In the area of the environment, we’re providing innovative products and solutions to improve both our own ecobalance and those of our customers and suppliers. In the area of business, we’re focusing 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.
The Siemens Environmental Portfolio is helping make the world a better place to live in, both today and in the future. We know that our Environmental Portfolio can help improve our customers’ ecological impact. And we can even prove it thanks to an external audit. Thanks to our innovative, efficient products and solutions, our customers saved >300 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions during fiscal 2012.
Green solutions have become the growth drivers for the global economy and climate change is transforming green technologies into the leading industry of the 21st century. In areas such as urban transport and energy, South Africa can leap-frog to more efficient technologies and avoid some of the mistakes made by other developed countries. Siemens has been a pioneer in renewable energy in South Africa since 1892, when were a technology supplier to the Molteno Resevoir inCape Town, the country’s first hydro-electric power plant.
A force propelling the green technologies industry and renewable energy development is the potential to create new industries and generate thousands of new jobs. In 2011, Siemens set up its Wind Power Centre of Local Competence for Africa and the Middle East in South Africa. It is our commitment to the future, to investing in skills development and exporting South African engineering ingenuity.
During the COP17, the climate change summit, held in Durban in December 2011, Siemens was one of several major South African companies to sign the Energy Efficiency Leadership Network Pledge. Discussed as part of the green economy accord at COP17, the Energy Efficiency Leadership Network Pledge was established as a joint initiative between public and private businesses in South Africa and the South African Department of Energy (DoE).
Compliance is not a programme; it is the way we conduct business and uphold integrity at Siemens. Preventing corruption and other violations of fair competition is our highest priority. This means strictly complying with all laws and regulations and adhering to the principles of ethical business conduct defined in the Siemens Business Conduct Guidelines, which are binding for all Siemens employees worldwide and focus on the prevention of corruption. This is the basis for all our decisions and activities and is an elementary component of our company values.