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05/03/2018 | Deutsche Post DHL Group wins four German Stevie® Awards for its environmental engagement

The German Stevie® Awards honored the Group's environmental protection strategy Mission 2050: Zero Emissions! with two Gold and two Silver awards

04/20/2018 | HSBC strengthens energy policy

HSBC will stop providing financing for new coal-fired power plants as part of its efforts to support a transition to a low-carbon economy.

The move, announced in the bank’s latest update of its energy policy, will apply globally except for three countries where projects may be given specific dispensation if no reasonable energy alternative can be found.

03/07/2018 | Deutsche Post DHL Group's 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report highlights Shared Values

Deutsche Post DHL Group has just released its 14th Corporate Responsibility Report entitled "Dedicated to Shared Values". This year's focus underlines the shared values of "Respect and Results" which have been made an integral component of daily operations at Deutsche Post DHL Group. These values are the basis for the contribution made by every one of the company's approx. 520,000 employees in tackling the economic, environmental and social challenges of our times.

06/09/2017 | BASF spurs production of sustainable palm oil products

BASF further strengthens its operations network for certified palm products: Meanwhile the company manufactures certified ingredients at 20 locations around the world for the cosmetic, detergent and cleaning agent industries. This production network also includes the BASF factories at Gebze (Turkey) and Dahej (India): they have now received the Supply Chain Certificate of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) as BASF announced on the occasion of the RSPO’s fifth annual European Roundtable in London.

05/23/2017 | Sustainable Finance Initiative launched to good reception

Deutsche Börse AG launches its “Accelerating Sustainable Finance” initiative on Tuesday, together with other key players from Frankfurt’s financial centre. The launch conference will feature discussions on all issues around the financial system's future viability and new ideas for sustainable business models. In signing the “Frankfurt Declaration”, participants are making a joint declaration of intent to build sustainable financial sector infrastructures.

05/15/2017 | Aareal Bank Group's sustainability management honoured again

Aareal Bank Group's sustainability performance has again been rated positively by leading sustainability rating agencies. Aareal Bank Group currently has an AA-ESG rating from MSCI ESG Research, and thus ranks among the top 15 % of its sector. The rating agency Sustainalytics continues to classify Aareal Bank Group as outperformer (Overall ESG Score: 71 out of 100 possible points). imug Beratungsgesellschaft für sozial-ökologische Innovationen mbH rated Aareal Bank "BBB positive" in the category "Uncovered Bonds" (Senior Unsecured Bonds).

04/10/2017 | Deutsche Telekom fosters digital education

Digitization is reshaping the educational industry as well – chalks becoming wireless mouse, black boards becoming  projectors, notebooks instead of laptops and books are now fitting in pen drives and hard disks. Deutsche Telekom subsidiaries, T-Mobile Austria and Makedonski Telekom give great examples of how Telekom fosters digital education.

01/12/2017 | DAX-listed corporations create pilot project to help refugees without vocational qualifications enter the job market

The range of available options and measures for integrating refugees continues to be discussed intensively. This much is clear, however: integrating refugees within the job market is one of the central challenges involved in helping refugees settle into society. At the initiative of Kathrin Menges (Henkel), Melanie Kreis (Deutsche Post DHL Group) and Christian P.

01/12/2017 | Deutsche Post DHL Group's climate protection project the first to be certified under the new Fairtrade Climate Standard

Deutsche Post DHL Group's climate protection project in Lesotho is the first initiative to meet the Fairtrade Climate Standard, an innovative scheme developed by Fairtrade, the most widely recognized ethical certification system, and Gold Standard, the leading certification standard for climate and development.

11/15/2016 | BASF acknowledged as global leader in water management

BASF is one of the world’s leading companies in sustainable water management and has been included in the “CDP Water A” list for the first time. The international non-profit organization CDP (formerly “Carbon Disclosure Project”) announced its latest results at the CDP Global Water Forum held in Morocco on November 15. CDP works with institutional investors with assets of US$100 trillion.

10/25/2016 | Bertelsmann Presents Information about Sustainability Efforts

Bertelsmann has published a new Corporate Responsibility (CR) magazine documenting its social and environmental efforts. The publication, titled

09/26/2016 | International CR rating agencies confirm Deutsche Post DHL Group's continued strong performance in sustainability management

Deutsche Post DHL Group has once again been recognized by leading corporate responsibility (CR) rating agencies for its continued progress in the area of sustainability management. The Group was able to further improve its CR performance, following on from the strong results it recorded in 2015. For Deutsche Post DHL Group, these independent evaluations provide confirmation of its direction and efforts in this area.

09/21/2016 | Promoting local community projects throughout the world: Deutsche Post DHL Group encourages employees to participate in the company's sixth Global Volunteer Day event

Deutsche Post DHL Group calls upon its 500,000 employees to participate in Global Volunteer Day (GVD) for the sixth year in a row. This year's official GVD period runs from September 22 to October 2, when employees from all business units will again team up with independent organizations and charities to help in numerous non-profit projects to benefit the communities in which they live.

09/05/2016 | Deutsche Post DHL Group and United Nations Development Programme Hold Airport Disaster Preparedness Workshops in Bali and Lombok

Germany's Deutsche Post DHL Group and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are once again conducting their joint preventative training, known as Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD), from September 5 to 9 at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, Lombok International Airport and Selaparang Airport in Lombok. Indonesia was the pilot country when the program was implemented globally in 2009 - in Makassar and Palu.

08/27/2016 | thyssenkrupp initiates project to convert steel mill gases into chemicals

In Duisburg today Johanna Wanka, German Minister of Education and Research, announced funding of more than 60 million euros for the Carbon2Chem project initiated by thyssenkrupp. The aim of Carbon2Chem is to convert process gases from steel production – including the CO2 they contain – into base chemicals. The greenhouse gas CO2 would then no longer be discharged into the atmosphere. The energy required for the conversion process is to come from renewable sources.

08/16/2016 | Why financial and societal return do not need to be mutually exclusive - Interview with the CEO of Deutsche Börse, Carsten Kengeter

The non-profit sector has an estimated volume of €90 billion. The consulting firm Phineo aims to create transparency in this area and Deutsche Börse is lending the firm its support. FOCUS Online asked Deutsche Börse CEO Carsten Kengeter and Phineo CEO Andreas Rickert how that could work.


07/21/2016 | Sustainable entrepreneurship – Deutsche Börse Group establishes new committee

On Monday, 11 July 2016, Deutsche Börse's Group Sustainability Board was constituted within a first meeting at Alte Börse.

07/04/2016 | Daimler: Industry 4.0

The automotive industry is facing fundamental changes. Digitalization is the main force driving this transformation. The connection of the physical and digital worlds is frequently described with the buzz word "Industrie 4.0" or as the fourth industrial revolution. But what exactly is meant by this? How does Daimler understand this process?

06/06/2016 | Calculate transport emissions with the DHL Carbon Calculator

DHL has today launched the DHL Carbon Calculator. With the introduction of theCarbon Calculator, DHL now allows its customers to calculate, free of charge, transport-related emissions for almost all shipment sizes and modes of transport. The calculation is carried out online based on intelligent algorithms.

05/23/2016 | United Nations and Deutsche Post DHL Group showcase how public-private partnerships make a difference in humanitarian action

Deutsche Post DHL Group and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) have issued a publication - Combining Capabilities - which showcases the growing importance of public-private partnerships in humanitarian action. The publication, launched during the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, illustrates a variety of innovative and effective case studies. It demonstrates that public-private partnerships are essential for addressing humanitarian needs in today’s world.



Forum for Sustainable Development of German Business e.V.

econsense is an association of leading, globally active companies and organisations of German business specializing in the area of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Founded in 2000 on the initiative of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the goal of econsense is to provide a dialogue platform and think tank, with the dual objectives of advancing sustainable development in business and assuming social responsibility.