Certified as envrionmentally sustainable through EMAS
EMAS = European eco-management and audit scheme. EMAS has the highest standard for sustainable environmental management worldwide. In 2012, the Besondere Orte venues Umweltforum, Neue Mälzerei and Tagungswerk were the first event venues in Germany to be awarded EMAS certification. In 2014 Haus Zwingli was also granted EMAS certification. We have introduced a system of management that ensures consistent focus on the improvement of quality and environmental performance. As EMAS certification requires, we are regularly inspected by independent auditors.
German Sustainability Code
With a statement of compliance to the German Sustainability Code, we publically stand by our commitment to sustainability and strengthen our position as leading light in the event industry in Germany. The Sustainability Code was initiated by an advisory body of the German government and requires participating companies to maintain and report on their levels of sustainability. We are the first event company in Germany to join the GSC.
We have been using 100% renewable energy since 2002
For over 10 years now, we have drawn all of our electricity from renewable energy sources. With photovoltaic systems (solar energy to direct current electricity) and combined heat and power units (CHP) in both Umweltforum and Tagungswerk we are actually producing energy. The energy that we don't use ourselves gets fed into the electricity grid as "eco-electricity".
We participate in "fairpflichtet" - the sustainability code of the German-speaking event industry
By signing the industry code "fairpflichtet", we oblige ourselves to adhere to 10 guiding principles of sustainability. This means, for example, that sustainability is integrated in our strategic management as well as constantly involving our employees, business partners and clients in a continuous process of improvement.
Read more about Fairpflichtet in our glossary.