Creators, makers, pioneers

More than 12,000 employees, globally active and passionate about innovation — that is the way to achieve both market and technological leadership. We are Körber. Presenting our Group.

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We are Körber

Körber is a leading international technology group that has more than 12,000 employees at over 100 locations worldwide. We are the home for entrepreneurs — we turn entrepreneurial thinking into customers success. Körber AG manages the Group and its four Business Areas: Digital, Pharma, Supply Chain and Technologies.

Insights

The Körber Insights shows the entire spectrum of the Körber world: We give our view of exciting developments and trends, as well as innovations and technologies. We also highlight personalities who drive Körber forward every day with their entrepreneurial spirit and new ideas.

Sustainability

Sustainability

We develop innovative products, solutions and services for a more sustainable tomorrow and introduce the people who make them possible. Find out more in our Sustainability Report 2023.

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Körber pursues ambitious climate targets

In October 2023, we had the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) verify our commitment to achieving net-zero CO₂e emissions throughout the entire value chain by 2040. We would like to introduce you to some of the measures that will help us achieve this ambitious goal.

Group-wide standards for Ecodesign

We were able to advance our Ecodesign initiative decisively in 2023 after creating a group-wide standard for life cycle assessments (LCAs). Find out more about the first LCAs we implemented and the challenges we overcame.

Data and infrastructure protection

We aim to transform information security into a strategic objective and make it a shared concern for all employees. We provide an overview of the corresponding measures and projects in 2023.

Career

Career

Wanted: team players. The know-how, creativity, and dedication of our employees have made us a successful technology company in Germany and worldwide. Now we want to shape the future — with you! We offer exciting positions for experts, young professionals, university students, and high school students.

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"Modern leadership culture has a performance-enhancing effect"

A working climate that promotes innovation, diversity, and the courage to tell uncomfortable truths is more central than ever to a company's success today. In an interview, Gabriele Fanta, Head of Group Human Resources, explains how the new leadership principles at Körber specifically strengthen fruitful collaboration in everyday working life.

What comes after traineeship, Max?

Experience report: After graduating in mechatronics and mechanical engineering, Max Döring became a trainee at Körber. Today, he is Technical Product Manager at our Körber Business Area Pharma.

Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Joint future-proof activities are the foundation of sustainable procurement. Körber, as a globally leading technology group, therefore places great value on the optimal purchasing of materials and services.

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Dimension Environment – focus field ‘Climate protection’

Körber pursues ambitious climate targets

“Our net-zero targets are much more than mere numbers. They are a game changer and serve as our driving force for more sustainable development of our products, solutions, and services.”

Erich Hoch, Chief Operations Officer (COO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Körber, Member of the Group Executive Board of Körber AG

In October 2023, we raised our ambitious climate goals to a higher threshold and had our commitment to net-zero CO₂e emissions throughout the entire value chain by 2040 verified by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). “For us, this is also a factor for our financial success,” declares Erich Hoch, COO/CTO at Körber. “Sustainability has long held positive associations in the business world. In addition to our clear, decades-long stance on environmental awareness, it is also the market, our clients and our employees who give us strength and continue to motivate us on our journey.” 

Net-zero CO₂e emissions by 2040

CO₂e neutrality refers to diminishing your own greenhouse gas emissions through measures to prevent and reduce them while offsetting them through permanent carbon capture and storage. It’s like balancing scales with emissions on the one side and a mixture of countermeasures on the other.

Net-zero is a more ambitious goal which prioritizes minimizing absolute carbon equivalent emissions as far as possible. However, the Science Based Targets initiative allows a residual quantity of 10 percent relative to the base year of the reduction plan. Only when minimization is achieved may organizations neutralize all remaining emissions through permanent carbon capture and storage. The key aim is to reduce emissions so that the total contribution to greenhouse gases is virtually zero. 

Both concepts are incredibly important in combating climate change, but net-zero is a more ambitious, more extensive, more proactive approach. It can only be achieved through joint effort and requires each individual employee within the company to make their contribution.

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a partnership between the non-profit Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute (WRI), and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The initiative pursues the goal of ensuring companies worldwide halve their emissions by 2030 and reduce them to zero by 2050. To achieve this, the SBTi, as a global initiative, helps companies to set and achieve their reduction goals in line with the latest findings of climate science. Around 4,000 companies worldwide had already joined the SBTi by the end of 2022. Together, these companies represent more than a third of the global economy’s market capitalization. The SBTi validated Körber’s net-zero targets in October 2023.

We work with these stakeholder groups on different levels and in a large number of projects to achieve our ambitious goals and make our contribution to protecting the environment. Examples of this include our sustainable design for our new production facilities as a further contribution to achieving our net-zero targets in our own production processes (emissions in Scope 1 and 2). Effective measures to achieve our net-zero targets in Scope 3 are the implementation of our Ecodesign approach in product development and our working relationship with our clients or even also a number of business partners in the value chain with the aim of developing environmentally friendly solutions and products. 

“The SBTi’s ‘Corporate Net-Zero Standard’ is the world’s only framework for companies to set net-zero targets in line with climate science. In this way, we make a maximum contribution to climate protection.”

Michaela Thiel, Head of Sustainability, Körber AG

Construction projects for climate protection

One example of environmentally friendly new buildings is the Körber Campus in Hamburg Bergedorf, where the Körber Business Area Technologies brings together the former Bergedorf and Schwarzenbek locations in an ultramodern new building to create the ‘factory of the future’. With this change, we have also managed to solve the problem of very high energy consumption at the two existing locations. In addition to using a green roof for rainwater harvesting and domestic water use, we are prioritizing self-generated electricity from photovoltaics and heat recovery from geothermal energy as part of the sustainability plan for the new location. The energy efficiency attained and the eradication of fossil fuels make the construction project one of the Group’s foremost initiatives in attaining the net-zero target for our own production processes (what are known as Scope 1 and 2 emissions). 

Another example is the Business Area Pharma’s new production site in the Swiss town of Grabs. Here, around 365 employees will work in a new building complex from the second half of 2026. Planning for this facility centered on sustainability aspects such as the use of geothermal energy, solar panels, district heating, and electrical transport options.

Brief interview with Nico Stüssi, Chief Operating Officer for the Business Unit Packaging in the Business Area Pharma

What role does sustainability play in the construction of the new plant for the Business Unit Packaging in Grabs?

<p><strong>Nico Stüssi: </strong>In light of our impressive growth rates, we have substantially increased our capacities over recent years and are now working at six locations in Grabs and the surrounding area. Our new building...

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Nico Stüssi: In light of our impressive growth rates, we have substantially increased our capacities over recent years and are now working at six locations in Grabs and the surrounding area. Our new building will ensure much greater efficiency and sustainability since we’ll be bringing our locations together in a space measuring almost 25,000 square meters. This will make our processes considerably more efficient and we’ll save on a substantial number of journeys and shipments between the locations.

 

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Were sustainability aspects also included in planning for the building?

<p><strong>Nico Stüssi: </strong>They formed an essential part of the design concept. Among other things, we’re using geothermal energy for heating and cooling our building and thus meet around half of the location’s needs....

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Nico Stüssi: They formed an essential part of the design concept. Among other things, we’re using geothermal energy for heating and cooling our building and thus meet around half of the location’s needs. We’ll acquire the rest through regional district heating from a nearby waste incineration plant. 

 

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There will also be more than 1,000 solar modules on the green roofs at the new location...

<p><strong>Nico Stüssi: </strong>These are integral to our electric transport concept among other elements. We’re installing a loop network with electricity from our solar panels in our new building’s underground parking lot....

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Nico Stüssi: These are integral to our electric transport concept among other elements. We’re installing a loop network with electricity from our solar panels in our new building’s underground parking lot. This will allow us to install charging stations for electric vehicles at each of the 200 parking spaces and in the bicycle parking area. We’re starting with about 40 such parking spaces and will expand as required.

 

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Reducing emissions together throughout the value chain

We have recognized that developing sustainable products and solutions is a key component in attaining our climate goals and we work closely with our clients in this respect. Marwin Krull, Product Owner Customer Portal and Sustainability Lead for the Körber Business Area Pharma, believes the most important thing here is transparency: “Companies recognize the need to work together with customers and suppliers to assume ecological and social responsibility. One key realization is that this collaboration can only be successful if it is based on transparency throughout the entire value chain.” 

For Marwin Krull, data transparency is a crucial aspect in this respect: “Primary data exchange allows organizations to validate assumptions and make informed decisions. One example of this approach is sharing data that enhances understanding of clients’ actual use of machines. If we incorporate this information, it'll provide us with a more precise evaluation of environmental impact throughout a product’s entire life cycle.” Transparency also applies to the relationship with suppliers. Here too, we strive for close collaboration to validate as many data points as possible, so we can assess our carbon footprint with real data rather than relying on assumptions or secondary data.

“Exchanging data throughout the entire value chain enables companies to arrive at informed decisions and make a positive contribution to protecting the environment.”

Marwin Krull, Product Owner Customer Portal and Sustainability Lead for the Körber Business Area Pharma and member of the ‘Alliance to Zero’

Collaboration is also the driving force behind a project where, as part of the ‘Alliance to Zero’ since its founding in June 2021, we have joined forces with other companies in the pharmaceutical industry to actively advance the decarbonization of pharmaceutical products and their associated value chain. This organization aims to jointly create business models and solutions for pharmaceutical products which are designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are based on the principles of a circular economy. It should be possible to use these for a wide variety of existing and future pharmaceutical products and help introduce net-zero products over the coming years.

This non-profit association of companies in the pharma and biotech supply chain aims to make it easier for the industry to achieve net-zero emissions. As an association of companies with common goals, the alliance works together with scientists and non-profit organizations and funds relevant projects. At the same time, the ‘Alliance to Zero’ also promotes targeted networking of suppliers, pharma companies, manufacturers, and service providers throughout the pharma products supply chain. Körber is a founding member of this non-profit initiative.

“Since the ‘Alliance to Zero’ was founded, it has been our common goal to analyze the CO₂e footprint of pharmaceutical products and use innovative approaches to gradually reduce them. The alliance is currently focusing on auto-injectors,” explains Krull. “There are members of the ‘Alliance to Zero’ involved in all the different areas of the value chain for auto-injectors – from glass cartridge manufacture through to auto-injector production and assembly. We examine the product components together with scientists and help them in their search for alternative materials and production methods which meet strict regulatory requirements.”

From an environmental perspective, adapting the auto-injector design would be beneficial to make it easier to disassemble, for example, or create ways to reuse individual components. Nevertheless, these potentials are countered by legal and regulatory requirements, and, obviously, patient safety remains paramount. “When addressing such matters, the benefits of cross-company collaboration, such as the one we foster in the ‘Alliance to Zero’, become evident,” states Krull. “In this initiative, we have the opportunity to discuss challenges and concerns in a suitable forum with relevant specialists and decision-makers. In this way, we can detect potential obstacles in good time, respond to them appropriately, and come closer to our goal of a net-zero product.”

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