Sustainability and responsibility shape how we see ourselves as a Group and are firmly embedded in our DNA. Building on these foundations, we began to develop a systematic, Group-wide approach to corporate responsibility management a number of years ago. Having defined our organisational structures, a corporate responsibility strategy and a road map, we began to make real progress with realisation in 2019. The Group’s strategic further development is now increasingly being shaped by a systematic focus on sustainability and social responsibility.
Our CR targets and measures now serve all Group employees as a compass. In Germany, we successfully manage their implementation on the basis of the TÜV NORD Group’s centralised corporate responsibility management system as well as through the CR coordinators within the divisions and in the holding company’s functional departments. And we are delighted to say that we are perceived as a value-oriented and sustainable company externally too – in 2020, the Group was awarded Gold status in the EcoVadis corporate responsibility rating at its first attempt. This places the Group among the top 30 per cent of the companies assessed in the ranking.
Three specific examples of progress we have recently made:
- The assessment of the sustainability of innovations has been furthered, with a standardised evaluation system having been established which was first put into practice in 2020.
- The potential of digitalisation is increasingly being used to achieve positive sustainability effects. To this end, we familiarised the first digital experts within our Digital Academy with corporate digital responsibility and the assessment of the impacts of digitalisation projects.
- We have significantly expanded our workplace health promotion services and boosted their uptake, and introduced online services to complement the existing face-to-face offerings.