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Hendrik Fink
Partner, Head of Sustainability Services at PwC Germany
Tel: +49 89 5790-5535

Sustainable impact made real

What was once not long ago considered “nice to have” is nowadays crucial to a company's long-term economic success: Sustainability plays a central role in how business is conducted. The focus lies on how a company's business impacts the environment and society, and how this shapes its business model. At the end of the day, sustainability is tantamount to a company's “right to play”.

Customers, investors and society in general have become interested in more than just the hard financial figures. They also demand information that goes beyond a company's financial report. They expect companies to take responsibility by identifying the ecological and social impact of their business models, and steering it through sustainable development.

“There's no way around sustainability these days. If you want to stay competitive in the future, you need to take a close look at how your own business activities affect the environment and society.”

Hendrik Fink, Partner, Head of Sustainability Services at PwC Germany

Companies looking to live up to these expectations have to ask themselves many questions:

  • What significance do sustainability issues have for my business model and how can we successfully anchor sustainability in our corporate strategy?
  • What requirements do my investors have and what does that mean for my enterprise value?
  • How can I measure and better understand the social and environmental impacts of my business activities?
  • Which business fields are profitable after factoring in climate costs?
  • What risks and opportunities exist in my supply chain?
  • How can I participate in a circular economy to reduce costs or realise new business opportunities?
  • How can I ensure the necessary supply of resources for my company?
  • How can my company sustainably optimise the energy sources it uses?

A company's corporate social responsibility is thus no longer merely an incidental element but rather an elementary component of the overarching strategy. It therefore represents a starting point for a strategic realignment and operational transformation.

Pathways to Paris: Transformation tool for a climate-neutral Germany

Three steps to Net Zero with “Pathways to Paris”: Together with WWF Germany, we have developed a freely accessible, web-based transformation tool that supports companies from ten sectors to concretize their plan for climate-neutral transformation by 2045. The tool can be used to test costs, investment requirements and impacts of key reduction measures, plan a roadmap with corresponding measures and align the resulting emissions path with the requirements of the Paris Agreement. Sounds exciting?

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PwC named a Global Leader in Sustainability and ESG Business Services by Independent Analyst Firm

“PwC has an integrated, end-to-end ESG and sustainability consulting service.”

Verdantix; Green Quadrant: ESG & Sustainability Consulting 2022

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Our services in sustainability: From strategy to implementation to reporting

From assessing the various strategic implications of climate change to assessing social impact through to implementing the requirements for a sustainable financial economy: The sustainability experts at PwC and Strategy& will advise you on every facet of sustainable corporate governance. We also support you in the implementation of new regulatory requirements, in the shaping of responsible and sustainable digitisation and assist you with the requirements of the capital market for companies. We will work with you to shape your company's transformation into a sustainable enterprise – for the long-term success of your business. That's sustainable impact made real.

What's on your sustainability agenda?

More sustainability within the supply chain, the introduction of a circular economy or the transition to renewable energy in production – there are many ways you can transform your company into a responsible and sustainable enterprise. No matter which sustainability issue you have in the pipeline at the moment – we can assist you with brainstorming and implementation.

The right solution for every industry

Reducing CO2 emissions, focusing on renewable energy sources and making supply chains more transparent: Every company faces similar sustainability challenges. But every industry faces its own challenges when it comes to transforming itself. PwC's sustainability experts know your industry and the challenges it faces, and can help you find the right solutions on the path towards sustainability.

Automotive industry

Zero-emissions vehicles, innovative mobility concepts and CO2-neutral production – the automotive industry faces radical changes. When it comes to sustainable transformation within the automotive industry, we can help.

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Energy sector

Energy utilities face the challenge of providing people with affordable, reliable, sustainable energy – while also increasing value for their own companies. This calls for a holistic approach.

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Financial services

Sustainability in the financial sector is gaining significance as new regulations come into effect. Those who move towards green investments and sustainable financial products early on not only gain a clear competitive edge but also make a key contribution to achieving the climate goals under the EU Action Plan.

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Industrial production

Industrial production accounts for roughly 40 percent of global CO2 emissions. This means the sector has a special responsibility – it's up to them to make the future of manufacturing more sustainable. Find out how.

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Public Sector

What was once not long ago considered "nice to have" is nowadays crucial to a company's long-term economic success: Sustainability plays a central role in how business is conducted. The focus lies on how a company's business impacts the environment and society, and how this shapes its business model. At the end of the day, sustainability is tantamount to a company's "right to play".

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Pharmaceuticals and life sciences

It's worth it for pharmaceuticals firms and life sciences companies to take a step towards sustainability. If they act now, they can significantly reduce their costs and risks – while also enhancing their reputation and the value of their own company.

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Retail and consumer goods

Retailers and manufacturers have to integrate sustainability into their business practices. Consumers demand it. The key task is to ensure transparency all along the supply chain and to make sustainability visible and quantifiable.

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Real estate

The real estate sector is one of the major CO2 emitters. Accordingly, the public, investors and policymakers are calling for changes in real estate companies' business models. This is going to necessitate a holistic transformation.

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Transport and logistics

The transport and logistics sector is only making slow progress with sustainability. Current developments – such as digitalisation, new competitors and customer expectations – offer much scope for shaping sustainable solutions, however.

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“Sustainability is no longer merely ‘nice to have’ – it is simply essential to survival. That's because customers, employees, investors, governments and society nowadays judge companies by how their business activities influence the environment and society.”

Rainer Kroker,Partner, ESG Leader at PwC Germany
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Hendrik Fink

Hendrik Fink

Partner, Sustainability Services Leader, PwC Germany

Tel: +49 89 5790-5535

Rainer Kroker

Rainer Kroker

Partner, ESG Leader, PwC Germany

Tel: +49 30 2636-4407