DFS meets German Sustainability Code

03.11.2015.- DFS is intensifying its commitment to the topic of sustainability and has issued a declaration of conformity with the German Sustainability Code for the reporting period 2014. With this declaration, the company undertakes to meet the code criteria, making its sustainability strategy transparent for the outside world. Overall, the code ensures that the performance of DFS as regards sustainability can be easily compared with other companies.

The Sustainability Code was adopted by the German Council for Sustainable Development in 2011 and updated in 2014. The code aims to make the sustainability performance of companies measurable and comparable. The code was developed with the input of companies, investors, financial analysts, associations and scientists and lays down the requirements for sustainable management. Companies, no matter how large or small, can use the code to disclose their sustainability performance and their commitment to climate protection, the sustainable use of resources and the sustainability of their supply chain.

The 20 criteria in the declaration of conformity provide a benchmark against which DFS can show its performance in meeting the sustainability requirements concerning economic, ecological and societal aspects. The criteria catalogue covers more than just pure ecological issues, such as resource consumption at DFS or the level of emissions relevant to climate change. They also consider strategy, process management and society, rating the performance of DFS in such areas as rules and processes, incentive systems, stakeholder engagement and innovation and product management. In addition, DFS discloses its measures to combat corruption and the organisations it is a member of.

DFS places great store on its contribution in meeting the criteria in the area of workers' rights. This includes, for instance, co-determination, equal opportunities, health and safety and work-life balance.

The application of the code is voluntary. Around 100 companies in Germany have already issued a declaration of conformity. The declaration has to be reissued every two years.

The DFS declaration of conformity can be found in the database available at http://www.deutscher-nachhaltigkeitskodex.de (German only).


DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,750 employees as at 30 June 2015. DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Around 2,000 air traffic controllers guide up to 10,000 flights in German airspace every day, and about three million movements every year. This makes Germany the country with the highest traffic volume in Europe. The company operates control centres in Langen, Bremen, Karlsruhe and Munich as well as 16 control towers at international airports in Germany. In addition, DFS is represented at the EUROCONTROL Control Centre in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Additional areas of activity include consulting, provided by the Aeronautical Solutions division, and aeronautical data, grouped in the Aeronautical Information Management division.