For Audi, sustainable action means considering the immediate and long-term consequences of its decisions. Protecting our natural basis for existence, careful use of resources, and responsibility for employees and society are important to Audi. These concerns prompted the company to join the “Biodiversity in Good Company” initiative in 2015, to actively help preserve biodiversity and contribute to an open dialogue between society, politics and business.
To incorporate the goals of the Leadership in the Declaration of the Biodiversity in Good Company initiative within the company, Audi has developed specific concepts to promote biological diversity and has implemented them at its sites.
These include green roof areas at the Ingolstadt site, flowering meadows at the Neckarsulm plant, nutrient-poor grasslands with indigenous plant species and bee colonies at the Brussels site, a green belt around the plant in San Jose Chiapa (Mexico) with a nearby reforestation of 100,000 trees, modules such as heaps of sand, insect hotels, a wet biotope and a deadwood area at the Neuburg site, and a Pannonian Steppe typical for the region at the site in Győr (Hungary).
The largest biodiversity project at the moment is the open area at the Münchsmünster site, 30 km southeast of the headquarters in Ingolstadt. Targeted measures were used here to design 17 hectares of open space, creating habitats for numerous, sometimes rare, animal and plant species. Meadow areas and native trees and shrubs offer diverse food sources and nesting facilities. More than 100 species of meadow plants and 90 species of wild bees have already settled on the site. The design of the area is continuously being optimized and scientifically supported by biologists.
The long-term goal for Audi is to integrate biodiversity into the company’s overall value chain in a way that goes beyond property management.
The United Nations has declared this decade the UN Decade of Biodiversity to raise awareness of the global extinction of species and to promote measures to halt it. Audi is contributing to this effort and is implementing biodiversity projects at all sites.
Audi has transformed 17 hectares of land on the Audi production site in Münchsmünster into a near-natural habitat for animals and plants. So far, 112 plant species have developed there and around 90 species of wild bees have settled there.