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Initiatives & Standards

With a set of internal standards and processes as well as the implementation of respective measures, we work to achieve our sustainability targets. In doing so, we are guided by internationally recognised standards.


DEKRA supports the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact (UNGC). The UNGC is the world's largest initiative for responsible corporate governance. Based on 10 universal principles, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it pursues the vision of an inclusive and sustainable global economy for the benefit of all people, communities and markets, now and in the future.

1. Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and

2. make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

3. Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;

4. the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;

5. the effective abolition of child labour; and

6. the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

7. Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;

8. undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and

9. encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

10.Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

Sustainable Development Goals

Based on our commitment to sustainability, and our support for the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact, we are striving to help achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our business operations have negative and positive impact in terms of sustainable development. We are working towards reducing negative impact whilst strengthening positive impact in adherence to the 17 SDGs.

The SDGs that are most important for us in the first step are highlighted in the current DEKRA Sustainability Magazine. Therein we present the challenges and opportunities that we have identified in connection with sustainable development in the sense of these SDGs.


DEKRA bases its sustainability reporting on the criteria of The Sustainability Code. The Sustainability Code provides a reporting framework that can be used by organizations and companies of all sizes and legal forms. The Sustainability Code was initiated by the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE), an advisory body of the German federal government. DEKRA is a mentor to The Sustainability Code, supporting other companies in relation to it.

List of Criterias:

1. Strategic Analysis and Action

2. Materiality

3. Objectives

4. Depth of the Value-added Chain

5. Responsibility

6. Rules and Processes

7. Control

8. Incentive Schemes

9. Stakeholder Engagement

10. Innovation and Product Management

11. Usage of Natural Resources

12. Resource Management

13. Climate-relevant Emissions

14. Employment Employee Rights

15. Equal Opportunities

16. Qualifications

17. Human Rights

18. Corporate Citizenship

19. Political Influence

20. Conduct that Complies with the Law and Policy


EcoVadis Platinum Rating

In the EcoVadis sustainability rating, DEKRA is rated "Platinum", the best possible award. This puts DEKRA among the top 1 percent of companies rated in its category. EcoVadis is the leading international standard for sustainability in global value chains and is one of the most important rating schemes for sustainability, with over 65,000 companies assessed in more than 160 countries.

DEKRA was awarded 74 out of 100 points. Compared to the EcoVadis rating result 2019, DEKRA has decisively improved in all four assessment areas: environment, labour and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement.

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