The Lufthansa Group documents its striving for responsible business practices with numerous memberships in environmental and sustainability-related organizations. Furthermore, in the context of different initiatives the aviation company seeks active exchanges with other economic organizations and social groups. The goal is to participate in shaping the future of sustainable business practices and social responsibility, and to further develop the company’s own activities.
Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany e.V.
aireg e.V. sees itself as a platform for promoting science and research in the sphere of climate-friendly aviation fuels, with the emphasis on sustainability. The association, which encompasses universities, airlines, airports, aircraft manufacturers, engine manufacturers, logistics companies and fuel producers, aims to promote the use of renewable energies in aviation in Germany and to create a sound basis for political decision-making with regard to the introduction of climate-friendly aviation fuels.
Airlines for Europe (A4E)
The Lufthansa Group is among the founding members of Airlines for Europe (A4E). This association was founded at the beginning of 2016 and represents the concerns of European airlines and their passengers.
BDL – Bundesverband der Deutschen Luftverkehrswirtschaft
Federal Association of German Aviation and Space Industry
Lufthansa is a founding member of the new Federal Association of the German Air Transport Industry (Bundesverband der Deutschen Luftverkehrswirtschaft – BDL), which has represented industry interests with a single voice since December 2010. Its goal is to increase the awareness of the importance of air transport in economic and employment policy among politicians and journalists, and to strengthen Germany overall as a location for the air transport industry.
Charta der Vielfalt (diversity charter)
In 2014 Deutsche Lufthansa AG signed the “Diversity Charter”, a corporate initiative to promote diversity in companies and institutions. Under the patronage of Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, the charter aims to further acceptance, appreciation and inclusion of diversity in Germany’s business culture. Organizations are to create a work environment that is free of prejudices. All employees are to be valued – independent of gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or ideology, disability, age, sexual orientation and identity.
Deutsches Verkehrsforum (DVF, German Transport Forum)
The DVF is the only trade association covering all modes of transport for passenger and goods transport in Europe. The DVF acts as an advocate for mobility and is committed to maintaining and improving mobility conditions as a basic prerequisite for growth and employment. The DVF brings together companies and associations, manufacturers, service providers, advisors and representatives of users. Around 170 members represent the entire value chain in the mobility sector and provide a link between the transport economy and other industries such as energy, construction, telecommunications, finance and advisory services. Deutsche Lufthansa AG has been a member of the DVF since 1987.
DNWE – Deutsches Netzwerk Wirtschaftsethik
Member since 1998
The German Network for Business Ethics is a non-profit organization with currently about 450 members from business, politics, religion and science. The Network’s goal is to promote the exchange of thoughts and ideas concerning ethical issues related to business and to give business activities an ethical orientation. For this purpose, the DNWE supports and promotes all efforts aimed at implementing moral principles and demands on a practical level of business issues.
Member since 2000
Econsense is a cross-industry network of leading, globally active German companies and organizations that have integrated the guiding principles of sustainable development into their corporate strategies. By maintaining an open dialogue with political, business and non-government organizations, Econsense aims at jointly shaping the future of sustainable development and social corporate responsibility.
German Air Transport Initiative “Luftverkehr für Deutschland”
Member since 2003
Under the patronage of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, German Air Traffic Control (DFS), Munich and Frankfurt Airports and Lufthansa joined forces to launch the German Air Transport Initiative “Luftverkehr für Deutschland”. Other Federal Ministries and Federal States are also actively involved in the Initiative, as are the German Airports Association (ADV) and the German Airlines Association (BDF).
The German Air Transport Initiative is in close dialogue with political and administrative decision-makers and deals with a wide range of questions linked to air transport. The initiative aims at strengthening Germany’s competitiveness as an air traffic base in order to safeguard and promote growth, prosperity and employment.
Initiative Pro Recyclingpapier
Member since 2000
The initiative Pro Recyclingpapier unites member companies from various industries and aims at improving the acceptance of recycling paper and promoting the exchange of information between members.
SAFUG – Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group
Member since 2009
The airlines, aircraft manufacturers and refinery technology companies joined in the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG) have set themselves the goal of accelerating the development and commercialization of sustainable fuels for the air transport industry. While these alternative fuels must offer performance at least equal to that of kerosene, they must also feature lower CO2 emissions and be produced from renewable sources of energy. The founding of SAFUG in September 2008 was supported by leading global environmental organizations, such as the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels (RSB).
Member since 1999
Transparency International is a non-profit, non-partisan anti-corruption organization. By signing a declaration of adherence, corporate members commit themselves to applying ethical standards in business relationships. They also declare that they reject all forms of corruption, that they neither tolerate nor use corruption in their own spheres of influence, that they train and sensitize their employees with regard to corruption issues, and that they actively fight corruption through pressure groups.
UN Global Compact
Member since 2002
The Global Compact is a worldwide initiative launched by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. This pact, concluded between companies and the United Nations, aims at making globalization socially and environmentally compatible. It obligates the participating companies to adhere to Human Rights, social and ecological minimum standards as well as combating corruption. These are defined in ten principles. Lufthansa is the first airline worldwide to have joined this initiative.
We Together – the integration initiative of German business
Joined / participant since 2016
The Lufthansa Group is part of Wir-zusammen (We Together), the integration initiative of German business. The focus of the initiative is on German business sponsorships to integrate refugees. The first step in the initiative is to bring together the existing integration projects of partner companies and inspire other businesses and their employees to join in. All the current integration initiatives of the participating partner companies are summarized on the main information platform on the Internet.