A Holistic Approach
to Sustainability at All Levels
DEKRA will be the global partner for a safe, secure, and sustainable world. That is the vision we have set out to achieve in line with our Strategy 2025. At the same time, this position is also the next logical step in our development as a service provider in the TIC sector. By refocusing our expertise to align with our improved and revised DEKRA Vision, we can address current challenges and leverage opportunities for future growth. By no means do we measure the success of our business purely on sales numbers or return on investment. We increasingly consider how sustainably our services and processes contribute to viable and ethical economic, environmental, and societal development.
Sustainability is a management board responsibility. Our independent Corporate Sustainability Management Division – restructured and optimized in 2021 – is a specialist supporting staff unit assigned to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). It works closely with the DEKRA regions and sustainability contact partners, and with the central units, such as Human Resources, EHS (Environment, Health, and Safety), Global Procurement, and Compliance, and coordinates sustainability-related issues. DEKRA’s top management (the Executive Committee) is also permanently involved in advancing the strategy. The monitoring, analysis, and derivation of measures, as well as operational management are coordinated between Corporate Sustainability and the relevant departments. All activities are regularly reviewed in meetings with the CFO as the responsible board member, and at board meetings, thus ensuring their sign-off at the highest level. Developments and adjustments relating to the company’s sustainability strategy and its focus areas and targets are also discussed at DEKRA’s regular management meetings. The Group’s targets are also broken down by DEKRA region.
Environmentally conscious hotel and conference operation
A considerable number of guests from various DEKRA stakeholder groups regularly meet and stay at the DEKRA Congresshotel and Congress Center Wart. The impact of the sustainability measures implemented by the team led by Director Michael Boucher and Sustainability Manager Nicole Schönland is also considerably high. A wide range of measures have either already been implemented or are being planned to further the team’s ambitious goals. In the rooms, the soaps and the coffee capsules are Fairtrade, (capsules made of wood rather than aluminum), and all other accessories come without plastic packaging. Cleaning agents are limited to just those that are ecologically safe. In the kitchen, they have invested in new energy- and water-efficient cooking and dishwashing equipment. In Wart, great importance is placed on the use of regional, as well as vegetarian and vegan produce. In addition, unavoidable waste is turned into electricity by service provider Refood. The buildings themselves are equipped with a building management system (heating/air conditioning) and are powered by district heating and a heat pump. LED lighting has also been installed throughout. It will also soon be possible for guests to offset the carbon footprint of their stay. Efforts to promote sustainability can also be seen in the DEKRA "D"-shaped insect hotel and flower strips, as well as in the switch from disposable coffee cups to reusable ones. These diverse sustainability measures have been awarded the GREEN Sign Level 4 hotel industry certification.
Director Congresshotel Wart
Management Assistance and Sustainability Manager