As a long-standing partner for German medium-sized businesses, we at ADCURAM are aware of our exemplary role and responsibility for the environment, employees and society. Anyone who wants to be economically successful not only needs operational know-how and a strategic long-term view; above all, it also requires an awareness of the need for sustainable corporate development. Since our founding, the concept of sustainability has not only been an integral part of our corporate values, but also firmly embedded in the organization and processes within our holding company. At ADCURAM, we work as a team to continuously develop in the areas of environment, social responsibility and governance (ESG – Environment, Social Responsibility and Governance).
Under the following link you will find our ESG framework as a PDF for download.
From sustainable travel and resource management to encouraging our employees to take responsibility for their own climate and energy consumption, at ADCURAM and our portfolio companies we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and integrating sustainability into our daily work.
Our experienced team is the heart of our holding company. Therefore, it is a special concern for us at ADCURAM to fulfill our social responsibility through training and further education opportunities, a modern work-life balance as well as the promotion of diversity. Charitable campaigns and monetary donations are naturally part of this.
Corporate governance according to modern principles is of great importance not only in economically turbulent times. At ADCURAM, we are working hard to meet the ever-increasing governance requirements around transparency, risk management and compliance, and to continuously revise our investment criteria.
As an experienced and responsible partner, we also want to support our portfolio companies in establishing sustainable strategies in the long term and thus further developing the companies with a view to the future. By transferring ESG know-how or financing projects with particularly high benefits, we strengthen our portfolio companies and enable sustainable growth. In this way, we also want to live up to our role and responsibility as a shareholder.
In the following case studies, we would like to present three companies from our portfolio that we have supported in implementing a comprehensive ESG strategy.
The Steinel Group has been committed to sustainability and protecting the basis of all our lives for many years. This mission began back in 1987, when our team developed the world’s first sensor light. The light only switches on when it is actually needed. New and revolutionary in its time, and above all an early and clear sign against wasting energy and natural resources.
The most recent example is “Green Light for Tomorrow. Steinel’s contribution to a sustainable future and means a significant reduction in CO2 emissions with lower energy consumption. Connected Lighting offers the perfect solution for this: sensor-controlled LED lighting that, thanks to local light and presence sensors and Bluetooth networking, only ever switches on when it is needed.
The Steinel Group’s way of thinking and acting to manufacture products and services in a way that conserves resources does not just apply to the production process, but starts with the development and design of the products. A sustainable product life cycle is the benchmark, and continuous improvement in environmental and energy management is the goal.
At Steinel, the focus is on people – whether employees, managers or inventors – because the Steinel Group’s long-standing success is based on human inventions.
The Group follows a clearly defined mission statement that contains basic values and principles that determine how we deal with each other and how we work together across the board. The Steinel Group has repeatedly been named an “Excellent Employer” or “Top Company” at national level. The quality of the employer is reflected in particular in the takeover rate among trainees, which is strikingly high at 90 percent.
The integration of these social and environmental concerns is the foundation of any sustainable and responsible corporate management. Steinel ensures this with convincing compliance management, the avoidance of unnecessary risks, the establishment of management and control processes and the creation of transparency.
This is evidenced by a number of independent certifications that ensure that managers and employees alike are fulfilling their corporate obligations.
Since its foundation some 30 years ago, the Garbe Group has been convinced that responsible and careful handling of the natural resources of our environment forms the basis of every economically successful action. An ideal that is not only deeply anchored in the corporate philosophy of our shareholding, but is at the same time reflected in the central business purpose of the group – the Closed Substance Cycle Waste Management Act: Recycling of raw materials to conserve natural resources.
Recycling and disposal are important cornerstones of the daily work within the Garbe companies. Together with its subsidiaries, the Garbe Group is one of the most efficient full-service providers for all aspects of demolition, refurbishment, disposal and recycling in Berlin and thus an important part of the regional circular economy in the construction sector.
At its three recycling yards, the Garbe Group processes building materials and produces high-quality and quality-controlled recycled building materials from construction waste. This reduces the consumption of natural resources.
In addition, the use of recycled building materials prevents long travel distances of natural building materials and reduces the carbon footprint in the building materials industry.
The Garbe Group also plays a direct role as a garden and landscape contractor in building the “green lung” for Berlin, including the construction and maintenance of parks and green spaces for the Senate and the various district offices. In addition, the Wiesendamm site has a photovoltaic system that also supplies the Berlin power grid with green energy.
The importance of sustainability and a more conscious use of natural resources has also increased continuously in the prefabricated housing sector in recent years. Our investment, the prefabricated house group consisting of Streif, Schwabenhaus and Danhaus, is one of the pioneers in its sector with its innovative concepts.
Danhaus in particular was a real pioneer in terms of energy saving at an early stage: Thus, every Danhaus is optionally a KfW-55, -40 or -40Plus efficiency house. The Danhaus polar heat protection has already been tested 100 times by building in the Arctic Circle, whether in Greenland, Iceland or Scandinavia. The “1Liter house!” from Danhaus is in comparison even up to 90 percent more efficient than the legal standard. A 1Liter house with a built-in direct air heat pump requires the equivalent of only about 1 liter of oil per square meter/year.
At Streif Haus GmbH – the company has been in existence since 1929 – sustainability and healthy living also play a major role in house construction. The decision to build a modern house in wood panel construction is active environmental protection, because in a country like Germany, with its wealth of forests, wood is a constantly renewing raw material.
“Sustainability” is a term coined by the timber industry. Prefabricated houses made of wood are unbeatable in terms of ecological balance. The material derived from trees stores CO2 forever. By using renewable raw materials, especially certified wood, prefabricated houses are more resource-efficient than any solid house.
Schwabenhaus GmbH offers its customers various energy-saving packages for customized efficiency. Modern and innovative energy saving packages consequently mean less energy costs – a topic more important than ever.
Thanks to the use of future-oriented technologies and a heat-insulating construction method, Schwabenhaus houses achieve energy efficiency class A+ and the Efficiency House 55 standard. What’s more: If desired, customers can optionally make their Schwabenhaus an Efficiency House 40 or 40 Plus – KfW funding included.