CSR – The Foundation of our Corporate Strategy
With the end of the year 2012, our company’s 140-year anniversary also came to a close: 140 years, during which TÜV Rheinland, as a partner to businesses and society, has constantly stood for quality, safety, and efficiency in conjunction with people, the environment, and technology. Therefore, the concept of sustainability has always been deeply rooted in our corporate self-understanding.
The years that now lie ahead carry great challenges for all of us – resource scarcity, population growth, megacities and the associated infrastructure needs, and food security, just to name a few. We firmly believe that social and technological progress is inextricably linked together. And we are there every step of the way in order to make this progress safe and sustainable for both mankind and the environment.
But there is no doubt that we cannot overcome these challenges with the knowledge and technologies that exist today alone. In light of this fact, in 2012 we began with the implementation of a generic innovation process across the Group, which we want to use to create the conditions and methodological skills necessary for a successful culture of innovation in all of our Business Streams and regions. And experience shows – innovations from TÜV Rheinland also make our customers successful over the long term.
With the growing need for solutions that address large-scale societal challenges in a viable and environmentally friendly way, sustainability is rapidly developing into a strategic success factor. Our stated goal is to be the world’s best sustainable and independent provider of technical services for testing, certification, consulting, and training.
Our employees are firmly committed to this goal. In 2012, we reaffirmed our resulting responsibility in our revised Mission Statement, which forms the foundation of our corporate culture. In our Mission Statement, we explicitly commit to our aspiration to play a role in helping to create a future that meets human and environmental needs on a sustainable basis.
To ensure that this commitment truly becomes a way of life for our employees, we launched the »Meet[ing] our Mission Statement« initiative. Within the scope of a pyramid system, each of our employees will complete playful exercises to become better acquainted with the content of our revised Mission Statement. This is how we want to ensure that every single employee gets on board and carries out their daily duties in line with our principles in a neutral, independent, environmentally friendly, and socially responsible way.