As has already been stressed several times in this Sustainability Magazine, our employees’ expertise is the basis for the quality and reliability of our services – and therefore for DEKRA’s success. This is why the company attaches such great importance to employee education and training. Our aim is to increase the average number of annual training days per employee to more than five by 2025.
The DEKRA Academy is one of the largest private training providers in Germany and DEKRA uses its expertise in this field for its internal education and training. This spans support for our apprentices and trainees, through to the qualification program for our DEKRA test engineers and the advanced development training of future leaders and management staff. We also offer courses in foreign languages, first aid, time management, and stress management.
At DEKRA, the digital transformation process of education and training activities is powering ahead. Numerous innovative tools such as the global DEKRA learning management system (LMS) enable us to provide digital learning content flexibly to specific target groups from a central location – and in more than 20 languages. Users decide for themselves when, where, and how fast they want to learn. The learning content remains permanently accessible so that users can consult it as a reference source or research content that is of interest to them. Lifelong learning is thus a reality for all our employees.
Lifelong learning increasingly also means empowering our employees in the context of digitalization, and the DEKRA DIGITAL Academy was created specifically for this purpose: as a space for learning, exchanging ideas, and discussing topics that concern us now as a society, and will continue to do so in the future. The DEKRA DIGITAL Academy is accessible via the LMS and provides content on all aspects of digital transformation and future technologies. These include topics such as the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, big data, cyber security, functional safety, and artificial intelligence. Sustainability training developed by DEKRA is also available via the global LMS. It includes modules on social, economic, and environmental sustainability in general and at DEKRA. Close to 80 percent of employees worldwide with access to the LMS have successfully completed the sections “What is sustainability?”, “Why is sustainability so important and what are our goals?”, “Social responsibility, human rights, diversity & anti-discrimination”, “Governance, ethics & integrity”, and “Climate & environment.”
Going greener with Mister Green
Mister Green: an eco-superhero with a wide range of tips, for example on saving water, buying "zero-waste" products with no packaging waste, or separating waste efficiently. He is the main character in an information campaign for customers and employees launched by DEKRA Poland in the second half of 2021, promoting everyday activities to protect the environment and life in line with the idea of sustainable development. Short animated films featuring Mister Green are regularly published on DEKRA's Polish social media channels for this purpose. Incidentally, the eco-superhero is also the face of DEKRA employee campaigns, for example, for the collection of used batteries and waste paper. DEKRA Poland has also been involved for many years in the Polish Green Building Council association’s #GreenUP campaign to promote sustainable construction. Within DEKRA Poland, there are also many efforts underway to reduce its ecological footprint. For example, the printing of documents has been reduced to an absolute minimum, and audits, training sessions, and business meetings are increasingly taking place online. In addition, conventionally powered company cars have been replaced by hybrid vehicles. Last but not least, DEKRA Poland’s legal department in Warsaw has its own sustainability officer.