2019 Declaration of Compliance with the German Sustainability Code published

Since 2012, Bundesdruckerei has been committed to the German Sustainability Code (DNK). This code makes the company’s contribution to the environment, the economy and society both transparent and comparable. The 2019 DNK Declaration has now been published.

Cross-cutting issue in all relevant areas

Bundesdruckerei sees sustainability as an all-encompassing issue. That’s why the company has set itself concrete goals to save resources and protect the climate. However, for Bundesdruckerei, sustainability also means operating economically, offering secure products, being a future-proof employer and assuming social responsibility.

Bundesdruckerei's sustainability management is based on various national and international sustainability standards, such as the Global Reporting Initiative and the German Sustainability Code. A large number of management systems are used to systematically implement processes in the company. These include an environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001, an occupational health and safety management system in accordance with ISO 45001 and an energy management system in accordance with ISO 50001.

As a cross-cutting topic, sustainability is represented in all relevant areas of the company. Bundesdruckerei is committed, for instance, to saving resources, such as energy, water, fuel, paper, ink and other raw materials. In this way, the company is doing its part to protect climate and to reduce its own costs.

Concrete examples of greater sustainability include:


The company uses 100 percent green electricity. The aim is to keep electricity consumption stable even as sales rise and, in the long term, to become climate-neutral. “Our commitment to '100 percent green electricity’ helps to promote renewable energy in Germany and supports the energy transition,” emphasizes Gunda Müffelmann, Head of Infrastructure Management at Bundesdruckerei. The main objective of energy management is to minimize energy consumption and/or to increase energy efficiency. The greatest potential for savings results from building and production operations, especially when it comes to ventilation and air conditioning systems and machine operation.


In 2019, Bundesdruckerei generated a total of 3,947 tons of CO2. This marked the fourth year in succession in which the company was able to stay well below its target value of around 6,000 tonnes of CO2. By 2023, greenhouse gases are to be reduced by five percent and the remaining emissions offset by climate protection projects. Especially emissions from heat supply, as the largest source of emissions, are to be reduced in the coming years.


In 2019, the company paid particular attention to improving waste avoidance and separation and to raising employee awareness. The company expects to be able to reduce mixed municipal waste further in 2020.

Hazardous substances

What’s more, the hazardous substances used in production are to be reduced as much as possible and replaced by alternatives that are less harmful to health and the environment. At present, it is still not possible to fully avoid using hazardous chemicals in parts of the production process. Nevertheless, the company constantly checks whether less hazardous substitutes can be used and hazardous substances reduced. In 2019, Bundesdruckerei once again successfully remained below its target value.


For Bundesdruckerei, sustainability also means continuously improving social issues, such as employee rights. Although the company only operates sites in Europe, it has undertaken to comply with the labour rights defined by the United Nations (UN), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the UN Global Compact. Enormous importance is attached to employee participation. The share of female managers at executive level and on the Supervisory Board was met or exceeded: At first management level, 42 percent were women and at second management level 58 percent. In 2019, Bundesdruckerei once again successfully passed the ‘berufundfamilie’ audit – proof of the company’s family-friendly HR policy. The number of reportable accidents at work was significantly reduced in 2019. Through educational projects, Bundesdruckerei helps children and young people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds to develop their talents and their own identity. The focus here is on projects in Bundesdruckerei’s neighbourhood in Berlin, for instance, with StreetUniverCity Berlin (SUB) in Kreuzberg. In its group-wide compliance management system, Bundesdruckerei has set out clear rules for cooperation with business partners. Processes are transparently designed, documented, regularly controlled and improved.

Read more about Bundesdruckerei's integrated environmental management system.