DEKRA is Committed to Sustainability
DEKRA is sharpening its focus on sustainability even more. The world’s largest non-listed expert organization is making a concerted effort to become a sustainability leader by 2025. Sustainability targets to be met by the company’s 100th anniversary show the way. In addition, DEKRA is committed to the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact. The new Sustainability Magazine 2019/20 is out now and sets out significant progress and best practices in the DEKRA Group.
- DEKRA joins two major initiatives: the UN Global Compact and RE100
- Support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Measurable targets for climate protection and social responsibility
- New DEKRA Sustainability Magazine 2019/2020 sets out progress
“The expert organization DEKRA has been thinking and operating sustainably for 95 years. Safe handling of technology and protection of people and the environment are in our DNA,” said Stefan Kölbl, Chairman of the Management Board of DEKRA e.V. and DEKRA SE. “Yet sustainability and the preservation of resources have never had as much global importance and relevance as they do today. Responsibility to society, humankind and nature, and making the future fit for generations to come – these are the values that we will be measured by in the future.”
As a strategic measure, DEKRA has committed itself to the principles of the UN Global Compact. On the basis of ten universal principles and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), DEKRA now supports the vision of a sustainable global economy. Furthermore, DEKRA has joined the RE100 initiative, which involves a commitment to switch entirely to renewable energies by 2050. DEKRA aims to achieve this goal by 2025.
DEKRA’s sustainability reporting is geared towards the criteria of The Sustainability Code (DNK). Through the DNK declaration, the DEKRA Group informs its customers, the public and other partners of its sustainability profile in a credible and transparent way.
DEKRA’s 2025 sustainability strategy is geared towards continuous improvement of the Group’s sustainability performance. For example, DEKRA aims to halve its carbon footprint by 2025. The expert organization plans to make further tangible progress in key areas by 2025, not just in terms of its CO2 footprint but also in the context of renewable energies, employee engagement and training, diversity, occupational safety, social involvement, partnerships and sustainability in the supply chain. In addition, business with sustainability-related solutions is to be stepped up further.
DEKRA already provides a wide range of sustainability-related services and innovative solutions to help customers with sustainability, e.g. sustainability advice and training, product sustainability, sustainability certifications and audits, climate impact assessments, supply-chain sustainability, sustainability standards in sport and many other expert services.
“We also aim to achieve sustainable change by consequently combining the key factors of digitalization and sustainability,” explained DEKRA Management Board member Wolfgang Linsenmaier, who is responsible for sustainability. “Wherever resources can be preserved, we use digital processes for paperless, agile and virtual collaboration. This year, with our internal sustainability program, we successfully paved the way for becoming a sustainability leader.”
On just under 90 pages, DEKRA’s digital, resource-efficient Sustainability Magazine 2019/2020 provides insight into the sustainability-related orientation, goals and progress at DEKRA, covering aspects such as outstanding projects, consequent health protection, biodiversity, technical innovations and the commitment to road safety, along with the formal reporting.