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Sustainability: for INDUS, nothing new

Sustainable operations create competitive advantages, increase enterprise value and make for a stronger corporate culture. Last year INDUS further professionalized its commitment to sustainability on the basis of this conviction.

For INDUS, the pursuit of sustainability is a matter of treating economic, social and ecological goals as equal in importance. We seek to create lasting value while facilitating good work and treating the environment with care. It is our conviction that our development is sustainable only if we are satisfying the needs of the present while at the same time ensuring that we are not doing so at the expense of the future.

At INDUS, sustainability occupies the highest level of priority and is based on seven key topics:

  • Investments

    Investments

    To further expand the Group, INDUS Holding AG and the portfolio companies are constantly looking for financially healthy SMEs that have the ability to successfully develop in their markets on a long-term basis. At the holding company level, the Board of Management and the acquisition team follow a structured acquisition process.

  • Innovation

    Innovation

    INDUS assists its portfolio companies in their management of innovation, so that they may successfully take advantage of the opportunities presented by industrial change. To that end, INDUS makes additional capital available to these companies and advises them in regard to the direction and operationalization of their innovation strategies.

  • Internationalization

    Internationalization

    INDUS provides its portfolio companies with the funds to expand their international market presence so that they can successfully accompany their existing customers into the global markets and tap into new growth markets.

  • INDUS’s role as a shareholder

    INDUS’s role as a shareholder

    Oekom Sustainability Rating

    In its capacity as a financial holding company, INDUS takes care of financial consolidation and supports the portfolio companies with capital and advice within the existing range of possibilities. INDUS regularly compares the success of the portfolio companies with its own expectations.

    In the fall of 2015, the rating agency oekom research AG, which operates in the sustainable investment sector, provided INDUS with its first rating. The evaluation based on a twelve-step scale from A + to D - initially reached C+. Companies with a C rating or higher are awarded the “prime” status. INDUS has not only received the prime status, it also came top of the international comparison group (financials/multi-sector holdings).

  • Personal

    Personal

    In accordance with INDUS Holding’s business model, responsibility for personnel matters is decentralized and rests exclusively with the portfolio companies setting themselves individual goals. These include, among others:

    • Maintaining or increasing their attractiveness as employers in their regions
    • (Skilled worker) training beyond what is required to satisfy their own needs
    • Ensuring employee satisfaction and boosting employee motivation
    • Increasing employees’ sense of identification with the company
    • Orientation to high employment standards (especially occupational safety, employee health)
  • Social Engagement

    Social Engagement

    The individual companies within the Group take on social tasks in addition to their business tasks. INDUS expressly supports voluntary engagement. This is in keeping with INDUS’s conception of itself, and it enhances the reputation of the Group.

  • Ressource efficiency

    Ressource efficiency

    Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

    INDUS strives to make its portfolio companies sensitive to the ecological consequences of their operational decisions. The holding company makes funds available for investment in efficiency measures and is ready to assist the portfolio companies in an advisory capacity on the cross-sectional topic of energy efficiency.

    In addition, INDUS has been answering the CDP climate change questionnaire since 2011 and maintains transparency in its reporting on its climate management practices. For this the Group was awarded a top rating „A List“ in 2017 again.


    The calculations of Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions for the fiscal year 2016 have been verified by the accredited Technical Supervisory Association (TÜV NORD Certificate, available in German only). Click here to see the certificate.

    The emissions determined for 2016 (except for emissions under the Scope 3 category “Investments”) have been compensated by the purchase and closure of emission-reducing certificates (emissions offsetting by project in Rwanda). Click here to see the certificate.

Read the whole INDUS-Sustainability Report 2017 here.