Berlin/Munich, April 26, 2018 -
- Our clear-cut goal: Embedding sustainability in all business areas
- 4,800 hours invested in charitable projects
- 2018 set to bolster sustainability in product development
"Scout24 is among those German digital companies that devote significant efforts toward corporate social responsibility and those efforts are reflected in our day-to-day operations. To us, CSR means developing a responsible and sustainable relationship with our employees, customers and partners. We want to avoid potential negative impact on society and the environment. Our aim is to integrate sustainability into our daily activities for our business to be successful on a long-term and sustainable basis," says Christian Gisy, CFO of Scout24.
2017: One step at a time towards integrated sustainability
In 2017, Scout24 published its first CSR report on the prior financial year: "Inspiring People - Impacting Worlds”. This report was the first time that Scout24 commented extensively and transparently on its sustainability performance to foster dialogue with internal and external stakeholders.
Scout24 intensified this exchange of ideas in 2017 when the first stakeholder roundtable took place. External CSR experts, digital experts and futurologists met at the invitation of Scout24 to conduct a materiality analysis together with employees and management. A total of 13 strategic action areas for the company's CSR activities were identified.
Additional topics that were widely discussed were collaboration with IT and product development. The support of IT developers through the "Diversity in Tech" initiative and the first Social Hackdays at Scout24 emerged as tangible outcomes of this collaboration. Over three days, IT experts from Scout Group supported various non-profit organizations with their expertise and ideas while forging ahead with their own projects. For instance, one team of developers was working on an Arabic-language app for ImmobilienScout24 designed to increase access to housing opportunities in Germany for refugees.
Corporate volunteering runs in our corporate culture
Our employees support CSR management and the implementation of sustainability projects beyond their regular work by participating in what has become known as “care teams”. In addition to the Berlin-based team, a new team has been active at our Munich site since 2017, making cross-site collaboration more seamless.
The commitment of our employees has been an integral part of Scout24's corporate culture for years. The Scout24 Social Day has been an annual highlight of our corporate volunteering since 2011. Employees are released for a day to volunteer for local organizations. In 2017, Scouts in Berlin, Munich, Cologne and Vienna invested a total of around 4,800 hours in charitable projects.
2018: Unified data acquisition to lesson impact on resources
Ecological considerations are being incorporated in Scout24's CSR work in 2018. In order to better control energy consumption and CO2 emissions, we are pressing ahead with unified data collection on energy consumption at our two corporate sites. Other aspects include recycling and reprocessing of old IT hardware and reducing internal resource consumption.
The complete 2017 CSR report including an externally audited non-financial report is available for download at csrbericht.scout24.com. The CSR report was prepared in accordance with the international reporting standard of the Global Reporting Initiative.
Leveraging our leading digital marketplaces ImmobilienScout24 and AutoScout24 in Germany and Europe, we inspire people to make their best decisions when it comes to finding a new home or car. More than 1,200 employees are dedicated to the success of our products and services. We focus on user needs, providing an extensive online platform for living and mobility. Scout24 AG is a listed stock corporation and is traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ISIN: DE000A12DM80, Ticker: G24). For more information, visit us at www.scout24.com, at our Corporate Blog and Tech Blog or at Twitter and LinkedIn.
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