Operational environmental management

We set a good example in the areas of operational environmental management and sustainable procurement.

Environmental and energy policy of Commerzbank

For many years, Commerzbank has operated a systematic environmental and energy management system that is recognised by our stakeholders. The basis for this is Commerzbank's environmental and energy policy, which is anchored in the environmental guidelines.
We are leading by example and have long firmly anchored demanding environmental and social goals in our banking operations. In doing so, we secure the basis of our credibility and make our contribution to a more sustainable society and economy.

Our environmental and energy targets are regularly reviewed

  • Total energy consumption is to be reduced by an average of 2 % per year by 2025 compared to 2018.
  • In addition, electricity consumption per full-time employee is to be kept at least constant until 2025 compared to the base year 2018 - despite increasing digitisation.

Environmental Guidelines

Commerzbank has clear rules for environmentally compatible business activities. The full Board of Managing Directors adopts the environmental guidelines; they apply to all employees in the Group. We also inform our most important service providers and suppliers about them.

We are committed to our responsibility and have firmly anchored sustainability in our strategy.

We are committed to making a positive contribution to achieving the Paris Climate Agreement.

We take appropriate measures to reduce our energy consumption.

We take measures to protect the environment and conserve resources.

Preserving biodiversity is just as important as combating climate change.

We take steps to purchase products and services that are as reusable and energy-efficient as possible.

Our goal: Climate-neutral supplier portfolio by 2040

We take measures and create incentives to make our employees' mobility more environmentally friendly.

Our integrated environmental and energy management system is ISO-certified and externally audited annually.

Corporate responsibility throughout the supply chain

Commerzbank actively influences the sustainable orientation of suppliers and service providers through purchasing decisions. We expect suppliers not only to make efforts on their part to meet environmental and social standards. We also demand that they direct these to their downstream suppliers.

Our environmental management memberships and initiatives

Federal German Working Group for Environmentally Conscious Management (B.A.U.M. e.V.)

As a network, B.A.U.M. e.V. is committed to a future worth living through sustainable management. Founded in 1984, the association now has well over 700 members and is a strong voice for sustainable companies and a driver of sustainable development in Europe. Commerzbank has been a member since December 18, 1987, and is also a member of the Corporate Advisory Board.

Association for Environmental Management and Sustainability in Financial Institutions (VfU)

The association is a network of sustainable finance experts in financial institutions from all branches of the financial sector. For 25 years, it has been working to promote the structural anchoring of sustainability aspects in the decision-making processes of financial institutions. Focus is on mainstream business.

Environmental Forum Rhine-Main e. V.

The Umweltforum Rhein-Main e.V. is a regional network with around 170 companies and institutions (as of 2019). It offers exchanges, information and activities, for example around corporate environmental protection, climate adaptation or a sustainable corporate culture. Commerzbank has been a member since September 2009.

Business Energy Efficiency Network

Permanently reducing energy consumption - a key issue for companies. Modern and economical plant technology, optimised processes and energy management play an important role here. Mainova therefore launched the Business Energy Efficiency Network (BEEN) in March 2017 together with the Frankfurt Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK). Commerzbank is also cooperating as a partner in BEEN. 2.0, which started in June 2021, following the first term.

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