Involvement of NGOs

At Beiersdorf, we maintain an active and open dialog with non-governmental organizations (NGOs). We collaborate with them in joint projects on environmental protection and in sustainable sourcing practices, for instance. There is no doubt that NGOs play a key role in governmental decision-making processes.
In the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), our affiliates establish long-term partnerships with local NGOs. By cooperating with experts in the selected social focus, we make sure that the projects we support genuinely improve the lives of local families in a relevant and sustainable way. Besides funding social projects, we also support NGOs by donating suitable products, and through our employees’ personal engagement.

Joining Forces for Greater Sustainability

We collaborate with NGOs in a range of different ways and in various topic focus areas. For example, we use international cooperation platforms such as Sedex and AIM-PROGRESS to drive the continual improvement of data transparency across our global suppliers. These web-based platforms are part of the “Responsible Sourcing Program” at Beiersdorf and support our company in acting increasingly responsibly and freely in the market. What’s more, they help us tap into synergies and contribute to the further development of differing aspects of sustainability throughout the global supply chain, which includes sustainable sourcing practices.

For us, specific and direct project work is a vital part of constructive collaboration with NGOs, as exemplified by our efforts to create greater transparency in the palm (kernel) oil supply chain and our work to mitigate climate change.
To make sure we’re able to use sustainably produced palm (kernel) oil in manufacturing our products, alongside our membership of the “Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)”, we’re also active in the “Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (FONAP)” and are committed to the further development of the existing certification criteria.

At the end of 2015, we set up a project together with the World Wide Fund For Nature Germany (WWF) to develop a new goal in our “Planet” field of action. To date, we’ve already exceeded our original target for 2020 by 16 percentage points (a 46 percent reduction in our greenhouse gas emissions compared to 2005). The newly defined greenhouse gas emissions-reduction target is based on the “Science Based Targets Initiative”: This initiative is committed to defining companies’ and organizations’ emissions-reduction targets scientifically, and is based on the recommendations of the 2015 UN Climate Conference in Paris (COP21). Within this initiative, companies develop their own climate targets in line with measures that scientists have established as necessary to limit global warming to a maximum of two degrees Celsius by 2050. These measures also integrate calculations of how far individual industrial sectors need to lower their emissions in order to achieve the set target, while limiting the economic impact on their industry as far as possible.