12 Guidelines for sustainable action


These twelve guidelines are more than just lip service.

They are a verifiable promise to yourself and to the public. The companies in the field of European mechanical and plant engineering are constantly developing sustainable product and manufacturing technologies. They are aware of their responsibility toward people and the environment. In order to make sure that sustainable management and actions are not just coincidental results, though, clear criteria must be provided that companies can use to define, review and communicate their commitment to the public. The guidelines describes the requirements for sustainability in mechanical and plant engineering using a clear formula.

Sustainability Guidelines of the Mechanical Engineering Industry

PREAMBLE: Our comprehension of trendsetting sustainability is based on the principles of economic success, fairness, respect & responsibility and includes the dimensions of society, ecology & economy. We comprehend sustainable action in terms of the definition of the Brundtland-report1 and the definitions of the German “Rat für Nachhaltige Entwicklung2“.

1.    Sustainability is a crucial part of our company strategy.
2.    We create solid business schemes with sustainable values and secure entrepreneurial success.
3.    Our technologies and solutions promote worldwide sustainable developments.

4.    Sustainable thinking and action are represented in our processes and products.
5.    We act with consideration of resources and stand up for climate protection.
6.    Our staff is our most valuable asset. We promote engagement and participation.
7.    We stand up for keeping the human rights.

8.    Our company is a habitat.
9.    We take responsibility in our region.
10.  We do, what we promise!

11.    We actively cultivate the network with all participants.
12.    We transparently communicate our sustainable action.


  • (1) Brundtland-report, 1987: „Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.“
  • (2) Rat für Nachhaltige Entwicklung, 2001: „Sustainable development means to consider ecological aspects equal to social and economic aspects. Therefore, sustainable economy means: For our children and grandchildren, we must leave behind us a sound ecological and economic structure.“

Source for the SDG Icons: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?menu=1300.