Mission statement


Successful economic activity is only possible on a long-term basis if we take into account the interaction with the environment and with society in general. The commitment to sustainability is an integral part of the overall concept of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Many Fraunhofer Institutes investigate and develop products and processes with direct or indirect relevance to sustainability.

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft accepts its responsibility – in accordance with political, economic and societal needs – to contribute to sustainable development. It therefore intends:

  • to set its research goals and apply the results of its research so
    as to further sustainability
  • to analyze and optimize its inner workings in accordance with
    the principle of sustainable development
  • to promote publically the cause of sustainability both inside
    and outside its institutes.

The Fraunhofer Sustainability Network participates in the process of strategy development in the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Its aim is to increase the mutual interaction and integration of both research topics and people linked to sustainability. In this way, not only can the efficiency of research be enhanced, but the increased complexity of research, where sustainable development is involved, can also be addressed.