Sustainability - Sustainability at Dräger

Our understanding of sustainability

Sustainability and the continuous development of Dräger are an important part of our company’s DNA and corporate history. The way we see it, our guiding philosophy, “Technology for Life”, means taking responsibility. Our products make a positive contribution to people and the environment in many ways. When developing our systems and processes, we make sure to conserve resources and to prevent potential risks arising from our business activities. At Dräger we see sustainability as being essential to our economic success. We must act responsibly at all our international locations and throughout our supply chain if we want to survive. We are convinced that compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, as well as free and fair competition, must be the basis for all business activity—and that we must fight corruption and protect human rights.

Focal points for sustainable action

The goal of all our work is the successful longevity of the company. This can only be achieved through sustainable action and sustainable economic success, with consistently satisfied customers, suppliers, financial backers and neighbours in the communities and countries in which we live. This is the basis on which we have identified four focal points for sustainable action. We have set both strategic and specific objectives that we intend to further develop in the coming years. We have placed importance not only on improvements within the company, but also on our ability to make a measurable contribution to current social challenges:

1. We improve healthcare for people around the world.

Healthcare

Both the number and average age of intensive care patients will continue to rise in the coming decades, posing further challenges to critical care in hospitals. We have set ourselves the goal of reducing the physical and psychological burden on doctors and nursing staff in critical care by automating routine work and therapy processes, as well as providing support in clinical decisions. We achieve this using solutions based on the networking and intelligent interaction of medical technology in critical care.

Target: By 2030 all relevant medical devices in our portfolio are to be equipped with the network interface for the new ISO/IEEE 11073 SDC interoperability standard.

At the same time there are some 15,000 employees at Dräger whose health and wellbeing are close to our hearts. As such, we have defined further targets to be pursued with the appropriate measures in 2021. The main objective is supporting and maintaining the health of our employees and ensuring healthy working conditions and organisational forms.

2. We strive for a future in which everyone is guaranteed occupational health and safety.

Future

Every day our products and services protect hundreds of thousands of people at work. Thanks to Smart Safety—the networking of our gas warning and respiratory protective devices and the data analysis derived from it—we will enable our customers to detect unsafe situations earlier and manage them more efficiently. That is precisely the reason why we are already working non-stop on the networked solutions of tomorrow.

Target: The target is to have more than 80 per cent of our gas warning and respiratory protective devices portfolio offer smart, data-based added value by 2025.

The health and safety of all of our employees is a matter that is close to our heart. We believe that every accident at work is preventable. We are continuously expanding our safety culture to achieve our goal of Vision Zero—a world without occupational accidents.

Target: We want to reduce the lost-time incident rate (LTIR3) in the Dräger Group from 5.6 in 2019 to below 4.0 in 2025.

Lost time incident rate: number of lost-time accidents per million working hours.

3. We not only protect the environment ourselves, but also help our customers in doing so.

Environment

With our safety technology products and services, we help prevent emissions of pollutants and damaging events. Going forward we also want to position ourselves as a competent partner when it comes to protecting the climate. To enable this we will be expanding our portfolio to include products and services for measuring methane emissions, for example, which are very harmful to the climate. In future we also see further business areas in a future hydrogen economy.

There are also significant levers for working in hospitals in an environmentally friendly manner. We want to support our customers in implementing a green hospital strategy. To ensure this we are developing products and digital solutions that will, for example, minimise emissions of climate-damaging anaesthetic gases. We are also working on building partnerships to enable us to drive this strategic goal forward. Climate protection tops the Group’s list of internal strategic goals in environmental management. Dräger is taking on the task of long-term decarbonisation in line with the United Nations climate protection goals with the following objective:

Target: Reduction of CO2 emissions by 29 per cent by 2025 as compared with the base year 2015. This target is to be achieved without the purchase of certificates.

4. We carefully select our suppliers and work together with them to implement our vision throughout the supply chain

Suppliers

We make a valuable contribution to sustainable business through the careful selection of suppliers. When doing so we attach great importance to high quality standards when it comes to Technology for Life. In future the selection of new suppliers and the awarding of new orders will take place under greater scrutiny of the various sustainability criteria. 

Aim: Beginning in 2022 we will review all new suppliers by means of a sustainability assessment before approval.

Our supply chain plays a substantial role in our product manufacturing process. As such, we ensure that our suppliers also take the sustainability criteria into account.

Target: Our objective for 2021 is to increase our coverage rate of direct purchasing materials with the supplier code of conduct from 75 per cent to 80 per cent.

Sustainability Report 2020

Sustainability Report 2020

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