Supply Chain & Raw Materials

Value Chain & Products


We have a significant influence on society and the environment through its procurement volume. We are aware of this responsibility. By selecting suppliers carefully, we do not simply secure and increase their sustainability standards, we also enhance the quality of the entire value chain.

High sustainability standards in our supply chain
To achieve a high standard regarding sustainability we focus on the qualification and assessment of our suppliers. Alongside we examine individual raw material especially. These include amongst others renewables, raw materials and raw materials where there is a potential supply risk or reputational risk, for example, conflict minerals.

Purchasing volume in 2016

In 2016 we sourced raw materials and supplies, technical goods, services, energy and other operating supplies with a total value of around € 7.6 billion  from around 31,000 suppliers

Local sourcing accounted for around 77 percent of this amount. We define local sourcing as deliberate procurement from sources which are geographically close to our production site.

Sustainability Report 2016

Sustainability Report 2016 (pdf, 5,76 MB)

Would you like to find out more? Download our current Sustainability Report here.


Corporate Responsibility Relations