At DEKRA, we cultivate a culture of collaboration and trust in all areas and at all locations worldwide. Teamwork, mutual trust, loyalty, and integrity are the foundations of our cooperation, and are integral to our DEKRA values. Ultimately, the expertise, ideas, and reliability of our employees are our most important resources. It therefore goes without saying that we respect and value cultural, social, political, and national diversity in our workforce and in the countries and societies in which our company operates. In addition, we support the right to freedom of expression and privacy. We are also committed to ensuring that the company and its supply chain respect international labor rights, for example International Labour Organization (ILO) guidelines and standards.
The DEKRA Social Standards are also based on ILO standards and cover discrimination and disadvantage, equal opportunities, occupational health and safety, working time and remuneration, freedom of association and co-determination, freedom of expression and privacy, as well as the exclusion of child labor, forced labor, slavery, and human trafficking. In addition, DEKRA is fully committed to the principles of the UN Global Compact and to respecting employees’ rights within its sphere of influence. Our partners in the supply chain likewise require and monitor respect for employees’ rights by means of appropriate standards and multi-stage sustainability processes in procurement.
In addition, our employees are invited to regularly contribute their own ideas and suggestions for improving sustainability via contacting the sustainability management, the DEKRA Employee Platform (digital collaboration platform), or the general idea and innovation management systems. Furthermore, sustainability is the subject of regular internal campaigns and systematic ideas competitions. As a matter of principle, we want to further promote and expand our employees’ participation in sustainability management.
DEKRA North America works with Virgin Pulse to promote the health and well-being of its employees and proactively encourage them to adopt healthy lifestyles. The concept includes an online program with a wide variety of health and fitness activities. These range from promoting proactive health care to tracking daily steps or using the library of short lessons on a variety of health topics, such as sleep, stress reduction, healthy eating, and improving physical performance. There are rewards for participating in each activity. In addition, there is an app that serves both as a medium for exchange and as a community forum that invites people to participate in occasional motivational competitions. Roughly 50 percent of employees are signed up with Virgin Pulse and close to 100 health risk assessments were conducted in 2021 alone. The aforementioned rewards for participants from the health and fitness activities are estimated to be worth around $30,000.
General Manager People and Culture Southern Africa Oceania
REGIONAL SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER
Region Asia PACific
“Living sustainably is a challenge for us all. We need to think and do things differently. In DEKRA APAC we are committed to the journey, that is required, to protect the environment and create a socially responsible and inclusive workplace.”