Nowadays, everyone is talking about corporate social responsibility (CSR) – but what is it exactly? CSR is based on an understanding of sustainability as action characterised by long-term responsibility founded on the three pillars of economical, ecological and social impact – that is to say, sustainable corporate management combined with voluntary social responsibility that goes beyond the measures prescribed by law.
CSR at CONJECT – social, economical and ecological commitment
"Global growth is only possible in the long term if society assumes responsibility for sustainable economic activity, a fact which also has consequences for the real estate sector worldwide. In future, anyone aiming for success with sustainable construction and operation will stick to the industry standard: CONJECT." That is the vision we at CONJECT are pursuing.
With the development of innovative (Internet) technology, we already promote economic and ecological sustainability – not only for our customers but also within our enterprise: for example, CONJECT uses project space technology to optimise its own work processes and conjectCM software for timekeeping. CONJECT holds video conferences between its various locations, thereby doing away with the need for costly plane journeys which have a negative impact on our climate.
Our social commitment as an employer
As an employer with a sense of social responsibility, CONJECT offers its employees equal opportunities, fair pay, flexible working hours, health and safety at the workplace, family support, systematic staff involvement in decision-making and a great deal more.
Our ecological commitment as an employer
Besides its efforts to keep energy consumption in the office as low as possible, CONJECT is also pursuing the aim of achieving the paperless office – with the aid of its own software.
CONJECT's commitment to the real estate business as a member of the DGNB
CONJECT is progressively expanding its commitment to sustainability – since 2009, for example, it has been a member of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB).
CONJECT supports the DGNB in its mission to show and promote ways and solutions that can be used to enable sustainable construction. This impacts the design of buildings as well as their construction and use. The DGNB sees itself as a focal organization in Germany for the exchange of know-how, for in-service training and for sensitising the public with respect to this future-oriented sector of the construction industry. Its main task is to award certificates for sustainable buildings.
All-encompassing quality is the principal aim of sustainable building. This means that sustainable buildings are economically efficient, environmentally-friendly and easy on resources. They are comfortable and healthy for users and they blend in perfectly with their socio-cultural environment. Sustainable buildings retain their high value over time – for investors, owners and users in equal measure.
Against this background, sustainable building aims to achieve high quality and enduring value while anticipating future developments. But, above all, it eases the strain on the environment, provides social benefits and supports the economy.conject's commitment is founded on its extensive application of plan-build-operate lifecycle management, a field in which CONJECT's software and services lead the market, including, as they do, all phases in the plan-build-operate lifecycle. All these aspects are encompassed in our holistic approach, which forms the basis for sustainable building and operation in the real estate industry.
[Further information on the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB)]
CONJECT's regional commitment in Energiewende Oberland
It is particularly with respect to the efficient use of resources and the development of renewable energy sources that environmental awareness and behaviour need to change. This not only applies to electricity but universally and also includes aspects such as heating and traffic. Anchoring the concept of sustainability in the worlds of politics and business is the aim of the "Oberland Civic Trust for a Change in Energy Policy" ("Buergerstiftung Energiewende Oberland"). CONJECT has been on board since the end of 2008.
As a member of the "Oberland Civic Trust for a Change in Energy Policy", the CONJECT software company contributes to climate protection by promoting sustainable energy management in Bavaria. A good idea? Why don't you join in! Martina Raschke, honorary chairperson of the "Oberland Civic Trust for a Change in Energy Policy" will be happy to provide you with information: Energiewende Oberland
CONJECT's social commitment in the field of education at the Muenster University of Applied Sciences
Since 2006, CONJECT has been a foundation member of the Plan-Build-Operate Lifecycle Management chair at the Muenster University of Applied Sciences. At that time, the university was the first German research institution to introduce the subject of "Plan-Build-Operate Lifecycle Management". This was made possible by funding from a foundation consortium made up of renowned representative from the real estate business – among them CONJECT AG.
CONJECT's commitment to the young people in Duisburg – social projects instead of summer festival
In August 2009, 120 CONJECT employees rolled up their sleeves and got down to some voluntary work: the employees' summer festival switched venue from the headquarters in Munich to the CONJECT location in Duisburg with the result that the youth club in Duisburg-Rheinfelden received two new equipment sheds, outdoor table tennis tables, seating hillocks and a beach volleyball court. The idea was that CONJECT's annual summer festival should live up to the firm's focus on sustainability – and not only for the sake of staff motivation. CONJECT has had an office in Duisburg since 2003.
It is particularly in times when the mood in the country is dominated by economic crisis that unions and politicians repeatedly call on the population to practise the "responsibility of the individual" and, to even greater extent, on firms to practise corporate social responsibility. Such efforts not only motivate a firm's own staff but, at the same time, serve a good cause, as the CONJECT project shows. A further aim is to set standards that specifically embolden the young generation as it prepares to face the future.