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Siemens Education. Sustainability. Original lesson plan created by Ben Hazzard, Burnage Media Arts College. Sustainability. Sustainability. What is sustainability?. What is sustainability?. Sustainability is the capacity to endure. What is sustainability?. Why?.

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Siemens education

Siemens Education


Original lesson plan created by Ben Hazzard, Burnage Media Arts College





What is sustainability?

What is sustainability

What is sustainability?

  • Sustainabilityis the capacity to endure.

What is sustainability1

What is sustainability?

  • Why?

Achieving sustainability will enable the earth to continue supporting human life.

What are the primary issues?



  • 2012:Highest CO2 concentration in the atmosphere in 350,000 years.

  • 2001 to 2010: warmest decade on record.

  • Only immediate, drastic reduction of CO2 emissions will keep global warming below 2oC until 2100.

Climate Change



  • World Population:

  • 2011: 7 billion people

  • 2050: 9.3 billion people

Demographic Change

  • Worldwide life expectancy:

  • 2011 – 69 years

  • 2050 – 76 years (with double the number of people aged over 65)




  • 2009: for the first time in history, more than 50% of mankind lives in cities.

  • 2050: 70% of mankind will live in Megacities worldwide.

  • 1975: 3 megacities with more than 10 million inhabitants

  • 2025: 27 megacities with more than 10 million inhabitants; about one person out of ten lives in a megacity.



  • Global Trade:

  • 1990 to 2009: global trade volumes more than doubles.

  • Multi-national companies

  • 1969: approx. 10,000

  • 2008: more than 82,000

  • Growth of emerging markets:

  • 2030: emerging markets account for two thirds of the world’s economic output.




  • Questions that drive sustainability

How can we make industrial production more flexible, efficient and competitive?

How can cities grow and at the same time offer a high quality of life?

How can we ensure healthcare that is both excellent and affordable?

How can we create economic growth and reduce the consumption of energy and resources at the same time?



What is sustainability?



  • Company / Product Analysis

  • Analyse the information and categorise each product / company.

  • Explain the reasoning behind your choice.

  • Evaluate the information and suggest ways in which the company could become more sustainable.



What is sustainability?



  • Team sustainability challenge

  • Work in groups

  • You must develop and present an idea for a sustainable company or product

  • You must explain how you will ensure your idea is sustainable

  • Select 3 focus areas from the “priorities for sustainability” list, explain your choices.



  • What Siemens say

  • Action responsibly for a successful future

  • In the area of the environment, we’re providing innovative products and solutions to improve both our own eco-balance and those of our customers and suppliers. In the area of business, we’re focussing on long-term value creation. And in the area of society, we’re fostering our own employees and striving to be good citizens in all the communities in which we are active.

  • Although decisions in these area are not always free of conflicting interest, we aim to make all of them transparent and to find the best solutions possible. The responsible use of natural resources, targeted investments in future-oriented technologies that support profitable growth while offering customers competitive advantages, and a company ethic that goes beyond mere compliance with the law and places integrity at the centre of business operations – these are the factors enabling us to drive sustainable development and to lay the basis for our company’s successful future.

Priorities for sustainability

Priorities for Sustainability

  • Innovation: with our pioneering spirit and strength as an innovator, we seek to meet the challenges posed by today’s megatrends, offering our customers comprehensive, sustainable solutions such as energy-efficient products for combating climate change.

  • Sustainability in the supply chain: we’re aware that we have a substantial influence on society and the environment in our procurement markets. This is why we’re working constantly to improve our methods, processes and tools and to secure a sustainable company-wide supplier base. We expect our suppliers to adhere to generally recognised sustainability principles and we support hem with their implementation.

  • Resource productivity: enhancing our resource productivity through programmes that encompass the whole lifecycle of a product is an important part of our efforts to reduce our impact on the environment and save costs at the same time.

  • Internal resource efficiency: resource efficiency is an important lever for Siemens. We continuously work on e.g. reducing our energy consumption, enhancing responsible water management and improving our waste management.

  • Integrity: top performance with the highest ethical values – this is the standard by which our actions and our business must be measured. Our goal is to establish unambiguous and binding principles of conduct that guide all our employers and manager in their day-to-day activities. Our Compliance Programme ensures that these principles are upheld without compromise.

  • Employee recruiting and retention: our employees are the foundation for our business success. Recruiting the best and further promoting and developing them is part of a company culture that values every single individual – and his or her skills, ideas and continuing education.

Priorities for sustainability1

Priorities for Sustainability

  • Resource security: in a world of diminishing resources and growing demand it is of utmost importance to Siemens to secure the availability of resources that we need in our production process. Siemens also engages with relevant stakeholder groups to address global resource security challenges.

  • Localisation of the value chain: close collaboration with our suppliers on the ground strengthens our knowledge of local markets, while our external partners benefit from our technological knowhow.

  • Diversity: we aim to enhance the promotion of diversity within the company and have made diversity a keystone of our corporate strategy.

  • Employee satisfaction: Siemens’ special strength lies in the creative potential and dedication of our 370,000 employees. Crucial factors for their satisfaction are creative environment, active and inspiring management, a good work-life balance and encouragement of personal and professional skills.

  • Corporate citizenship: with our portfolio, our worldwide network of experts, we can provide relief in the event of disasters and can help to advance the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. We focus our citizenship efforts on areas that are both relevant and the right fit for us, given our areas of expertise as a company.

  • Health and safety: occupational health and safety management are key components of our corporate culture. With our company-wide reporting tools, we’re able to better control and thus optimise our work and health management measures.

  • Human rights: we’re working to further promote strict compliance with human rights by stepping up our efforts in this area, both in our activities in the supply chain and in our own operations.

  • Affordable and personalised healthcare systems: our vision for coping with demographic change is to establish effective and efficient healthcare systems and to make healthcare affordable for everyone in the long term. This is a pioneering field of business for Siemens that calls for constant technological innovation.



Team sustainability challenge

Work in groups

You must develop and present an idea for a sustainable company or product

You must explain how you will ensure your idea is sustainable

Select 3 focus areas from the “priorities for sustainability” list, explain your choices.

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