"Today we are shaping the (green) industry of tomorrow"

This guiding principle shapes our work. Sustainability issues and how we can do business in a way that is beneficial to life are therefore at the top of our daily agenda. We consider sustainability in its three dimensions of environmental, social and governance (ESG criteria) and are guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations, the principles of the UN Global Compact, legal requirements and various certifications.

Sustainability in three dimensions


We attach great importance to transparency and sustainable management with regard to the natural resources we require for our business activities. We measure and record relevant data. They provide us with information on where we can improve further. We want to use resources even more efficiently and promote environmentally friendly practices to reduce our ecological footprint. To achieve this, we are constantly rethinking tried-and-tested practices. We are on our way and are taking it one step at a time.


For us, social sustainability is an integral part of who we are. It reflects our commitment to go beyond financial success and make a positive impact on employees, customers and society at large. Our collegial leadership culture in a diverse, inclusive work environment enables employees to experience self-efficacy. This not only promotes their own well-being, but also increases motivation and loyalty to our companies. In addition, we are actively committed to social engagement, supported by our own NGO: CEF-help.

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Our corporate culture is based on strong values, humanity, integrity and sustainable corporate governance. Governance aspects such as transparency, ethics, compliance, independence of the Board of Management, and compliance with laws and regulations play a central role here. Sound governance is crucial for sustainable business and responsible management. You can find out more about how we ensure our standards are put into practice here.

Find more about how we integrate our compliance regulations.

Our Sustainability Report

With our first Sustainability Report for the reporting year 2022, we have embarked on a new path of transparency. We follow the 20 criteria of the German Sustainability Code (DNK) and the standards of the Global Reporting Initiative. The Sustainability Code is the leading reporting standard in Germany, bringing comprehensibility and comparability to corporate reporting. For us, this is just the beginning - an up-to-date picture of the Group on its way to a future fit following generations.

Download Sustainability Report 2023

Diversity Charter

2023, we have signed the Diversity Charter. Diversity and equal opportunities in the workplace are extremely important to us. We are committed to eliminating discrimination and prejudice and creating an inclusive environment. Every employee, regardless of gender, age, ethnic background, sexual orientation or religion, is valued and respected at our company. Our signing of the charter is a step toward a more diverse and inclusive working world.

More about the Diversity Charter

Nomination for the Sustainability Hero Award in the Social Commitment category

For several years now, DQS and the German Society for Quality (DGQ) have been honoring pioneers in the field of sustainability. In six different categories, small companies up to large corporations are rewarded for their pioneering role. In 2023, CEF's commitment was nominated for the category "Social Commitment".

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