CSR understanding

Wolfgang Eichler Vorstandsmitglied der igefa
Wolfgang Eichler
Board member of igefa

Dear readers!

As a family-run company, acting in a sustainable way is in our nature.
The fact that you can see our sustainability report as part of our added value chain on this website is already an expression of sustainable orientation, since it replaces the full report in printed form.

We continue to participate with deep conviction in the United Nations Global Compact, the biggest and most important initiative worldwide for responsible corporate management.
The United Nations initiative is not intended as a certifiable standard or a regulation tool, but as an open forum, in order to trigger change processes and share ideas.

It is on this basis that we want to work with you - our customers, employees, suppliers and partners.

Inspire us! Join us in working towards a clean, safe world!

CSR-Headline Sauber Welt

As an association of family-run trading companies, we take our responsibility seriously, and act in a far-sighted, responsible way with regard to our customers, employees and society, while taking the needs of our environment into account - to the benefit of future generations.

Our mission and our value concept are documented in their full version in the igefa corporate policy.


Wir achten und unterstützen den Schutz der Menschenrechte



Global Compact Logo

As a member of the UN Global Compact by conviction, it is our mission to promote the ten principles relating to human rights, labour conditions, environmental protection and anti-corruption within the scope of our field of influence, and to actively implement them.


Wir verpflichten uns zu fairen und sicheren Arbeitsbedingungen

We will also continue to support Global Compact in the future, and are constantly working to promote the goals of the pact and to incorporate them in our everyday corporate process.

This standard applies throughout the entire supply chain - from the producer through to the end consumer.

Wir setzen uns für den Schutz der Umwelt ein

Our internal Code of Ethics and our Code of Conduct for suppliers provide a secure basis for this.
They are both oriented to the fundamental ILO conventions, the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Rio Declaration on Environment and Development.

Wir treten gegen alle Arten der Korruption ein 

In this way, sets of regulations are created which serve as a guide to employees, and to which suppliers must adhere.
Our management bears particular responsibility in this regard, by behaving in an exemplary way, guiding the employees for whom they are responsible, and acting as a point of contact if difficulties arise or if advice is needed.

Wir agieren im Einklang mit den Gesetzen

The observance of these standards is also controlled by our integrated management system, which is certified according to the DIN EN ISO 9001 standard for quality management and the ISO 14001 standard for environmental management, and which includes occupational safety management according to OHSAS 18001.

Wir handeln nach dem Vorsorgeprinzip



Thanks to the reporting and notification requirements that are part of our management system, transparency and ongoing improvements are guaranteed.

Wir fördern den offenen gesellschaftlichen Dialog

With our CSR reporting according to the standard for sustainability reporting of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and with our Declaration of Conformity with the Sustainability Code, we present annual accounts of our activities.

Here, our basic principle of publishing only truthful information comes to bear, which we ensure by applying the dual control principle and defined approval mechanisms.

Our regular reporting is used to provide detailed information to our stakeholders.
It is designed to promote dialogue and orientation, both internally and externally. At the same time, it allows us to regularly check our own activities, and enables us to
incorporate stakeholder feedback, detect developments at an early stage and obtain a stimulus for new ideas.

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Sustainability Council

The igefa Sustainability Council is the federal control body for sustainability activities in the company group.

Eco Vadis Gold Auszeichnung für die igefa Nachhaltigkeitswebsite

Gold status in the EcoVadis CSR ranking

This status means that igefa belongs among the best EcoVadis-evaluated companies worldwide.

certificate ISO

Successful re-certification according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015 und 14001:2015

In September 2017, igefa once again demonstrated its well-proven quality and environmental management system through a combined re-certification audit.

igefa Neubau Henry Kruse Neumünster

Almost climate neutral energy supply thanks to the latest building technology

At the new Henry Kruse company location in Neumünster, great importance was placed on sustainable building technology.


Florian Jilek bei unserem igefa-Mitglied Arndt

Successful inclusion: igefa member Arndt sets a good example

A 25-year-old man with mental handicap recommended himself to work for igefa member Arndt in the warehouse. In addition, he has already made his driving license for conveyance vehicles.

igefa Campus Kachel

igefa Campus

Further training as a solution to personnel management challenges.

persönliche Schutzausrüstung Kachel

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

With our PPE product range, we help our customers protect their staff.

Experteninterviews Kachelbild

Expert interviews

Industry experts in conversation with the igefa Sustainability Council.

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CSR understanding

We provide services to people.
For a clean, safe world.

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Sustainability Council

The igefa Sustainability Council is the federal control body for sustainability activities in the company group.

Umweltschutz Kachelbild


Over the last five years, we have succeeded in reducing our CO2 emissions by 16 percent.

Kachelbild zur Gesellschaft

Social Commitment

Our goal is to have an impact in
areas where help reaches
the people who need it.

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We report according to the recognised guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).