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Establishment of a high-performance network

We are very aware that no single organization alone – company, government, research institute or NGO – will be able to master the major social challenges of our time. Alongside the many CR activities of our own, we are therefore participating increasingly in establishing powerful global networks where we combine our competence in sustainable development with the expertise of other partners. As well as state institutions, NGOs in particular – with their extensive expert knowledge of specific issues – have a crucial role to play. Our Green Mobility initiative is a prime example of successful networking that benefits several participants and is totally in keeping with our philosophy of “Good for business, good for society.”

For example, the Mobility Days we held in 2012 created an interdisciplinary, global platform for discussing current green mobility issues and trends with experts from business, science and associations. Our event includes a conference featuring high-profile speakers from science and industry and also provides the opportunity to break out into smaller groups for panel discussions and papers on specific mobility issues. During the reporting period, Mobility Days were held in China, the United States, Europe and South Africa. We also continued our successful series of Rubber Days in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where we focused on high-performance rubber for green mobility.

We held our first stakeholder dialogue on education in November 2012, focusing on “New frontiers of learning.” Representatives from educational establishments, foundations, business, media and politics came together in Leverkusen to generate ideas for developing the educational landscape in the areas of mathematics, IT, science and technology in North Rhine-Westphalia and beyond. We plan to continue this debate, which was seen as very constructive by the participants, with another round table in 2013.

More often, too, we are seeking dialogue with our stakeholders at high-profile external events. For example, Chairman of the LANXESS Board of Management Axel C. Heitmann was a keynote speaker at the eMobility Summit 2012. In the presence of the German Federal Minister of Transport, he highlighted the central role of the chemical industry in the mobility of the future. In collaboration with tire manufacturer Continental, we brought together participants from various sectors of industry for a series of events entitled “Responsibility for the future.” These provided a forum for exchanging practical experiences about successful strategies, new processes and cutting-edge technologies.

We also conduct an open dialogue with government representatives and with authorities on local, European and international level. The focus is on an active exchange of ideas on strategic corporate issues such as environmentally friendly product and process innovations, developments on raw material and energy markets and issues relating to the labor market and education policy. We maintain offices in Berlin and Brussels that place us close to the center of political decision-making. A member of our executive management also represents the issue of sustainability in the German parliamentary advisory committee on growth, prosperity and quality of life.

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