The MAN Group is one of the leading commercial vehicle companies in Europe.
Its objectives are to offer customers innovative transportation solutions, grow profitably in the international arena, and increase the company’s value sustainably.
38,961* employees generated revenue of €12.85 billion and an operating profit of €361 million in 2019.
*Average number of employees over the year
The three highlight projects 2021
“Our mission is to deliver efficient transportation and energy solutions.”
New era of e-mobility at Pellworm
The shipping company Neue Pellwormer Dampfschiffahrts GmbH (NPDG) premiered its new MAN Lion’s City 12 E electric bus in mid-2021. As a result, some of the bus services on the island will be converted to e-mobility. The NPDG aims to take further steps toward achieving climate neutrality in the coming years; among other things, the newly purchased bus is to be recharged directly with electricity generated by wind power on Pellworm. It is not for no reason that the first e-bus on Pellworm is a Lion’s City 12 E from MAN: In the summer of 2020, the NPDG invited various manufacturers to demonstrate their electric buses on Pellworm. MAN’s left the best impression. It offers a panoramic view, an important feature for tours, and its batteries are installed on the roof. In buses from other manufacturers, parts of the battery are located in the rear part of the passenger compartment, which takes up space for passengers and impairs the view. Moreover, MAN’s electric bus impresses with good handling and with its design.
MAN joins the SBTi – concrete intermediate goals on the road to greenhouse gas neutrality
Under its corporate strategy “NewMAN”, MAN is focusing on forward-looking topics and gearing its activities to sustainability principles. MAN has accomplished a lot in the past and is now undertaking binding steps to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions from use of our vehicles, in production of them and in the supply chain. Joining the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is an important step in defining concrete intermediate goals on our road to greenhouse gas neutrality. MAN’s vision as part of that is to offer customers sustainable, eco-friendly solutions for transportation and passenger transport.
The SBTi is a collaboration between the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The initiative supports enterprises in setting science-based targets that comply with the Paris Agreement adopted by the United Nations in 2015. Under that agreement, global warming is to be limited to well below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels – and preferably even to 1.5°C. By signing the Commitment Letter and submitting it to the SBTi, MAN Truck & Bus has now committed itself to this ambition and is preparing to submit appropriate targets.
As a manufacturer of commercial vehicles, MAN believes it has a special responsibility to help protect the climate to the best of its ability. According to the European Environment Agency (EEA), the transport sector causes around 29% of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU (as per 2019), of which almost one-third is attributable to heavy-duty and lightweight commercial trucks. Of course, they also include very many vehicles from MAN. We therefore have a great responsibility to protect the climate. More than 95% of total greenhouse gas emissions throughout our value chain are caused in use of our products. That means cutting emissions in this area has top priority. MAN will submit clear targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its products in their usage phase and at its locations so that they can be validated by the SBTi.
MAN assesses suppliers’ sustainability
As a global company, MAN can throw its full weight behind ensuring that human rights are respected in the area of procurement. The Sustainability Rating (S-Rating) launched in November 2020 plays a key role in that. The S-Rating assesses suppliers, including component suppliers, service providers and other providers, in terms of their sustainability as regards environment/social and compliance aspects. Companies who obtain orders of more than €50,000 from MAN must have a positive S-Rating.
Over 2,000 suppliers currently meet that criterion – often with the support of Procurement’s sustainability team. The issue of sustainability will be a major factor in companies’ success in the future. Further training of suppliers is vital to promote sustainable supplier relationships in the area of procurement. With its group-wide online training for suppliers, MAN makes an important contribution to raising awareness about this issue among suppliers more and more.
As part of updating of MAN’s CR strategy, a two-hour online workshop was held with external stakeholders in the fall of 2021. More than 20 customers, associations and suppliers, as well as representatives from Munich Council and NGOs from Europe and Germany, took part in the event.
The newly defined action areas, which had initially been agreed internally, were discussed between the participants intensively and sometimes controversially. The stakeholders provided valuable suggestions and tips on realignment of the CR strategy. The participants were invited, for example, to state and discuss what they felt to be the key demands on MAN’s as regards its corporate responsibility in the next years – relating to entire range of sustainability. The stakeholder workshop acted as the basis for updating MAN’s materiality analysis, which will be completed in the spring of 2022.
The next Stakeholder Dialog is scheduled for the fall of 2022.
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MAN has captured many sustainability awards. They are testimony to MAN’s great commitment to living up to its corporate responsibility and practicing sustainability across its whole product range. One example:
MAN Lion’s Intercity and MAN eTGE Combi win the “International busplaner Sustainability Award”
MAN Truck & Bus picked up two accolades at the “International busplaner Sustainability Award 2021“ (IBNP) presentation ceremony on April 15 as part of the digital live event “BUS2BUS Special Edition 2021”: The MAN Lion’s Intercity impressed in the category “Intercity bus.” The all-electric MAN eTGE Combi won in the category “Mini- and midi-bus.”
This year was the fifth time the International busplaner Sustainability Award was presented by the trade magazine busplaner (from the Huss publishing house). A jury comprising representatives from business, associations and the media assessed all the entries on the basis of a firmly defined points scheme.
The placements show that MAN is on the right path to delivering sustainable, carbon-free passenger transport.