Neckarsulm, 4 October 2018 – Bechtle AG has joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). The world’s largest initiative for sustainable and responsible corporate governance is sponsored by the United Nations and currently has more than 13,000 participants. In signing up, Bechtle pledges to integrate the ten UN Global Compact sustainability principles in human rights, labour, the environment, and anti-corruption into its corporate strategy and implement them in all its business dealings.
Bechtle’s Sustainability Code has been an integral part of the IT company’s corporate governance since 2013, enabling a transparent and open dialogue with all of its stakeholders. The company’s activities are documented in an annual sustainability report. With its official participation in the alliance fathered by former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, Bechtle emphasises its aspirations to actively contribute to a strong, conscientious and vibrant society. “Bechtle is and always has been a future-oriented company, with our success due in large part to our commitment to embracing the big picture, rather than investing in short-sighted gains. Joining the UN Global Compact is therefore a logical move for us,” says Dr Thomas Olemotz, CEO of Bechtle AG. By joining the UN Global Compact, Bechtle is also accepted into its network of signatories, which will provide further stimulus for achieving its sustainable development goals.
Participants undertake to embrace and continually align their corporate responsibility with the UNGC’s ten principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. They are required to document their sustainability journey and achievements in an annual Communication on Progress and continually define new goals and measures. Bechtle fulfils this requirement with its annual Sustainability Report and non-financial corporate statement.
Additionally, Ecovadis, the international CSR rating organisation, has assigned Bechtle AG a silver medal for its sustainability activities. Bechtle is also a signatory of the WIN Charta, a sustainability management system for companies in the state of Baden-Württemberg.