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Accompanying CSR and Sustainability Strategies

Politics are greatly involved in the topics of CSR and sustainability. In Germany, for example, the federal government set up a CSR action plan, and a national sustainability strategy has already been in place since 2002. There is also a sustainability strategy at the European level, and the EU Commission is active in the topic of CSR. econsense is exploring current developments in this area both on the national and on the European level and is in contact with the relevant stakeholders.

News of our Members

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?

02/15/2016 | Social responsibility: Bosch is helping refugees

For two months, the aid organization Primavera e.V., a Bosch initiative, collected donations from associates for refugees in Europe. At the beginning of December, the Bosch board of management, the group works council, and the combined executives’ committee called on associates to make donations for refugees.

01/27/2016 | Deutsche Post DHL Group and United Nations celebrate 10-year success story of public-private partnership

Deutsche Post DHL Group and the United Nations - represented by the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - today celebrate a decade of successfully partnering in the areas of disaster preparedness and response.

10/22/2015 | Deutsche Telekom supports the Sustainable Development Goals

In September 2015, the UN adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Deutsche Telekom is helping to achieve them through a large number of activities.

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.

01/16/2014 | More action needed to achieve swift implementation of the largest climate protection project undertaken in the European aviation sector – Lufthansa Group is actively involved

The creation of a joint airspace over Europe is the largest climate protection project ever undertaken in the European aviation sector. A Single European Sky (SES) would enable Lufthansa alone to cut its annual fuel consumption by about 270,000 tonnes – enough to fly an Airbus A380 from Frankfurt to San Francisco and back about 1,000 times.

11/22/2013 | Volkswagen Group receives German accolade for responsible management

  • Expert jury honors Volkswagen for anchoring sustainability in its core business and for responsible conduct towards stakeholders and nature
  • Award presented to CFO Hans Dieter Pötsch

11/19/2013 | European Commission study: Volkswagen Group tops global R&D investment ranking

  • World leader with research and development costs of €9.5 billion in 2012
  • Winterkorn: "We remain a powerhouse for ideas in the European automotive industry."

11/07/2013 | Launch of Jugend forscht 2014: “Realize Your Idea!”

The 49th edition of the Jugend forscht young scientists competition, being held this year under the motto “Realize Your Idea!”, is underway. Young people with an interest in mathematics, computers, science and technology can once again register for Germany’s best-known competition for budding scientists. ThyssenKrupp is sponsoring the competition at local level in North Rhine-Westphalia and Saarland. “We have been sponsoring Jugend forscht for some time”, states Dr. Reinhold Achatz, ThyssenKrupp chief technologist.

05/13/2013 | BASF: Online Sustainability Newsletter published

BASF Corporate Sustainability Relations has relaunched its sustainability newsletter with the new name "SD Update – Newsletter Sustainable Development". The newsletter wraps up relevant SD information from BASF over a period of a few months.

11/14/2012 | Bayer: improving people’s lives through innovation

  • Some EUR 3 billion for research and development in 2012
  • More than 600 patent applications submitted last year
  • Currently 35 clinical development projects in the pharmaceuticals pipeline
  • Five pharmaceutical products with approximate peak annual sales potential of more than EUR 5.5 billion
  • Strong CropScience pipeline with peak sales potential exceeding EUR 4 billion
  • Increasing significance of partnerships – more than 800 R&D collaborations

03/06/2012 | Go-ahead for fundamental ecological restructuring - Volkswagen Group commits to 120g CO2 target

  • Ambitious new sustainability targets
  • 30 percent reduction in CO2 emissions during period from 2006 to 2015
  • Emissions below 120 gram CO2/km mark for first time in 2015
  • More than two thirds of €62.4 billion investment program for the period to 2016 to be spent on ever more efficient vehicles, powertrains and technologies as well as environmentally compatible production
  • Every new model generation will on average be 10 to 15 percent more efficient than its predecessor
  • Group production to become 25 percent more environmentally compatible by 2018

02/27/2012 | The world in 2050: Deutsche Post DHL releases a study on the future

  • Scenario study "Delivering Tomorrow: Logistics 2050" outlines five visions of the future and their impact on trade and business 
  • Results based on the expectations and projections of 42 experts with a wide range of professional backgrounds
  • CEO Frank Appel: "Only those who think about alternatives can devise robust strategies"



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.