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A sense of responsibility for a sustainable future.

DZ HYP is committed to sustainability in everything we do, from the environmental protection projects we launch or support to the business strategy we follow, from our efforts to empower the next generation to how we interact with stakeholders. We have set ourselves clear goals and ensure that we provide clients, partners and employees with as much transparency as possible in terms of our sustainability activities.

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Lukas Kölln

Lukas Kölln

Sustainability Manager
lukas.koelln@dzhyp.de

Ecological responsibility

Ecological responsibility as a component of corporate policy

A sound and stable environment is  the basis of human existence; it is also a basic requirement for every type of business activity. Systematic environmental and climate protection take a major role in our day-to-day work, with our focus being on those areas where we have a direct influence. Our environmental activities focus on optimising the use of resources at the bank, and on using renewable energy sources to consistently reduce our operational carbon footprint.

Facility management, in particular, holds very specific potential for minimising negative contributions. We also seek to reduce mobility-related emissions such as those resulting from business travel. An environmentally friendly supply chain of products and services is also part of our sustainable corporate policy.

As part of DZ BANK Group’s Corporate Responsibility Committee (CRC), we developed a Group-wide environmental and climate strategy that sets standards for a compelling environmental policy, for the efficient incorporation of environmental protection in our organisation as well as appropriate processes.

To further advance environmental protection at DZ HYP and keep track of the effects of our business activities for the environment, we systematically record and analyse our resources consumption. This makes it easy to identify where action needs to be taken, and where there is room for improvement. In accordance with our environmental policy, we derive environmental targets and fix the measures we need to take to meet them.

At the beginning of 2018, the eleven companies in the DZ BANK Group renewed their joint climate strategy and committed themselves to saving at least 80 percent of their aggregate CO2 emissions by 2050. Starting from the base year 2009, the DZ BANK Group has already reduced its CO2 emissions by a good 50 percent. At DZ HYP we have set ourselves the target of cutting our greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent by 2020 compared with 2012. We already surpassed this figure in 2017 — over the past years we have succeeded in lowering our CO2 emissions by about 46 percent.

ÖKOPROFIT certificate

ÖKOPROFIT stands for the “ecological project for integrated environmental technology“ – a collaboration between the City of Munster, industry, chambers of commerce and national partners. It certifies that participants have a practicable and highly efficient environmental management system. The City of Munster’s ÖKOPROFIT programme has repeatedly singled out DZ HYP as an exemplary ÖKOPROFIT organisation. On the one hand, we are aiming to cut resources consumption, thereby reducing our impact on the environment; on the other hand, the project has allowed us to sustainably lower our operating costs thanks to improvements in energy efficiency, climate protection and water management.

DGNB certificate

Both of DZ HYP's head offices are currently undergoing extensive renovation. In Hamburg, construction work began in 2018, while refurbishment work in Münster started in 2019. The work also includes an energy-related modernisation of the building. As well as improving the working environment, these construction measures aim to reduce energy requirements and improve pollutant emissions. We aim to complete the measures in Hamburg in 2020 and those in Münster in 2021 and have them certified by the German Sustainable Building Council (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen e.V. – DGNB).