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Corporate Social Responsibility

Our social, environmental and economical commitment​

At cbs, we want to make a positive contribution, achieve impact and bring about long-term change for people and the environment. As consultants to global market leaders, we are aware of our social, environmental and economic responsibility. We are therefore committed to acting in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This responsibility extends to our entire company and our employees.

We optimize our ecological footprint and live a corporate culture that focuses on diversity and inclusion. At cbs, we recognize potential, promote personal development and offer a safe working environment in which everyone can flourish.

“We want to make an impact. In our sustainability strategy, we set out how we want to achieve this goal. We are continuously improving, taking action to live up to our responsibility as a company.”
Holger Scheel
Patron CSR

ENVIRONMENTAL

cbs is committed to environmental and climate protection and has been climate-neutral since 2023. As a company, we set ourselves measurable goals and take measures to optimize our carbon footprint.

Our employees use the framework that our activities as a consulting firm provide us with in an environmentally conscious and resource-conserving manner. The Power of Orange – The Power of Us: It is all about acting together and creating impact.

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TREES HAVE BEEN PLANTED BY CBS EMPLOYEES

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CO2 WAS COMPENSATED

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LAPTOPS WERE DONATED TO NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

TREES TO BREATH – MISSION 10.000​
TREES TO BREATH - MISSION 15,000

Trees are essential for the climate. That's why our "Trees to breathe" tree planting project in Meschede has now entered its second round. After 5,100 trees in 2022, we planned to plant 10,000 trees this year with #mission10000. With a highly motivated team and foresters, we reached our goal in the evening. In the end, there were 10,030 trees, mainly Douglas firs, coastal firs, larches and red oaks.

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ENERGY-EFFICIENT CBS BUILDINGS

Our headquarters in Heidelberg were planned with maximum energy efficiency in mind. We achieve this through optimal thermal insulation and photovoltaic systems, among other things. We also consciously choose sustainably designed buildings that are as energy-efficient as possible for the offices of our branches.

DIE WILDPARKIMKER​
THE WILDLIFE PARK BEEKEEPERS

Bees are essential for our agriculture, pollinating 80% of crops. cbs supports the preservation of the honey bee through the beekeeping association “The Wildlife Park Beekeepers" by guaranteeing an annual purchase of 300 kg of honey, which ensures planning security for members.​

E-MOBILITÄT​
E-MOBILITY

We promote electromobility through charging stations at the workplace and use company-owned electric vehicles. Critically reviewing air travel also makes a significant contribution to reducing our overall emissions. A conscious approach to mobility options is therefore a further step for us towards environmentally friendly corporate practices.

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cbs is officially a climate-neutral company

A climate-neutral company means that we have recorded our greenhouse gas emissions, are continuously reducing them and have offset the remaining emissions through climate protection projects. This has enabled us ClimatePartner now officially awarded a certificate and the “climate-neutral company” label
confirmed. ​

With the projects we support, we also promote the achievement of global sustainability goals, such as combating poverty and improving living conditions in emerging and developing countries. As a company, we are proud to set a good example on the topic of climate protection. Ultimately, it all comes down to the individual behavior of each and every one of us.

Annual process cycle &
focused reduction measures​​

Record/Report

Since 2020, we have regularly calculated our environmental performance via a certified third-party provider in accordance with the GHG protocol. This allows us to continuously measure our progress and inform our stakeholders. In 2021, we had a CCF of ZAHL.

Improve

Our aim is to reduce our ecological footprint as much as possible so that only the unavoidable emissions remain.​

Compared to the base year 2019, we are aiming for the following reduction targets by 2024:​

  • Scope 1: 5% ​
  • Scope 2: 10%​
  • Scope 3: 20%​

To achieve these goals, we regularly sensitize our employees, because we can only do it together.

Compensate

We offset the remaining emissions by supporting quality-checked climate protection projects that contribute to our SDG targets.

We disclose our emissions and offsets openly and reliably and are constantly working to become more sustainable. We have been climate-neutral through offsetting since 2023.

SOCIAL

The health, well-being and individual development of our employees are our top priority. Our corporate culture, the Power of Orange, and a strong cultural fit form the foundation for this. This enables our motivated team to work together to realize challenging projects to the highest level of customer satisfaction, while an active exchange of knowledge continuously promotes our employees.

In all our actions and collaborations, we rely on appreciation and trusting cooperation as fundamental principles. Our commitment also extends to creating an inclusive and diverse environment in which everyone feels equally included. Together, we are making a positive contribution to a fairer and more inclusive future.

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NATIONALITIES​

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LANGUAGES

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cbs LOCATIONS​

KIDS.ONE – German Child Protection Association

We have been involved in the “Kids.ONE” project with the German Child Protection Association at the cbs locations in Heidelberg, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Dortmund, Munich, Freiburg, Bautzen and Raunheim since 2017. With Kids.ONE, we want to fulfill our obligation to promote the next generation and live up to our social responsibility.

Diversity in action at cbs

A community of people of different ages and diverse backgrounds who form a strong unit. We actively embrace the new diversity – from respectful interaction and flexible working hours to individual part-time working arrangements and the option to work from home. Our career paths are diverse and break with traditional patterns so that everyone has the opportunity to develop and take on responsibility.

„Since 2023 we’ve successfully conducted three activities in Singapore and Malaysia, including a Donation Drive, Soup Kitchen, and collaborative Laptop Donation with the German Embassy. We continue to strive to make a positive contribution to society and look forward to further meaningful initiatives in the future.​“​
Uthra Balachandar
APAC CSR-Team
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1.FC MÜHLHAUSEN: Child and youth development
As the main sponsor of 1. FC-Mühlhausen, we support young people in their sporting development. We strengthen mutual understanding through joint training sessions and celebrations with employees. At the annual cbs Summer Camp, FC Mühlhausen invites all cbs employees and their families to a day full of sport and fun.
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US HOLIDAY DRIVE “MAKE-A-WISH"
During the holiday season, cbs America invited its employees, partners, customers, and community members to support local children battling serious illnesses. Thanks to their tremendous efforts and boundless kindness, a total of $11,400 was raised for life-changing wishes.
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DONATION RUNS​
Our employees are actively involved in charity runs to demonstrate their social responsibility. By taking part, they not only contribute to charitable causes, but also strengthen the sense of community as #PowerOfOrange.
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LAPTOP DONATION
We replace our work laptops in a 4-year cycle. However, as the laptops can be used for many years longer, we donate them to schools or to the Kinderschutzbund. In 2021, we donated 1-6 laptops to each local association that also received a Kids.ONE donation. In 2020, the Hugo-Eckener School in Friedrichshafen (Germany) received 69 laptops from us.
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DONATION DRIVE MALAYSIA

A donation drive was organized to gather various products, including clothing, electrical items, furniture, books, toys, and household items. The event spanned one month, and the collected donations were subsequently handed over to The Salvation Army, serving as an intermediary to distribute the contributions to various institutions.

Including Ipoh Children Homes, Ipoh Boys Homes, Penang Children Home, Perak Home for the Aged, Kuching Children Homes, Kuching Boys Homes, Batang Melaka Kindergarten, Kuala Lumpur Kindergarten, RedShield Industries Malaysia, Hopehaven Special Needs Care Centre, and Emergency Relief.

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INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL MANNHEIM HEIDELBERG
We promote art and culture as an official partner of the Heidelberg Mannheim International Film Festival. The festival presents films worldwide in original languages outside the mainstream. Just like cbs, the focus here is on promoting young talent, innovation and quality. Our employees also take the opportunity to watch films together and exchange ideas.
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WOMEN'S NETWORK
The women's network "Woman@cbs" was set up to create possibilities and opportunities for female employees to exchange ideas, learn from each other and support each other. All colleagues are also cordially invited to help shape this network.
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YOGA, FITNESS BOXING & MORE
KPhysical and mental health are important to us. Joint sports activities such as yoga, fitness boxing and badminton not only promote personal well-being, but also strengthen team spirit and the Power of Orange. We also offer discounted offers to promote fitness and exercise.
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SOUP KITCHEN SINGAPORE - WILLING HEARTS
Our team in Singapore volunteered at Willing Hearts, a local charity that operates a soup kitchen. Willing Hears prepares, cooks, and distributes approximately 7,000 meals daily to over 70 locations for people in need. We are proud of the cbs mooncake packing team and the process improvement in production it developed.
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LAPTOP DONATION MALAYSIA
In partnership with the German Embassy in Malaysia, the APAC CSR team organized a laptop donation drive, which is a remarkable step towards promoting education and empowerment. Laptops and monitors were donated to the Educare Center, offering valuable resources to refugees from Myanmar.

The #PowerOfOrange – the Power of us!​

DONATIONS & SPONSORING
We actively support charitable projects through donations and sponsorship as part of our CSR commitment. Our main focus here is on supporting children and young people to enable them to develop without worries and with equal opportunities.
JOINT SPORTS ACTIVITIES & EMPLOYEE OFFERS
Health is the most important asset and an essential basis for performance and well-being. At cbs, we strengthen the physical and mental health of our employees through a wide range of sports activities, from yoga and fitness boxing to discounted fitness options.
ART AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
We are actively involved in promoting art and culture as part of our CSR initiative. Through targeted partnerships and events, such as being an official partner of the Heidelberg Mannheim International Film Festival (IFFMH), we support artists and contribute to cultural diversity in the community. ​
HEALTH-PROMOTING MEASURES
Occupational health and safety and occupational health management create the necessary framework conditions for us to ensure that work is safe and healthy. Our targeted measures include including an ergonomic workplace, prevention advice, seminars on stress management, mindfulness, resilience, stress management, mindfulness, resilience and much more. ​
EDUCATIONAL MEASURES
At cbs, motivated consultants work together to complete challenging projects to the highest level of customer satisfaction. We rely on an active exchange of knowledge and targeted further training to promote the individual development of our employees and offer them a wide range of career opportunities. ​
TEAM EVENTS, CELEBRATIONS & AFTER WORKS
Our culture thrives on encounters, which is why we do everything we can to promote both professional and personal exchange through framework conditions and targeted offers such as team events, Competence Center Days and cbs events. Through cbs-wide networking, we strengthen our cohesion and our exchange of knowledge and experience.

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GOVERNANCE

As a responsible company, we are convinced that our commitment to collaboration and sustainable partnerships, combined with the Power of Orange, plays a pioneering role in realizing our environmental and social goals. Our vision of a sustainable future is shaped by our strong drive for change and growth.

At cbs, our focus is not just on quantitative growth, but above all on quality. Our aim is to achieve continuous economic growth without losing sight of our responsibility to society, the environment and our employees. Appreciative corporate management, proximity to our partners and a positive error culture are key elements that guide our actions.

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COMPANY-WIDE PROCESSES ARE REPORTED​

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SUSTAINABLE PARTNERSHIPS

Partnerships & cooperations​​

We are committed to acting responsibly and work with partners and in collaborations to support sustainable initiatives and projects.

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Reporting

We report on what we do. To this end, we voluntarily produce a sustainability report, report on our progress with the United Nations Global Compact and take part in ratings from well-known sustainability service providers such as Ecovadis, IntegrityNext and Supplier Assurance.

Advisory services & sustainability portfolio

We achieve the greatest sustainable impact with our customers. With our future-proof cbs.zero consulting service, we support them in creating sustainable solutions.

CSR-TEAM​

Only together can we achieve great things, make a difference and do good. A core team has been formed from our CSR community at cbs, which, in addition to its actual activities, has taken on the topic of sustainability at cbs as well as the needs and ideas of our employees and wants to make an impact.​

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Uthra Balachandar

Birgit Graf

Larissa Schmitt

Holger Scheel

Nina Grimmer

Miroslava Dojcakova

Cathrin Boch

Robin Riegler

Birte Rohowski

Denis Bronshtein

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