Sustainable consumption and production
Industrialized nations are dependent on imports and exports as well as on lengthy trade routes that are difficult to control. Companies have delegated sovereignty over processes and products in part to global supply systems whose structures are difficult to comprehend and shape sustainably. Global supply chains often lack transparency in terms of the raw materials, additives, semi-finished products or components used and the applicable environmental and occupational safety standards. Sustainability, resilience and flexibility have an enormous impact on the social and economic value of products. Furthermore, Sustainable Development Goal 12 set by the United Nations envisages sustainable consumption behavior and production methods. The Fraunhofer approach to this is new, as it relies on the knowledge-based, digital representation of entire value creation cycles.
Sovereign decisions for companies and consumers
Tomorrow's value creation must be more sustainable, more intelligent and, above all, more circular. Sovereign value creation cycles must replace global value chains. To enable this transformation, Fraunhofer is drawing up a charter that sets guidelines for an R&D roadmap for research on sovereign value cycles. Fraunhofer is committed making consumption and production more sustainable through application-oriented research and development - in the short, mid and long term.