Annual Report
2020 - 2021

Sustainable Standards and Processes →→→ DEKRA is systematically integrating its sustainability strategy into its standards and processes. This is a way for DEKRA to ensure that it is credible and trustworthy, and to continue making itself a sought-after point of contact for decision makers, organizations, and institutions.


StratEGY 2025


With our Sustainability Strategy 2025, we are striving to further improve sustainability performance within our company and our value-added chains, as well as through our business relationships with our customers. We have set ourselves the goal of making major progress in key areas by 2025. They include: CO2 footprint, renewable energy, employee engagement and training, diversity, occupational safety, social commitment, partnerships, sustainability in the supply chain, and sustainability-related services and solutions.

In stakeholder communications, DEKRA is open about its commitment to sustainability. Therefore, it makes reports in accordance with the German Sustainability Code (Deutsche Nachhaltigkeitskodex – DNK) and regularly publishes a Sustainability Magazine. DEKRA is committed to dialog with all stakeholders. Along with employees and customers, this also includes suppliers, professional associations, political stakeholders, and NGOs.

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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. 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.

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The Challenge of Climate Change →→→ The climate crisis is making itself felt more and more each day. To help ensure a sustainable future, DEKRA is committed to protecting the environment, the climate, and resources. This applies to our internal processes, but also to the expert services that DEKRA uses to promote sustainability among its customers.




DEKRA is reducing its emissions within the framework of our sustainability strategy. The aim is to reduce our CO2 footprint by 50 percent by 2025 in comparison with 2018. To achieve this, DEKRA is using solutions such as virtual meetings, carpools, public transport, and train journeys instead of rental cars and air travel. As a result, our CO2 emissions per employee resulting from business travel have already reduced by 16 percent from 2018 to 2019 in Germany. DEKRA is increasingly relying on environmentally friendly drive technologies in its vehicle fleet. This should reduce the CO2 emissions from company cars. Since 2020, 100 percent of DEKRA’s electricity consumption in Germany has come from renewable energy sources. This has made it possible for us to save 7,750 metric tons of CO2 each year. By 2025, 100 percent of electricity consumption across the Group should come from renewable energy sources.

Preserving resources includes the materials required for tasks in offices and laboratories, in addition to our use of energy, water, and land. With services for air pollution control, soil and ground water protection, pollutant and waste management, energy efficiency, and environmental management system certification, DEKRA is also influencing its customers when it comes to the use of resources. In Global Purchasing, too, DEKRA prioritizes sustainable alternatives over conventional products as far as possible.


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Sustainability in Purchasing →→→ DEKRA takes social, environmental, and ethical criteria into account in its purchasing policies. This applies when choosing suppliers, products, and services. But we also consider how to make a positive contribution to sustainable development when enhancing and newly developing our own services.




DEKRA expects its suppliers to follow the company’s sustainability code of conduct. This includes the areas “Sustainability management & ethical business”, “Environmental and climate protection”, “Social standards and human rights”, and “Sustainability in supply chain management.”

In 2020, DEKRA conducted detailed sustainability audits at major national and international suppliers. By 2024, 100 percent of the major suppliers for whom Global Purchasing is responsible should have been checked. In addition, DEKRA regularly trains sales personnel on sustainability in the supply chain.

DEKRA’s own value-added chain is just as important as the supply chain. DEKRA has a wide sustainability portfolio across its eight Service Divisions. DEKRA experts champion sustainability with expertise and neutrality, whether that’s when consulting, carrying out audits, or providing other services.

DEKRA wants to support the various interest groups to the best of its ability with the major social challenges and trends, including digitalization, connectivity, and climate change. This means keeping CO2 emissions as low as possible when providing services, and providing sustainability-oriented services, such as verifying greenhouse gas accounting.


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Social Responsibility →→→ DEKRA is aware of its social responsibility toward its employees and society. The company values and promotes cultural, social, and ethnic diversity. DEKRA champions workers’ rights in accordance with the standards and practices of the International Labour Organization (ILO), both internally and in its supply chain.




Employee health and safety are DEKRA’s highest priorities. The global occupational health and safety management team is working across the Group to continually improve occupational safety. The aim is to reduce the accident rate by 30 percent by 2025 in comparison with 2018. Furthermore, the coronavirus pandemic has shown how important health protection at all levels is. DEKRA has been putting measures in place to prevent infection with COVID-19 since January 2020.

The subjects of diversity and equality of opportunities are also important to us. The diverse perspectives and backgrounds among our employees, whether in terms of nationality, culture, gender, age, or educational background, enrich DEKRA and help us to remain innovative. DEKRA does not permit any form of discrimination or disadvantage. In 2020, the Financial Times named DEKRA a “Diversity Leader.”

Commitment to human rights also forms part of the company’s duty of care toward its employees. DEKRA acknowledges the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). DEKRA’s Social Standards embody our policy on respect for labor and human rights, and set forth the relevant processes for adhering to it.


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DEKRA Sustainability magazine

You can find more information on our corporate social responsibility topics in our sustainability magazine.



Press release 

DEKRA is Committed to Sustainability

  • DEKRA joins two major initiatives: the UN Global Compact and RE100
  • Support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Measurable targets for climate protection and social responsibility
  • New DEKRA Sustainability Magazine 2019/2020 sets out progress

press release