As a service provider for sustainable development, GIZ has set itself demanding environmental targets based on Germany’s National Sustainable Development Strategy. GIZ works to the highest level of certification.
GIZ has set out its environmental targets in its Sustainability Programme and Environmental Programme, which are based on targets set down in Germany’s national Sustainable Development Strategy. The Environmental Programme also incorporates the results of several rounds of GIZ’s Stakeholder Dialogue on Sustainability.
In Germany, GIZ uses the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), the world’s most exacting certification for corporate environmental management. EMAS provides environmental management incentives for GIZ and requires ongoing improvements in its environmental performance. Outside Germany, environmental management is organised on a decentralised basis and is the responsibility of country directors and project or programme managers. It is implemented using the Corporate Sustainability Handprint® (CSH).