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The German federal government examines the extent to which companies based in Germany comply with their human rights due diligence obligations. Decisions on further legal steps are dependent on this.
By 11 June 2020, it was possible to revise the planned revision of the EU Commission's directive on non-financial reporting (2013/34/EU and 2014/95/EU). The different contributions will be taken into account in the revision of the Directive, and a proposal should be available by the end of the year.
Effective and successful climate protection can only succeed if different companies from all sectors of the economy work together on a long-term basis. For this reason, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) launched the dialogue forum "Business does climate protection" in June 2017.
Corona presents the global economy with considerable challenges. Many companies are feeling the effects both in their daily business on site and in their supply chains. How can corporate responsibility be taken in this situation?
The German Global Comptact Network (DGCN) offers a series of webinars to inform you about the requirements resulting from the German Federal Government's National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (NAP) and the UN Guidelines on Business and Human Rights and helps you to identify initial approaches for implementing human rights due diligence in your company.
The EU Commission has launched a public consultation on sustainable financing. VDMA has participated in this with the demands of the mechanical engineering industry.
Sustainability and resource-saving management remain a long-term challenge for companies. Customers, investors, employees and other interest groups are increasingly sensitized and recognize the importance of a credible contribution in the form of effective CO2 management by companies. Therefore, more and more companies are aiming for a climate-neutral economy.
Exactly twenty years ago, the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) came into force as the central instrument for the expansion of renewable energies.
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research has issued a funding guideline that links digital technologies with environmental technologies to develop innovative, sustainable products, processes and services in the application fields of water management, sustainable land management and geotechnology as well as resource efficiency and recycling management.
The European Commission has launched a consultation on the revision of the so-called CSR (Non-Financial Reporting Directive). We call on the member companies to participate (possible until 14.5.)
Under the motto "closing the loop", the EU Commission has presented its new, Circular Economy Action Plan. It includes much more than saving resources and implementing recycling.
The VDMA, together with its cooperation partner ProduktionNRW and around ten companies from the region of South Westphalia and Rhineland, has successfully established a third energy efficiency network.
The German federal government examines the extent to which companies based in Germany comply with their human rights due diligence obligations. Decisions on further legal steps are dependent on this.
The Federal Government launches a company survey ("Monitoring") on the subject of human rights. The VDMA expects the course to be set for future requirements. A participation of as many companies as possible is therefore essential!
In the currently presented draft of ProgRess III, the Federal Government proclaims among other things an extension of the non-financial reporting obligation.
Figuring at the top of the agenda and the three words on everyone’s lips in Brussels, the Green New Deal positions the new European Commission as a global leader on climate action. VDMA European Office takes a look at the planned measures and their potential impact on the mechanical engineering sector.
The European Parliament and the Council have agreed on a compromise on the classification of Sustainable Ffinance, the so-called EU Taxonomy.
On the occasion of the High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development of the United Nations, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) is now making data on the 17 global sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the United Nations available on a new online platform.
The CSR Risk Check is aimed at all companies that purchase or trade raw materials, products or services nationally or internationally. It's good to know what risks your company is exposed to along the supply chain.
The invitation to tender for the German Environmental Award 2020, which as every year is awarded by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU), has begun.
With the online tool due diligence ready! the European Commission wants to support small and medium-sized enterprises in the responsible procurement of minerals and metals.
Climate change is at the top of the agenda: this applies to politics, legislation and business.
A selected group of German and Dutch entrepreneurs and members of the above-mentioned organisations will meet to network and exchange experiences and best practices on the core topics of Smart Industry / Industrie 4.0, recycling management and the factory of the future.
VDMA calls on its members to participate and provides extensive support material. The deadline for the Federal Government's current monitoring of the National Action Plan for the Economy and Human Rights has been extended to 31 October.
At their meeting on 4 October, the environment ministers of the EU member states adopted conclusions on "More circularity - Transition to a sustainable society".
Sustainability is gaining relevance throughout society as a whole, with increasingly emotional and intensive discussions about one's own ecological responsibility and sustainability. At the same time, regulations of the legislator are becoming more demanding.
The topic of sustainability is increasingly becoming the focus of companies. Family businesses are often at an advantage because sustainability is almost a component of their DNA.
From 1 September to 15 October 2019, companies that stand up for social, societal and ecological responsibility can apply.
With this monitoring, the Federal Government would like to obtain a comprehensive evaluation of the state of implementation of human rights due diligence by companies based in Germany.
Sustainable finance: On 18 June 2019, the Technical Expert Group (TEG) published its Technical report on EU taxonomy. The report sets out the basis for a future EU taxonomy in legislation.
ISO 9001 requires companies to evaluate and select their suppliers on the basis of their capabilities. Because good suppliers increase deliverability and quality. But what is the best way to evaluate suppliers and how can supplier management be systematically controlled in quality management?
Sustainable development aims to continuously improve the quality of life and well-being of citizens without compromising the well-being of future generations. This includes striving for economic progress while respecting the protection of the natural environment and promoting social justice. For these reasons, sustainable development is one of the most important tasks in the fundamental and overarching objectives of the European Union. Progress towards the objectives agreed at the United Nations will be regularly monitored and reported on.
Recycling, Reduce, Repair, Reuse and Refurbish: How can mechanical and plant engineering contribute to the recycling economy as an enabler, what role does digitalisation play here and what is EU policy doing? These questions will be discussed on 8 October in Dortmund.
What is feasible for export-oriented mechanical engineering companies in terms of sustainability and how can the social-ecological requirements of its customers be met as well as human rights care be implemented in their supply chains?
The population assesses environmental and climate protection by relevant actors (industry, federal government, municipalities) as insufficient.
The EU Commission has published guidelines for reporting on climate-related information, which in practice consist of a new addition to the existing non-financial reporting guidelines, which continue to apply.
Recycling economy and sustainability as growth drivers: The event shows how tools and strategies of the circular economy can be made usable for companies in mechanical engineering.
Retailers in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain are experiencing growing consumer demand for sustainably sourced products. Many work in partnership with their suppliers, both within and outside the European Union, to implement environmental and social standards in their companies. This was the result of an ITC business survey in five EU countries.
Expectations of the Federal Government and possibilities for implementation
The Energy Efficiency Networks Initiative honoured the participants in three particularly innovative energy efficiency networks. Among the winners was also the "VDMA Energy Efficiency Network Voith Turbo" (sponsor: VDMA). The other two award winners are the "SIHK Network for Energy and Resource Efficiency (REGINEE Südwestfalen)" (winner: SIHK Hagen/ VEA) and the "Klimapakt Münchner Wirtschaft" (winner: City of Munich).
In its new main report "Our Common Digital Future", the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) calls for digital change to be shaped in such a way that it serves as a lever and support for sustainability.
Energy efficiency is an important prerequisite for the success of the energy transition and the achievement of climate targets. With the regional VDMA network Ostwestfalen-Lippe, VDMA has now founded its 10th Energy Efficiency Network.
The application phase for the German Innovation Award for Climate and Environment (IKU) started on 27 March. Until 28 June 2019, German companies and research institutions with outstanding innovations in the field of climate and environmental protection can apply for the award, which has already been announced for the seventh time.
As part of its Sustainable Finance Action Plan, the Commission has launched a consultation with the aim of establishing new guidelines for companies' reporting on climate-related information.
The Marktstammdatenregisterverordnung (MaStRV) specifies the reporting obligations of all market players as well as the network operator audits. The significant sanctions for infringements of the Regulation are particularly explosive.
Companies that successfully meet the ecological and social challenges of the future can now apply for the 12th German Sustainability Award.
In two new position papers, the VDMA outlines the opportunities, challenges and necessary legal framework conditions of the circular-flow economy.
Environmental pollution, population growth, climate change, availability of raw materials - the careful and efficient use of resources is more important than ever. Products that are characterized by high material and energy efficiency over their entire life cycle are just as much a solution as services that help to conserve resources.
The promotional programme "Waste heat utilisation in commercial enterprises" is successful. The approximately 1,300 initiated projects will save 1.4 million tons of CO2 annually from 2020 onwards. This significantly exceeds the target of 1 million tonnes of CO2 per year.
The European Commission regards environmental and social standards as an essential part of its economic policy. This offers opportunities for mechanical engineering companies - but also the danger of additional requirements.
The four Regional Network Agencies Sustainability Strategies (RENN) in cooperation with the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) are again awarding 40 projects with the quality seal "Project Sustainability" (formerly Werkstatt-N) this year.
Mechanical engineers are confronted with more and more laws and requirements regarding sustainability and environmental protection. The event addresses current issues.
The objectives of these events are diveded in two topics: - on 13 February: Business & Policy and -on 14 February: Key policy requirements needed to promote the widespread adoption of circular economy
From 1 January 2019, so-called "packaging subject to system participation" must be registered with the LUCID packaging register, otherwise there is a risk of hefty fines.
The prospects for sustainable development in Germany are "bright to cloudy". As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) on the occasion of the publication of the Indicator Report 2018 on the German Sustainability Strategy, the achievement of some of the targets has not yet been ensured.
German government launches campaign to announce UN sustainability goals.
The VDMA member company and partner of the sustainability initiative Blue Competence Herrmann Ultraschall GmbH & Co. KG inaugurated its new ultrasound campus at the end of November 2018.
Approximately 7,100 companies are currently being contacted by the Federal Government and informed about the National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights (NAP), with which they are to exercise human rights due diligence along their supply chain.
Around 100 of the leading users of drive technology from Germany, as well as the VDMA member SCHUNK GmbH & Co KG from Laufen, participate in the "Magcycle" magnetic take-back system to collect their magnetic waste.
In future, German companies will be able to carry out a free "CSR Risk Check" on the local human rights situation and on environmental, social and governance issues in developing and emerging countries.
In the mechanical engineering sector, there are increasing inquiries about sustainability in the supply chain. In order to support members in dealing with this, the VDMA now offers telephone advice.
Das Umweltrecht ist komplex und aktuelle Kenntnisse in diesem Bereich sind von strategischer Bedeutung. Wenn Auflagen und Gesetze des Rechts versäumt werden, kann es für das betroffene Unternehmen teuer werden. Im Rahmen dieser Veranstaltung wird über aktuelle Entwicklungen und Gesetzesnovellen im Bereich Umweltrecht informiert.
This year, the Federal Government will begin to examine companies for compliance with the human rights duty of care. The VDMA has established a Peer Learning Group for its members.
Blue Competence Partners have one common goal
These twelve guidelines are more than just lip service.
Your company stands for responsible management, you have sustainable business models or you want to drive them forward and you want to further improve your sustainability performance? Then it's time to tell others about your success. Join in!
7. Leitsatz: Wir setzen uns für die Einhaltung der Menschenrechte ein
2nd guiding principle: With sustainable business models, we create stable values and ensure entrepreneurial success.
International standards and national legislation increasingly regulate economic activity from the perspective of sustainability. A ProduktionNRW workshop hosted by Kampf Schneid- und Wickeltechnik GmbH & Co. KG looked at the key challenges. Suppliers, production facilities and markets are now spread all around the globe. Companies are less and less familiar with the countries and regions where they arrange their purchasing or production. The result is an increase in challenges and risks in the supply chain.
Customers place quite specific demands on their suppliers to disclose their actions and objectives in matters of environmental and social relevance. Workshop to provide approaches to implementing supply chain requirements in respect of CSR.
This information event illustrates ways for companies to better hedge against supply risks and give their customers incentives to opt for their technologies.

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Blue Competence Partners have one common goal
These twelve guidelines are more than just lip service.
Your company stands for responsible management, you have sustainable business models or you want to drive them forward and you want to further improve your sustainability performance? Then it's time to tell others about your success. Join in!
7. Leitsatz: Wir setzen uns für die Einhaltung der Menschenrechte ein
2nd guiding principle: With sustainable business models, we create stable values and ensure entrepreneurial success.

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Below you will find an interactive schedule of dates that may be of interest to you as our member company. In most cases, the link will take you directly to the registration page.
The leading trade fair for water and wastewater technology as well as energy supply in the Middle East will take place from 26-28 October in Dubai.
Innovative concepts and products wanted! If you have developed products, services or concepts that are distinguished by outstanding ecological quality, an innovative approach and high design quality, then take part in the Federal Ecodesign 2020 Award and register by 6 April!
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