The coronavirus crisis presents a huge challenge. Many companies have reported sharp declines in sales and a large number of employees furloughed. Orders have collapsed in some cases, and for some companies the coming months will be about sheer survival. But what at first seemed only negative could prove to be an opportunity for positive change in the direction of sustainability.
Both before and during the current crisis, the German mechanical engineering industry recognized this opportunity and has proven itself to be something of a pioneer in sustainable development. On the one hand, the industry provides technical sustainability solutions, while on the other it is concerned with resource-efficient production and responsible corporate governance.