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Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are aimed at all countries and organizations across the globe. We too play an active role in achieving these goals.

Our efforts

Under our Corporate Responsibility (CR) strategy, we are already working to solve key challenges through efforts in the spheres of health, environment, and culture and education. We especially support SDG 3 (Good Health & Well-Being), SDG 4 (Quality Education) and SDG 7 (Affordable & Clean Energy). To achieve these goals, we join strategic partnerships (SDG 17) that allow us to work hand in hand with other companies, non-governmental organizations and governments.

SDG 3: Good health and well-being

“Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.”

Across the globe, approximately 400 million people lack access to effective and affordable medical care, a situation we intend to rectify through our Access to Health strategy. Recognizing that we can’t solve these challenges alone, we have joined forces with strong partners to work towards a solution.

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SDG 4: Quality education

“Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”

The sciences in particular play a key role in the development of pioneering solutions. A well-educated and well-trained workforce is also essential to our future as a science and technology company, which is why we are working to ignite a passion for science in the next generation. To this end, we conduct a number of education projects across our sites worldwide, going to great lengths to provide underprivileged students with access to education.

Examples of our activities:

SDG 5: Gender equality

“Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.”

SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation

“Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.”

SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy

“Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.”

Our materials create ultra-efficient solar cells that can be used in innovative applications. Moreover, our products help customers save energy. For instance, state-of-the-art and technology from our Performance Materials business sector make displays more energy-efficient. You can find more information under Sustainable products.

Examples of our activities:

SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth

“Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.”

SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities

“Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.”

SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production

“Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.”

SDG 13: Climate action

“Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.”

SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

“Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.”

Liquid crystals (LC)
Liquid crystals are a hybrid of a crystalline and liquid state. In general, molecules are perfectly arranged only when in a solid crystal state, in contrast to the liquid state, when they move around chaotically. However, liquid crystals are a hybrid of the two states: Although they are liquid, they exhibit a certain crystalline arrangement. Their rod-shaped molecules align themselves like a shoal of fish. In addition, they respond to the electromagnetic waves of light like tiny antennae. Therefore, such swarms of molecules can either allow specially prepared “polarized” light to pass through, or they can block it. This takes place in the pixels of liquid crystal displays – as it does similarly in liquid crystal windows, which can provide shade against sunlight.
Organic light-emitting diodes are a new technology for displays and lighting.