LEONI’s sustainability programme

Resource shortages, climate change and social justice are the big social and ecological challenges of our times, which LEONI is also confronting. As a global company with about 101,000 employees, as a manufacturer of wiring systems and as a major supplier in the automotive sector, we have a special responsibility and want to actively participate in shaping sustainability. That is why, in 2021, we restructured and refocused our sustainability management in that has been place since 2016 in our new ReWire sustainability programme. We are thereby making sustainability a holistic and integral part of our corporate strategy.

LEONI Sustainability Report 2021





On the way to a more sustainable future

How can we be even easier on resources in making our products? How can they be used in a more resource-saving way? It is our stated goal to reduce the adverse environmental impact of both our production facilities themselves and our products. We therefore consider many aspects of sustainability as early as the development phase of our products. Our sustainable development spans all value-chain stages and business areas. We are thereby able to offer innovative solutions and systems for resource-efficient and climate-friendly mobility.


Sustainable Development Goals

LEONI joined the UN Global Compact initiative in 2011. The UN Global Compact is based on principles that pursue the vision of an inclusive, sustainable and resource-saving global economy for the benefit of all humankind and markets. In addition, our principal issues are also intended to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. The eight SDGs prioritised by LEONI are:

Our contribution to sustainable development


Health and well-being

The health of its employees is very important to LEONI. By 2023, we intend to have lowered our global accident rate, i.e. the number of accidents at work per 100 employees, to 0.3 and we aim to ensure that all of our plants have a certified occupational safety protection management system (ISO 45001 or comparable) by 2025. We furthermore intend to expand our local health protection projects by 2025. We already executed projects at various in plants in 2021, among them Covid-19 vaccinations and days of action on healthcare.


Gender equality

LEONI already has a gender balance in its overall workforce. However, we are also committed to further increasing the proportion of women in senior management and on our Executive Board. We aim by 2030 to have 20% of our senior management positions (Levels 1-3) occupied by women.  By 2040, the proportion of women in leadership positions is to be at least 40%. To this end, we are supporting women by offering various schemes for achieving permanent career advancement and intend to target women in our recruiting processes.

Affordable and clean energy

As part of its climate strategy, LEONI has set itself binding targets for the use of renewable energy as well as raising its own energy efficiency. By 2025, we will already be drawing 80% of our energy from renewable sources; by 2030 almost 100%.


Decent work and business growth

Our LEONI Code of Conduct for Business Partners, we unequivocally define protection against human rights abuses for LEONI but also for our upstream value chain.  This year, furthermore, we will be systematically auditing our own company for potential human rights-related risks to be able to preventively rule them out.


Sustainable cities and communities

Promoting sustainable mobility contributes to making cities safe, resilient and sustainable. In keeping with our vision of ‘Best in Class Wiring Systems’, we also intend to be a provider of innovative solutions with respect to sustainability challenges. We are advancing decarbonised mobility by offering such new product solutions for alternative drive technologies as e-mobility. We are already executing individual energy efficiency projects at some facilities, for example by installing innovative solar energy panels.


Sustainable consumption and production

We are presently working on measures to step up our use of secondary raw materials and on replacing ecologically critical materials with more sustainable resources as ways of contributing to more sustainable production. Furthermore, we intend to ensure that both social and ecological standards are observed in our procurement of raw materials. To this end, we have set ourselves goals for raising the transparency of both our purchased materials and the social as well as ecological impact of our suppliers.


Climate action

We are committed to the Paris Climate Agreement with the aim of limiting global warming to 1.5°C.  By 2050, we will have lowered the emissions along our entire value chain (Scope 1-3) by 90%. And from 2040 at the latest, we will have neutralised all unavoidable emissions at our own facilities (Scope 1 and 2), thereby being climate-neutral in our own production.


Partnerships for goal attainment

The ecological and social challenges in our value chain can only be overcome jointly. We therefore attach great importance to collaboration and regular exchange of ideas with our suppliers and customers, but also with such other stakeholder groups as NGOs and sector associations.



Our sustainability programme is based on three focal areas. An overview of our three areas for action:

ReWire Climate

LEONI’s understanding of sustainability is based on the vision of a future in which climate-friendly mobility is accessible to all humankind. LEONI is contributing to the mobility transformation with efficient use of renewable energy and environmentally friendly transport.

ReWire Resources

There is only limited supply of many natural resources, while worldwide demand for them is simultaneously rising. In view of the resultant shortage of resources, we are contributing by using materials efficiently and, going forward, by closing raw material cycles.

ReWire People

Social sustainability means effective occupational health and safety as well as good living conditions. We promote diversity, inclusion as well as the quality of life of our employees and the communities in the countries where we produce.

Organisation and contact

LEONI’s Group-wide Sustainability Management System systematically embeds sustainability within the company and bears responsibility for strategic advancement of sustainability within the LEONI Group to contribute to sustainable development. Our Sustainability Management encompasses planning, management and oversight of the impact of the company and its activities. This also includes communicating on sustainability in the form of a reporting system that is consistent across the Group; e.g. our annual Sustainability Report.

Feel free to contact us at corporate-sustainability@leoni.com if you have any questions. We would similarly be pleased to receive your ideas, comments and suggestions.

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Corporate Guidelines / Internal Standards / Commitments

Corporate Guidelines / Internal Standards / Commitments

Code of Conduct LEONI Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct Business Partners LEONI Code of Conduct for Business Partners
Social Charter Social Charter
UK Modern Slavery Act Statement UK Modern Slavery Act Statement
LEONI Wire & Cable Solutions Safety, Health & Environment policy LEONI Wire & Cable Solutions Safety, Health & Environment policy
LEONI Wiring Systems Safety, Health & Environment policy LEONI Wiring Systems Safety, Health & Environment policy
ISO 14001 Division Wiring Systems ISO 14001 Division Wiring Systems
ISO 14001 Division Wire & Cable Solutions ISO 14001 Division Wire & Cable Solutions


LEONI reports

LEONI reports

LEONI Annual Report LEONI Annual Report
LEONI Sustainability Report / UNGC Communication on Progress LEONI Sustainability Report / UNGC Communication on Progress

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Internal links

Internal links

Compliance Compliance
Innovation Innovation
External links

External links

UN Global Compact UN Global Compact
Sustainable Development Goals Sustainable Development Goals
Diversity Charter Diversity Charter
German Sustainability Code German Sustainability Code
National Action Plan (NAP) National Action Plan (NAP)
International Labour Organization International Labour Organization
Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI)n Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI)