Our corporate responsibility management system consistently implements our CR strategy within the company. To achieve this, we have set up an appropriate organizational structure. Knorr-Bremse has created the CR Council as a discussion and decision-making body. It is composed of the CEO, two management members from the two business divisions and the departmental head of the CR staff unit. The CR Department is responsible for identifying relevant priorities, defining objectives and deriving specific measures that are implemented in conjunction with the specialized departments. Ultimately it is the business areas that are responsible for successful implementation of CR projects. To encourage exchange between the regions, we have created a network that encompasses the entire Group called the CR Round Table. The task of this network is to regularly exchange information at regional and division level with internal CR representatives about strategic objectives, current CR projects and operational implementation measures.
Creating awareness amongst employees
Raising awareness of CR issues among employees and promoting their knowledge of sustainability objectives and activities are a fixed part of our CR commitment. In-house presentations and articles in employee magazines provide information about specific activities, and new employees are trained in Corporate Responsibility. Additionally, Knorr-Bremse gives an internal CR award every year that recognizes outstanding projects in the categories of “Environment” and “Social Commitment”.
So that ecological and social aspects can be integrated into corporate processes, their importance is analyzed from the point of view of our sustainability objectives and revised if necessary. For example, we have incorporated the principles of the UN Global Compact into the Group’s procurement structures.