About our Report

Sustainability Reporting at KAEFER aims to bring the occasionally abstract concept of “sustainability” to life by showing how the topic affects us as a company – globally and locally.

Published in a digital format as part of our efforts to reduce paper use, this report provides information on our performance for the year 2020 (1 January – 31 December 2020) and illustrates how KAEFER integrates the four dimensions (economic, social, environmental, and cultural) of sustainability into our daily business activities. Since 2012, KAEFER has published sustainability reports on an annual basis, combining statistical data with articles about relevant events, projects, and initiatives.

The KAEFER Sustainability Report is intended to inform our stakeholders about sustainability at KAEFER and is also used for pre-qualifications, audits and ratings. Production of the report is a collaborative effort between the CRS department, the Sustainability Working Group, and our global network of Sustainability Champions.

External assurance was not obtained for the development of this report. However, we strongly believe that the data, along with earlier reports and the KAEFER website, is sufficient to meet GRI requirements. This report is structured according to ESG criteria (Environment, Social, Governance). As always, we have tried to cover all KAEFER entities worldwide. A note can be found next to indicators where it has not been possible to obtain complete data. Although we have taken great care when collecting and analysing the data, mistakes cannot be excluded with absolute certainty. We are confident that as we learn and progress, we will continue to improve our approach and performance regarding our responsibilities as a company and our sustainability strategy and activities. Our aim is to share best practices and to communicate effectively in order to present an accurate picture of sustainability at KAEFER. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the creation of this report. Now, more than ever, we are aware of the dedication shown by our Sustainability Champions – they volunteer for this role and perform it alongside their day-to-day activities.

To help our stakeholders and other interested parties find information in this report, we have included an index in which the various topics are mapped against the three separate sustainability guidelines used by KAEFER:

This report has been structured according to ESG criteria (Environmental, Social, Governance) in order to help ratings agencies assess KAEFER’s sustainability.

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI): a non-profit organisation which provides the world’s most widely used standard framework for sustainability reporting. The framework helps companies identify, gather, and report their sustainability activities in a clear and comparable manner.

What we currently do:

  • Core: the KAEFER Sustainability Report is aligned with the GRI Standards Core Option.
  • Material topics: are based on the results of our 2021 Stakeholder Survey.

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They were introduced in 2015 and address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace, and justice. Only through integrated strategies designed to improve health and education, reduce inequality, spur economic growth, and protect our environment can we hope to end poverty. This Sustainability Report is intended to show how our sustainability activities are linked to this goal.

What we currently do:

  • Sustainability Report: SDGs have been integrated into our Sustainability Report since 2019.
  • Impact Assessment: KAEFER’s Sustainability Working Group is currently performing an impact assessment.
  • Definition of KAEFER’s 3 top SDGs (3, 13, 16).

KAEFER’s Stakeholder Survey

In early 2021, we carried out our biennial Stakeholder Survey to gain a better understanding of the expectations and perspectives of those with whom we engage. We offer a wide range of services and operate in multiple markets, meaning that our work takes place in a complex business environment with a diverse network of partners. Our principal stakeholders are our employees, clients, suppliers, competitors and the local communities where we have operations. The input of our stakeholders enables us to determine focus areas and sharpen our sustainability strategy.

Prior editions of this report, as well as additional information on Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, can be found on our website www.kaefer.com. Information on the KAEFER Foundation is available at www.kaefer.com/The-KAEFER-FOUNDATION.html. As always, we seek to fulfil the expectations of our stakeholders by integrating their feedback into planning for the next edition of the Sustainability Report. If you’d like to join the conversation, we’d love to hear from you at crs@kaefer.com!

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