A tradition of sustainability

In the centenary year of the Tengelmann Group’s headquarters site, the company is presenting the first-ever sustainability report for its central premises in Wissollstrasse in Mülheim an der Ruhr. “This sustainability report is very special. It describes our site in concrete terms, making it tangible and transpar-ent, and enables us to present in detail the many levels on which we, at our Speldorf site, are committed to the topic of sustainability”, ex-plains Karl-Erivan W. Haub, Managing Partner of the Tengelmann Group.

Sustainability is a topic with long-standing tradition at Tengelmann. “This tradition has not only involved the constant monitoring of our en-vironmental friendliness, but also of the company’s commitment to its staff and surroundings. In our first sustainability report for the headquarters site – at which 14 subsidiaries are domiciled – we consolidated our wideranging activities for the first time ever and set our-selves targets for the coming two years. We then had the report verified by independent experts”, Haub continues.

The publication of the sustainability report coincides with the fourth anniversary of the Tengelmann Klimamarkt. The company opened this flagship project within the German grocery retail industry on 2 December 2008.
The project also involved entering into dialogue with relevant stakeholders. Indeed, the conversation with the Chairman of the Bundesdeutscher Arbeitskreises für Umweltbewusstes Management (B.A.U.M. / German Environmental Management Association), Professor Dr Maximilian Gege, is a component of the sustainability report. “Tengelmann has been active and successful in environmental protection for many years. And I am very pleased that the continuity of such commitment has now been incorporated into a sustainability report”, explains Professor Gege.

“Climate protection is one of the great challenges of our time. And eve-ry contribution, no matter how small, counts. Our target for the headquarters site is to reduce energy consumption by five per cent by 2015”, explains Haub. “And this target is pretty ambitious bearing in mind that we introduced many environmental protection measures a few years ago and therefore cannot take these into account here.”  Among the measures implemented to achieve this target is an extensive energy efficiency concept for office lighting. Most of this lighting is to be operated by means of energysaving light bulbs. In order to identify further areas of potential savings, a more differentiated analysis of electricity consumption at the headquarters site is to be conducted, and this consumption continually monitored.

Car emissions are among the main contributors to climate change. In order to bring about an effective reduction here, the company resolved upon a new company car regulation. According to the new rules, the switch to consumption- and CO2-optimised vehicles should be completed by 2015.

“Well-qualified and motivated staff are a company’s most important asset. This is why, in 2013, we will be offering at least 50 per cent of the approx. 1,000 employees at the headquarters site a further training course”, continues Haub. Even now, all staff can attend the “Wissen vor Acht” event which is held every two months. This training event is held by employees for employees and involves staff members from the headquarters’ various departments reporting on their area of work.
This expansion of further training measures will be accompanied by an increase in health management offerings. Up until now, the company’s health management concept has included services such as flu vaccinations and colorectal cancer screenings, and is due to be extended by the introduction of health and fitness, stress management and muscle relaxation offers, as well as further preventive health services such as cardio-neuro screening and skin cancer screening.
In order to underline its efforts to bring about a better balance between work and family, the headquarters site will be applying for the coveted “Beruf & Familie” (job & family) certification seal.

Corporate citizenship
“As a successful company, we want to give something back to society. Because only through the loyalty of our customers and staff has Tengelmann been able to grow into the company it is today”, states Haub.
In the coming years, Tengelmann will continue to hold the Tengelmann Run to raise money for disabled children and adolescents, and continue to promote the Tengelmann Volunteering Day, on which staff are given the day off to perform charitable work.

By means of school sponsorships, the Tengelmann Group provides pupils with training in the world of business. Under the slogan “Schule trifft Wirtschaft – Theorie trifft Praxis” (school meets business – theory meets practice), Tengelmann executives hold afternoon seminars in schools, providing pupils with insights into the company’s various specialist areas and thus combining the theory learnt in lessons with examples from the real business world. The company has had a cooperation agreement with the Otto-Pankok-Gymnasium in Mülheim since the beginning of the 2012/2013 school year. A similar cooperation with the Berufskolleg (vocational college) in Bochum-Wattenscheid has been in place since 2009.

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