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.
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.