National Action Plan for Economic Matters and Human Rights

The National Action Plan (NAP) for Economic Matters and Human Rights of the German Federal Government   In 2016, the German Federal Government adopted the National Action Plan (NAP) for Economic and Human Rights. The main objective of the NAP includes, among other things, “that at least 50% of all German-based companies with over 500 […]

The BMU/UBA Conference on “Sustainable…

The BMU/UBA Conference on “Sustainable Business Management for the Agenda 2030 – Business Contribution to the Global Sustainability Goals”     On November 9th 2018, the conference on “Sustainable Business Management for the Agenda 2030 – the Business Contribution to the Global Sustainability Goals” will take place in Berlin at the Federal Ministry of the […]

The EU Data Protection Regulation

The EU Data Protection Regulation    As from 25. May 2018, the European Data Protection Regulation replaces the EU Data Protection Directive from 1995 and constitutes the new legal framework for data protection by means of which companies need to adapt their operations. The aim is to regulate corporate processing of personal data and to […]

Packaging Regulation – New Law

Packaging regulation superseded by a new law: VerpackG :   The new packaging law (VerpackG) will enter into force on 1st January 2019 and replace the currently valid packaging regulation. Individual transitional provisions already came into effect on 13th July 2017. The packaging law regulates the circulation, return and recycling of packaging. The aim of […]

From ECOPROFIT to Sustainability Management

From ECOPROFIT to Sustainability Management – 2. CSR Training Program in Hanover Successfully Completed:   At the request of the participating companies from the ECOPROFIT-Network Hanover, Arqum conducted – together with CSR Arena Hanover for the second time – the training course “From ECOPROFIT to Sustainability Management”. Sponsor of the project is the state capital […]

CSR Reporting Obligations – Law Now in Force

CSR Reporting Obligations – Law Now in Force:   On 9th March the German parliament passed the draft bill on CSR reporting obligations. The most important points, as outlined in our post from December 2016 , have not changed. A summary of the most important changes as compared to the draft bill can be found […]

CSR reporting obligation

Sustainability and CSR reporting obligation: Government draft for the implementation of the CSR directive is available!:   On 21.09.2016, the Federal German government submitted the draft for implementation of the EU Directive 2014/95/EU (the “CSR” directive) into German law. This means that corporations and capital market-oriented companies, as well as banks and insurance companies who […]

Flexible mobility

Flexible mobility – environmentally-friendly travel, even during train strikes: Whoever was affected by the railway strike during the last few weeks has certainly thought about alternative means of transport. Using your own car or a rental car was certainly not always a suitable alternative. Creativity and flexibility were required. At Arqum, for example, employees used […]

Back to the Sunday Roast

Back to the Sunday roast – Ecological aspects of meat consumption There is much discussion about meat consumption and its negative consequences in the media and with the public at large. Although the number of vegetarians and vegans is steadily rising, there is at the same time a continual increase in the demand for meat […]

More transparency

CSR directive requires large companies to disclose non-financial information: The EU directive 2014/95/EU (so-called CSR-directive) must be implemented into German law by 6th December of this year. This directive requires all large companies to disclose their strategies for sustainable development in the areas of Environmental Concerns Social and Employee Affairs Respect for Human Rights Combatting […]

First Proposals for CSR Directive

First proposals for the implementation of the European CSR Directive in German law have been published: In April of this year, the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (German BMJV) published a concept for the implementation of the European CSR Directive into German law. A first draft of this is expected by the end […]

German Sustainability Code (DNK)

Arqum is official training partner of the German Sustainability Code (DNK) in 2015 – DNK as an instrument for the implementation of the CSR directive of the EU: The German Sustainability Code (DNK) specifies minimum requirements to be reported with regard to sustainability aspects. It provides a framework for reporting on non-financial services that can […]

Training of energy auditors in Sri Lanka

In the context of SME sector development in Sri Lanka (a project of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ)), Arqum was commissioned to support small and medium-sized enterprises on their path to energy efficiency. The aim of the project is to train energy experts and auditors on-site in order to allow successful energy efficiency […]