We want to be the world's best sustainable and independent provider of technical services for testing, inspection, certification, consulting, and training." Our mission statement documents both our aspiration and philosophy. Sustainability is a core topic for us and determines our actions. We work profit-oriented with respect to our social and environmental responsibility. We truly believe companies will only be successful in the long term if they incorporate sustainability in their philosophy and in the way they manage their business.
To us, this means on the one hand responding to our customers’ future needs and contributing to their success with the services we offer. We help our clients make their products and processes more efficient and more sustainable. You could also say: Fit for the future. On the other hand, we face the responsibility we have as a company for people, society, and the environment. We are committed to making a contribution to a future that meets both human and environmental needs on a sustainable basis.
Those topics that are seen as especially relevant for the future viability of TÜV Rheinland from our internal as well as from our stakeholder perspective are the foundation of our sustainability strategy, combined with the principles of the UN Global Compact. In the strategy, we have defined key areas of activity in five dimensions (Employees, Environment, Service Responsibility, Society, Compliance).
We believe companies bear a responsibility for their sphere of influence. To ensure this understanding leads to effective action, it is important that players can exchange experiences and ideas on all levels. In 2006, we therefore signed the ten principles of the UN Global Compact, a voluntary United Nations initiative for businesses. This decisive strategic step sealed our advocacy of global compliance with human rights, labor standards, environmental protection, and the fight against corruption.
To ensure the entire company adheres to this commitment, we incorporated the principles of the UN Global Compact in our own mission statement in 2007 and also made them the foundation of our Company Policy on Values and Responsibility. Furthermore, the values and principles of the UN Global Compact clearly define how we deal with business partners. Before establishing business relationships with TÜV Rheinland, suppliers must agree to comply with our compliance guidelines, laws, human rights and the UN Global Compact principles.
We also take an active role in international projects - for example, on environmental protection, compliance training, United Nations Global Compact principles, and even in discussions on the responsibility businesses bear in conflict zones. In doing so, we aim to strengthen our position as a reliable and valuable partner and make a significant contribution to the fulfilment and spread of ethical business practices and sustainable development.
We believe UN Global Compact principles must play a greater role in day-to-day business. We have therefore adopted an active role in the German Global Compact Network (DGCN), committed to the ideas laid down in the UN Global Compact.
These are the 5 areas of activity of our sustainability strategy at a glance.
We are reliable – Find out how our services contribute to more sustainability here.
We value our employees – Find out how we take responsibility for our employees here.
We give back – Find out how we take on social responsibility here.
We act consciously – Find out how we contribute to environmental protection and resource conservation here.
We act with integrity – Learn more about the relevance of integrity and our Compliance Management System here.