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AND EXTERNAL ASSURANCE

This report provides comprehensive information on what we are doing to ensure corporate sustainability in line with the core standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). It gives 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 10 principles.

For GIZ, the 2030 Agenda serves as an overarching frame of reference. The Sustainable Development Goals are now 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).

With its reporting activities within the framework of the German Sustainability Code, GIZ also follows the recommendation of the German Government’s Public Corporate Governance Code (PCGK) that a non-financial declaration as set out in Section 289 ff. of the German Commercial Code (HGB) be published.

The GRI index, the UNGC index, the Sustainable Development Goals and the criteria of the German Sustainability Code are shown below.

You will find GIZ’s Declaration of Conformity with the German Sustainability Code here.

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

GRI UNGCSDGThe Code*
2-1.Organizational details    
2-1-aLegal name

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

   
2-1-bNature of ownership and legal form

Shareholder

GIZ profile

Imprint

   
2-1-cLocation of headquarters

Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 32 + 36

53113 Bonn

Dag-Hammarskjöld-Weg 1–5

65760 Eschborn

   
2-1-dLocation 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 and at over 80 offices around the globe.

Worldwide

GIZ profile

   
2-2.Entities included in the organization’s sustainability reporting

GIZ profile

   
2-3.Reporting period, frequency and contact point

01.01.2021–31.12.2021; the report is published annually; for the reporting year 2021, it was published in the second half of 2022.

Imprint

 125
2-4.Restatements of information

Compared to the 2020 reporting period, there were no changes to the material topics in the 2021 integrated corporate report. The last change in material topics occurred in the integrated corporate report 2019 compared to 2018 due to a focus on impact potential.

 127
2-5.External assurance

The integrated corporate report is externally audited every two to three years.

 127
2-6.Activities, value chain and other business relationships

Our work around the world

Sustainable procurement

Engaging in dialogue

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 88, 16, 174, 9, 14
2-7.Employees

People at GIZ

6814
2-8.Workers who are not employees

People at GIZ

6814
2-9.Governance structure and composition

Our organization chart

Our official bodies

7, 8, 91–173, 5
2-10.Nomination and selection of the highest governance body

Our organization chart

Our official bodies

 165
2-11.Chair of the highest governance body

Message from the Chair of the Supervisory Board

Foreword by the Management Board

Our official bodies

 165
2-12.Role of the highest governance body in overseeing the management of impacts

Values, strategies and goals are set by the Management Board, Management Circle, Strategy Circle and Sustainability Board. Strategic leadership is not the role of the Supervisory Board.

Our official bodies

Foreword by the Management Board

Sustainability Management

 165
2-13.Delegation of responsibility for managing impacts

Opportunities and risks

Engaging in dialogue

Managing risk, averting damage

Sustainability Management

Our sustainability management instruments

Climate Management at GIZ

Environmental Management at GIZ

1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 97, 12, 13, 15, 161, 2, 3, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 17
2-14.Role of the highest governance body in sustainability reportingSustainability Management 125
2-15.Conflicts of interestOur official bodies 165
2-16.Communication of critical concernsGIZ's non-financial statement, which is part of the DNK statement, is submitted to the Supervisory Board for review.10165, 20
2-17.Collective knowledge of the highest governance body

GIZ's non-financial statement, which is part of the DNK statement, is submitted to the Supervisory Board for review.

 16, 179, 14
2-18.Evaluation of the performance of the highest governance bodyOur official bodies 165
2-19.Remuneration policies

Annual Statement of Accounts 2021

Corporate Governance Bericht

 88, 14, 15
2-20.Process to determine remuneration

DNK Declaration 2021, Criterion 8 Incentive systems

  8
2-21.Annual total compensation ratio

DNK Declaration 2021, Criterion 8 Incentive systems

  8
2-22.Statement on sustainable development strategyForeword by the Management Board   
2-23.Policy commitments

Managing risk, averting damage

Human rights are the top priority

Sustainable procurement

Our sustainability management instruments

1,-6, 105, 8, 10, 166, 14, 17, 19
2-24.Embedding policy commitments

Managing risk, averting damage

Human rights are the top priority

Sustainable procurement

Our sustainability management instruments

1,-6, 105, 8, 10, 166, 14, 17, 19
2-25.Processes to remediate negative impacts

Managing risk, averting damage

Working together to fight corruption

Human rights are the top priority

 

1, 2, 105, 8, 10, 166, 14, 17, 20
2-26.Mechanisms for seeking advice and raising concerns

Managing risk, averting damage

Working together to fight corruption

Human rights are the top priority

1, 2, 105, 8, 10, 166, 14, 17, 20
2-27.Compliance with laws and regulations

Compliance – Annual Report

101620
2-28.Membership associationsOur sustainability management instruments 16 
2-29.Approach to stakeholder engagementEngaging in dialogue 16, 179, 14
2-30.Collective bargaining agreementsPeople at GIZ 814, 15

GRI UNGCSDGThe Code*
3-1.Process to determine material topics

Engaging in dialogue

Results Report GIZ Stakeholder Dialogue on Sustainability 2020

1–10122
3-2.List of material topicsEngaging in dialogue1–10122

GRI UNGCSDGThe Code*
3-3.Management approach disclosures

Sustainable procurement and events

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 4, 6, 14
204-1Proportion of spending on local suppliers

Sustainable procurement and events

   

GRI UNGCSDGThe Code*
3-3.Management approach disclosures

Tackling corruption together

101620
205-2Communication and training about anti-corruption policies and procedures

Tackling corruption together

101620

GRI UNGCSDGThe Code*
3-3.Management approach disclosures

Health and work-life balance
Safe working around the world

 314
403-1Occupational health and safety management system 

Health and work-life balance
Safe working around the world

 314
403-2Hazard identification, risk assessment, and incident investigation

Health and work-life balance
Safe working around the world

 314
403-3Occupational health services

Health and work-life balance
Safe working around the world

 314
403-4Worker participation, consultation, and communication on occupational health and safety

Health and work-life balance
Safe working around the world

 314
403-5Worker training on occupational health and safety

Health and work-life balance
Safe working around the world

 314
403-6Promotion of worker health

Health and work-life balance
Safe working around the world

 314
403-7Prevention and mitigation of occupational health and safety impacts directly linked by business relationships

Health and work-life balance
Safe working around the world

 314
403-8Workers covered by an occupational health and safety management system

Health and work-life balance
Safe working around the world

 314

GRI UNGCSDGThe Code*
3-3.Management approach disclosures

Employability: a systematic approach to career development

  14, 15, 16
404-2Programs for upgrading employee skills and transition assistance programs

Employability: a systematic approach to career development

 5, 8, 1014, 15, 16
404-3Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews

Employability: a systematic approach to career development

 5, 8, 1014, 15, 16

GRI UNGCSDGThe Code*
3-3.Management approach disclosures

Diversity is valuable
Gender at GIZ
Gender equality. The obvious choice

6 14, 15, 16
405-1Diversity of governance bodies and employees

People at GIZ

65, 8, 1014, 15, 16

GRI UNGCSDGThe Code*
3-3.Management approach disclosures

Diversity is valuable
Gender at GIZ
Gender equality. The obvious choice

6 

14, 15, 16

406-1Incidents of discrimination and corrective actions taken

GIZ 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 UNGCSDGThe Code*
3-3.Management approach disclosures

Human rights are the top priority

1, 2 6, 14, 17
412-1Operations that have been subject to human rights reviews or impact assessments

Managing risks, averting damage

1, 25, 8, 10, 166, 14, 17
412-2Employee training on human rights policies or procedures

Human rights are the top priority

1, 25, 8, 10, 12, 166, 14, 17

GRI UNGCSDGThe Code*
3-3.Management approach disclosures

Sustainable procurement and events

1–6 4, 6, 14, 17
414-1New suppliers that were screened using social criteria

Sustainable procurement and events

1–65, 8, 164, 6, 14, 17

GRI UNGCSDGThe Code*
3-3.Management approach disclosures

GIZ does not make donations to political parties, politicians or associations affiliated with political parties. This is in line with regulations against exerting political influence.

10 19
415-1Political contributions

GIZ does not make donations to political parties, politicians or associations affiliated with political parties. This is in line with regulations against exerting political influence.

101619

GRI UNGCSDGThe Code*
3-3.Management approach disclosures

Tackling corruption together

10 20
419-1Non-compliance with laws and regulations in the social and economic area

Annual GIZ Compliance Report

101620

Notice: Our climate and environmental data for the reporting year 2021 and our reporting on it in the chapter ‘Ecological balance’ will be supplemented in autumn 2022. Therefore, the corresponding pages from the integrated corporate report 2020 are deposited here in addition to the current information on the GIZ climate and environmental manager.

GRI UNGCSDGThe Code*
103-1
103-2
103-3
Management approach disclosures

Further reducing our consumption of resources (ICR 2020)

Environmental management at GIZ

   
301-1Materials used by weight or volume

Further reducing our consumption of resources (ICR 2020)

Climate and Environmental Data 2020

7, 86, 8, 1211, 12

GRI UNGCSDGThe Code*
103-1
103-2
103-3
Management approach disclosures

Environmental management at GIZ

Reducing energy consumption in Germany and abroad (ICR 2020)

   
302-1Energy consumption within the organization

Reducing energy consumption in Germany and abroad (ICR 2020)

Climate and Environmental Data 2020

7-97, 8, 1311, 12, 13
302-2Energy consumption outside of the organization

Reducing energy consumption in Germany and abroad (ICR 2020)

Climate and Environmental Data 2020

7-97, 8, 12, 1311, 12, 13
302-3Energy intensity

Reducing energy consumption in Germany and abroad (ICR 2020)

Climate and Environmental Data 2020

7-97, 8, 12, 1311, 12, 13
302-4Reduction of energy consumption

Reducing energy consumption in Germany and abroad (ICR 2020)

Climate and Environmental Data 2020

7-97, 8, 12, 1311, 12, 13

GRI UNGCSDGThe Code*
103-1
103-2
103-3
Management approach disclosures

Environmental management at GIZ

We build in line with sustainability standards and conserve biodiversity (ICR 2020)

   
304-1Operational sites owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas

We build in line with sustainability standards and conserve biodiversity (ICR 2020)

7, 8, 911, 12, 13, 1511, 12
304-2Significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity

We build in line with sustainability standards and conserve biodiversity (ICR 2020)

7, 8, 911, 12, 13, 1511, 12
304-3Habitats protected or restored

We build in line with sustainability standards and conserve biodiversity (ICR 2020)

7, 811, 12, 13, 1511, 12

GRI UNGCSDGThe Code*
103-1
103-2
103-3
Management approach disclosures

Our climate management

The overall goal is still to avoid emissions (ICR 2020)
8, 911, 1313
305-1Direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions

Climate and Environmental Data 2020

The overall goal is still to avoid emissions (ICR 2020)
7-98, 1313
305-2Energy indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions

Climate and Environmental Data 2020

The overall goal is still to avoid emissions (ICR 2020)
7-98, 1313
305-3Other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissions

Climate and Environmental Data 2020

The overall goal is still to avoid emissions (ICR 2020)
7-98, 1313
305-5Reducing GHG emissions

Climate and Environmental Data 2020

The overall goal is still to avoid emissions (ICR 2020)
7-98, 1313
305-7Nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur oxides (SOx), and other significant air emissions

Climate and Environmental Data 2020

The overall goal is still to avoid emissions (ICR 2020)
78, 1313

GRI UNGCSDGThe Code*
103-1
103-2
103-3
Management approach disclosures

Environmental management at GIZ

Further reducing our consumption of resources (ICR 2020)

7-96, 8, 1212
306-3Waste generated

Further reducing our consumption of resources (ICR 2020)

Climate and Environmental Data 2020

7, 86, 8, 1212
306-4Waste diverted from disposal

Further reducing our consumption of resources (ICR 2020)

7-96, 8, 1212

GRI UNGCSDGThe Code*
103-1
103-2
103-3
Management approach disclosures

Environmental management at GIZ

   
307-1Non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations

No cases of non-compliance with laws and/or regulations were identified in the 2020 reporting period.
Environmental Statement 2021 (German only)

712, 1620

GRI UNGCSDGThe Code*
103-1
103-2
103-3
Management approach disclosures

Sustainable procurement and events

   
308-1New suppliers that were screened using environmental criteria

As a federal company, we are not allowed to use a systematic supplier evaluation for the tendering process for reasons of procurement law. A review of the environmental criteria of suppliers and service providers is only possible after the contract has been signed. At present, such a review does not take place.

712, 164
308-2Negative environmental impacts in the supply chain and actions taken

Sustainable procurement and events

712, 164, 11