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Change, together.

Change only works together. CWS wants to continuously improve its contribution to a clean, sustainable future.

Find out what we have already achieved and what we still have ahead of us in our Sustainability Report 2022/2023.

The CWS Sustainability Report 2022/2023

CWS Nachhaltigkeitsbericht 2021/22

For CWS, sustainability is a future vision, a business model and a guiding framework for responsible action. To achieve this, the company primarily focuses on sustainable products and decarbonisation. Read our new sustainability report to find out how we are doing this in the areas of hygiene, workwear, cleanrooms and fire safety.  


CWS sustainability report 2022/2023

We live circularity 

What does circular economy look like at CWS and what does circularity mean for us? Find out in our Think Circular clip.  

More colourful and better: diversity and inclusion at CWS

Diversity and inclusion are a matter of great discussion throughout  society. CWS is also actively working to strengthen diversity within the company. After CWS put the topic of diversity & inclusion on the management agenda internally, the company already took the next logical step: CWS signed the "Diversity Charter" in Germany. All other country organisations will follow. This is an official commitment by CWS to consistently promote diversity and inclusion throughout the company.

"We want to create a working environment in which every single person, regardless of their gender, age, nationality, religion, disability or sexual orientation, is valued and can play to their full strengths. I am convinced that diversity is a good breeding ground for innovation and top performance," Jürgen Höfling had recently emphasised in his interview in the employee magazine ONE.

This process is driven by the Diversity & Inclusion Council - CWS understands diversity as the integration of different perspectives, i.e. across all aspects of diversity. This is not about quotas or rules, but rather about valuing every single perspective.



Jointly pioneering in sustainability

For us, sustainability is the central guiding principle for our actions. This means: We place people and the environment at the centre of our services. Over the next four years, we want to further expand our pioneering position in sustainability and become the most sustainable company in our industry by 2024.

We are revising our sustainability management system in order to anchor this claim throughout the company. We have already established a new strategic framework and defined strategic priorities.

To ensure that these strategies are followed by action, we are developing goals that reflect our priorities. For example in the area of sustainable products: In line with the circular economy, we already think many of our products and services in terms of closed cycles. With our rental model, we make it possible for products to be used again and again. At the same time, we extend the service life of our products by using resistant, durable materials, repairing them time and again and putting them back into circulation. Wherever possible, we avoid environmentally harmful disposable products and employ reusable products such as our cotton towel rolls.

What does this mean in concrete terms? By 2024, we want to market only sustainable products in our new business. To this end, we are, for example, further expanding the use of Fairtrade-certified cotton and intensifying the use of recycled polyester.


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We are already on the right track with our commitment. This was recently recognised when we were nominated for the German Sustainability Award 2020, an annual prize that honours German companies that play a key role in driving the change towards a sustainable and resource-saving economy.

We take the fact that we did not make it to the final round this time as an additional incentive to constantly question ourselves and improve our efforts. With ambitious goals, we are working to achieve continuous further development. Our sustainable goals go hand in hand with our economic goals. We want to grow, but in a sustainable way.

"Managing sustainably is a holistic task," says CEO Jürgen Höfling. "And every step forward counts. Together we are working consistently at all levels to learn and improve so that we can do justice to people and the environment in our business activities. This is how we make CWS a sustainable leader".

The CWS Sustainability Interim Report clearly summarises what CWS has already achieved on its way to becoming the most sustainable company.

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Other sustainability topics

Find out here how CWS commits to sustainability 

Bunter und besser: Vielfalt und Inklusion bei CWS

Vielfalt und Integration werden gesellschaftlich intensiv diskutiert. Auch CWS arbeitet aktiv daran, Vielfalt im Unternehmen zu stärken. Nachdem CWS das Thema Diversität & Inklusion intern auf die Management-Agenda setzte, ging das Unternehmen bereits den nächsten logischen Schritt: CWS unterzeichnete in Deutschland die „Charta der Vielfalt“. Alle weiteren Länderorganisationen werden folgen. Damit verpflichtet sich CWS offiziell, Vielfalt und Inklusion im gesamten Unternehmen konsequent voranzutreiben.

„Wir möchten ein Arbeitsumfeld schaffen, in dem jede einzelne Person unabhängig von Geschlecht, Alter, Nationalität, Religion, Behinderung oder sexueller Orientierung wertgeschätzt wird und ihre Stärken voll ausspielen kann. Ich bin überzeugt, dass Vielfältigkeit ein guter Nährboden für Innovation und Bestleistungen ist“, so Jürgen Höfling, CEO der CWS Gruppe.

Diesen Prozess treibt das Diversity & Inclusion Council voran – Diversität versteht CWS dabei als die Integration verschiedener Perspektiven, d.h. über alle Facetten von Diversität hinweg. Dabei geht es nicht um Quoten oder Regeln, sondern viel eher darum, jede einzelne Perspektive wertzuschätzen.

Klima-Analyse belegt: Arbeitskleidung im Mietservice reduziert die CO2-Emissionen

Arbeitskleidung im Mietservice trägt durch aktive Kreislaufwirtschaft zum Klimaschutz bei – das ist das Ergebnis der Circular Advantage Study, die die CWS Gruppe gemeinsam mit dem Beratungsunternehmen sustainable thinking im Jahr 2020 durchgeführt hat. Im Durchschnitt reduziert der Mietservice Treibhausgasemissionen um etwa 50 % (inkl. Transport).

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Gemeinsam unsere Werte schützen: Die CWS Compliance HelpLine

Die CWS Compliance HelpLine ermöglicht es Lieferanten und Kunden, vertraulich über regelwidriges und unethisches Verhalten sowie über Compliance-Verstöße zu informieren.

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Certificates (not applicable for all countries)

ISO 14001

Quality management

EU Ecolabel

European eco-label

Blauer Engel

Blauer Engel Umweltzeichen


Label for fair trade
Fairtrade Siegel für Fairen Handel

An all-encompassing offering

CWS Budova

One for all.

Many people are familiar with our dust control mats, as well as our towel and soap dispensers. But at CWS, we also optimise your washroom, create fire safety concepts, as well as designing and cleaning business attire. These are just some of our solutions and your possibilities. We work for people in a wide variety of industries, advising, planning, checking, repairing, sorting, washing, documenting, etc. We do it with pleasure. And in a sustainable way.