Corporate Responsibility within the Lufthansa Group

Corporate responsibility, that is to say sustainable and responsible entrepreneurial practice, is an integral part of our corporate strategy. It means that we are committed to creating added value for our customers, employees and investors and to meeting our responsibilities toward the environment and society.

For these reasons, we continuously improve our measures to safeguard the climate and the environment, maintain responsible and fair relations with our employees, and as a company actively engage in numerous social concerns.

The international economy and the air transport industry, in particular, operate in a dynamic environment that is defined by long-term megatrends and global challenges, such as population growth and the rise of megacities, increasing demand for mobility in the context of increasing globalization, climate change and processes of political transition.

The Lufthansa Group meets these challenges with a comprehensive sustainability agenda. It comprises the following files of entrepreneurial responsibility:

  • Economic sustainability
  • Corporate Goverance and complicance
  • Climate and environmental responsibility
  • Social responsibility
  • Product responsibility
  • Corporate citizenship

Committed to the United Nations’ sustainability goals

In September 2015, the United Nations’ member countries adopted the Agenda 2030 for sustainability; its central element is the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The SDGs are reflected in the important action areas of the Lufthansa Group. A large part of the global sustainability goals is relevant for the Group, even though intensity and shaping vary.

Of particular importance for the entrepreneurial activities of the Lufthansa Group are support for climate goals (SDG 13) and responsible use of resources (SDG 12). These are the areas where the Company sees the greatest opportunities for applying its influence in order to make a measurable contribution. The same is true for promoting female employees (SDG 5) and the continuous improvement of working conditions (SDGs 3, 8). In the context of innovation and digitalization projects (SDG 9) the Lufthansa Group also pays increased attention to social and ecological compatibility. Among others, this applies to paperless aviation, the promotion of intermodal solutions, electromobility at airports and active noise abatement.

In addition to its entrepreneurial activities, the Lufthansa Group’s commitment includes its registered charity help alliance whose emphasis is the areas of education and enabling (SDG 4). For a long time, high-quality training and continuing education programs have been of particularly high importance across the entire Company.

Beyond this, the Group supports the SDGs by means of cooperations with science and research as well as its active participation in numerous national and international committees and workgroups (SDG 17).