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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.

11/14/2014 | Deutsche Post DHL and Teach First Deutschland celebrate their five-year partnership working for better educational opportunity

Deutsche Post DHL has been the largest supporter of Teach First Deutschland (TFD) since the organization was founded in 2009. In Berlin, the two parties celebrated the five-year anniversary of their partnership together with prominent guests from the worlds of politics, business and education. Since the launch of the partnership, a total of 200 "Fellows", outstanding university graduates from all academic disciplines, have completed their two-year assignments working in schools in high-risk communities; an additional 130 are currently on assignment as Fellows.

11/03/2014 | Deutsche Post DHL: Transformed energy sector demands a smarter supply chain

DHL issued a new white paper on energy companies and their supply chain design. It endorses logistics executives to rethink traditional energy supply chain models and implement a highly integrated approach, before logistics drive up costs and destroy profit margins. The report is based on research by Lisa Harrington, President of the lharrington group LLC and Associate Director at the Supply Chain Management Center of the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.

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 | Alstom and DCNS get together to found a sector of excellence in the floating wind energy business

Alstom Renewable Power Chairman Jérôme Pécresse and DCNS Marine Energy and Infrastructures Division Director Thierry Kalanquin were on hand today as both groups signed a partnership agreement in the floating wind energy business. The agreement aims at developing and then commercialising an integrated system for a semi-submersible floating wind turbine delivering 6 MW. 

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 | Deutsche Telekom: New "We Care" app

Deutsche Telekom unveils its new "We Care" app, which showcases all the Group's social responsibility and sustainability activities. Users can use the interactive application to find tips on socially responsible behavior.

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.

10/14/2014 | Pharmaceutical industry confirms visible and flexible supply chains as most important logistics trends

Better supply chain visibility and increasing flexibility continue to be important trends in the Life Sciences and Healthcare (LSH) industry. They are essential for guaranteeing product safety and integrity. They also enable more efficient demand-driven supply chains and allow the industry to satisfy new regulatory standards as well as distribution requirements of innovative products. At the same time, they indicate the growing importance of logistics process management and outsourcing in this highly sensitive industry.

10/07/2014 | E.ON named Corporate Investor of the Year

At the sixth Global Cleantech 100 Summit, held last evening in Washington D.C., E.ON was named Corporate Investor of the Year. The event was organized by the Cleantech Group, which conferred the award on the German energy company for its pacesetting investments in start-ups that develop and market environmentally and climate-friendly technology. E.ON has so far acquired stakes in ten cleantech start-ups in the United States and Europe.

10/01/2014 | Deutsche Börse joins UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative

Deutsche Börse has joined the United Nations' Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative (SSE). The aim of the initiative, founded by the UN Secretary-General in 2009, is to increase exchange-listed companies' transparency and commitment to environmental, social and corporate governance issues and to make the capital market more aware of these issues.

09/29/2014 | BASF publishes new issue of “SD Update – Newsletter Sustainable Development”

This third issue in 2014 of “SD Update – Newsletter Sustainable Development” covers how BASF is evaluating its product portfolio for sustainability criteria in order to better help its customers align environmental and societal aspects with business success. Furthermore, the newsletter gives insights into BASF’s partnership with Technical University (TU) Berlin in catalysis research. You also find out how specially coated nets are contributing towards more sustainable forest protection.

09/29/2014 | BASF publishes new issue of “SD Update – Newsletter Sustainable Development”

This first 2014 issue of “SD Update – Newsletter Sustainable Development” covers how BASF in collaboration with partners works on improving safety in chemical transportation in Africa and how the company is developing the production of industrial sugars from non-food biomass. The Newsletter also gives insights to the new Global Reporting Initiative G4 Guidelines as well as into BASF’s participation in sustainability conferences.

09/25/2014 | Help Alliance under new patronage of Vivian Spohr

Lufthansa’s aid initiative, Help Alliance, has a new patron. Vivian Spohr, wife of the CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Carsten Spohr, is taking over this position on 25th September. "As its patron, I want to contribute to successfully further developing the work of the Help Alliance. For this purpose in future we will need strong financial support. I wish to make an active contribution to securing the financing of our projects and to further developing them.

09/23/2014 | http://www.alstom.com/press-centre/2014/9/alstom-receives-final-type-certificate-for-the-eco122-wind-onshore-turbine/

Alstom’s ECO 122 in its 2.7MW version, has successfully obtained the full type certificate from DEWI-OCC , just 7 months after prototype commissioning at ECN  site, installed in Wieringermeer, Netherlands. Following the power curve certification obtained in March this year, this key milestone proves the machine’s overall efficiency, with over 450 ECO 122 2.7 MW wind turbines ordered for a total of more than 1.8 GW.

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.

09/16/2014 | ThyssenKrupp: New solutions in auto construction - for energy efficiency, electromobility and weight reduction

ThyssenKrupp AG has presented the results of its research project InCar plus. Engineers from the Essen-based company have developed 40 new components and solutions for the auto industry. Customers can benefit from component weight savings of up to 50 percent and cost reductions of up to 20 percent. InCar plus also makes a significant contribution to climate protection: The innovations permit savings of up to eight grams of CO2 per kilometer. Looking at the overall life cycle of a car, including production and recycling, InCar plus represents a saving of 1.6 tons of CO2 per vehicle.

09/15/2014 | Lufthansa conducts first European scheduled flight using sugar-based biofuel

The Lufthansa Group has marked another milestone in its pioneering work in the testing of alternative fuels. Today, Lufthansa flight LH 190 from Frankfurt to Berlin Tegel is being operated using a ten percent blend of the new biofuel component farnesan. This is the first scheduled flight in Europe to run on this fuel mix. Farnesan is a sugar-based bio-kerosene developed jointly by the TOTAL oil group and the U.S.-based biotech company Amyris, which in April of this year received RSB (Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) Certification.

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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.