Sustainability at Fendt - Because we think about the future.

The world is currently facing enormous challenges. By 2050, around ten billion people will be living on our planet. To feed them all, we need innovative technical solutions while using existing resources as efficiently as we possibly can.

Fendt is already making a significant contribution to global sustainable farming. We will continue to holistically develop this long-lasting commitment in the future, integrating it into our corporate strategy and aligning our business activities accordingly.

Our products bring us close to nature, and we do our best to protect and preserve it. Our enduring commitment is driven by the absolute belief that we, as a traditional company, want to take responsibility for this generation and for those to come. We are convinced that this is the path to economically healthy and sustainable growth for us, our partners and our customers.

Our five action areas:

As part of our commitment, we have defined five key action areas behind our sustainability work.

Operations

Fendt promotes sustainability in its own production. The focus is on energy production and energy consumption, applying the four mainstays of tracking, preventing, minimising and substituting.

We are increasing our energy efficiency with actions such as renewing our lighting systems, renovating the energy systems of our buildings and using state-of-the-art technologies in our production; by training our employees we can make sure everyone plays their part. In 2019 alone, our various measures have seen us save 900,000 kWh of energy at the Marktoberdorf and Bäumenheim sites. What is more, we have managed to stop our production growth being reliant on energy consumption. For example, in 2019, we needed 1,992 kWh of electricity per tractor at our production in Marktoberdorf – over 200 kWh less than in the previous year.

As a manufacturing company, we cannot reduce our energy consumption to zero. That is why we also rely on renewable energy, generating our heat with wood chips from the surrounding area, for example. So, not only do we generate and use heat from renewable sources, but we also source the wood chips locally from our customers in the forestry sector. We generate our own electricity with our photovoltaic system and use 100% green energy in Marktoberdorf and three other locations. This has cut our CO2 emissions from electricity consumption to zero at these sites, and we have been able to reduce emissions by 70% for the entire energy sector in the last three years.

Products / customers

Our impact on environmental sustainability hits hardest where it matters – our products. This encourages our customers to make a positive contribution to a sustainable future.

By using our Vario transmission, farmers are already saving 336 million litres of diesel fuel every year. This is all down to our eco-friendly technology; from the demand-led fan drive to our low engine speed concept and separate oil supplies for hydraulics and transmission.

We have a vast array of solutions to help to protect our customers' most important resource; soil. Examples include our VarioGrip technology in the tractor sector, which dynamically adjusts the air pressure in tyres; and the Fendt MOMENTUM precision planter featuring Precision Planting technology, bringing higher yields while cutting down on pesticides and fuel.

With innovative digital solutions like FendtONE in the field of smart farming, we are more efficient and make maximum use of resources.

And we are looking to the future. By popular demand, we are developing the already award-winning Fendt e100 Vario. The Fendt e100 Vario is an all-electric and therefore emission-free tractor that optimises not only the energy costs of our customers, but also their maintenance and service bills. They can also re-use ecologically generated electricity (solar, wind, biogas) on their farms.

We have also developed our Fendt Xaver project for future-ready farming. Using small, swarm-based robot units and a cloud-based solution, Fendt Xaver will plan, monitor and accurately document the precise sowing output in maize fields. The robots are particularly light and can process the field while protecting the soil and ensuring maximum safety, applying fertilisers or pesticides in an economical and efficient way – 24/7, day and night.

Employees

Our employees are the key to Fendt quality. We promote and continuously expand their traditionally strong identification with the company and our products.

Our health management helps our staff stay healthy and productive in the long term. Our health mission statement is at the heart of this and defines the essentials – including prevention and health promotion services, creating a modern working environment and upholding a respectful corporate ethos.

In line with our corporate values, we will train our 400-plus executives in Germany on topics such as diversity and inclusion, we will participate in schools on Girls Day, we will conduct career days especially for STEM students and establish an internal mentoring program to network high-potentials and female managers specifically with senior management members.

We also thrive on a proactive error culture. As part of our internal campaign, "I messed up", we call on production employees to own their mistakes – and symbolically reward them for it. The communication that accompanies this promotes the understanding of individual mistakes as a valuable part of our collective learning process at Fendt.

Suppliers / Supply chain

In a globalised world, it is particularly important to structure the supply chain in a sustainable way and to work closely with suppliers.

We traditionally employ and are enhancing our vertical range of manufacture. The frame lower link was one of 11 components we integrated into our production chain in 2020; cutting and assembling them in Marktoberdorf. In future, these parts will no longer have to be transported from the supplier to us, and we can produce them emission-free thanks to our efficiency and use of renewable energies at our production site.

We try to source parts that we do not produce ourselves as locally as possible – 66% of our suppliers are based in Germany, and another 28% are based in other European countries. But even when the suppliers are close by, the type of transport has a considerable impact on our company's emissions. Over the past five years, we have managed to reduce our emissions in the procurement supply chain by 35% per kilo transported. This is down to an improved combined use of rail and road, the use of alternative propulsion systems such as natural gas, and intelligently grouping delivery journeys.

Last but not least, we take care to continuously improve the quality of the delivered production parts. For example, from 2016 to 2020, we reduced the scrap numbers (the 'PPM rate') by more than 63%, making an important contribution to resource protection in our supply chain.

Society

Wertachtal workshops

Fendt is a company deeply rooted in the Marktoberdorf region. This is also reflected in the company's social commitment.

Since the 1980s we have enjoyed ongoing cooperation with the local Wertachtal workshops. They employ people who, because of the nature and severity of their disabilities, are unable to return to the labour market, either forever or just for the time being. The staff at these workshops carry out a number of roles for us. They are an integral part of the manufacturing division and help out in the accounting team, sometimes onsite at Fendt. What started off as a local cooperation with a social aspect has long since developed into an economic cooperation on all sides – these workshops now process more than 500 different parts for us, mainly in series production but also for the spare parts sector. And the Fendt turnover generated by the staff at the workshops has been growing for years.