Sustainably safe.

Our mission is the safety of people - workers and road users alike. Ensuring this safety today and in the future while acting in an ecologically, economically and socially responsible manner is based on the values we live by at AVS.

What do we mean by this?

By assessing the impact of our business activities, we have assessed our contribution to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations and, conversely, their impact on our business. Taking a holistic view of the key sustainability aspects for our business activities, and  in active dialogue with our stakeholders, we have defined a total of four strategic fields in May 2022.  These form our mission statement, which we have set ourselves to achieve by 2025.

Ecological

Climate protection is a focus topic for us. For our climate accounting and our ambitious goal of reducing our emissions along the 1.5-degree climate path, we are guided by internationally recognized standards such as the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG).

Through avoidance, reduction, recycling, and reuse, we integrate our sustainability goals into our daily actions - from the procurement process to on-site measures:

  • Efficient resource management
  • Development towards a circular economy

For example, demarking work is carried out using only water, without the use of chemicals and without damaging the road surface. At the same time, this enables us to reduce dismantling times for roadwork protection, thus reducing traffic jams and climate-damaging emissions.

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With our measures, we make a contribution towards the Sustainable Development Goals 12 (responsible consumption and production) and 13 (climate action).

Climate
On our climate journey, we are guided by internationally recognised standards. We measure our Scope 1 & 2 and 3 (upstream and downstream activities in the value chain) emissions according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG). Based on this, we are currently developing our climate strategy.

Resources
As part of our effective resource management and on our way toward a circular economy, we carry out a comprehensive assessment of our waste volume. Our aim is to continuously reduce this through avoidance, reduction, recycling and reuse. In our procurement process and through our efficient project planning and execution, we continuously work on our responsible use of the planet's resources.

Environmentally friendly construction site solutions
On our construction sites, we always strive to use environmentally friendly solutions. Our machines for demarking work are designed to meet the latest requirements of different road surfaces and markings. Demarking is done while driving with water without using chemicals and without damaging the road surface. With this environmentally friendly measure, we can reduce the dismantling times of the construction site protection and thus reduce climate-damaging emissions caused by traffic jams.

Social

Our responsibility is to provide a safe working environment and enable safe mobility. Because we want everyone to get home safely.

Diversity, fairness and well-being also shape our attitude toward our employees and are an integral part of our internal Code of Conduct. We see inclusion and equality as an opportunity. That is why we signed the Diversity Charter in 2021.

Our appreciative and open culture of values is the basis for our long-term success, growth and innovative capability.

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Learn more about social sustainability

With our actions, we make a contribution towards the Sustainable Development Goals 3 (good health and wellbeing), 8 (decent work and economic growth) and 10 (reduced inequalities).

Safety
The safety of people - workers and road users alike - on road construction sites is our core business. We recognise our responsibility in providing a working environment in which our employees and contractors can work safely and efficiently, where the safe mobility of road users is possible, and the public is minimally affected by our business operations. Therefore, we continuously improve our services, products and work processes. We regularly train our employees on all topics related to occupational safety.

Diversity
Our society is diverse. So is our working environment. We see diversity, inclusion and equality as an opportunity and therefore signed the Diversity Charter in 2021. Our Code of Conduct states that we are convinced that the diversity of our employees is what makes long-term success and growth possible. For this reason, we consciously promote the diversity of our workforce. We want to do our part to promote recognition, appreciation and inclusion of diversity inworking environment. That is why we have implemented the goals of the Diversity Charter at AVS and live them as part of our corporate culture.

Sustainable structures

We bundle and orchestrate all of our activities and initiatives for a livable future in the Resort Sustainability Management and engage in a variety of ways. At AVS, we shape our sustainability course together and in partnership with our employees and key stakeholders. With our internal network of AVS Sustainability Ambassadors, we actively promote cultural change in our company. We partner with a wide range of organizations and initiatives whose goals we actively support and promote.

Transparent public communication on our progress in sustainable corporate governance is part of our self-image.

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Through our actions, we contribute towards the Sustainable Development Goal 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions).

Integral behavior

The fundamental principles and guidelines of our company are anchored in our binding Code of Conduct.  The AVS management sees its responsibility on the three levels of the AVS compliance management system:

Prevention
We prevent compliance violations with our compliance risk management in the form of compliance guidelines and procedures, training and advice for employees

Detection
We identify compliance violations through our whistleblowing system LegalTegrity and other reporting channels. We clarify these in fair and professional investigations.

Reaction
We react to compliance violations with case-related measures and consequences in order to eliminate risks and stop misconduct.

The AVS Whistleblower Portal
If there are indications of possible misconduct or violations of our Code of Conduct or laws, these can be reported via a message to our compliance contact or via a protected external channel. In cooperation with LegalTegrity, we have set up a whistleblower hotline and a whistleblower portal for whistleblowing purposes, where any employee, business partner, supplier or service provider can report company-related legal violations openly by name or anonymously.

Contact details Compliance

✉ compliance@avs-verkehrssicherung.de

☏ +49 69 9999 8839 (Mon.-Fri. 9:00- 17:00)

Click here for the whistleblower portal

We carefully follow up on all reports about violations and treat them confidentially to the greatest extent possible. The AVS Group does not tolerate any discrimination against whistleblowers who report possible or actual violations - unless the tips were given deliberately in an abusive manner.

Sustainable procurement
The way we work with suppliers and subcontractors makes a significant contribution to achieving AVS's sustainability goals (e.g. by reducing CO2 emissions in our value chain, using resources responsibly, respecting human rights and avoiding environmental risks). Fair treatment of our business partners is therefore an important part of AVS supplier management, alongside economic, ecological and social aspects.

Sustainable structures

We bundle and orchestrate all of our activities and initiatives for a livable future in the Resort Sustainability Management and engage in a variety of ways. At AVS, we shape our sustainability course together and in partnership with our employees and key stakeholders. With our internal network of AVS Sustainability Ambassadors, we actively promote cultural change in our company. We partner with a wide range of organizations and initiatives whose goals we actively support and promote.

Transparent public communication on our progress in sustainable corporate governance is part of our self-image.

Learn more about cultural sustainability

Networking
We want to actively promote cultural change in our company. Therefore, we invite people from different areas of our company to actively contribute towards the sustainable transformation of AVS.

Our AVS Sustainability Ambassadors contribute their sustainability knowledge and act as multipliers. They are contact persons for the implementation of projects and processes in their organizations. The network meets regularly to share knowledge and jointly develop projects.

Partnerships
In our internal and external networks, committees and partnerships, we engage in dialogue with our stakeholders on our sustainability programme in a wide variety of formats.

Diversity Charter


We see diversity as an opportunity and have therefore signed the Diversity Charter in 2021. We are convinced that if we actively live diversity, we will be more open, more appreciative and sustainably successful as a company.

B.A.U.M. e.V.  Network for Sustainable Management


AVS is committed to B.A.U.M. because we want to sustainably safeguard Europe's road construction sites.  This works best with a strong network of committed partners. B.A.U.M. offers us the opportunity to actively contribute our experience in the mobility sector. At the same time, we can exchange ideas with companies from a wide range of sectors as well as with representatives of science and NGOs and thus shape a sustainable future.

BME


 

AVS is a member of the industry initiative of the German Association of Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics (BME).

Vision Zero


Every day and every night when we secure road construction sites. No fatalities or serious injuries on the roads: that is the goal of Vision Zero. Developed in Sweden in the 1990s, the strategy is now the basis for safe traffic concepts throughout Europe. We at AVS see ourselves as an important partner and driving force in Germany and internationally. Because with the development of our products, we have always been ahead of the times.

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Sustainability management at AVS 

There is no future without sustainability. That is why we have created a separate department for the strategic sustainability management, which reports directly to the AVS management. For us, sustainable transformation is a joint task for everyone. That is why our sustainability officer works closely with all departments to implement our sustainability goals.The sustainability management is supported by department heads from various central departments. Together they form the AVS Sustainability Council. In addition, there is the internal network of AVS Sustainability Ambassadors, where employees from different areas of our company are actively involved as champions for sustainability