ESG TRANSPARENCY AWARD 2024

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The topic of sustainability is becoming increasingly important for the economy. How can production be resource-efficient? How socially responsible is a company? And what about climate-damaging activities? These and other questions are at the center of public debate and highly relevant for stakeholders and investors as well. Social and political pressure within the corporate landscape is increasing and ESG reporting is becoming a legal obligation.

The ESG TRANSPARENCY AWARD honors organizations in Europe that have already embarked on the path to greater corporate social responsibility and have implemented forward-looking sustainability concepts in their corporate strategies. The transparent presentation of all sustainability measures as part of the verifiable ESG reporting gives these pioneers a role model function that deserves broad and media publicity. After all, these companies show that environmental, social and governance reporting not only serves the fulfillment of laws but primarily addresses the protection of people and their environment.

OBJECTIVE

The ESG TRANSPARENCY AWARD recognizes the transparency of ESG reports and their underlying measures and sustainability goals. Organizations of all industries and sizes that already publish ESG reports transparently can participate free of charge. We offer participating companies a free ESG assessment, which serves as a basis for your strategic ESG reporting development.

It is irrelevant for your application whether your company has already implemented professional reporting strategies, structures and measures or is still at the beginning. While the best organizations have the chance to receive the ESG TRANSPARENCY AWARD, beginners benefit from a first assessment of their own results. The result will only be sent to the participating organization - the publication of the award participation and its result remains the decision of the participating organization.

WINNERS 2023 (EXCERPT)

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“GEROLSTEINER lives from and with nature. A healthy environment is essential for our products and has always been the focus of our strategy. We are delighted to be recognized by the ESG Transparency Award.”

Dr. Thomas Hens, Head of Technical Development and Resources
Gerolsteiner Brunnen GmbH & Co. KG

Copyright: O2 Telefónica

“We are proud to have received the ESG Transparency Award. Transparency is part of our understanding of responsible corporate governance. This enables us to continuously earn the trust of important stakeholder groups and society as a whole and drive forward the sustainable transformation of the company.”

Claudia von Bothmer, Director Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability
O2 Telefónica

“The award reinforces our motivation at JOHANN BUNTE to promote innovative construction methods, conserve resources and use renewable energies. We want to actively contribute to driving forward the transformation in the construction industry.”

Frank Schreiber, Member of the Management Board/ CEO
JOHANN BUNTE Bauunternehmung SE + Co. KG

“We are honored to accept the ESG Transparency Award from EUPD Research. JinkoSolar is committed to accelerating transitioning to a world powered by more sustainable energy. Through its innovative technologies, extensive experience, and a proven deliverable strategy, the Company is helping to make solar the answer to climate change.”

Aga Michalak, Head of Marketing, BD & ESG Europe
JinkoSolar GmbH

“Sustainability has an extremely high priority at HUGO BOSS and is an integral part of our daily activities. Winning the ESG Transparency Award encourages us to continue to actively drive change in the fashion industry and to report on it transparently.”

Christian Stöhr, Vice President Investor Relations
HUGO BOSS AG

“The future is not shaped by itself – we are delighted that we can face the challenges of our time together and share our pioneering spirit today with industry representatives who are committed to an environmentally friendly future and pioneering energy solutions. The ESG Award honors us and reminds us of the impact each and every one of us has on the energy transition in Germany.”

Boxun Xi, General Manager
Alpha ESS

“For us, the sustainability report is the most important tool for stakeholder communication. It allows us to create credibility and transparency and at the same time inspire a broad public for our sustainability issues.”

Felix Schwörer, Sustainability Manager
SchwörerHaus

“The ESG TRANSPARENCY AWARD “Excellence” once again confirms the high level of our commitment. External recognition is very important for Klüber Lubrication as part of the solution to sustainability problems.”

Markus Hermann, Sustainability Manager Klüber Lubrication Group
Klüber Lubrication München GmbH & Co. KG

“As one of the largest employers in the social sector with 1 million supporting members, it is important to us to make our sustainability process as transparent as possible. In this way, we also want to inspire others in our industry to develop in a climate-friendly way.”

Douglas Graf von Saurma-Jeltsch, Managing Director
Malteser Hilfsdienst e.V.

“Sustainable action has been an integral part of KOSTAL’s corporate strategy since the company was founded in 1912. The ESG TRANSPARENCY AWARD is a great honor for us, because it recognizes our efforts to maintain transparency about the implementation and progress of our sustainability activities.”

Dr. Gregor Schmeken, Member of the Management Board
KOSTAL Group (Leopold Kostal GmbH & Co. KG)

“In recent years, the ARD media network has established a systematic ecological sustainability management system in order to achieve more resource-efficient and climate-friendly actions in all relevant areas, from operations management and media production to events. This also includes transparent reporting on measures and successes in accordance with generally recognized standards. We are delighted to be recognized as a pioneer in this area.”

Dr. Susanne Pfab, ARD Secretary General
ARD

“Winning this award is a pleasing result of our long-standing sustainability policy and extensive decarbonization measures, which we document with annual ESG and CSR reports.”

Pia Alina Lange, EU Public Affairs & Policy Director
Trina Solar (Germany) GmbH

“As a member of Klimaschutzunternehmen e.V., Schöck has always strived for sustainability. The ESG Transparency Award is a confirmation of our success in achieving climate neutrality by 2035.”

Dr.-Ing. Harald Braasch, Vorstand Technik
Schöck AG

“We are delighted to receive the ESG Award. It means a great deal to us, as we attach great importance to sustainable corporate governance and align our growth with these principles.”

Dr. Christian Peter, Managing Director Aiko Energy Germany GmbH and Solarlab Aiko Europe GmbH
Aiko Energy Germany GmbH

“Increased transparency in sustainability reporting is a real added value for all stakeholders. We are delighted about the award and the recognition of our performance.”

Daniel Nölken, Managing Partner
Nölken Hygiene Products GmbH

“Trust is essential, especially today. We are delighted to have received the ESG TRANSPARENCY AWARD for our transparent reporting. This encourages us in our commitment.”

Melanie Kubin-Hardewig, Vice President Group Corporate Responsibility
Deutsche Telekom AG

“85% of our business is sustainable. Through eMobility, electric flying and hydrogen, we are creating economic success and offering our employees a secure future.”

Josef Mitterhuber, Managing Director
Silver Atena GmbH

“We take our responsibility seriously and want to achieve ambitious ESG targets. Transparency creates trust along the way. We are pleased that our reporting meets this requirement.”

Dr. Martin Gastens, Vice President Biologics Drug Product Development & Managing Director Research and Development
AbbVie Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

“Receiving the ESG Award confirms that we have firmly implemented sustainability in our corporate policy and have taken on a pioneering role in independently verifiable ESG reporting.”

Alexander Trost, Managing Director Sales
Lech-Stahlwerke GmbH

“As the market leader in the field of automatic vehicle washing, we are aware of our responsibility. We are sustainable because we demand and implement ecological and economic sustainability, both in the entire life cycle of our products and in all our thoughts and actions.”

Dr. Ralf Koeppe, Chairman of the Management Board of WashTec AG & Managing Director of WashTec Cleaning Technology GmbH
WashTec Cleaning Technology GmbH

“The award confirms that we are on the right track with our sustainability management and reporting. For our SÜLZLE team, sustainability is an integral part of our daily work, even in challenging times.”

Maximilian Sülzle, Dual Student (5th generation of the SÜLZLE Group)
SÜLZLE Gruppe

“Today not at the expense of tomorrow. This guiding principle shapes our actions, because we place corporate responsibility for a sustainable future at the heart of our business activities.”

Dr. Ludger Kleyboldt und Mark Liedtke, Managing Directors
NWB Verlag GmbH & Co. KG

“I am very pleased about the excellent result. Through continuous development and optimization, we want to offer all interested parties the best possible transparency about our sustainability performance. The award shows that we are on the right track here.”

Dr. Wolfgang Breuer, Chairman of the Board of Management
Provinzial Holding AG

“We are convinced that we can only drive sustainability forward and contribute to the ecological and social transformation as a team. We are pleased to have received the status of Excellence.”

The Sustainability Team
VOLKSWOHL BUND Versicherungen

“For us, sustainability is a continuous journey  during which we are constantly improving. We at the University of Siegen make sustainability reporting an integral part of our university practice.”

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Volker Stein, Prorector of Ressources and Governance
University Siegen

“Driving forward sustainable innovations that have a positive impact on the environment and society is our goal. This award motivates the va-Q-tec team to continue pursuing this path with full commitment.”

Dr. Joachim Kuhn, CEO & Founder
va-Q-tec

“Sustainability is a core element of our vision and an integral part of our strategy. We are delighted to have been recognized for this and our transparent reporting by the ESG Transparency Award.”

Katharina Wübben, Manager Sustainability Reporting & Stakeholder Engagement & Ann-Sophie Stoppelkamp, Manager Sustainability Performance und ESG Ratings
Covestro AG

“For me, sustainability – alongside digitalisation and artificial intelligence – is and remains one of the biggest global drivers of innovation in the 21st century.”

Stephan Seifert, CEO
Körber AG

“We view receiving the ESG Transparency Award as a sign that we have set the right course, and that gives us a boost for our ambitious sustainability goals.”

Oliver Burkhard, CEO
thyssenkrupp Marine Systems GmbH

“Receiving the ESG Transparency Award is a successful milestone on our path to becoming a future-oriented organization. Developing innovative, sustainable solutions is the focus of our strategy.”

Hans-Joachim Laufenberg, Managing Director RLE Mobility
RLE MOBILITY

“This award is a great recognition of our ongoing commitment to exemplary CSR and sustainability. It confirms that our commitment is having a lasting impact. We are proud to be one of the ‘national industry leaders’ in our industry!”

Michael Martens, Chairman of the Board
Dortmunder Volksbank

“We are proud to have won the ESG TRANSPARENCY AWARD. It underlines our commitment to transparency, openness and clear communication and helps to communicate it to the outside world.”

Dr. Thomas Hain, Managing Director
Unternehmensgruppe Nassauische Heimstätte | Wohnstadt

“When it comes to dealing with our environment responsibly, we at ASSMANN not only want to meet standards, but do much more – and keep moving forward on this path!”

Dr. Julia Koch, Sustainability Officer
ASSMANN Büromöbel GmbH & Co. KG

“Participating in the gala is an opportunity for me to celebrate our commitment to transparency in ESG reporting and to compare notes with experts. Thank you very much for this appreciation!”

Petra Sandner, Chief Sustainability Officer
Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale

“The transparency and verifiability of relevant information is the basis for a credible commitment to a safe and livable future for as many people as possible.”

Stefan Lembert, Head of Group Accounting and Taxation
TÜV SÜD

“Sustainability and excellent hospital care are no longer a contradiction in terms. However, implementation requires creativity, courage and drive, but also offers great opportunities. Asklepios also plays a pioneering role in its peer group in this respect and we are delighted that the jury agrees.”

Hafi Rifi, CFO
Asklepios Kliniken GmbH & Co. KGaA

“As BWI, we are proud to have received the ESG Award. This confirms that we are on the right track in our efforts to consider sustainability in its entirety, including ecological, economic and social factors. For us, sustainability means future viability.”

Leonora Beyhl & Nadja Schweiger, Sustainability managers
BWI GmbH

“Safety forms the basis for a sustainable future – we are equally committed to both. We take our responsibility as a sustainable company very seriously and have set ourselves ambitious goals in terms of avoiding emissions, conserving resources and responsible corporate governance.”

Dr. Lars Immisch, CHRO
HENSOLDT AG

Next steps - Wie geht es weiter?

Ab 10. Dezember 2023

Nach Abschluss der Bewerbungs- und Verifizierungsphase erhalten alle Teilnehmenden eine Einordnung Ihres Ergebnisses gegenüber der Gesamtstichprobe und der nahestehenden Branche.

Ab 15. Dezember 2023

Berufung der ESG-verantwortlichen Personen der ausgezeichneten Organisationen in das ESG Transparency Komitee, mit dem Ziel die Gesichter hinter dem Reporting zu würdigen, die Prozesse und Qualitätsmodelle für den Markt praxisorientiert weiterzuentwickeln sowie das „Who is Who“ der Corporate Sustainability Szene zusammenzubringen.

Ab 15. Dezember 2023

Terminierung eines persönlichen Analysegespräches mit unseren ESG Expert*innen zum Status quo der ausgezeichneten Unternehmen.

Ab 15. Januar 2024

Einladungsversand zum ESG Workshop „Road to Excellence – Reporting zwischen Pflicht und Wertschöpfung“ für Ende Q1/Anfang Q2 2024; voraussichtlich in Präsenz.

Ab März 2024

Ab März startet die Bewerbungsphase für den ESG TRANSPARENCY AWARD 2024.

THE PATH TO THE AWARD 2024

Starting July
Appointment of the ESG Committee
Starting July
Application period
Until October
Continuing Evaluation
December
Award Ceremony

APPLICATION PROCESS

Fill out the digital application form and send us the latest sustainability report of your organisation until September 15, 2024 to apply for the ESG TRANSPARENCY AWARD 2024 for free. The official application phase starts in July 2024. Companies of all industries and sizes that offer goods and/or services in Europe and already produce ESG reports can participate.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact our experts personally at any time.
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ADVANTAGES AND ADDED VALUE OF YOUR PARTICIPATION

Status quo and benchmark

When you submit your ESG report, you will receive a percentage assessment of your reporting’s current progress and a localization of your commitment on the Road to Excellence. A supplementary sectoral evaluation is carried out on the basis of all completed analyses.

Leading by example and networking

In leading by example, the role models within the corporate landscape promote the sustainable orientation of the entire economy. The best organisations will be invited for professional exchange and networking as part of the award ceremony on December 11, 2024. The event is going to include a champagne reception and sharing of best practices.

Award ceremony and public relations

The best companies will be welcomed to the award ceremony at the Steigenberger Icon Grandhotel and Spa Petersberg in Königswinter at the end of the year. The preceding verification process is free of charge – as is participation in the award ceremony and the associated press photos for invited award winners. All organizations successfully verified during the year are also given the opportunity to have their achieved status licensed for a fee in the form of the official quality seal for internal and external communication.

AWARD CRITERIA AND PROCESS

EUPD Research has developed a catalogue of test criteria for the evaluation of ESG reports based on their expertise from more than 20 years of research and analysis, existing frameworks, applicable regulations, legal frameworks, global standards and best reporting practices.

According to the new EU “Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive” (CSRD) (Download), sustainability reports must be integrated into a company’s annual report and comply with the requirements of the “European Sustainability Reporting Standard” (ESRS) (Download) including EU Taxonomy information (Download) in the future.

The audit criteria take into account all relevant aspects in areas E, S and G and are based on current regulations, global standards and frameworks.

The assessment criteria and overall progress are classified into one of the following three stages in accordance with ESG Reporting - Evaluation Topics.
1. Development level
(0 - 50%)
2. Predicate level
(50 - 75%)
3. Excellence level
(75 - 100%)
The entire assessment process is made possible by a comprehensive, AI-supported analysis process of published and submitted ESG reporting data, which is scientifically supervised by EUPD Research's data specialists and sustainability experts.
Algorithm
Data quality
Ethics and bias
Validation of results
Interpretation of data
The leaders of the awarded organizations will be appointed to the ESG Transparency Committee at the end of the year in order to incorporate the relevance assessments and the resulting prioritisation of individual ESG components into next year's awards. In addition, the analyzed results are then incorporated into a Check&Act Report – freely available to the market – which enables all committed organisations to obtain regular benchmarks for the further development of their own standards and to identify industry-specific optimization potentials.

ESG TRANSPARENCY COMMITTEE


The responsible persons of the organisations that have received the ESG TRANSPARENCY AWARD are optionally appointed to the ESG Transparency Committee for the following year. As a collaborative body, the committee pursues the goal of continuously developing the assessment criteria of the ESG TRANSPARENCY AWARD and prioritising them according to relevance. You can get to know all the members of the ESG Transparency Committee 2024 below.

Stefan Koczula

Andreas Hasslinger

Sabrina Greuel

Katharina Höfner

Dr. Marlene Fischer

Florian Schmiedler

Michaela Thiel

Gregor Steiger

Gudrun Schumann

Aline Mittag

Silvia Wittl

Dr. Stefan Müller

József Bőhm

Jan Spreter

Dr. Sophie Winter

Melanie Borsos

Astrid Bayer

Nathalie Martin

Irene Schönreiter

Anja Nacken

Samuel Frey

Volker Stein (Univ.-Prof. Dr.)

Henning Osmers-Rentzsch

Svetlana Thaller-Honold

Lukas Manke

Christian Michels

Barış Kılıç

Felix Schwörer

Sebastian Leins

Markus Hermann

Charlotte Kaspari

Dirk Friebel

Markus Kihm

Diana Pauly

Astrid Deufel

Lara Schulte

Nils Detje

Stefan Koczula
CSR Manager
Schwarz Produktion Stiftung & Co. KG

A key to promoting awareness of sustainability and ESG in business and society is active communication that helps to publicize success stories. The more we learn about the – sometimes improbable – progress companies have made around the world, the more we motivate others to take the next step towards a more sustainable future. I contribute to this.

Andreas Hasslinger
Manager Corporate Publications and Public Relations
Klüber Lubrication

Reconciling environmental protection, economic growth and social justice is the task of our time to ensure a future worth living. It is with great conviction that I am advocating for sustainable developments in order to bring about positive changes for people and the environment.

Sabrina Greuel
Sustainability Manager
Gerolsteiner

Because transparency creates trust: I would like to see responsible reporting on the successes and challenges of their sustainability transformation by organizations and companies.

Katharina Höfner
Manager International Accounting
TÜV SÜD AG

I am convinced that we must all take responsibility for future generations in order to preserve a world worth living in. This conviction motivates me every day to promote environmental protection, social issues and sustainable corporate governance in the business sector, and to create incentives for sustainable development.

Dr. Marlene Fischer
Head of ESG
thyssenkrupp Marine Systems GmbH

I am an advocate for communication in the ESG segment in order to create transparency, provide information about ESG initiatives and inspire new activities at the same time. In this way, I want to exert a positive influence on social and ecological development and actively contribute to ESG transformation.

Florian Schmiedler
Manager Brand & Group Communications - Focus Sustainability
Körber AG

Sustainability concerns us all and can only be successfully implemented together. That is why it is so important to exchange ideas and work together both within and across companies.

Michaela Thiel
Head of Sustainability
Körber AG

There is no planet B.

 

Gregor Steiger
Project Manager Sustainability Management
Unternehmensgruppe Nassauische Heimstätte | Wohnstadt

I want to advocate for a sustainable future and believe that companies have a great ESG responsibility and should exercise a positive influence. I also want to use the opportunity to develop measures together with committed people to bring about positive change.

Gudrun Schumann
Sustainability Manager
Bayer AG

ESG is still a very young field that is steadily gaining new insights. For this reason, I am convinced that networking is of tremendous importance in order to stay up to date and keep up with this rapid pace. I am very grateful that there are organizations like EUPD Research that create the possibility of such a network.

Aline Mittag
Head of ESG Management
Asklepios Kliniken GmbH & Co. KGaA

I have been involved with CSR reporting standards for more than 10 years and have played a leading role in developing this area within the company. Current regulation at many levels (including CSRD, EU taxonomy, Green Deal) brings new opportunities, but also presents many companies with a number of challenges. I am pleased to be able to use my experience and knowledge on the Committee in this regard.

Silvia Wittl
Environmental and Climate Manager, Sustainability Management
Neumarkter Lammsbräu Gebr. Ehrnsperger KG

From my point of view, long-term success and sustainable business is only possible if everyone in the company, in politics as well as with suppliers and customers works together. Communication and transparency about the respective activities and goals are therefore extremely important in order to achieve the integration and joint alignment of local and global efforts. The ESG framework provides a framework that needs to be used and shaped.

Dr. Stefan Müller
Director Commercial Environmental Sustainability and Business Compliance
AbbVie Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our times, and it’s already happening. Sustainability means a challenge: to make a positive impact now and for the next generations to come. This is a daily mission, motivation, and a truly exciting professional field in today‘s world.

József Bőhm
Global Head of Sustainability
KOSTAL Group

It is the responsibility of all of us to implement sustainable changes, create trust and clarity, and act considerably faster with the help of digital solutions. Let’s do it together!

Jan Spreter
Head of Sustainability Germany
Fujitsu

ESG reporting is becoming increasingly important in corporate communication and presentation, and a transparent and credible portrayal is crucial for the long-term success of a company.

Dr. Sophie Winter
Global Sustainability Manager
KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA

I am looking forward to the exchange with a range of interesting colleagues in sustainability reporting, to raise non-financial reporting to the level of financial reporting.

Melanie Borsos
Head of Non-financial Reporting & Human Rights
Telefónica Germany GmbH & Co. OHG

What we do today decides how the world will look tomorrow.

Astrid Bayer
Sustainability Officer
Provinzial Holding AG

Sustainable business practices are essential to preserve our planet and our environment. Climate, environmental and species protection is the key to this. My deep conviction and passion for this is my daily motivation.

Nathalie Martin
ESG Reporting Manager
HUGO BOSS AG

Sustainability requires a holistic approach that goes far beyond environmental aspects. For long-term economic stability, people, strategic orientation and corporate management must all be taken into account. A sustainable and long-term successful company focuses on promoting employee development and well-being as well as transparent and responsible decision-making processes.

Irene Schönreiter
Director Sustainability, Safety & Health
Silver Atena GmbH

For me, the elements of ESG reporting are at the heart of the socio-economic transformation process, in which we can learn from each other and shape the future together!

Anja Nacken
Head of Sustainability Department
AOK Rheinland/Hamburg

Working in sustainability management affords me the unique opportunity to actively contribute to the creation of a livable future by supporting and accompanying organizations and companies in their transformation towards sustainability.

Samuel Frey
Sustainability
Fraunhofer Institut für solare Energiesysteme ISE

As Vice President for Resources and Governance at the University of Siegen (2019-2024), sustainability management at the University of Siegen was part of my duties. In my field of business administration, human resources management and organization, I have a lot to do with the strategic sustainability design of companies – in research and teaching.

Volker Stein (Univ.-Prof. Dr.)
University Professor
Universität Siegen

Finding the path to a sustainable future together is the challenge that drives me.

Henning Osmers-Rentzsch
Head of Sustainability Management
VILSA-BRUNNEN Otto Rodekohr GmbH

Sustainable management seems to me to be the only sensible management approach. I want to promote the realization – in my own company and in the economy – that sustainability is a chance and can be seen as an opportunity that benefits one’s own company, the economy, society and the environment in the long term.

Svetlana Thaller-Honold
Head of Sustainability Management
Gothaer Versicherungen

Knowledge transfer. Progress. Cooperation.

Lukas Manke
Sustainability Manager
Johann Bunte Bauunternehmung SE & Co. KG

Sustainability has always been of great importance because it improves the quality of life of our and future generations. Every contribution counts and I want to do my part to ensure a functioning ecosystem and social justice. The key to success lies in awareness, education, innovation and strong partners.

Christian Michels
Sustainability Officer
Universitätsklinikum Bonn

Participation in the ESG Committee offers a unique opportunity to fundamentally transform the construction industry through innovative and sustainable approaches. I want to contribute to uniting the best practices of all industries in one network and integrate the findings into our processes at JOHANN BUNTE. This way, we can ensure that we not only meet current standards, but also act as a pioneer for sustainability and efficiency in the construction industry.

Barış Kılıç
Head of Sustainability & Lean Management
Johann Bunte Bauunternehmung SE + Co. KG

The consequences of climate change are already being felt on our doorstep. Now more than ever, organizations need to take their environmental, social and economic responsibilities seriously and work together to pool their expertise. The ESG Transparency Committee takes on precisely this task and aims to have a positive impact on the environment and society.

Felix Schwörer
Sustainability Management
SchwörerHaus KG

We are living in a time when we are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of ESG and sustainability issues – finally, since it has been clear for decades where the global community is heading. But the perception of what can be done and what needs to be done is very different whether you work for a company, an investor, in academia or for an NGO. This why we need experts who can use their experience to help bring the different perspectives together in order to find solutions quickly. That’s exactly what I do.

Sebastian Leins
Senior Manager Sustainability Reporting
Bayer AG

Be an inspiring leader of sustainable, profitable change and create a more just future with a global team! Showing that it is possible! Again and again!

Markus Hermann
Sustainability Manager Klüber Lubrication Group
Klüber Lubrication GmbH & Co. KG

For me, sustainability is essential because it concerns the future of our planet and the well-being of future generations. I see a great responsibility for myself as well as hospitals as major CO2-emitters, to use the resources available to us carefully. By acting sustainably, we can protect the environment, fight climate change and create more social justice.

Charlotte Kaspari
Head of Business Unit 6 (Facility Management)
Universitätsklinikum Bonn

ESG measures ensure our future. We need a fair approach to our environment and society.

Dirk Friebel
Manager Nachhaltigkeit und Klimaschutz
degewo AG

„Anyone who stops getting better has stopped being good.” (Philipp Rosenthal) This quote is still relevant today. Especially in the rapidly and consistently changing field of ESG reporting of our business landscape.

Markus Kihm
Head of environmental/permit management, building management planning
Lech-Stahlwerke GmbH

It is my personal goal to make a positive contribution to overcoming global challenges by advocating for responsible business practices. I am looking forward to contributing my in-depth knowledge from over ten years of professional experience in ESG management to this important initiative.

Diana Pauly
Head of Sustainability
idealo internet GmbH

I am convinced that sustainable action ensures long term success. I am committed to ensuring that sustainability is seen as an opportunity – creating added value for the environment, people and companies.

Astrid Deufel
ESG Manager
MLF Mercator-Leasing GmbH & Co. Finanz-KG

For me, acting in a sustainable manner is a must – this is how future generations can lead a good life here on earth in 70 years time.

Lara Schulte
Sustainability Officer
VOLKSWOHL BUND Versicherungen

Sustainability means acting responsibly for our own generation as well as the next. Transparency within the company creates understanding and the basis for good business decisions. Sustainability is the transformation of the business model in the field of tension between profitability, competitiveness, innovation, digitalization and change. I want to help support responsible decision-making processes and strengthen ESG practices.

Nils Detje
Director Global Corporate Social Responsibility
MANN+HUMMEL International GmbH & Co. KG

ESG TRANSPARENCY COMMITTEE

Stefan Koczula

Andreas Hasslinger

Sabrina Greuel

Katharina Höfner

Dr. Marlene Fischer

Florian Schmiedler

Michaela Thiel

Gregor Steiger

Gudrun Schumann

Aline Mittag

Silvia Wittl

Dr. Stefan Müller

József Bőhm

Jan Spreter

Dr. Sophie Winter

Melanie Borsos

Astrid Bayer

Nathalie Martin

Irene Schönreiter

Anja Nacken

Samuel Frey

Volker Stein (Univ.-Prof. Dr.)

Henning Osmers-Rentzsch

Svetlana Thaller-Honold

Lukas Manke

Christian Michels

Barış Kılıç

Felix Schwörer

Sebastian Leins

Markus Hermann

Charlotte Kaspari

Dirk Friebel

Markus Kihm

Diana Pauly

Astrid Deufel

Lara Schulte

Nils Detje

Stefan Koczula
CSR Manager
Schwarz Produktion Stiftung & Co. KG

A key to promoting awareness of sustainability and ESG in business and society is active communication that helps to publicize success stories. The more we learn about the – sometimes improbable – progress companies have made around the world, the more we motivate others to take the next step towards a more sustainable future. I contribute to this.

Andreas Hasslinger
Manager Corporate Publications and Public Relations
Klüber Lubrication

Reconciling environmental protection, economic growth and social justice is the task of our time to ensure a future worth living. It is with great conviction that I am advocating for sustainable developments in order to bring about positive changes for people and the environment.

Sabrina Greuel
Sustainability Manager
Gerolsteiner

Because transparency creates trust: I would like to see responsible reporting on the successes and challenges of their sustainability transformation by organizations and companies.

Katharina Höfner
Manager International Accounting
TÜV SÜD AG

I am convinced that we must all take responsibility for future generations in order to preserve a world worth living in. This conviction motivates me every day to promote environmental protection, social issues and sustainable corporate governance in the business sector, and to create incentives for sustainable development.

Dr. Marlene Fischer
Head of ESG
thyssenkrupp Marine Systems GmbH

I am an advocate for communication in the ESG segment in order to create transparency, provide information about ESG initiatives and inspire new activities at the same time. In this way, I want to exert a positive influence on social and ecological development and actively contribute to ESG transformation.

Florian Schmiedler
Manager Brand & Group Communications - Focus Sustainability
Körber AG

Sustainability concerns us all and can only be successfully implemented together. That is why it is so important to exchange ideas and work together both within and across companies.

Michaela Thiel
Head of Sustainability
Körber AG

There is no planet B.

 

Gregor Steiger
Project Manager Sustainability Management
Unternehmensgruppe Nassauische Heimstätte | Wohnstadt

I want to advocate for a sustainable future and believe that companies have a great ESG responsibility and should exercise a positive influence. I also want to use the opportunity to develop measures together with committed people to bring about positive change.

Gudrun Schumann
Sustainability Manager
Bayer AG

ESG is still a very young field that is steadily gaining new insights. For this reason, I am convinced that networking is of tremendous importance in order to stay up to date and keep up with this rapid pace. I am very grateful that there are organizations like EUPD Research that create the possibility of such a network.

Aline Mittag
Head of ESG Management
Asklepios Kliniken GmbH & Co. KGaA

I have been involved with CSR reporting standards for more than 10 years and have played a leading role in developing this area within the company. Current regulation at many levels (including CSRD, EU taxonomy, Green Deal) brings new opportunities, but also presents many companies with a number of challenges. I am pleased to be able to use my experience and knowledge on the Committee in this regard.

Silvia Wittl
Environmental and Climate Manager, Sustainability Management
Neumarkter Lammsbräu Gebr. Ehrnsperger KG

From my point of view, long-term success and sustainable business is only possible if everyone in the company, in politics as well as with suppliers and customers works together. Communication and transparency about the respective activities and goals are therefore extremely important in order to achieve the integration and joint alignment of local and global efforts. The ESG framework provides a framework that needs to be used and shaped.

Dr. Stefan Müller
Director Commercial Environmental Sustainability and Business Compliance
AbbVie Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our times, and it’s already happening. Sustainability means a challenge: to make a positive impact now and for the next generations to come. This is a daily mission, motivation, and a truly exciting professional field in today‘s world.

József Bőhm
Global Head of Sustainability
KOSTAL Group

It is the responsibility of all of us to implement sustainable changes, create trust and clarity, and act considerably faster with the help of digital solutions. Let’s do it together!

Jan Spreter
Head of Sustainability Germany
Fujitsu

ESG reporting is becoming increasingly important in corporate communication and presentation, and a transparent and credible portrayal is crucial for the long-term success of a company.

Dr. Sophie Winter
Global Sustainability Manager
KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA

I am looking forward to the exchange with a range of interesting colleagues in sustainability reporting, to raise non-financial reporting to the level of financial reporting.

Melanie Borsos
Head of Non-financial Reporting & Human Rights
Telefónica Germany GmbH & Co. OHG

What we do today decides how the world will look tomorrow.

Astrid Bayer
Sustainability Officer
Provinzial Holding AG

Sustainable business practices are essential to preserve our planet and our environment. Climate, environmental and species protection is the key to this. My deep conviction and passion for this is my daily motivation.

Nathalie Martin
ESG Reporting Manager
HUGO BOSS AG

Sustainability requires a holistic approach that goes far beyond environmental aspects. For long-term economic stability, people, strategic orientation and corporate management must all be taken into account. A sustainable and long-term successful company focuses on promoting employee development and well-being as well as transparent and responsible decision-making processes.

Irene Schönreiter
Director Sustainability, Safety & Health
Silver Atena GmbH

For me, the elements of ESG reporting are at the heart of the socio-economic transformation process, in which we can learn from each other and shape the future together!

Anja Nacken
Head of Sustainability Department
AOK Rheinland/Hamburg

Working in sustainability management affords me the unique opportunity to actively contribute to the creation of a livable future by supporting and accompanying organizations and companies in their transformation towards sustainability.

Samuel Frey
Sustainability
Fraunhofer Institut für solare Energiesysteme ISE

As Vice President for Resources and Governance at the University of Siegen (2019-2024), sustainability management at the University of Siegen was part of my duties. In my field of business administration, human resources management and organization, I have a lot to do with the strategic sustainability design of companies – in research and teaching.

Volker Stein (Univ.-Prof. Dr.)
University Professor
Universität Siegen

Finding the path to a sustainable future together is the challenge that drives me.

Henning Osmers-Rentzsch
Head of Sustainability Management
VILSA-BRUNNEN Otto Rodekohr GmbH

Sustainable management seems to me to be the only sensible management approach. I want to promote the realization – in my own company and in the economy – that sustainability is a chance and can be seen as an opportunity that benefits one’s own company, the economy, society and the environment in the long term.

Svetlana Thaller-Honold
Head of Sustainability Management
Gothaer Versicherungen

Knowledge transfer. Progress. Cooperation.

Lukas Manke
Sustainability Manager
Johann Bunte Bauunternehmung SE & Co. KG

Sustainability has always been of great importance because it improves the quality of life of our and future generations. Every contribution counts and I want to do my part to ensure a functioning ecosystem and social justice. The key to success lies in awareness, education, innovation and strong partners.

Christian Michels
Sustainability Officer
Universitätsklinikum Bonn

Participation in the ESG Committee offers a unique opportunity to fundamentally transform the construction industry through innovative and sustainable approaches. I want to contribute to uniting the best practices of all industries in one network and integrate the findings into our processes at JOHANN BUNTE. This way, we can ensure that we not only meet current standards, but also act as a pioneer for sustainability and efficiency in the construction industry.

Barış Kılıç
Head of Sustainability & Lean Management
Johann Bunte Bauunternehmung SE + Co. KG

The consequences of climate change are already being felt on our doorstep. Now more than ever, organizations need to take their environmental, social and economic responsibilities seriously and work together to pool their expertise. The ESG Transparency Committee takes on precisely this task and aims to have a positive impact on the environment and society.

Felix Schwörer
Sustainability Management
SchwörerHaus KG

We are living in a time when we are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of ESG and sustainability issues – finally, since it has been clear for decades where the global community is heading. But the perception of what can be done and what needs to be done is very different whether you work for a company, an investor, in academia or for an NGO. This why we need experts who can use their experience to help bring the different perspectives together in order to find solutions quickly. That’s exactly what I do.

Sebastian Leins
Senior Manager Sustainability Reporting
Bayer AG

Be an inspiring leader of sustainable, profitable change and create a more just future with a global team! Showing that it is possible! Again and again!

Markus Hermann
Sustainability Manager Klüber Lubrication Group
Klüber Lubrication GmbH & Co. KG

For me, sustainability is essential because it concerns the future of our planet and the well-being of future generations. I see a great responsibility for myself as well as hospitals as major CO2-emitters, to use the resources available to us carefully. By acting sustainably, we can protect the environment, fight climate change and create more social justice.

Charlotte Kaspari
Head of Business Unit 6 (Facility Management)
Universitätsklinikum Bonn

ESG measures ensure our future. We need a fair approach to our environment and society.

Dirk Friebel
Manager Nachhaltigkeit und Klimaschutz
degewo AG

„Anyone who stops getting better has stopped being good.” (Philipp Rosenthal) This quote is still relevant today. Especially in the rapidly and consistently changing field of ESG reporting of our business landscape.

Markus Kihm
Head of environmental/permit management, building management planning
Lech-Stahlwerke GmbH

It is my personal goal to make a positive contribution to overcoming global challenges by advocating for responsible business practices. I am looking forward to contributing my in-depth knowledge from over ten years of professional experience in ESG management to this important initiative.

Diana Pauly
Head of Sustainability
idealo internet GmbH

I am convinced that sustainable action ensures long term success. I am committed to ensuring that sustainability is seen as an opportunity – creating added value for the environment, people and companies.

Astrid Deufel
ESG Manager
MLF Mercator-Leasing GmbH & Co. Finanz-KG

For me, acting in a sustainable manner is a must – this is how future generations can lead a good life here on earth in 70 years time.

Lara Schulte
Sustainability Officer
VOLKSWOHL BUND Versicherungen

Sustainability means acting responsibly for our own generation as well as the next. Transparency within the company creates understanding and the basis for good business decisions. Sustainability is the transformation of the business model in the field of tension between profitability, competitiveness, innovation, digitalization and change. I want to help support responsible decision-making processes and strengthen ESG practices.

Nils Detje
Director Global Corporate Social Responsibility
MANN+HUMMEL International GmbH & Co. KG

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With each sustainability report submitted, EUPD Research supports the global ESG Impact project "Watts On: Lighting Students Lives", which aims to enable a more social future for people and society and to strengthen environmental protection.
Watts On PROGRAM
The program "Watts On: Lighting Students Lives" was developed in 2019 after a pilot project in Kenya had shown incredible results. In close cooperation with local communities and education authorities, “Watts On” aims to create a training and awareness day for students, parents and teachers, distribute portable solar lamps to the students as well as collect data or rather follow up on the student's achievements.

Currently, the Watts On PROGRAM is active in schools in rural areas of northern Kenya that do not have a power connection.
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