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Definition of sustainability and its different aspects
The approach to sustainability followed by OSRAM is known as the three-pillar model*, which takes into account economic, ecological, and social aspects.

Performance indicators

The economic component of OSRAM’s sustainability approach comprises aspects such as responsible and legally compliant management.

We aim to consistently make the most of the business opportunities that arise while at the same time meeting our environmental aspirations. Given that artificial lighting consumes around 15% of total electricity production worldwide, according to the latest studies by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP initiative en.lighten), the lighting industry plays a major role in tackling global challenges such as climate change, resource scarcity, and demographic change, as it holds the key to the improvements that efficient lighting offer. 

Our holistic approach to sustainability is completed by the social aspect. We consider ourselves to be a responsible member of society. Firstly, we are a socially responsible employer, taking measures to promote our employees’ health and providing a safe working environment, for example. This also extends to the areas of education and training, diversity, and balancing work and family life. Even during times when restructuring is required, we are conscious of the responsibility we have to our employees in relation to the measures to be taken. Secondly, as a global company, we operate in many different cultures and societies and support numerous local and international projects that put the subject of lighting in a social context,such as providing more efficient solutions for educational establishments.


OSRAM, based in Munich, is a globally leading lighting manufacturer with a history dating back about 100 years. The product portfolio includes high-tech applications based on semiconductor technology such as infrared or laser lighting. The products are used in highly diverse applications ranging from virtual reality, autonomous driving or mobile phones to smart and connected lighting solutions in buildings and cities. In automotive lighting, the company is the global market and technology leader. Based on continuing operations (excluding Ledvance), OSRAM had around 24,600 employees worldwide at the end of fiscal 2016 (September 30) and generated revenue of almost €3.8 billion in that fiscal year. The company is listed on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt and Munich (ISIN: DE000LED4000; WKN: LED400; trading symbol: OSR). Additional information can be found at www.osram.com.

*Source: Spindler, Geschichte der Nachhaltigkeit [History of Sustainability]

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