Is your company sustainable and ready for the future?

Welcome to your company’s sustainability check.
Together with you, we will examine your company’s sustainability and future readiness in 4 areas:

  • Corporate mission and strategy
  • Products and services
  • Corporate culture and leadership
  • Sustainability management and reporting

The contents of the sustainability check are based on our cooperation with approximately 150 companies that we had the opportunity to accompany in the last 10 years.

The check contains 37 statements; you assess to what extent they apply to your company. If you are uncertain about an assessment, rely on your intuition and pick the one that corresponds best. Answering the survey will take you about 15-20 minutes.

The evaluation of your answers shows you how your company is positioned in each of the four areas mentioned above. Based on your results we will give you suggestions for possible next steps in each area, providing guidance on your entrepreneurial path.

The report will be sent to you by email immediately after you submit your answers.

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Corporate mission and strategy

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Products and services

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Company culture and leadership

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Sustainability management and reporting
1. Your company has a long-term overall guiding model (mission, vision, values), which is agreed upon internally, defined clearly and communicated outward.
2. All stakeholders (including clients, employees, suppliers, local authorities and communities, shareholders and others) are taken into account in the mission and vision statement and their needs are taken into consideration.
3. Realizing the corporate mission contributes to making the world worth living in for our and future generations.
4. Your company plays a shaping role in the socio-political context of its regional and sectoral environment which goes far beyond economic self-interest.
5. Your company’s guiding principles are pursued by incorporating the vision and mission into the strategies of all relevant areas of operation such as sales and marketing, human resources, production, environmental management, logistics and others. These principles are systematically implemented.
6. Your own future viability and competitiveness as well as strengths and weaknesses, risks, chances and industry trends are continuously reassessed and critically evaluated.
7. Your business model is clearly defined and successful in the sense of a well-balanced combination of ecological, economic and social goals.
8. Change and innovation processes are consciously managed and steered to ensure the company’s future viability.
9. Your company is a learning organization, meaning e.g. that mistakes are dealt with in a constructive manner and the organisational culture welcomes reflection and feedback.
10. Suppliers of products and services are consequently screened for ecological aspects and are evaluated and selected accordingly.
11. Suppliers of products and services are consistently screened for social aspects such as working conditions, ethics, Human Rights, corruption, engagement with local communities and are evaluated and selected accordingly.
12. Ecological aspects such as savings of energy and resources and the reusability of all materials at the end of the product life cycle are an important aspect in the development phase of products and services.
13. Thanks to comprehensive data collection, your company is aware of the ecological and social impact of its products and services. For instance, the ecological impact of your company’s products is measured throughout the course of their entire life cycle.
14. Strategies and measures to reduce negative ecological and social consequences of the products produced are stated clearly and pursued determinedly.
15. The company actively invests in innovation, research and development in order to improve its ecological and social bottom line.
16. The company regularly cooperates with its partners to align the entire value chain in accordance with ecological, social and ethical principles and to promote circular economy initiatives.
17. Sales and marketing are value-oriented and conform with principles such as openness to dialogue, credibility and transparency.
18. The company constantly analyses changing customer needs and involves its customers in the innovation process.
19. Employees receive permanent support at developing their personal skills, professional competences and cooperativeness, e.g. through the provision of leadership trainings, individual coaching, seminars on conflict and teamwork skills, employee appraisals, a corporate culture open to feedback etc.
20. The company promotes self-guidance of its employees and teams so that these determine their targets and processes as autonomously as possible.
21. Different leadership models and their fit for the company are continuously and openly reassessed and discussed.
22. Cross-divisional learning and meeting places are vigorously promoted, for instance through collegial advice, a corporate culture open to feedback, etc.
23. Employees have high-level competences in the dealing with challenging and stressful situations and are able to deal with colleagues‘ and their own feelings such as anger, fear or shame in a constructive and respectful manner.
24. Formats of company meetings such as meetings classically following an agenda, open dialogue groups, the integration of one-on-ones and three-way conversation, as well as the deliberate speeding up or slowing down of discussions are consciously chosen and fitted to a meeting’s participants and goals.
25. When it comes to making decisions, different methods of decision making are deliberately employed in accordance with situation-specific needs, for instance a hierarchical decision, majority voting, consensus decision, a “systemic consensus” (polling individual resistance) or others.
26. Employees successfully deal with collegial conflicts and solve them while maintaining mutual respect and appreciation.
27. Corporate data such as salaries, the financial situation of the company or information about management and board decisions are communicated transparently and accessible for all employees.
28. The corporate culture is repeatedly scrutinized by also taking into account an external view, for instance by participating in contests such as the "Great Place to Work" and  concrete measures are subsequently derived from these analyses.
29. Reaching beyond minimal legal requirements, the company creates a healthy working environment taking into account not only physical health determinants but also social and psychological ones.
30. A comprehensive Sustainability/ Corporate Responsibility strategy has been developed and corresponding goals and quantifiable targets in different fields of action exist. The company’s progress is evaluated against these objectives on a yearly basis.
31. The interests of stakeholders are known and a dialogue with the most important groups of stakeholders takes place at least once a year.
32. Sustainability / Corporate Responsibility targets and measures are documented systematically and communicated internally as well as externally, for instance by way of a sustainability report or a comprehensive online publication.
33. The Sustainability/ Corporate Responsibility fields of action comprise crucial subject areas such as environmental and ecological sustainability, employee satisfaction, working conditions and human rights, ethics and compliance as well as social and community involvement.
34. The company has an effective Sustainability / Corporate Responsibility Unit which has sufficient resources for the implementation of the targets and measures at its disposal.
35. The Sustainability/ Corporate Responsibility strategy and fields of action are known to all employees, serve as guidelines for their daily work and are regularly addressed in workshops and meetings.
36. The executive board acknowledges its crucial role in promoting the sustainable orientation of the company, demonstrates commitment to the development and implementation of the Sustainability/ Corporate Responsibility strategy, promotes related activities and proactively leads by example.
37. By way of the external Sustainability/ Corporate Responsibility communication, clients and partner are shown the concrete benefits of your company’s engagement and they are encouraged to behave fully sustainably themselves.
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