: Target 2030: 2,3
  • Certify all production plants in accordance with ISO 45001

Status

  • ISO 45001: 103 locations certified
  • Lost Time Incident Rate* 2022: 3,0

*In 2023, the safety indicator has changed from DART (accident rate taking into account accidents resulting in lost days or restrictions or transfers) to LTIR (accident rate taking into account accidents leading to days away per million hours worked).

Gender equality

Goals

  • 20% representation of women on Supervisory Board for employee representatives
  • 13% women on First and Second Executive Level, 18% women on Third Executive Level until 2030

Status

  • Target of 20% representation of women on Supervisory Board for employess representatives met
    • 8% on First Executive Level and
    • 11% on Second Executive Level were reached in 2022.
  • Equal pay guarantee
  • Global Diversity & Inclusion Commitment

Clean water and sanitation

Goals

  • Identify locations with water risks

Status

  • Eight locations with water risks identified
  • Improved water reporting to CDP Water, Rating B –

Affordable and clean energy

Goals

  • Operate our own PV systems
  • Increase energy efficiency by 2% every year

Status

  • Energy consumption as measured against sales:
    256 MWh/1 Million € (–11% YoY)
  • 33 locations with certified energy management system i.e., ISO 50001 and/or EMAS.
  • PV installation in Montblanc went in operation
  • 100% use of renewable electricity in Germany and Austria

Decent work and economic groth

Goals

  • Ensure high quality working conditions

Status

  • Communication with employee representation bodies
  • Conform with statutory regulations and offer suplementary benefits at many locations
  • MAHLE Business Code
  • MAHLE Guidelines on Social Responsibility released in 2022

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Goals

  • Contribute to sustainable mobility

Status

  • Strategy MAHLE 2030+ affirms focus on electric vehicles, thermal management and highly efficient combustion engines
  • Sustainable innovations in 2022 comprise the SCT E-Motor (Superior Continuous Torque) that can work continually with high performance and can be built without the use of rare earths
  • In 2022, MAHLE presented a new power cell unit that uses hydrogen highly efficiently and safely in combustion engines
  • Production of the new X20 traction motor for e-bikes started successfully in 2022

Reduce inequality

Goals

  • 20% representation of women on Supervisory Board for employee representatives
  • 13% women on First and Second Executive Level, 18% women on Third Executive Level until 2030

Status

  • Target of 20% representation of women on Supervisory Board for employess representatives met
    • 8% on First Executive Level and
    • 11% on Second Executive Level were reached in 2022.
  • Equal pay guarantee
  • Global Diversity & Inclusion Commitment

Responsible consumption and production

Goals

  • Assess environmental impacts of products
  • Increase the share of recycled content

Status

  • New Product Carbon Footprint (PCF)/Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) methodologies implemented
  • Waste as measured against sales: 17 tons/1 Million € (–6% YoY)

Climate action

Goals

  • Reduce Scope 1+2 emissions by 49% until 2030 (baseyear 2019)
  • Reduce Scope 3 emissions by 28% until 2030 (baseyear 2019) – Cat. 01 Purchased Goods and Services and Cat. 11 Use Phase Emissions
  • Become CO2 neutral by 2040 (Scope 1 & 2)

Status

  • Report carbon emissions to CDP, Rating B
    Climate targets 2030 validated by the Science Based Targets initiative
  • Scope 1 and 2 emissions as measured against sales: 
    76 kt/EUR million sales (–23% YoY)
  • German locations set CO2e neutral 
  • Actions in place to enhance energy efficiency, purchase and generate green electricity, and replace fossil fuels

We are committed to human rights and environmental protection. Point out a violation of human rights or environmental protection regulations through our reporting channels.

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