OPPORTUNITIES AND RISKS
Our risk management system is an essential part of our ongoing monitoring of the wider business environment. We look ahead to identify risks and devise measures to counter them. We also identify opportunities arising around our fields of activity, and harness them to enhance our competitiveness and performance. Against this background, we focused on the following issues in particular in 2021.
|COVID-19 Pandemic||Security situation in|
our countries of assignment
and IT security
In the first year of the pandemic, we were able to put in place extensive communication options and advisory/counselling services for all staff within the scope of our security risk and crisis management. These again proved their worth in 2021. Last year we were also able to offer vaccinations not only to employees based in Germany but also to staff and their families in various GIZ countries of assignment, in close cooperation with the German Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Foreign Office. COPE, our psychosocial counselling and support unit, continues to help staff worldwide deal with the challenges posed by the pandemic with a wide range of counselling services.
Our duty of care towards both Germany-based staff and field staff is our top priority. Our employees attend a number of different security training courses before taking up assignments abroad. Our security advisors in partner countries produce regular security analyses and related information regarding the situation on the ground. Working closely with the Corporate Security Unit, they provide support in countries of assignment in assessing and mitigating security risks, and also take precautionary measures. In addition, local contact points and networks are identified that can provide culture-sensitive and context-sensitive psychosocial support in crises.
In 2021, there was a focus on raising awareness of IT security risks. Mandatory online training and intranet-based guidance explain how staff should handle information and data. We have also come closer to our goal of ensuring that our information security management system (ISMS) is implemented worldwide in line with ISO 27001, and that all Germany-wide activities are compliant with and certified under the IT-Grundschutz (Basic Protection) standard developed by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and based on ISO 27001. In future, we will continue to enhance our information and IT security, as technology, data protection and hackers are constantly changing direction and procedures.
Information on the following sustainability standards can be found on this page:
GRI standard 2-13; The Code 2