Environmental management

As a service provider for sustainable development, GIZ has set itself demanding environmental targets based on Germany’s National Sustainable Development Strategy. GIZ works to the highest level of certification.

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GIZ has set out its environmental targets in its Sustainability Programme and Environmental Programme, which are based on targets set down in Germany’s national Sustainable Development Strategy. The Environmental Programme also incorporates the results of several rounds of GIZ’s Stakeholder Dialogue on Sustainability.

In Germany, GIZ uses the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), the world’s most exacting certification for corporate environmental management. EMAS provides environmental management incentives for GIZ and requires ongoing improvements in its environmental performance. Outside Germany, environmental management is organised on a decentralised basis and is the responsibility of country directors and project or programme managers. It is implemented using the Corporate Sustainability Handprint® (CSH).

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Certifications and awards

In 2011 GIZ won two awards in the ‘Office and Environment’ competition organised by the German Association of Environmental Management (B.A.U.M.) and the German Environment Ministry (BMU) – the company as a whole won first prize and in addition our head offices in Bonn and Eschborn won an award for their sustainable office management.  

In 2010 GIZ was rated as ‘Germany’s most cycle-friendly employer’ in a competition organised by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development. Several offices, including Berlin, Eschborn, Bonn and Mannheim, have been certified as cycle-friendly.  

In 2011 GIZ’s Feldafing office received a certificate from the integrated environmental technology project ÖKOPROFIT; this was the third time its corporate environmental management had been recognised in this way. The head office in Eschborn also received a certificate in 2011.

Climate and Environmental and EMAS Environmental Statement

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