Commitment to society

Building a sustainable society

Building a sustainable society

By promoting and implementing charitable projects, we provide wide-ranging support for societal issues and contribute to the general good.  


 

Social engagement by TÜV SÜD

 

In 1866, the need for society to implement new technologies in a safe and efficient manner led to the foundation of what is today TÜV SÜD. We have remained true to the pledge we made over 150 years ago: enabling progress by protecting people, the environment, and assets from technology-related risks. Our focus has always been on the interaction of technology and humankind in its totality.  

We aim to take our role as reliable partner for our customers and society into the future, addressing future-facing topics such as decarbonization, circular economy, and implementation of responsible business practices in the physical and digital worlds. 

Beyond this, as a company we seek to play a proactive role in the sustainable development of our society with multitudinous forms of engagement, ranging from donations and collaborations to self-initiated projects. In particular, we are involved in extensive activities supporting education in technology and natural sciences for young people, focusing on the opportunities and challenges of digitalization and on equal opportunities.

 

 

CORPORATE SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT

 

We provide extensive funding for educational and training activities in the field of technology and science and support initiatives designed to improve safety and security and minimize risks. In 2021, TÜV SÜD AG and its member companies invested approximately EUR 1.1 m for corporate social engagement. This amount includes donations and contributions for nonprofit institutions as well as the dividend that enables the TÜV SÜD Foundation to realize its projects. In 2021, the financial investment made in this corporate social engagement was equivalent to around 0.7 percent of the TÜV SÜD Group’s annual net profit. 

All donations and company funding from the TÜV SÜD Group are systematically recorded and transparently summarized in an annually issued report. We apply a donation allocation policy to ensure that implementation of our social engagement activities is effectively coordinated and legally compliant. Its stipulations include the impermissibility of donations by TÜV SÜD to politicians, political parties, or organizations. 

We also provided financial assistance to disaster areas in 2021; after the catastrophic flooding in Germany in mid-2021, which primarily affected areas in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia, we donated to regional aid organizations and initiatives. 

In the pandemic year of 2021, we stepped up our support of initiatives for improving the lives of sick people, projects for people in need, and voluntary work. In particular, we provide extensive funding for educational and training activities in the field of technology and science and support initiatives designed to improve safety and security and minimize risks. In this field we can draw on the outstanding initiative shown by our employees around the globe, who throw their energies into supporting charitable campaigns and donation drives worldwide. 

 

 

PLEDGING TO SUPPORT THE SDGS – FOR US, OUR CUSTOMERS, AND SOCIETY

 

TÜV SÜD is committed to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, and is increasingly applying them as guidance for its own activities. At the same time, TÜV SÜD’s services support companies of all sizes and in all areas of industry and business, helping them to achieve their sustainability goals. Our services help to design technologies that are safe and lasting. We also support companies and organizations in efficiently reaching their sustainability goals and providing credible evidence of their achievements. For more about our services and the SDGs, click here.

 

 

TÜV SÜD Foundation

 

The TÜV SÜD Foundation is one of the two owners of TÜV SÜD AG. Its work funds an array of projects throughout Germany focusing on education and training for young people in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) subjects. 

The scope of its project funding in 2021 spanned primary and secondary school projects, activities in technical and commercial training, support for new methods of training student vocational teachers, and guest professorships at German universities for scientists of international repute. The TÜV SÜD Foundation funded around 20 Germany-wide projects in 2021 and earmarked over EUR 1 m for projects this year. 

Since its establishment in November 2009, the TÜV SÜD Foundation has invested a total of approximately EUR 4.5 million in its projects. The majority of the Foundation’s funding is derived from dividends from TÜV SÜD AG and donations from companies in the TÜV SÜD Group, and thus represent part of the profits from these organizations.

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