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Numerous stakeholder groups are interested in how sustainability is concretely implemented and assessed in companies (e.g. financial investors, customers, suppliers, employees, politics, science, unions, churches, non-governmental organizations). To this end, companies present their sustainability achievements in processes and key figures, for example, in the sustainability report or in numerous surveys. Also outside companies, stakeholders create comparability reports of companies through sustainability ratings, rankings and prizes. At econsense, member companies exchange information on the measurability of sustainability and drive towards continuous development of the topic in conversation with stakeholders.

News of our Members

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

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.

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).

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.

03/09/2016 | Deutsche Post DHL Group publishes its 12th Corporate Responsibility Report

With its 12th annual Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report, Deutsche Post DHL Group has provided a detailed overview of its global corporate responsibility activities in 2015. "Essential" - the title of the Group's CR Report 2015 - underscores the value placed on responsible business practice at Deutsche Post DHL Group.

02/06/2016 | Aareal Bank Group's sustainability management rated positively again

Aareal Bank Group has been rated positively by two leading sustainability rating agencies again. Aareal Bank succeeded in improving its good results for the previous year as assessed by the Sustainalytics rating agency, scoring 68 out of 100 possible points for the 2015 financial year (2014: 61 out of 100 points).

11/17/2014 | Deutsche Post DHL wins the EMC Blue Sky Supplier Sustainability Award 2014

Deutsche Post DHL has been recognized as the winner of EMC's third annual Blue Sky Supplier Sustainability Award 2014. With the award, the market leader in data storage systems recognizes a supplier which demonstrates efforts in sustainability reporting, and improving social and environmental responsibility.

10/23/2014 | DHL scoops Unilever 'Partner to Win' award for sustainability

DHL has received Unilever's prestigious 2014 'Partner to Win' award for Sustainability. The two companies collaborated on the Project Neo initiative to support the continual environmental improvement of activities and services conducted by DHL Supply Chain on behalf of Unilever.

10/21/2014 | Deutsche Bahn takes top place in the prestigious climate protection ratings

Deutsche Bahn has been named best non-listed company in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for their extensive climate protection activities by the non-profit organisation CDP. CDP (previously Carbon Disclosure Project) awarded the transparency of DB's 2013 climate reporting 99 out of a possible 100 points. DB's climate protection achievements are given the best grade of A. This puts the company among the top performers internationally.

10/17/2014 | Environmental Commitment: Top Marks for Allianz

In the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), Allianz reached a record high: 99 out of 100 points for Transparency, and a grade A- (on a scale of A-C) for Achievement. This makes Allianz one of the leading companies in this area. "The fact that we performed so well reflects the high level of priority that we ascribe to environmental issues and sustainability,"says Simone Ruiz-Vergote, Head of climate advisory & projects at Allianz Climate Solutions (ACS).

10/17/2014 | HeidelbergCement honored as best improver

HeidelbergCement has been honored as the best improver in disclosing environmental information among the 350 largest listed companies in the region Germany-Austria-Switzerland (DACH) by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). HeidelbergCement now ranks among the top five companies in the sector of energy and materials. The company received the award as best improver during the CDP Leadership Award Conference & Ceremony held at the BMW Welt in Munich on 16 October. The award was accepted by Rob van der Meer, Public Affairs Director at HeidelbergCement.

10/16/2014 | Bayer included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the 15th time in succession

Bayer is once again included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World). Bayer is thus listed in the DJSI World for the 15th time in succession since the index was established in 1999 – like only 14 other companies worldwide. This confirms Bayer's position as one of the leading companies in the pharmaceutical industry in the area of sustainability.

09/17/2014 | Deutsche Post DHL launches study on sustainable business

Today, Deutsche Post DHL presents its latest study: "Exchange, Engage, Excel: Creating Value Through Stakeholder Engagement". The study marks the fourth time that the Group has examined future trends from different areas of society and discussed them in the company's own leadership series "Delivering Tomorrow". The new study will be presented during a joint event with the Institute for Business Ethics at the University of Saint Gallen and will be accompanied by keynote speeches and a panel discussion on stakeholder management.

09/10/2014 | BASF’s product portfolio evaluated for sustainability

In order to better help its customers align environmental and societal aspects with business success, BASF has developed a new process for steering its portfolio based on sustainability criteria. The Sustainable Solution Steering method is used to systematically review and evaluate the sustainability aspects of the approximately 50,000 relevant product applications in the company’s portfolio, which represent sales of €56 billion.

09/10/2014 | Deutsche Telekom: Award-winning sustainability

Deutsche Telekom takes first place in oekom industry ranking for its ecological and social performance. In particular, the Group scored top marks in energy conservation and data privacy.

Climate protection, a focus on the customer, avoidance of electronic waste and a sustainable supply chain: These aspects helped Deutsche Telekom win first place in this year's "oekom Industry Report Telecommunications."

08/26/2014 | Blog entry by BASF: The Trilemma of Reporting

Blog of International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC)

Guest Author: Thorsten Pinkepank, Director Sustainability Relations, BASF

Reporting companies find themselves in a colorful landscape of codes, frameworks, indicators. Many of these companies – not only SMEs – are concerned and overburdened by this complexity. Many discussions are summed up with one thing most agree on: the need for “alignment” of the different frameworks or approaches which suggests principles or indicators.

05/21/2014 | E.ON awarded “European Cleantech Corporation of the Year”

E.ON received the “European Cleantech Corporation of the Year” award yesterday at the 10th European Cleantech Forum in Stockholm (Sweden), organized by Cleantech Group, developer of the i3 market intelligence platform. Every year, one company gets awarded for its significant action to promote innovation in green technology and environmentally friendly products and services.



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.