Ladies and gentlemen,
Since it was founded 90 years ago, DEKRA has been a pioneer in matters of safety.
Building on this basis, we have ushered in a new phase of company development with our strategic program "Vision 2025" and we have set ourselves an ambitious goal to be achieved by 2025: we will be the global partner for a safe world.
With this ambition, we are combining innovative services that make a contribution to sustainability in business and in society. Together with leading institutions, research facilities and corporate partners, we are working on solutions for current and future challenges.
Our social responsibility is not limited to our services which offer greater safety to our customers, but also includes our employees, suppliers and other stakeholders, too. The topics of occupational safety and human rights are afforded a high degree of attention here.
In the environmental domain, our services play an instrumental part in protecting the environment and conserving resources. We also take advantage of this expertise internally, such as in 2015 when we further enhanced the organizational structure of our environmental management. Centrally managed efficiency-boosting measures are enabling us to cut costs and at the same time make a sustainable contribution to the environment.
Sustainability is also taking on a key role at DEKRA in the area of corporate management and governance. A Group Officer was appointed in response to the growing importance of sustainability for business success. We also set up an additional, international group function for data protection. The central departments of Compliance as well as Environment, Health & Safety were also further optimized. This has enabled DEKRA to put itself in a good organizational position for the future.
For DEKRA, sustainability means managing the company responsibly, maintaining an overview of the entire value-added chain, promoting innovations, assuming responsibility for employees and the environment and, above all, making a contribution to greater safety. This is what we are working towards on a daily basis. We will keep you informed of our objectives, measures and progress in the latest Sustainability Magazine 2016.
Chairman of the Management Board DEKRA e. V. and DEKRA SE