Globalization, digitalization and the environmental and climate crisis demand more responsibility from business. TÜV companies want to be climate neutral by 2030 at the latest. Signed the guiding principles at the “TÜV Sustainability Conference” in Berlin.
TÜV organizations have agreed on common guiding principles for sustainability and corporate responsibility. “Globalization, digitalization and the environmental and climate crisis have fundamentally changed the foundation for economic activity,” said Professor Axel Stepken, President of the TÜV Association and CEO of TÜV SÜD AG, at the “TÜV Sustainability Conference” in Berlin. “Today, every company must answer the question of what contribution it can make to preserving livelihoods and improving people’s living conditions.” This applies in particular to international companies. Stepken: “As globally active testing organizations, TÜV companies are integrated into global supply chains. They have to face their responsibilities everywhere – for environmental and climate protection, compliance with human rights and the highest possible safety. That’s why we developed this they. guide us together. We want to show that we take our responsibility seriously.” The CEOs and managing directors of TÜV companies and the TÜV Association signed the “Guiding Principles for Responsible Action” today at the “TÜV Sustainability Conference 2022” in Berlin. This is based, among other things, on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (UN), the principles of the United Nations Global Compact and the International Labor Organization (ILO) core labor standards for decent working conditions.
dr Michael Fübi, CEO of TÜV Rheinland AG: “The TÜV organization was founded 150 years ago to protect people and the environment against technical risks. We want to be the biggest partner for safety and sustainability in the future – in the physical and in the digital world . To achieve this, we want to hold on to our core values while facing the challenges of our time. The Guiding Principles for Responsible Action are an important guide to this.”
dr Dirk Stenkamp, CEO of TÜV NORD AG: “Sustainability has been an issue for TÜV organizations for a long time. We have all already launched our own sustainability strategies and are still working on their implementation. However, global changes require for us. in the environment – with climate protection and social sustainability even faster, act even more focused and act as a TÜV family on the basis of jointly developed guidelines.”
Volker Höhnisch, CEO of TÜV Thüringen eV: “We will integrate the guiding principles into our internal corporate structure and always implement them. To do this, new structures and revised processes must be created. We also want to further develop the guidelines. To this end, we will strive for a dialogue with people interested in the economy, science and civil society.”
TÜV companies and TÜV associations have agreed on the following guiding principles, among others:
– Climate neutrality: TÜV companies have set the goal of becoming climate neutral by 2030 at the latest.
– Due diligence: TÜV organizations develop measures to ensure compliance with human rights and environmental due diligence in an appropriate manner.
– Sustainability strategy: TÜV companies are committed to developing an ecological, economic and social sustainability strategy, publishing it and following it in an appropriate form. To do this, appropriate structures are put in place and sustainability officers are appointed.
– Qualifications: TÜV companies offer their employees more regular training on ecological and social sustainability.
– Transparency and dialogue: TÜV organizations want to be even more open and enter into a continuous exchange with stakeholders in politics, business, NGOs and civil society. The results flow into further development of the guidelines.
More information on the “TÜV guidelines for responsible actions” is available at: www.tuev-verband.de/ueberuns/Organisation/Nachhaltigkeit (https://www.tuev-verband.de/ueber-uns/organisation/nachhaltigkeit)
About TÜV-Verband: As TÜV-Verband eV we represent the political interests of the TÜV testing organizations and promote the professional exchange of our members. We are committed to technical and digital security and sustainability of machines, products, systems and services. The basis for this is generally applicable standards, independent examinations and qualified training. Our goal is to maintain high levels of technical security, create trust in the digital world and preserve our livelihoods. For this, we are in regular contact with politicians, authorities, media, companies and consumers.
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