BMW Group



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Munich, Germany 

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BMW Group

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Company Activity

According to the company:

“The special fascination of the BMW Group not only lies in its products and technology, but also in the company’s history, written by inventors, pioneers and brilliant designers. Today, the BMW Group, with its 31 production and assembly facilities in 15 countries as well as a global sales network, is the world’s leading manufacturer of premium automobiles and motorcycles, and provider of premium financial and mobility services.

The BMW Group sets trends in production technology and sustainability as an innovation leader with an intelligent material mix, a technological shift towards digitalisation and resource-efficient production. At the same time, flexibility and continuous optimisation of value chains ensure competitiveness.”

Company Sustainable Activity

According to the company:

“The BMW Group aspires to be the most successful and sustainable premium producer for individual mobility. It is our clear intention to establish an increasing number of solutions for greater sustainability. To achieve this, we have set ourselves ambitious goals that have a decisive impact on our day-to-day activities – in terms of the sustainable development of urban areas, with regard to our products, the sphere of responsibility for people and in the field of production and added value. All of this is a living and varied process which we would like you to participate in – using an example from each of these four areas:

  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • Product
  • People
  • Production and value added chain. “



“Our road to sustainable mobility: we plan to meet Europe’s CO2 requirements for 2020 and 2021.

A major focus of our sustainability strategy is lowering CO2 emissions. In recent years, we have steadily reduced the CO2 emissions of our vehicle fleet and achieved a decrease of around 40 per cent between 1990 and 2019. In 2020, we will once again lower our carbon emissions in Europe significantly, with a decrease of around 20 per cent from the previous year. This means we plan to meet Europe’s ambitious CO2 targets for 2020 and 2021. One factor in achieving this is to inspire more customers to drive electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. This accounts for about two-thirds of the reduction. The remaining third will come from further efficiency measures for our conventional engines.

We have a clear e-mobility roadmap.

A quarter of the vehicles we sell in Europe should be electrified by 2021; a third in 2025 and half in 2030. In 2019, we delivered more than 146,000 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids to customers worldwide. That means we now have a total of more than half a million electrified vehicles on the roads across the globe. However, it is also clear that people all over the world will continue to buy vehicles with a conventional engine. For many people worldwide, it is still the best choice for their individual mobility needs. It is precisely because we take climate protection so seriously that we have taken Efficient Dynamics to the next level by making our conventional engines systematically even more accomplished.”


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Sustainable Development Goals

How company covers SDGs

In autumn 2015, the General Assembly of the United Nations announced the • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are at the core of the 2030 Agenda, a global action plan with the aim of shaping economic progress in an environmentally compatible manner and in accordance with social equity

We are convinced that companies, governments and other organisations can make a positive contribution towards the attainment of the SDGs. We also believe that it is our duty to uphold this social contract. We too are committed to supporting the goals formulated within it as part of our sustainability strategy and with a focus on our value chain. For us, this also means factoring in the 2 °C target set out in the Paris climate agreement.

To learn how their targets and actions are related to SDGs, please refer to their sustainable value report.


  1. Emissions of CO2 and pollutants
  • Sustainability goal: 

“By 2020, the BMW Group will have reduced CO2 emissions in the European new vehicle fleet (EU-28) by at least 50% compared to the base year 1995.

  • Key measures: 

A reduction in local emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) in particular is needed to improve urban air quality. All diesel models of the BMW Group have been fitted with a highly effective combination of a NOx storage catalytic converter (NSC) and a SCR system (SCR, Selective Catalytic Reduction) with urea injection (AdBlue) since mid-2018 (except for MINI 3-door cars, 5-door cars and convertible models). The larger MINI diesel models also use these technologies.”

“Offering more low-emission electrified models Models with electric drivetrains in our new vehicle fleet ­also do their part in lowering CO2 and pollutant emissions. To familiarise customers as well as possible with electromobility, we launched the fully electric battery model (BEV) BMWi3 in 2013 and the plug-in hybrid model (PHEV) BMWi in 2014. In addition to the BMWi vehicles, we have six BMW PHEV models and a MINI plug-in hybrid that we offer our customers worldwide. 

By 2025, we plan to offer 25 electrified models, of which twelve will be purely electric.”

  • Results and performance indicators: 

“The BMW Group reduced CO2 emissions of its newly sold vehicles in Europe by around 42% between 1995 and 2018 (2017: 42%). In 2018, our European new vehicle fleet (EU-28) had an average fuel consumption of 4 . 9 l diesel / 100 km  and 6 l petrol / 100 km and average CO2 emissions of 128 g / km (internal BMW calculation; 2017: 128 g / km).

The introduction of new models with drive technologies that ensure lower emissions and pollutants continues to have a positive effect on our average fleet CO2 emissions. We expanded our product range to eleven electrified models at the end of 2018. For example, the BMW 225xe* Active Tourer can save 50% more CO2 emissions in WLTP compared to a similar model with a combustion engine, such as the BMW 220i.”

2. Electromobility

  • Sustainability goal:

“The BMW Group is a leader in taking a holistic approach to premium electromobility Electromobility is one of the central topics of the future when it comes to making urban living and traffic sustainable. This is reflected again and again in our dialogue with stakeholders. Fully electric battery models (BEVs) have zero local emissions and can significantly reduce the emission of CO2 and air pollutants over the whole product life cycle, while also markedly reducing traffic noise in cities. 

We intend to set standards in electromobility. To underline our claim to leadership, we are aiming to sell 500,000 vehicles with electric and plug-in hybrid drivetrains by the end of 2019.”

  • Key Measures:

“A key challenge for the success of electromobility is improving the range of our vehicles. We are working towards this goal with a number of measures.”

“In collaboration with other carmakers, charging station operators, energy suppliers and grid operators, we are attempting to simplify access to charging stations and the charging procedure. We are working to achieve this by deploying both our specialist expertise and with financial support.”

  • Results and performance indicators:

“Electrified vehicles improved holistically and sales increased In total, we have already sold around 360,000 vehicles with electric and plug-in hybrid drivetrains. In 2018, the BMW Group delivered 142,617 electrified vehicles (2017: 103,080), thus confirming its leading role in electromobility. Since 2018, new and existing customers have been able to opt for a BMWi3 model and the third generation of high-voltage batteries with a capacity of 42 kilowatt hours.”

For further information on BMW’s sustainability, please refer to their sustainable value report. 

BMW works in the transport and automobile manufacturing industry, which has a large impact on the environment through emissions, manufacturing and customer product use. BMW has made positive steps from early on towards addressing and combatting its environmental impact, integrating its sustainability plan into all aspects of its business, developing electrical vehicles, and ensuring that by 2020 all the energy its plants use comes from renewable sources. BMW’s sustainability information is clearly reported and easy to find. 

However, the company announced in December 2019 that they were facing an investigation in the United States by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Reported by the Wall Street Journal, it accuses the company of questionable sales practices, called “car punching”. 
On top, in 2019, they have been charged with collusion over emissions among others (Daimler, VW).

The company is therefore under investigation, waiting for the results: they get the Rating B.


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