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27 October 2017

bremenports ranks among the TOP 5 of the German Sustainability Award for SMEs

bremenports achieved a place among the TOP 5 of the German Sustainability Award candidates in the category SME (Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises). The German Sustainability Award is the most important European prize for ecological and social commitment and is presented every year in recognition of particularly creative ideas and schemes for the promotion of sustainable development. In addition to business enterprises, the award also honours achievements in the categories of research, architecture and local government.

Comprehensive sustainability management and the implementation of highly diverse, innovative and pioneering projects were the decisive factors for the good score awarded to bremenports by the jury of high-ranking experts.  Between 2012 and 2015, for instance, the company achieved a 30% reduction in carbon emissions. This is attributable amongst other things to modernisation of the corporate fleet, the use of electric vehicles for inner-city travel and the purchase of several electric bikes. The share of renewable energy also increased to 99% of total electricity consumption in 2015. Photovoltaic and solar energy systems also contributed to further reductions. The jury also praised bremenports’ participation in research and development projects dealing with all aspects of climate protection and adaptation, the development of the unique nature reserve Luneplate, the use of technologies to reduce environmental impact by maintaining the water depths and granting discounts on the port charges to vessels with eco-friendly propulsion. Last but not least, certification pursuant to the internationally recognised Port Environmental Review System (PERS), an energy management system in accordance with ISO 50001 and the company’s annual GRI reporting all clearly indicate that bremenports is pursuing a systematic, transparent and ambitious sustainability strategy.

bremenports not only takes ecological considerations into account, but also implements various measures in the field of social sustainability. Since 2005, bremenports has been audited in terms of the scope it offers for combining work and family and has been awarded the corresponding “Beruf und Familie” certificate. The elements of this certificate include, for example, flexible working hours, part-time models, schemes which enable parents to work from home, a parent & child office on the premises and activity programmes for children during the school holidays. Federal Minister of Family Affairs Katharina Barley presented an award to bremenports in recognition of its years of commitment in that area. The company has a high percentage of vocational trainees and offers cooperative education schemes aimed at qualifying junior staff and binding them to the company. After participating in a project conducted by the Hans Böckler Foundation to investigate the different pay components, bremenports received confirmation that contrary to the national situation, there is no evidence of financial discrimination of women or part-time employees.

We are delighted that our commitment is also appreciated outside the company and will continue to pursue the sustainable development of the ports of Bremen in future.

Click here for further information about the German Sustainability Award.