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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.

09/15/2014 | 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.

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."

09/09/2014 | Deutsche Post DHL and United Nations Development Programme launch "Get Airports Ready for Disaster" workshop in Jordan

Deutsche Post DHL and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a "Get Airports Ready for Disaster" (GARD) workshop at the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman/Jordan. Running for five days the workshop prepares airport personnel. From 7th - 11th September, airport personnel gets prepared for the logistics of emergencies, including handling high volumes of incoming goods and passengers in the aftermath of a natural disaster like an earthquake, floods or hurricanes.

08/28/2014 | Deutsche Post DHL reaches green electricity benchmark

Deutsche Post DHL reached another milestone of its environmental protection program GoGreen: More than 60 percent of its global electricity demand is now generated from renewable sources. Over the past two years, the company increased its green electricity share by half - from 42 percent in 2012 to over 60 percent by 2014. Already today Deutsche Post DHL utilizes green electricity of over 90 percent, for example in Germany, the U.S., Great Britain, Ireland and France.

08/26/2014 | New Successes for Bayer's CO2 Research

Plastics and their components are normally based entirely on oil. The new process also extends the range of plastics that CO2 can be used to produce. This is the result of the Dream Polymers research project in which Bayer MaterialScience is continuing its activities to find new uses for CO2

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.

08/12/2014 | Deutsche Lufthansa: Cargo Human Care creates new perspectives

The reward for ongoing commitment: at the end of the 2013 school year, the first 18 young people from the Mothers’ Mercy Home (MMH) orphanage completed their secondary school education. The MMH is a center for activities supported by Cargo Human Care (CHC), an aid organization founded jointly by Lufthansa Cargo and German doctors in 2007. CHC provides rapid, unbureaucratic assistance for the sick and needy in the Kenyan capital Nairobi and surrounding area.

08/12/2014 | Deutsche Post DHL and United Nations Development Program: Five years of preparing airports for disaster program

Deutsche Post DHL and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are celebrating a special anniversary: for five years now, both organizations have been working on a joint scheme to provide selected airports in disaster prone areas with training and other special attention to help them better prepare for disasters. The "Get Airports Ready for Disaster" (GARD) programme has now worked with 25 airports to help them cope with the logistical challenge of a humanitarian crisis caused by disaster.

08/08/2014 | Multibore® membranes from the BASF subsidiary inge® improve water treatment

Seas and oceans are the biggest water reservoirs on Earth. Since decades sea water is turned to drinking water by desalination in large scale. In Ghana, West Africa, a modern desalination plant is currently being established to produce  up to 60,000 cubic meters of drinking water per day – enough to supply half a million people.

08/05/2014 | Coca-Cola Invests an Additional US$5 Billion for Long-Term Sustainable Growth in Africa

The Coca-Cola Company and its African bottling partners today announced a new investment of US$5 billion during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit here.  The investment, to be made over the next six years, increases its total announced investment in Africa to $17 billion from 2010 to 2020.

08/05/2014 | Deutsche Lufthansa: Twenty years of commitment to climate research

The Lufthansa Group has been involved in climate research for 20 years. During this time, a number of Lufthansa passenger aircraft have been operating as “flying labora­tories” with the aim of analyzing the composition of the middle atmosphere, without generating additional emissions in the process. The aviation group is a pioneer in this field and has made significant contributions towards improving weather forecasting and climate models.

07/28/2014 | Deutsche Lufthansa: 180 "Luftikusse" explore the exciting world of aviation

For 180 children of employees from all business areas of the Lufthansa Group, a small dream will come true: when lots were drawn they all managed to get a coveted place in the company’s own "Luftikusse" holiday care programme. As of July 28, they will get the opportunity to take a close look at their mum or dad’s employer, into the exciting world of aviation. Following the great success of the holiday programme in 2013, the Group is further expanding its childcare offer during the 2014 summer holidays and now offers varied and professional care throughout the entire six weeks of vacation.

07/24/2014 | Lufthansa supports employees with short-term childcare problems

Already on entering the new Parent-Child Office on the ground floor of the Lufthansa Group office building at Frankfurt Airport, it is clear that this is no ordinary workplace. In addition to the desks, the cot, the cozy corner and the toy shop are sure to catch the eye. Children can easily keep themselves occupied here, while one of their parents is at work in the same room.

07/16/2014 | Evonik invests in Biosynthetic Technologies

Evonik has closed on an equity investment in Biosynthetic Technologies, LLC (BT), a specialist in biobased lubricants headquartered in Irvine (California, USA). BT has developed and manufactures a new class of bio-based synthetic oils called estolides that are used primarily in the passenger car motor oil and industrial lubricant sectors. Field trials have shown that the technical characteristics of the biobased synthetic oils made by BT are exceptionally good, and include the ability to combat soot buildup in engines, which helps keep fuel consumption low.

06/26/2014 | BASF publishes new issue of “SD Update – Newsletter Sustainable Development”

This second issue in 2014 of “SD Update – Newsletter Sustainable Development” covers how BASF received the certification of the European Water Stewardship (EWS) standard after Tarragona (Spain) also for its Ludwigshafen site, thus advancing sustainable water management in Germany. Furthermore, BASF informs about international and regional partnerships with SINOPEC from China and the Chambers of Industry and Commerce in the Ludwigshafen region. You also read about BASF, jointly with L’Oréal and the NGO Yamana, supporting women in Morocco in the production of Argan oil.

06/24/2014 | Lufthansa staff members demonstrate social commitment combined with business initiative

What makes a successful business founder? This was just one of the questions answered during the two-week Haiti Entrepreneurship Camp 2014, which was held in early June in Port-au-Prince. The idea was for volunteer experts to help 30 participants who already have a small company or at least a business idea to implement their concepts.

06/17/2014 | More Lufthansa canteens awarded Ökoprofit Seal

This summer, the Lufthansa Flight Training and LSG Sky Chefs canteens at Frankfurt Airport will receive the reputed Ökoprofit Seal. This will bring the number of works canteens, which have achieved this certification and are operated by LZ-Catering, a subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group, to seven.

06/14/2014 | UN and DHL use airport terminals to make disasters less terminal

UNDP, UNOCHA and the international courier company Deutsche Post DHL, met today at the UN headquarters to reaffirm their support for their public-private partnership in support of disaster preparedness and response.

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