Our contribution to sustainable development in society at large has many facets. Alongside our targeted expert services for customers all over the world and numerous internal measures, community engagement is also very important. We support social and ecological projects such as reforestation and local environmental education in regions where forests are under threat as well as charitable initiatives. For example, DEKRA was involved in establishing the HYRAZE League, a new racing series aimed at creating a zero-emission, safe, and sustainable form of motorsport competition. For almost 20 years, DEKRA has also been working to protect school first-graders by distributing its popular red baseball caps to them as a means of raising road safety awareness. Almost three million caps have been handed out as part of the campaign to date.
We play an essential role in promoting safety in the environment, industry, and society, and thus for the community as whole, thanks to our services and expertise, not only in the fields of road and occupational safety, but also through inspecting the safety of public children’s playgrounds and analyzing drinking water safety, for example. Furthermore, we support local initiatives such as those promoting biodiversity close to our sites.
With the DEKRA Award, we also recognize initiatives, innovative products, and exemplary services in the brand new categories of Safety, Security, Sustainability, and Start-Ups. Through this award, the prestigious independent jury honors outstanding ideas that contribute to eliminating relevant mechanical safety and security deficits, increasing digital security, and improving the living conditions and safety of current and future generations. Start-ups that are active in one of the three named categories are also recognized.
Our expert services are having a positive societal impact in the field of education as well. We offer integration and language courses to refugees and, together with cooperation partners, targeted vocational training to help them become bus drivers, for example. We also support dual training of nursing staff in Europe (for example, in Albania and Serbia) and South America (for example, in Brazil). The DEKRA Group is a major employer, creating jobs in many different locations. This is another way in which we are making an important contribution to society. DEKRA was named one of the “Diversity Leaders 2020” by the Financial Times and “Top National Employer 2020” by FOCUS magazine. According to a comprehensive survey by Statista on behalf of Stern magazine, DEKRA also ranks among “Germany’s Best Employers 2022”, placing sixth in the “Consulting, Research and Technology” category (2021: ninth place).
We have been committed to improving road traffic safety for almost 100 years: with regular vehicle inspections, accident analyses and accident research, with crash tests, public outreach, and by participating in national and international committees. The DEKRA road safety report, which has been published in multiple languages since 2008, is a key part of this commitment. The mandate for safety that we have held since our company was established has been evolved in the context of our strategy.
Whether on the road, at work, or at home: in all essential areas of life, DEKRA's experienced experts enhance safety. We aim to have realized our vision of being “the global partner for a safe and sustainable world” by the time we reach our centenary year. That is why we will continue to expand our social commitment and the related partnerships and initiatives to support sustainability.
Relief efforts for Ukraine
In view of the war in Ukraine, DEKRA’s management board has decided to immediately stop all current and future investments in Russia and to limit business activities in the country to an absolute minimum. There is also an aid fund for unbureaucratic support to local DEKRA aid campaigns. A total donation of 200,000 euros went in equal parts to the "Deutschland hilft" alliance and the Red Cross. Many branches, as well as individual DEKRA employees, have been actively involved in relief efforts for Ukraine and are continuing with this commitment. The efforts are financially supported by the special fund created for this purpose. Branches in Cottbus, Duisburg, Reutlingen, and Stuttgart have, for example, collected donations in kind and organized and arranged transport. The Essen branch has made the test lane of a remote office available as a storage facility for relief supplies. DEKRA Academy colleagues from Poland and Slovakia started their own initiative looking for accommodation for refugees and even took some in themselves. The Hanover branch participated by helping Ukrainian school children with a donation of well-known, red DEKRA children’s caps.