Sustainability Management

Social values are changing significantly, and companies are increasingly required to be more transparent about social and environmental standards. There are numerous sustainability initiatives in different fields of action, however, these are often focused on already completed buildings and products. 

Therefore, it is important to take a transient approach to construction and maintenance projects and to integrate the right aspects at an early stage.

In defining and evaluating the sustainability aspects, we follow the Global Reporting Initiative standard. The sustainability aspects are aligned with the natural regenerative capacity of the systems involved as well as with special consideration given to the CSR Directive Implementation Act (CSR-RUG), the Supply Chain Act (from January 2023) and the new Climate Protection Act.

October 1987
Brundtland-Report (WCED):

"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
October 1987
June 1992
United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, Rio de Janeiro (Agenda 21)
June 1992
December 2015
Adoption of Paris Agreement
December 2015
November 2016
Adoption of German Climate Action Plan 2050
November 2016
January 2017
CSR Directive Implementation Act (CSR-RUG) comes into force
January 2017
September 2019
Foundation of the Supply Chain Law Initiative
September 2019
December 2019
Federal Climate Protection Act comes into force (declared partially unconstitutional in 2021)
December 2019
February 2020
Legal report defines key aspects of the German Supply Chain Law: diligence, liability and penalty
February 2020
May 2020
Announcement of the EU Supply Chain Law
May 2020
May 2021
Adoption of the new Federal Climate Protection Act
May 2021
June 2021
Adoption of the German Supply Chain Law
June 2021
January 2023
German Supply Chain Law comes into force for companies with 3000 or more employees
January 2023
January 2024
German Supply Chain Law comes into force for companies with 1000 or more employees

Prospectively: EU Supply Chain Law
January 2024

The basis and first step of our service profile Sustainability Management for construction and maintenance projects is a hazard field discussion regarding the environmental and social risks for the project. Due to the complexity of the sustainability topic, a specifically task-oriented approach is a prerequisite for further effective processing. In light of this, the life cycle modules according to DIN EN 15804, stationary and transient components as well as the award strategy of the project take on a pivotal role. This is done within the framework of a materiality analysis.

In addition to the primacy of economic efficiency, adherence to schedules and legal certainty in construction and maintenance projects, environmental compatibility is becoming increasingly relevant. In terms of environmental risks for the project, the following aspects are considered; for example:

Given the new Supply Chain Act, there is, inter alia, a focus on social compatibility and in addition to the classic occupational health and safety issues, employment relationships are also coming into focus within the supply chain. The following aspects are important here:

In a second step in the planning phase of the project, the results of the hazard field discussion are incorporated into the sustainability plan. A sustainability plan is a classic project-related HSE plan (HSE: Health, Safety, Environment) that is supplemented by sustainability topics. If, for instance, a safety and health plan, site regulations or an HSE turnaround concept are required for the construction site or maintenance measure, these will be included. The sustainability plan should be part of the contract for the contractors. If desired, an external company evaluation of selected companies as well as training on environmental and social compatibility can furthermore become part of our service.

In a third step, the sustainability plan is implemented in the execution phase of the project. Here we provide the occupational safety and environmental protection specialists or safety supervisors required for the coordination and monitoring tasks.

Throughout all project phases, we moderate the sustainability aspects with the project participants. In summary, our sustainability management for construction and maintenance projects consists of the following steps:

  1. Hazard field discussion on environmental and social compatibility
  2. Preparation of the sustainability plan in the planning phase
  3. Implementation of the sustainability plan in the execution phase

The focus is on transient services directly on the construction site or in the production facilities. However, our service Sustainability Management does not replace statutory planning in accordance with environmental or building law.

Our sustainability approach can therefore be applied:

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