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Using Resources Efficiently
Bertelsmann’s business activities involve the company in a complex interrelationship with the environment. This gives rise to a special ecological responsibility. Together with its employees, and in dialog with its stakeholders, Bertelsmann promotes the responsible and efficient use and sustainable sourcing of energy and natural resources.
Eco-Efficiency – Fast Read
What do we mean?
Why is it important?
Protecting our natural environment and climate plays a key role for a sustainable, livable future for our society. Therefore, it is essential for us to reduce the negative impact of our operations on the environment and climate, to actively promote environmental protection, and to develop innovative products and solutions.
What’s in it for us?
What are the opportunities and challenges?
Digitization promotes the dematerialization of consumption and makes our businesses less dependent on limited natural resources. We meet increasing regulatory requirements by enhancing transparency about the environmental impact across our value chain. In combination with effective energy management, we see an opportunity to save on operating costs and reduce our environmental footprint.
How are we taking action?
Energy and environmental management are handled locally by our companies’ management teams. They receive support from a cross-divisional working group that develops Group-wide tools and coordinates projects like the compilation of Bertelsmann’s carbon footprint, or Bertelsmann’s global “be green Day”.