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In today’s business world, a company’s economic success is increasingly linked to its ecological, social and strategic responsibility. Against the backdrop of global challenges and growing stakeholder expectations, sustainability has evolved from an optional extra to an indispensable component of successful corporate management.

The integration of sustainability principles into the strategic orientation and management of companies is therefore not only a question of ethics, but also a key factor for long-term economic success and competitiveness.

What does ESG mean?

In 2006, the United Nations coined the term ESG, which stands for Environment, Social and Governance. This triad forms the guiding principles of our era and encompasses the practices and initiatives that aim to make our globe a better place.


for Environmental.

Environmental refers to the ecological impact of a company, from its energy consumption to its emission values.

for social.

Addresses social impacts and responsibilities, including treatment of employees, community relations and contribution to social issues.

for governance.

Focuses on the structure of corporate governance, disclosure of information and compliance with ethical standards.

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Europe's ESG reform!

Agenda 2030 and the goals that are being pursued:

The ESG transformation is at the heart of the ground-breaking 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sustainable corporate governance of the United Nations. By 2020, the world should be working together towards a healthier planet, a fairer society and an economically sustainable future. This means that companies must reduce their carbon footprint,use resources efficiently and report transparentlyon their sustainability efforts (ESG report).

Significant initiatives such as the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD)and the Supply Chain Act are driving the implementation of this agenda. Companies are gradually obliged to make their contribution to sustainability. A clearly defined timetable until 2030 provides for the gradual expansion of these obligations, startingwith the introduction of the CSRD.

Goal 2023

TheCSRD (Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive)is introduced,obliging companies to prepare detailed reports on their environmental, social and governance aspects in order to improve transparency.

Goal 2024

Capital market-oriented companies with more than 500 employees must prepare sustainability reports in accordance with the CSRD requirements. In addition, supply chain due diligence obligations are being extended to companies with more than1,000 employees in order to minimise risks along the supply chain.

Goal 2025

Companies with more than 250 employees are obliged to prepare a sustainability report. This also applies to companies with a turnover of more than EUR 40 million and a balance sheet total of at least EUR 20 million, provided, provided they fulfil at least two of these criteria. However, small, non-complex credit institutions and captive insurance companies are exempt from this regulation.

Goal 2026

The CSRD now also applies to all capital market-oriented SMEs, with micro-enterprises being an exception. Companies have the option of deferring compliance with the CSRDrequirements until 2028. Other companies will also be indirectly affected by the CSRD guidelines, as they will require their suppliers to report accordingly.

Goal 2027

The CSRD is being expanded so that non-financial companies that award public contracts with a volume of more than 150 million euros per year or more than 40 million euros per year in specific sectors such as construction, energy or transport are obliged to report comprehensively in accordance with the CSRD. An EU-wide CO2 price will also be introduced to minimise greenhouse gas emissions.

Goal 2028

Public clients must procure climate-neutral products and services. The Supply Chain Act will be extended to SMEs with more than 250 employees. A Corporate Sustainability Rating is introduced to support investors in selecting sustainable investments.

Goal 2029

Companies must make products recyclable or reusable in order to reduce their dependence on primary raw materials. The requirements for greenwashing are being tightened to combat misleading sustainability advertising.

Goal 2030

The EU is aiming for climate neutrality by 2030, which means that no more net greenhouse gas emissions may be released. This requires far-reaching efforts in all sectors of the economy to accelerate the transition to renewable energies and climate-neutral technologies.

The measurable tracking of ESG criteria at a glance

Criteria and key performanceindicators (KPIs)developed specifically for the ESG area are used to ensure the successful integration of sustainability goals within the company. These goals are part of the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” of the United Nations (UN) and oblige companies to link theirstrategies with the principles of sustainability.

The following criteria show examples of ESG criteria and key figures in the area of environment:

ESG characteristics:

The reduction of CO₂ emissions and greenhouse gas emissions as well as the establishment of a sustainable supply chain are considered key features for the implementation of ESG criteria in companies. They serve as central criteria for the integration of sustainability goals and ensure a holistic view of environmental impact and social responsibility.

ESG categorisation process:

Detailed analyses such as carbon accounting and greenhouse gas inventories are used to assess the ESG criteria with regard to the reduction of CO₂ emissions and greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, the supply chain is reviewed and audited to ensure that it complies with sustainable principles and to minimise environmental impact.

ESG key figures:

To assess the ESG KPIs, the CO₂ equivalent in tonnes is used as a measure of environmental impact, among other things, and a detailed analysis of greenhouse gas emissions is carried out. In addition, the supplier share of sustainably implemented practices is considered in an overall comparison of all suppliers used to ensure that all supply chains fulfil sustainable standards.

The ESG benefits for your company

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Access to more capital

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Regulatory compliance

Minimise legal risks and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements by adhering to relevant ESG regulations and standards.

ESG solutions for your company with VODASUN®

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FAQs - the most frequently asked questions

In 2015, the United Nations defined the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the 2030 Agenda, which serve as a basic guideline for achieving the SDGs.

These objectives form the basis for the development of corporate ESG criteria.

The number of ESG criteria varies depending on the corporate sector and region and is often influenced by the individual focus on the 17 sustainability goals of the United Nations as set out in the 2030 Agenda.

These goals serve as guidelines for the actions of organisations and companies and reflect their impact on the environment, the economy and social interest groups. Some of the common ESG criteria include:

  1. Environment:
    • CO₂ emissions and greenhouse gas emissions
    • Energy efficiency
    • Resource consumption and management
    • Utilisation of renewable energies
  2. Social:
    • Working conditions and employee rights
    • Health and safety in the workplace
    • Stakeholder engagement and communication
  3. Governance:
    • Corporate management and structure
    • Transparency in reporting and disclosure of information
    • Risk management and compliance

ESG is important for companies because it helps them to create long-term value, manage risks and gain the trust of their stakeholders.

By taking environmental, social and governance factors into account, companies can improve their financial performance, minimise regulatory risks, strengthen their brand reputation and promote the loyalty of employees, customers and investors.

Ultimately, the integration of ESG principles helps to ensure the long-term stability and resilience of the company.

No, ESG is not just about risks. ESG stands for Environment, Social and Governance and refers to the three central categories that companies take into account when assessing their sustainability and social impact.

While minimising risks is an important aspect, ESG initiatives also focus on identifying opportunities to improve environmental performance, social impact and corporate governance.

Companies can measure and evaluate their ESG (environmental, social and governance) performance in various ways. Some common methods include:

ESG reporting:
Companies can prepare regular reports on their ESG activities and performance in order to document and transparently communicate their progress.

ESG ratings and rankings:
External agencies assess companies in terms of their ESG performance and award ratings or rankings. These can serve as a benchmark for comparison with other companies.

Stakeholder engagement:
Companies can communicate with their stakeholders, including investors, customers, employees and the community, and gather feedback on their ESG initiatives to assess and improve their performance.

ESG key figures:
The use of specific ESG indicators enables companies to quantitatively measure and track their environmental, social and governance performance.

CSRD (Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive) and ESRS (European Sustainability Reporting Standards) are two different guidelines and standards in the area of corporate sustainability reporting.

CSRD is an EU directive for large companies that are required to report non-financial information. It improves the quality and comparability of this information.

ESRS are standards for the disclosure of non-financial data in the EU, developed by the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG). They are intended to set uniform standards for non-financial reporting and help companies to fulfil the requirements of the CSRD.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals, also known as ESG goals (Environmental, Social, Governance), are a series of 17 goals that were defined by the United Nations in 2015 in the 2030 Agenda. Promoting sustainable cities and communities with measures for climate change are our most important goals.

What the other goals are will follow here:

  1. No poverty
  2. Not hungry
  3. Health and wellbeing
  4. High quality education
  5. Gender equality
  6. Clean water and sanitary facilities
  7. Affordable and clean energy
  8. Decent work and economic growth
  9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  10. Fewer inequalities
  11. Sustainable cities and communities
  12. Responsible consumption and production patterns
  13. Climate protection measures
  14. Life under water
  15. Life on land
  16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
  17. Partnerships to achieve the goals
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