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Strategic and systematic sustainability management

Sustainability guides everything we do. At GIZ, the Chair of the Management Board is responsible for corporate sustainability. The Sustainability Board, Director Corporate Sustainability and the Sustainability Office work together closely to systematically anchor and develop this issue within our company. To this end, the Sustainability Office coordinates actions with other organisational units at GIZ. The Sustainability Board of GIZ meets once a quarter.

Graphic: GIZ: Sustainability Office

Corporate sustainability
Corporate sustainability on the GIZ website


Sustainability management: where we stand

GIZ commissioned a corporate strategy evaluation of our sustainability management practices to determine where improvements are needed. The external evaluators highlighted GIZ’s positive systematic approach and the structures and instruments that are in place to manage sustainability. Standards, voluntary commitments and detailed reporting guide our actions and create transparency. In particular, our structure – made up of the Sustainability Board, Director Corporate Sustainability and the Sustainability Office – is a good foundation for effective management. The evaluators recommended drawing up guidelines for resolving conflicting objectives. Conflicting objectives occur, for instance, when travel decisions have to take into account sustainability on the one hand, and social considerations, such as health and work-life balance, on the other. The sustainability management team is now preparing guidance on how to resolve conflicting objectives.

GIZ’s Sustainability Guidelines 

Graphic: GIZ: SDG 8 Decent work and economic growth
Graphic: GIZ: SDG 12 Responsible consumption and production
Graphic: GIZ: SDG 13 Climate action
Graphic: GIZ: SDG 16 Peace, justice and strong institutions

GRI standard 102-15, 102-18, 102-19, 102-20, 102-26, 102-29, 102-31, 102-32;
German Sustainability Code 5, 13