Memberships & partnerships

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Partnerships with or memberships in national and international organizations are of considerable strategic importance for us and our work. The dialogue with these organizations is a significant contributor to our successful practice of corporate responsibility.

Memberships allow us to take part in shaping the dialogue on overarching sustainability issues. These include, for example, the World Economic Forum (WEF), the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the UN High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport and the international Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI).

We cooperate with a number of establishments and institutions on the full range of our CR activities and develop joint solutions and positions on specific issues. Our engagement continued in the reporting year; collaborations included, among others:

Memberships and partnerships by focus area (excerpt)
Occupational health and safety
World Health Organization (WHO)  
  • Our understanding of health is based on the Constitution of the World Health Organization. Through our partnership with WHO we gain knowledge about health risks in specific countries.
Business Leadership Forum to Target Depression in the Workplace  
  • Involvement in an initiative designed to help employees tackle the effects of workplace depression
Global Occupational Safety & Health Network of the International Organization of Employers  
  • Drives dialogue with other employers around the world
European Road Safety Charter  
  • This membership helps us improve our knowledge about the causes of road accidents and develop appropriate prevention measures.
aireg – Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany e.V.  
  • We want to work with other companies to advance the development of alternative aviation fuels.
The Business for Social Responsibility Clean Cargo Working Group  
  • Through this membership we are working toward greater sustainability in international ocean freight shipping.
Global Logistics Emissions Council, Green Freight Asia, Green Freight Europe  
  • Our involvement in these initiatives is about promoting standardized emissions calculation methodologies and increasing awareness among road transport subcontractors for the importance of emissions data.
Corporate citizenship
LBG Network  
  • Our membership in this network enables us to support the further development of the LBG model, which we use to evaluate our corporate responsibility activities.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)  
  • Our longstanding partnership with the United Nations and OCHA, now more than ten years old, makes us part of a global humanitarian system.

A complete list of memberships and partnerships can be found on the Group website.