CR Program

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a UN initiative, took effect as of January 1, 2016. HOCHTIEF aims to play an active part in achieving these goals.

In 2017, we evaluated the 17 goals in light of our business model and our focus areas before allocating selected goals to our existing focus areas. Those SDGs that are relevant to HOCHTIEF are integrated into our CR program.

These SDGs are:

  • Industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9)
  • Sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11)
  • Affordable and clean energy (SDG 7)
  • Climate action (SDG 13)
  • Responsible consumption and production (SDG 12)
  • Life on land (SDG 15)
  • Clean water and sanitation (SDG 6)
  • Good health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Quality education (SDG 4)
  • Peace, justice and strong institutions (SDG 16)
  • Partnerships for the goals (SDG 17)

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable corporate responsibility and CR management
Subject area Goals by 2030 Status as of December 31, 2018
Sustainability evaluation
  • Full integration of CR into financial reporting
  • Installation of sustainability control and management system
  • 76 users of SoFi sustainability software Group-wide (2017: 46 users)
  • Key data on construction contract consumption collated via HOCHTIEF Europe project control system (from Q1 2019)
Green building capabilities
  • Become established as leading provider of green building solutions
  • Active interconnection of in-house and external partners for development of green infrastructure

Overarching objective: We aim to set standards.
Subject area Goals by 2030 Status as of December 31, 2018
  • Ensure compliance training for all employees
  • Group-wide training for 38,735 employees (2017: 27,172)
Antitrust law
  • Security in dealing with competitors
  • Antitrust law training implemented at HOCHTIEF Europe
Overarching objective: We aim to further strengthen our position as a sought-after employer and, over the long term, make a name for ourselves among the most attractive employers in the industry.
Subject area Goals by 2030 Status as of December 31, 2018
Occupational safety and health
  • Reduce lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) Group-wide to 0.9
  • LTIFR: 1.37 (2017: 1.23)
Further training
  • Maintain average number of further training hours per employee (2015 comparative figure: 13 hours)
  • Further training hours per employee: 20.5 (2017: 24)
  • Meet Group-wide requirements for skilled labor
  • 70 young engineers (of which 16 women) recruited in Germany (2017: 69)
Overarching objective: As a partner to subcontractors, we aim to redouble our efforts to ensure fair, transparent procurement processes and further step up purchases of sustainable products and materials.
Subject area Goals by 2030 Status as of December 31, 2018
  • Subcontractor CR performance defined as metric and established as selection criterion in prequalification
  • EcoVadis assessments integrated as additional element of prequalification process at HOCHTIEF Europe
  • Increased number of subcontractor, supplier, and business partner evaluations and implementation of corrective action plans
  • Systematic supplier and subcontractor evaluations at HOCHTIEF Europe: 1,056 (2017: 735); this includes corrective action plans
Overarching objective: We aim to develop sustainable products and services for transportation infrastructure, energy infrastructure, social and urban infrastructure, and mining. For this reason, we take an integrated approach to our projects and ensure top quality from end to end.
Subject area Goals by 2030 Status as of December 31, 2018
Green building und green infrastructure
  • Group-wide expansion of sustainable project portfolio
  • Cumulative figures as of Dec. 31, 2018:
    Certified green buildings (LEED, DGNB, Green Star, BREEAM, other certificates): 789 (2017: 749)
    Certified and registered green infrastructure projects (ISCA, CEEQUAL, Greenroads): 33 (2017: 27)
  • Accredited auditors in HOCHTIEF Group (Dec. 31, 2018): 1,418
  • BIM used in all large-scale projects
  • Current innovation focus; BIM projects delivered in HOCHTIEF Group as of Dec. 31, 2018: more than 2,300 (2017: 2,025)
  • BIM training 2018: 1,179 employees trained (2017: 819)
Overarching objective: We aim to conserve natural resources and enhance resource protection. We work actively to save CO2 emissions ourselves and jointly with our clients and business partners.
Subject area Goals by 2030 Status as of December 31, 2018
Climate protection, water, biodiversity
  • Reduction targets/target quotas defined relative to a base year (by 2020)
  • CDP A rating in Climate Change Disclosure
  • Data quality improved thanks to increased use of SoFi with 76 users
  • CDP rating—Climate Change Disclosure program: B (2017: B)
  • Participation in CDP Water Disclosure program
  • Recycling rate (including reuse) constantly ≥85
  • Recycling rate: 87.1% (2017: 90.6%)
Overarching objective: We aim to get involved in the community wherever our company is at work or can offer added value by virtue of its capabilities.
Subject area Goals by 2030 Status as of December 31, 2018
Supporting local communities
  • Continued Group commitment to Bridges to Prosperity NGO
  • Continued commitment to Architects for Society NGO’s Hex House project
  • 2 projects (1 in Nicaragua, 1 in Rwanda) (2017: 3 projects)
  • Support for completion of the first Hex House prototype in Hamburg

Other/future topics (selection)

Topic Goal
Integration of CR
  • CR/sustainability training provided for all employees
Employee satisfaction
  • Average duration of service maintained (comparative 2014 figure: 5.4 years)
  • Labor market potential enhanced through workforce diversity
Life cycle management
  • Expansion of circular economy products and services in capability range
Connecting on climate protection
  • Creating climate-friendly processes across industry
Human rights due diligence
  • Compilation of suggestions for improvement from the review of current activities in human rights due diligence