Sustainability Report

Dear BPW Employees, Partners, and Friends

Achim Kotz

Markus Schell

The transport and logistics sector is currently facing increasing global challenges such as the Corona pandemic, the war in Ukraine, price explosions, inflation, a weakening economy and uncertain supply chains. Even and especially in these times characterised by diverse challenges, companies and people who take responsibility are in demand. The UN Global Compact, the world’s largest and most important initiative for sustainable and responsible corporate governance, which we have supported as a member since 2016, provides the framework for this at BPW.

Our sustainability strategy is based on three main foundations: Employees & Society, Product Responsibility and Environment & Energy. All our actions, measures and activities follow these fields of action. In doing so, we not only have our generation or the generation after us in mind, but also the generation after next. We have been living this philosophy at BPW for almost 125 years. Acting responsibly is an integral part of our corporate culture. Our actions have therefore always been geared towards sustainability – not purely towards profitability.

This is also reflected in our innovative products and solutions, which conserve resources, reduce emissions and enable mobility and environmental protection at the same time. Through the generation and use of renewable energies as well as recycling initiatives, we cultivate a responsible approach to the environment, energy and our resources. All this is only possible with employees who see the big picture and do their best to do what is important and right. We employ around 1,500 of them at our headquarters in Wiehl and thousands of them in the BPW Group all over the world.

With our current sustainability report, we cordially invite you to learn about our ideas, initiatives and progress towards a more sustainable world.

Yours Achim Kotz and Markus Schell

Achim Kotz

Markus Schell


Employees and Community

The people who work for BPW shape the company: They give a lot of know-how, knowledge and lifetime to the job. BPW is aware of the responsibility as an employer that this involves and invests in encouraging the health of all employees, providing support with social issues as well as with a good “fair balance” between family and job. The company is also committed to social issues, including better working conditions for truck drivers.


Product Responsibility

In more than 120 years of company history, BPW has always combined solid engineering with high-quality innovations. The products and solutions offer the transport and logistics industry greater efficiency, safety and reliability. In doing so, they support climate protection and offer numerous other benefits for the climate and society. BPW is always setting itself higher goals and working together with partners to become even better.


Environment and Energy

The importance of climate protection is increasing all the time. BPW recognised the need a long time ago and implemented many initiatives, such as the switch to 100 per cent green electricity. The commitment continues: in 2021, the company was able to move into a particularly environmentally friendly new office building in Wiehl, the company’s energy efficiency is being increased, water is being saved and the vehicle fleet is being electrified. Last but not least, BPW is committed to reforesting regional forests and creating space for bees.

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1 | No Poverty

Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality

2 | Zero Hunger

The food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development, and is central for hunger and poverty eradication

3 | Good Health and Well-Being

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development

4 | Quality Education

Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development

5 | Gender Equality

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world

6 | Clean Water and Sanitation

Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in

7 | Affordable and clean Energy

Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity

8 | Decent Work and economic Growth

Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs

9 | Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Investments in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development

10 | Reduced Inequalities

To reduce inequalities, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations

11 | Sustainable Cities and Communities

There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more

12 | Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

13 | Climate Action

Climate change is a global challenge that affects everyone, everywhere

14 | Life below water

Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future

15 | Life on Land

Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

16 | Peace, Justice and strong Institutions

Access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels

17 | Partnerships for the Goals

Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development