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Commitment

The protection and promotion of biodiversity is of great importance for GIZ facilities in Germany and as part of our counseling services alike. 

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) - the German agency for international cooperation - is a federal enterprise and supports the federal government and other clients in achieving their goals concerning international cooperation for sustainable development. In this sense, GIZ launched the Initiative 'Biodiversity in Good Company' at the request of the Federal Environment Ministry.

The protection and promotion of biodiversity is of great importance for GIZ facilities in Germany and as part of our counseling services alike.

As an administrative operation, the GIZ has developed a location related biodiversity concept for properties, procurement processes and communication:

Properties 
In the area of properties the GIZ leads and plans measures such as the greening of property areas (about 1/3) and roofs, the planting of indigenous plants on outdoor grounds and the construction of beehives, nesting boxes and insect hotels on the premises.

Procurement
GIZ does not only purchase fair trade and organically grown coffee for our conference services and coffee machines. Also the usage of sustainable office supplies, office furniture or building materials consisting of FSC-certified wood and recycled/certified paper are already standard.

Communication
Through external and internal communication biodiversity is specifically addressed. Examples here fore are the organization of environmental days for the employees, the sustainable organization of the cafeteria, for example MSC-fish, environmental / regional/ seasonal food and the integration of biodiversity aspects in the educational concept of the company kindergarten.

The GIZ's biodiversity advisory service is primarily aimed at partners in developing and emerging countries. It covers various topics such as development-oriented nature conservation, agro-biodiversity, access and benefit sharing, indigenous peoples and traditional knowledge, biosafety, environmental governance and environmental communication. The GIZ undertakes around 80 projects for conservation of biological diversity in over 35 countries (in 2009).

Benefit

The engagement for the environment and nature is a matter of course for GIZ as an international company for sustainable development. 

A program for the protection and sustainable use of biological diversity is part of our corporate environmental management. For nearly 11 years now GIZ can look back on a constantly improving Environmental Management. The focus is primarily on the efficient use of water resources, energy and paper, and the avoidance of waste and emissions. In the environmental mission statement for the internal environmental management CO2 neutrality of the GIZ has been anchored as a goal.

The engagement for the environment and nature is a matter of course for GIZ as an international company for sustainable development. By showing engagement within the company GIZ want to set an example for their partners and clients. Naturally, employees also benefit from the many activities - for example through healthy food in the cafeteria or a pleasant atmosphere due to plants on the company premises.

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Headquarters
Eschborn, Germany

Major products
Capacity building for sustainable development

Business Volume 2014
2,03 billion Euro

Global employees 2014
16.410

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