About this Report

This is the 11th KAEFER Sustainability Report, intended to demonstrate how topics of Sustainability and ESG affect us as a company – both globally and locally.

Sustainability Reporting at KAEFER

Published in a digital format, the report provides information on our performance during 2021 (1 January – 31 December 2021) and illustrates how KAEFER integrates sustainability into 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 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability department, the ESG Project Management Office, the Sustainability Sounding Board, and our global network of Sustainability and Communication 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. The 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 communicate effectively in order to present an accurate picture of sustainability at KAEFER. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the creation of this report. 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.

Stakeholder Involvement

In early 2021, we carried out our biennial Stakeholder Survey to gain a better understanding of the expectations and perspectives of the people we engage with. 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, investors, 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. We received a record number of responses to our 2021 Sustainability Stakeholder Survey. A total of 1,196 people from 33 countries took part, which represents a 32% increase on the previous survey (2019). The results indicate that more and more KAEFER people are engaging with sustainability topics and in particular the technical aspects of emissions reduction and waste management. Their priorities have been reflected in the structure of this report.

Stakeholder Survey 2021

Most important Topics

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Source of Information

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Report Structure

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 to help our stakeholders assess KAEFER’s sustainability.

  • E (Environment): Climate Protection, Waste Management, Energy Efficiency.
  • S (Social): Health & Safety, Communities, Diversity, Training, Human Rights.
  • G (Governance): Compliance, Leadership, Supply Chain.


A non-profit organisation, GRI 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. 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 (SDGs) 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. SDGs have been integrated into KAEFER’s Sustainability Report since 2019. We also assess KAEFER sustainability activities in the context of SDGs via:

  • Impact Assessment: KAEFER’s Sustainability Working Group/ESG PMO performed an impact assessment.
  • Defining and identifying KAEFER’s top three SDGs: #3 – good health & wellbeing, #13 – climate action, #16 – peace, justice & strong institutions.