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GE Sustainability Highlights 2013

Highlights from GE's 2013 Sustainability reporting.

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For over 100 years, GE has been investing in and growing its presence across Europe. Today we employ over 90,000 people in 900 locations, and the region is home to the headquarters of several of our global businesses.  We also have one of our Global Research Centers near Munich, in Garching, Germany. Dedicated to innovation in the fields of health, transportation, power and infrastructure, we are committed to leadership, partnership and human progress.

Throughout Europe, GE employees take pride in the work we do. Sustainability inspires our thinking and drives our actions, whether we’re inventing things that matter, reducing our impact on the planet or addressing critical community needs.

How GE Works

GE is committed to taking on the world’s toughest challenges. In order to fulfill that promise around big issues like clean energy and affordable healthcare, we rely on a culture of leadership and diversity to drive innovation and productivity. The success of diversity at GE, including our thriving Women’s Network and Military Veterans Network in Europe, is a reflection of the integrity of our leadership and builds a strong foundation for future leaders to continue our tradition of inclusiveness.

GE has a long tradition of investing in talent development both with its employees and with young people.  One example is the GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania.  Established to help to develop the next generation of internationally competitive leaders, GE has invested more than $2 million into the program, while GE leaders have given 4,000 hours of their time to support more than 460 talented students to date.

GE is committed to improving the health, safety and well-being of its employees in Europe.  Each site of over 150 people is required to become HealthAhead-certified, meaning that it must fulfill criteria such as encouraging employee uptake of annual physicals and preventative screenings, and improving access to healthier meal options and fitness facilities.

Building Things That Matter

Across GE Europe, some 11,000 technologists at over 20 industry-focused research centers and at over 70 manufacturing sites are devoted to research and development (R&D), engineering and manufacturing.

At GE’s Global Research Center near Munich, 200 scientists are focused on renewable energy technologies. Other key research themes at the center include imaging and diagnostics for medical applications, technologies for the oil & gas industry, power generation and propulsion systems, and advanced materials. The breadth of GE’s business divisions makes GE Global Research one the world’s most diverse industrial labs.

Ecomagination is GE’s commitment to building innovative solutions for environmental challenges such as the need for cleaner, more efficient sources of energy; reduced emissions; and abundant sources of clean water. Our valuable products and solutions can help European governments meet the European Union’s 2020 targets.

Europe is home to a number of key ecomagination products, such as GE’s Jenbacher J920 FleXtra gas engine. Designed in Austria, it offers multiple-engine power plant solutions — from remote power supply to combined heat and power (CHP) generation. This GE Jenbacher technology offers reduced environmental impact while lowering lifecycle costs by consuming less fuel.

Healthymagination is GE’s global commitment to reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality of healthcare for millions of people. It is a business strategy that seeks to help people live more healthily while helping the Company grow.

GE has installed DoseWatch, a dose-management system developed in France, in several hospitals in Europe. DoseWatch retrieves, tracks and reports the radiation dose administered to patients during medical exams and automatically organizes the data for hospital leaders so they can easily and effectively monitor dose delivery.

KUBio, developed in Sweden, is a new approach to biopharmaceutical manufacturing.  Customers get a fully functional, ready-to-run bioprocessing facility in 14 to 18 months, significantly less than the time it takes to build a traditional facility. KUBio helps manufacturers respond to local healthcare needs and bring lifesaving treatments to market quickly.

Vscan is a pocket-sized ultrasound that gives healthcare providers increased access to lifesaving technology at the point of care.  Developed in Norway, Vscan is having a tremendous impact on triage for patients around the world and can help reduce healthcare costs.

Enabling progress

GE Volunteers have been active in Europe for over 20 years and have well-established programs around GE sites that focus on local needs and are driven by the energy and passion of GE employees. In 2013, over 20,000 employees in Europe took part in approximately 1,200 projects focused on education, health, community building and the environment. Employees donated more than 135,000 hours to the local communities where they live and work.

GE Europe has a strong relationship with Junior Achievement/Young Enterprise (JAYE) Europe, with several senior GE leaders serving on both the European board and local boards. An annual GE Foundation grant enables GE Volunteers to deliver enterprise education to students of all ages, equipping them with the skills needed for the working world.

GE sites across Europe have also developed their own inspirational programs to encourage young people to study math and science at higher levels and to enable them to explore the technology involved in each GE business. In the U.K., the award-winning GirlsGetSET program uses GE volunteers, “design and build” projects, and skills workshops to inspire girls aged 11 to 18 to consider a career in science, technology, engineering or math.  GirlsGetSET has influenced over 2,500 girls in the past five years and continues to expand to new GE locations.