United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
With the 2030 Agenda adopted in 2015, the international community under the auspices of the United Nations committed itself to 17 global goals for a better future. The guiding principle of the 2030 Agenda is to enable a life in dignity for humans world-wide and at the same time to lastingly preserve the natural foundations of life. This includes economic, ecological, and social aspects. The 2030 Agenda underlines the shared responsibility of all stakeholders: politics, business, science, civil society – and every individual. As a member of the UN Global Compact, Bertelsmann supports the 2030 Agenda.
Bertelsmann and its businesses especially contribute to the achievement of five of these goals: “Good health and well-being” (Goal 3), “Quality education” (Goal 4), “Gender equality” (Goal 5), “Decent work and economic growth” (Goal 8) and “Responsible consumption and production” (Goal 12). These goals were identified based on structured interviews with high-ranking representatives of Bertelsmann’s corporate divisions.
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Goal 3 - Good health and well-being
Whether with logistical services to support medical care, online courses for advanced training in the healthcare sector, labeling of drugs to prevent fraud, or numerous measures for the workforce: Bertelsmann contributes to promoting people’s health and well-being.
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Goal 4 - Quality education
Bertelsmann is an education company. By selling books and magazines, launching initiatives to promote reading, offering forward-thinking education and training programs, and introducing student retention programs, Bertelsmann contributes to high-quality education worldwide. Bertelsmann systematically develops the skills of its employees, at all levels and across all divisions, by providing high-quality learning content and innovative learning formats.
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Goal 5 - Gender equality
Bertelsmann stands for creativity and entrepreneurship. This combination makes possible first-class media offerings and innovative service solutions that delight customers around the world. Because employee diversity is a prerequisite for creativity at Bertelsmann, the potential and skills of employees should be recognized, deployed and developed in the best possible way. With this in mind, the Diversity Management is working to change the overall working conditions and processes. In addition, media products from Bertelsmann companies contribute to raising public awareness.
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Goal 8 - Decent work and economic growth
For a creative company like Bertelsmann, employees are the most important resource: Bertelsmann places a particular priority on creating favorable conditions for their work. Beyond safeguarding human and personal rights, the key principles of fair work at Bertelsmann include working with employees and their representatives in a spirit of partnership and trust, ensuring a high level of job security, material justice, flexible forms of employment, and fair treatment of freelancers and external employees. Bertelsmann also offers a wide range of continuing education programs to prepare employees for the working world of the future.
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Goal 12 - Responsible consumption and production
Together with its employees and in dialog with its stakeholders, Bertelsmann strives to use natural resources sparingly and efficiently and to reduce direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions. Bertelsmann companies contribute to responsible production and consumption through sustainable paper procurement, a wide range of site-specific activities to reduce waste and energy consumption, and by raising awareness of sustainability issues among employees and the public.
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Goal 13 - Climate Action
Bertelsmann has set itself the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. In doing so, Bertelsmann takes responsibility in the battle against climate change and global warming. By 2030, the company aims to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions generated at its locations, by its employees’ mobility, and the manufacture of its own products by 50 percent compared with 2018. The remaining emissions will be offset. Bertelsmann will also support its business customers in reducing product-related emissions.
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Contribution to the Achievement of the SDGs - Examples
In hospitals, perfect preparation is crucial – an emergency can occur at any moments, and even the smallest details can make the difference between life and death. Inventory management of medical products, and logistical planning therefore play a decisive role. Arvato Supply Chain Solutions supports hospitals with efficient inventory management solutions, thereby taking some of the burden off hospital staff and leaving them more time for their core tasks.
The Arvato subsidiary Intervalor teamed up with the Brazilian educational giant Cogna to develop a student retention program that supports Brazil’s students in continuing their studies.
Bertelsmann companies worldwide strengthen equal opportunity in professional life, regardless of gender.