Corporate Governance covers the overall management and supervisory system in a company, including its organisation, its business principles and guidelines, as well as the internal and external management and supervisory structures. It is fundamental that the management and supervisory board work together closely and efficiently in order to reach maximum transparency for shareholders and all other stakeholders.
German Corporate Governance Codex in its latest version is available for download here
The rules of procedure of the Supervisory Board stipulate that: As a rule, only persons who have not reached the age of 70 at the time of their appointment or election may become members of the Supervisory Boards.
Download here the Declaration of Conformity of the Management Board and Supervisory Board of Scout24 SE.
In accordance with number 3.10 of the German Corporate Governance Code the Management and Supervisory Boards report annually on the Company’s Corporate Governance. The latest Corporate Governance Report, including the Corporate Governance Declaration, is available for download here:
Our success is largely determined by our services and our values. We have set out these values in our own corporate Code of Conduct. The rules of conduct and guidelines laid down in this Code of Conduct form the framework for responsible action and follow the principles of corporate governance. In addition to legal requirements, ethical and social standards are also taken into account. You can view this Code of Conduct here:
The protection of privacy and the security of data processing is very important to us - as is the trust of our users, customers and employees. In our Data Protection Code of Conduct, we set out the guiding principles of our business activities with regard to data protection, transparency, the necessity of processed data and data minimization.
Since 2021, Scout24 has been committed to the UN Global Compact corporate responsibility initiative and its principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.
In order to anchor sustainability throughout the company, we encourage all employees to use the UNGC Academy knowledge platform for their individual learning.
Since June 2022, all activities related to the company's sustainability have been under the management of Dr. Claudia Viehweger. Viehweger (who holds a doctorate in law) has already been responsible for human resources at Scout24 SE as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) since June 2021. With the addition of all sustainability topics, Scout24 appoints Claudia Viehweger as Chief People & Sustainability Officer (CPSO).
An independent team is responsible for all operational and strategic measures as well as initiatives relating to sustainability and diversity & inclusion.
Additionally, our Sustainability Committee was launched in 2020. The committee is a practical working group tasked with identifying and evaluating sustainability targets. The committee consists of representatives from ten business units and various functions. Together they aim to make sustainability an integral part of our business targets, our corporate strategy and our everyday work.
We carry out materiality analyses – most recently in 2021 – so that we can focus on the right topics. The outcome: 10 topics which shape our sustainability management and remain significant in this reporting year.
Together with the Sustainability Committee, we developed our new sustainability program in 2021 (see "Our sustainability programme", p. 20). At least one target was defined for each material topic and KPIs were assigned, which will be regularly validated across the teams from now on. The targets were set on the basis of a gap analysis between internal standards and external requirements, for instance from the capital market, frameworks and regulations.
During the strategy process we further consolidated our own aims for sustainable conduct. Effective control means that we can increase our sustainability performance, make improvements in selected sustainability-related ratings and meet the expectations of our stakeholders. We will now check our sustainability programme on an ongoing basis, develop suitable measures and make adjustments where necessary. We want to report on the initial progress in 2023.
Here you can download our Sustainability Programme from the Sustainability Report 2021 as a PDF file.