Excellent performance in terms of economic, environmental and social criteria
For 2007/2008, Lufthansa has again qualified for inclusion in the internationally recognised Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. The index, which is compiled by Zurich-based SAM Sustainable Asset Management Indexes GmbH, lists companies whose management strategies take account not only of economic but also of environmental and social criteria. Lufthansa has had a firm place in the DJSI for several years and thus belongs to the top ten per cent of companies worldwide that lead their industries in sustainability. In comparison with 2006, the Group made significant improvements in all three dimensions of corporate sustainability and scored the highest overall number of points since its first inclusion in the index in 1999. Lufthansa received top ratings in the categories Network Management, Efficiency and Environmental Reporting, among others.
Lufthansa sees this as confirmation of its strategy of sustainable and profitable growth. “There is a strong link between economic success and a corporate policy geared to sustainability and environmental protection,” said Wolfgang Mayrhuber, CEO and Chairman of the Lufthansa Executive Board. “Only through the harmonious interaction of the three pillars economy, social responsibility and environment is it possible to uphold a corporate culture that fosters growth and to assure the Group’s sustained business success.”
Lufthansa’s environmental performance continues to go from strength to strength. Since 1991 the airline has succeeded in lowering its fuel consumption by almost 30 per cent to 4.4 litres per 100 passenger-kilometres. At the same time, the company realises half of its annual transport growth without any additional CO2 emissions. Lufthansa is currently investing in new, fuel-efficient aircraft and has been involved in climate research for many years.
In terms of corporate social responsibility, Lufthansa has also continued its excellent performance: At present, the Group employs some 101,000 people, about 63,000 of them in Germany. By the end of the year, Lufthansa will have created about 3,000 new jobs in Germany alone. In order to promote a healthy work-life balance among its employees, Lufthansa offers numerous innovative work-time models. Part-time staff account for about 25.7 per cent of the Group’s workforce.
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