Requirements for Beneficial Companies include:
Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Application of future-oriented concepts such as Cradle to Cradle or Blue City
Drees & Sommer has implemented such extensive measures to reduce and compensate for its CO2 emissions that in it's 50th anniversary in 2020 – it became climate positive. Although carbon credits still make a significant contribution to the company’s climate-positive status, they will be reduced step by step according to a clearly defined plan. At the same time the company is to subsidise the planting of 75,000 trees per year from 2020, regardless of its climate footprint.
Since 2019, our sustainability strategy has included keeping an account of the CO2 emissions generated by the provision of energy to our locations and by company traffic and transport. Our annual CO2 emissions convert to around 3.75 tons per staff member. Business travel and the company vehicle fleet account for the largest proportion of the emissions, at more than 80 per cent. The remaining portion is caused by the use of energy to operate the office buildings. The myclimate foundation, among others, supported us with the accounting.
Gradual conversion of the vehicle fleet to alternative fuels
Green electricity at all German locations and company-owned charging stations
Expansion of photovoltaic systems at various locations
Company bike and car sharing offers as well as subsidies for public transport tickets
Environmentally friendly products for events, catering, cleaning, print media, advertising materials
Recyclable building materials, furniture and interior fittings
Installation of taps for drinking water instead of using disposable bottles
Implementation of sustainable standards and Cradle to Cradle principles in building projects for own use