The "be green" Experts
The responsible use of our natural resources is a great priority for Bertelsmann. One important forum for dealing with the challenges of climate change is Bertelsmann's "be green" team. Since May 2003, environmental experts from all Bertelsmann companies – environmental officers, production heads and chief paper buyers – have met regularly in this cross-divisional, international task group, to discuss issues related to our environmental responsibility. Best practices from the divisions and companies are presented, new developments on national and international level are discussed, and strategies for more climate protection throughout the Group are jointly developed. External guests, e.g. representatives from the other companies, from NGOs and from political arena, regularly join the debate and contribute interesting ideas from an outside perspective.
Since 2009, the "be green" team has worked with the corporate divisions to calculate Bertelsmann’s carbon footprint, forming a starting point for more efficient use of energy and natural resources across the Group. The carbon footprint is an important element in Bertelsmann's climate-protection strategy and complements Bertelsmann's Environmental Policy and the Bertelsmann Paper Policy, first drawn up by the "be green" team in 2004 and 2005.
In addition, in 2010 the team initiated the Group's first "be green Day," designed to build employee awareness of the many simple ways to protect the environment and climate in their (work) routine. It was organized by the divisions.