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and external audit

This report provides comprehensive information on what we are doing on the corporate sustainability front in line with the core standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). It offers an overview of GIZ’s key topics and the corresponding indicators for the GRI standards. 

The United Nations Global Compact is the largest corporate social responsibility initiative. GIZ is a member of the Global Compact and has undertaken to uphold its ten principles.

For GIZ, the 2030 Agenda serves as an overarching frame of reference. The Sustainable Development Goals are an integral part of the planning, implementation and monitoring of all new projects at GIZ.

The German Sustainability Code comprises 20 criteria and supplementary non-financial performance indicators compiled from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the European Federation of Financial Analysts Societies (EFFAS).

The GRI index, the UNGC index, the goals of the 2030 Agenda and the criteria of the German Sustainability Code are shown in combined form below. 

GRI content index

This report was produced in accordance with GRI standards (core option).

GRI 101: Foundation 2016

GRI 102: General disclosures 2016

Organizational profile

GRI UNGCSDGDNK*
102-1Name of the organizationDeutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH   
102-2Activities, brands, products and servicesOur work around the world 1-171, 10
102-3Location of headquartersFriedrich-Ebert-Allee 36 + 40
53113 Bonn
Germany

Dag-Hammarskjöld-Weg 1 - 5
65760 Eschborn 
Germany
   
102-4Location of operations

GIZ has two registered offices in Germany, one in Bonn and one in Eschborn. The company is also represented at nine other locations in Germany, as well as over 80 offices around the globe.

Worldwide
GIZ profile

   
102-5Ownership and legal formShareholder
GIZ profile 
Imprint
   
102-6Markets servedFiscal 2019
Profile 
GIZ’s work produces results – worldwide
 8, 124, 10
102-7Scale of the organizationTotal number of employees: People at GIZ: in figures
Total number of offices: GIZ profile
Business volume: Fiscal 2019
  1
102-8Information on employees and other workersPeople at GIZ: in figures68, 1014
102-9Supply chainSustainable procurement and events 84
102-10Significant changes to the organization and its supply chainNo significant organisational changes were made in the 2019 reporting period.  4
102-11Precautionary principle or approach

Risk management at GIZ: minimising risk, averting damage

Environmental management at GIZ

78, 13, 156, 13
102-12External initiativesOur sustainability management instruments 16 
102-13Membership of associationsOur sustainability management instruments 16 

Ethics and Integrity

GRI UNGCSDGDNK*
102-16Values, principles, standards, and norms of behavior

Identity
Sustainability Programme 2016-2020
Working together to fight corruption

108, 12, 165, 6, 7, 20
102-17Mechanisms for advice and concerns about ethicsWorking together to fight corruption
Risk management at GIZ: minimising risk, averting damage
 
101620

Governance

GRI UNGCSDGDNK*
102-18Governance structureOur organisation chart
GIZ’s official bodies
Strategic and systematic sustainability management
 85
102-19Delegating authorityStrategic and systematic sustainability management
Our organisation chart
 85
102-20Executive-level responsibility for economic, environmental, and social topicsStrategic and systematic sustainability management 85
102-21Consulting stakeholders on economic, environmental, and social topicsEngaging in dialogue, learning from one another
Our sustainability management instruments
 16, 179
102-22GIZ’s official bodiesGIZ’s official bodies 5, 165
102-23Chair of the highest governance body

GIZ’s official bodies
Message from the Chair of the Supervisory Board

 165
102-26Role of highest governance body in setting purpose, values,
and strategy

Values, strategies and objectives are defined by the Management Board, the Management Committee, the Strategy Committee and the Sustainability Board. Strategic leadership is not one of the Supervisory Board’s roles.

GIZ’s official bodies
Foreword by the Management Board
Strategic and systematic sustainability management

 125
102-29Identifying and managing economic, environmental, and social impactsStrategic and systematic sustainability management
Our sustainability management instruments
 165
102-31Review of economic, environmental, and social topicsStrategic and systematic sustainability management 125
102-32Highest governance body’s role in sustainability reporting

The Director Corporate Sustainability is the highest authority for sustainability reporting and responsible for publishing and the completeness of sustainability reporting. External audits are also conducted.

Strategic and systematic sustainability management
GRI content index and external audit

 125
102-33Communicating critical concernsWorking together to fight corruption
Risk management at GIZ: minimising risk, averting damage
101620
102-35Remuneration policies

Annual statement of accounts
Public Corporate Governance Bericht (German Only)
People at GIZ: in figures

You will find an overview of our remuneration policy in the 2018 Integrated Company Report.

388, 14

Stakeholder Engagement

GRI UNGCSDGDNK*
102-40List of stakeholder groupsStakeholder Dialogue 2018 (p.6)
Engaging in dialogue, learning from one another
 179
102-41Collective bargaining agreements

As at 31 December 2019, GIZ employed a total of 22,199 staff worldwide. 7,079 of these employees have employment contracts that are subject to German labour law and collective bargaining agreements. This figure represents 31.9% of all GIZ staff.
The 15,120 members of GIZ’s national staff have employment contracts concluded in accordance with the local terms of employment in their country of assignment and/or region.
A total of 17,656 employees work outside Germany, which accounts for 80% of all GIZ staff. This figure also includes 2,536 seconded staff with employment contracts that are subject to German law.

People at GIZ: in figures

3814
102-42Identifying and selecting stakeholders

Alignment with the AccountAbility Stakeholder Engagement Standard (AA1000SES) 2015.

Stakeholder Dialogue 2018

 179
102-43Approach to stakeholder engagementEngaging in dialogue, learning from one another
Stakeholder Dialogue 2018
 179
102-44Key topics and concerns raisedOur sustainability management instruments
Stakeholder Dialogue 2018
 179

Reporting practice

GRI UNGCSDGDNK*
102-45Entities included in the consolidated financial statementsGIZ is the entity included in the consolidated financial statements.   
102-46Defining report content and topic Boundaries

Our sustainability management instruments
Stakeholder Dialogue 2018
Our reporting practices
Influences on GIZ’s work 

 127
102-47List of material topicsOur sustainability management instruments1-10122
102-48Restatements of informationNo adjustments have been made. 127
102-49Changes in reporting

Following a decision to focus on the potential to produce results, the materiality matrix has changed. Here are the main topics: climate change mitigation, conservation of natural resources, sustainable procurement, protecting & promoting human rights, sustainable mobility, biodiversity, diversity & gender, compliance & anti-corruption, digitalisation, work-life-balance & staff health, sustainable events, cooperation & partnership management, human resources development, responsible use of funds, learning organisation, corporate social responsibility.

Our reporting practices

 127
102-50Reporting period2019/01/01 – 2019/12/31 12 
102-51Date of most recent reportIntegrated Company Report 2019: second half of 2020
Integrated Company Report 2018: second half of 2019
 12 
102-52Reporting cycleAnnually 12 
102-53Contact point for questions regarding the report

sustainabilityoffice@giz.de 

GRI content ndex and external audit

  5
102-54Claims of reporting in accordance with the GRI StandardsOur reporting practices 127
102-55GRI content indexGRI content index and external audit 122
102-56External assuranceAn external audit will be conducted in winter 2020. 127

Economic issues

GRI 201: Economic performance 2016

GRI UNGCSDGDNK*
103-1
103-2
103-3
Management approachFiscal 2019
Annual statement of accounts 2019
   
201-1Direct economic value generated and distributedFiscal 2019
Annual statement of accounts 2019
 5, 8, 9, 1218
201-2Financial implications and other risks and opportunities due to climate changeMessage from the Chair of the Supervisory
Forweword by the Management Board
Thailand: reap & reduce
Brazil: forests & diversity
78, 13 

GRI 204: Procurement practices 2016

GRI UNGCSDGDNK*
103-1
103-2
103-3
Management approachSustainable procurement and events   
204-1Proportion of spending on local suppliersSustainable procurement and events 8, 124

GRI 205: Anti-corruption 2016

GRI UNGCSDGDNK*
103-1
103-2
103-3
Management approachWorking together to fight corruption   
205-1Operations assessed for risks related to corruptionWorking together to fight corruption101620

Social issues

GRI 401: Employment 2016

GRI UNGCSDGDNK*
103-1
103-2
103-3
Management approachPeople at GIZ: in figures   
401-1

New employee hires and employee turnover

People at GIZ: in figures3, 65, 8, 101, 8
401-2Benefits provided to full-time employees that are not provided to temporary or part-time employeesBenefits provided to full-time employees are also provided to part-time and temporary employees.3, 65, 8, 108, 14, 15

GRI 404: Training and Education 2016

GRI UNGCSDGDNK*
103-1
103-2
103-3
Management approachEmployability: a systematic approach to career development   
404-1Average hours of training per year per employeeEmployability: a systematic approach to career development1, 2, 64, 5, 8, 1014, 15, 16
404-2Programs for upgrading employee skills and transition assistance programsEmployability: a systematic approach to career development1, 25, 8, 1014, 15, 16
404-3Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviewsEmployability: a systematic approach to career development1, 2, 65, 8, 1014, 15, 16

GRI 405: Diversity and Equal Opportunity 2016

GRI UNGCSDGDNK*
103-1
103-2
103-3
Management approachValuing diversity
Gender at GIZ
   
405-1Diversity of governance bodies and employeesPeople at GIZ: in figures65, 8, 1014, 15, 16

GRI 406: Non-discrimination 2016

GRI UNGCSDGDNK*
103-1
103-2
103-3
Management approachValuing diversity
Gender at GIZ
   
406-1Incidents of discrimination and corrective actions takenGIZ respects the privacy of its employees. All consultations relating to cases of discrimination are confidential and anonymous. Discrimination is not tolerated. All such cases will be fully investigated and the individuals responsible sanctioned. Information is not published or forwarded to third parties.65, 8, 10, 1614, 15, 16

GRI 412: Human Rights Assessment 2016

GRI UNGCSDGDNK*
103-1
103-2
103-3
Management approachHuman rights are the top priority   
412-1Operations that have been subject to human rights reviews or impact assessmentsHuman rights are the top priority
Strengthening and promoting children and their rights
1, 21, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12, 1617
412-2Employee training on human rights policies or proceduresHuman rights are the top priority1, 25, 8, 10, 12, 1617

GRI 413: Local Communities 2016

GRI UNGCSDGDNK*
103-1
103-2
103-3
Management approachOur work around the world
Engaging in dialogue, learning from one another
Stakeholder Dialogue 2018
   
413-1Operations with local community engagement, impact assessments, and development programsOur work around the world
GIZ’s work produces results – worldwide
   

GRI 414: Supplier Social Assessment 2016

GRI UNGCSDGDNK*
 Management approachSustainable procurement and events    
414-1New suppliers that were screened using social criteriaThese kinds of infringements are not examined, which means that it is not possible to identify any points.1-65, 8, 164, 14, 17
414-2

Negative social impacts in the supply chain and actions taken

These kinds of infringements are not examined, which means that it is not possible to identify any points.1-65, 8, 164, 14, 17

GRI 415: Public Policy 2016

GRI UNGCSDGDNK*
103-1
103-2
103-3
Management approachGIZ does not make any donations to parties, politicians or associations affiliated with parties. This is in line with regulations against exerting political influence.   
415-1Political contributionsGIZ does not make any donations to parties, politicians or associations affiliated with parties. This is in line with regulations against exerting political influence.101619

GRI 419: Socioeconomic Compliance 2016

GRI UNGCSDGDNK*
103-1
103-2
103-3
Management approachWorking together to fight corruption   
419-1Non-compliance with laws and regulations in the social and economic areaNo instances of non-compliance with laws and regulations were identified during the 2019 reporting period.101620

*German Sustainability Code (Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitskodex, DNK)

How the 2030 Agenda is being implemented at GIZ

External audit 

The Integrated Company Report is externally audited every two years. The 2019 Integrated Company Report will be evaluated as part of an independent audit in winter 2020. The objective is to monitor compliance with the requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative’s Sustainability Reporting Standards (GRI SRS) and the AA1000 AccountAbility standards and to verify the reliability and objectivity of the reported information. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or suggestions or if you would like further information.

Contact
sustainabilityoffice@giz.de 

Graphic: GIZ: SDG 12 Responsible consumption and production

GRI standard 102-32, 102-53, 102-54; 102-55; 102-56; German Sustainability Code 2, 5, 7