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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

05/06/2014 | Volkswagen Group presents sustainability report

The Volkswagen Group continues to make significant progress on the way to becoming the world’s most environmentally compatible automaker. This is documented by the new sustainability report published on Tuesday. The report, which consists of 152 pages, provides information on the progress achieved in economic, environmental and social sustainability in 2013.

04/02/2014 | Deutsche Post DHL announces “Strategy 2020”

Deutsche Post DHL, the world’s leading mail and logistics group, announced its new “Strategy 2020: Focus.Connect.Grow.” today in Frankfurt – a continuation of the positive momentum generated by the successful “Strategy 2015” defining the Group’s next phase of development. Strategy 2020 outlines the Group’s strategic priorities for the coming years and underscores its goal to become the company that defines the logistics industry.

03/12/2014 | Communicating sustainability: The 10th report on corporate responsibility has been released

In issuing its "Corporate Responsibility Report 2013" today, Deutsche Post DHL is celebrating a little anniversary. The latest edition is the 10th report in which the Group informs its stakeholders and the general public about the initiatives, guidelines, projects and measures it has developed and introduced as part of its corporate and social responsibility. This year also marks the first time that the Corporate Responsibility Report is being issued alongside the company's Annual Report.

12/09/2013 | The KPMG Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting 2013

The KPMG Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting provides a snapshot of current global trends in corporate responsibility (CR) reporting. The survey covers 4,100 companies in 41 countries and a deep-dive into the quality of reporting among the world’s largest 250 companies.

11/08/2013 | Daimler launches online survey on sustainability

Daimler AG is addressing employees, shareholders, customers and suppliers, as well as the interested public, with an online survey on the subject of sustainability. The results are to show which sustainability issues are particularly important to the respondents, as well as to lead to a better understanding about the expectations placed on the company. The survey, which will run until November 29, 2013, can be taken by all interested parties.

10/14/2013 | Deutsche Telekom: New Social Charter affirmed by the Board of Management

For the last 10 years, the Social Charter has defined DT’s ethically impeccable practices. Now some changes and amendments have been made and affirmed by the entire Board of Management.

Even after 10 years the Social Charter has not lost its importance: This has now been reasserted by the entire Board of Management. The personal signature of each Board member confirmed yet again that how they do business for the Group is consistently in line with high social and ethical principles.

09/24/2013 | Deutsche Bank listed in the most important sustainability indices again

With its sustainability performance, Deutsche Bank is still listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI World and DJSI Europe). The latter are made up of the best 10% of companies in a respective industry.

09/16/2013 | HeidelbergCement releases Group Sustainability Report

  • Specific net CO2 emissions reduced by 21% (base year: 1990)
  • Alternative fuels rate increased to 21.7%
  • Biodiversity: Dr Jane Goodall awards the first Quarry Life Award

09/13/2013 | Volkswagen becomes world’s most sustainable automotive group

For the first time, the Volkswagen Group has been listed as the most sustainable automaker in the world’s leading sustainability ranking. RobecoSAM AG classed the company as the Industry Group Leader in the automobiles and components sector in this year’s review of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).

09/12/2013 | BASF again included in two renowned indices

BASF was today again included in the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World). The company has been recognized for its engagement in risk and crisis management, human capital management and plant biotechnology. The DJSI World is one of the most renowned sustainability indices and represents the top 10 percent of the largest 2,500 companies included in the Dow Jones Global Index.

07/04/2013 | Generali invests in the environment by cutting energy consumption and works for the community

The Generali Group is strengthening its commitment to the environment and social issues. In 2012 it achieved further reductions in consumption of power, 80% of which now comes from renewable sources. Furthermore, the Group’s is committed to the community, where it has adopted new tools – the Charter of Sustainability Commitments and the Code of Conduct – to work effectively and more transparently for its stakeholders. All this is detailed in the Group Sustainability Report, published on the website.

06/07/2013 | Bosch publishes sustainability report 2012

The numerous activities and projects presented by Bosch in its latest sustainability report demonstrate that economic success and corporate responsibility are not mutually exclusive. The company uses the examples of climate protection regulations, environmentally compatible product design, active diversity management, and long-term support for higher education to highlight its key action areas last year.

04/30/2013 | Taking on Responsibility Together: Deutsche Post DHL releases its Corporate Responsibility Report 2012

  • Carbon efficiency index improves by two points
  • Group-wide GoGreen program celebrates its fifth anniversary
  • Carbon-neutral GOGREEN service with 2.4 billion shipments
  • Active international partnerships for better education in 13 countries worldwide
  • Disaster-readiness program "Get Airports Ready for Disaster" conducted at airports in Lebanon, Indonesia

04/09/2013 | Sustainable growth initiative by Daimler

  • Basis for sustainable actions: the Integrity Code
  • Sustainable company management: external Advisory Board for Integrity and Corporate Responsibility offers critical and constructive advice
  • Sustainable power of innovation: COemissions of the Mercedes-Benz Cars fleet further reduced
  • Most extensive portfolio of electric vehicles in the industry

03/15/2013 | Deutsche Börse: Combination of annual report and corporate responsibility report as a first step to integrated reporting

Deutsche Börse Group’s corporate report 2012 is now available online. The report informs about the course of the financial year 2012 and summarizes in which way the Company handles the topics corporate responsibility and sustainability. Key aspects of the corporate responsibility report, previously published separately, can now be found in the corporate report 2012. Deutsche Börse Group is thus introducing a new integrated reporting concept for the financial year 2012.

01/23/2013 | Gold medal in sustainability ranking: TUI AG achieves top marks in the Sustainability Yearbook 2013

RobecoSAM, an asset manager focused on sustainability investing, and the audit firm KPMG have included TUI AG in the Sustainability Yearbook for the sixth time in succession. TUI has been highlighted as a Gold Class award winner in the 2013 Yearbook. In the Travel & Tourism sector, the tourism group has been awarded the title of Sector Leader. In addition, TUI AG is among the 15 per cent of companies operating in its sector that achieved the most significant year-on-year improvement in their corporate sustainability performance last year (Sector Movers).

10/31/2012 | Bosch Sustainability Report 2011 – Progress Report for UN Global Compact

In its current sustainability report, Robert Bosch GmbH documents its range of measures for a responsible corporate policy. Bosch uses the examples of conservation of resources, sustainable mobility solutions, diversity in the workplace, and commitment to education to highlight its key action areas.

The measures listed in the report represent the current focal points. All of the company's activities can be found at

09/13/2012 | TUI again listed as an industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index with top marks for its climate strategy

As of 24 September, TUI AG will again be listed as an industry leader in the 'Travel & Tourism’ section of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World and Europe. At the annual review of the sustainability rankings, Europe's leading tourism group received particularly high scores in the categories of climate change strategy, risk and crisis management, and stakeholder dialogue.

The company managed to improve its position in the category of Environmental Policy / Management System as well as in the area of Corporate Citizenship / Philanthropy.

05/03/2012 | PwC Practical Guide: Integrated Reporting – The Future of Corporate Reporting

Corporate Reporting needs an upgrade: Stakeholders demand more information and an integrated view, companies must live up to the rising expectations. PwC's guide "Integrated Reporting – The Future of Corporate Reporting" shows how financial and non-financial information can be integrated. It explains major principles and important elements of integrated reporting. Examples taken from reports of international corporations show current good practice.

05/03/2012 | Corporate Responsibility Report 2011 Deutsche Post DHL improves CO2 efficiency index by two index points

  • CO2-neutral shipping service GOGREEN grows by approximately 1.9 billion shipments; more than 270,000 tons of CO2 emissions offset since 2006  
  • International education partnerships with Teach For All and SOS Children’s Villages expanded to 11 countries   
  • “Get Airports Ready for Disaster” prevention program implemented at 4 airports in Asia  
  • Frank Appel: “We want to create a balance between economic success and social objectives.”  



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.