To us, sustainability means aligning our business activities with economic, environmental, and social demands. This is how we want to contribute to sustainable development while at the same time ensuring we have social license to operate. In all our business decisions, we carefully weigh the needs of our various stakeholder groups.
“To us, sustainability and integrity are two sides of the same coin, given that ethical conduct necessarily entails the assumption of responsibility in economic, ecological, and social terms.”Tom Blades, CEO Bilfinger SE
We understand sustainability to mean conduct that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This idea of sustainability is based on the definition set out in the Brundtland Report published in 1987.
We have firmly anchored the concept of sustainability throughout our company structures – in our Mission Statement, our Code of Conduct, our Code of Conduct for Suppliers, our Group Policies and the voluntary commitments we have made to sustainability-oriented organizations and initiatives. This particularly includes:
- An annual declaration of compliance with the Corporate Governance Code;
- An annual declaration of compliance with the German Sustainability Code;
- Participation in the UN Global Compact and the annual preparation of a progress report;
- Regular responses to questionnaires from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
Bilfinger Mission Statement
Sustainable Development Goals
Our sustainability strategy and the activities developed in this context enable us to make a positive contribution towards the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations:
Primarily, we are in the business of providing services. Accordingly, the qualification of our employees is of critical importance to our economic success. We set great store by their sound vocational training or higher education and on their regular participation in continuing education and qualification measures, while making sure we have an effective knowledge-management system in place.
Gender equality is one of our core values. Each employee, regardless of gender, is afforded the same opportunities when it comes to hiring, promotion, remuneration, and employee development. Discrimination has no place at our company. These principles are enshrined in our Code of Conduct and we expect our suppliers to follow them as well.
Clean Water and Sanitation
We benefit from our many years of experience and outstanding expertise in the development, renewal, and maintenance of seawater desalination plants. Our technology and the innovations we have developed in-house to optimize the performance level of seawater desalination systems enjoy a sterling reputation on the market. With our services, we contribute to supplying potable water to the population, particularly in the Middle East.
Affordable and Clean Energy
Energy providers and other utility companies number among our most important customers. They rely on our services over the entire life cycle of their nuclear, coal, hydroelectric, and gas power plants. We ensure a high performance level for these plants while boosting their efficiency and reducing their emissions. In this way, we make a key contribution towards the availability of affordable and clean energy.
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Both within our Group and along our supply chain, we actively promote and safeguard human rights, health and safety at the workplace, as well as fair working conditions. Our Code of Conduct and Code of Conduct for Suppliers serve as the basis for these efforts. Our activities in the core regions of Continental Europe, Northwest Europe, North America, and the Middle East help foster economic development in various regions of the world.
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Bilfinger is a leading international industrial services provider. With our services, we enhance the efficiency of assets while ensuring a high level of operational availability and reducing maintenance costs. In this way, we contribute to competitiveness in industry, promote modernization and innovation, and foster the evolution of efficient infrastructure in the markets and countries that we serve.