EY denkstatt

We lead the way in sustainability

We have been offering comprehensive sustainability consulting for 30 years. We have several decades of experience in providing holistic environmental, sustainability and business strategy solutions, as well as in building trustworthy relations with our clients. Our comprehensive service portfolio covers even the most complex issues of environmental, social and corporate governance – i.e. ESG – challenges. Our goal is to take economic, ecological and social aspects into account during cooperation with our clients.

A new chapter begins as we continue to help companies in sustainable development and value creation as EY denkstatt, joining Ernst & Young’s Global Sustainability team. We are proud to join the global EY network, combining professional competencies and creating synergies between the fields of business and natural science. This is a forward-looking development in the life of EY denkstatt, which also increases our positive impact.

A look into the past

We have grown into a leading sustainability consulting firm in Europe, but just like every other company, we started small – evolving and developing over time. Have a look at how we became the international EY denkstatt Group we are today!

Founded in the famous Café Hawelka in Vienna

5 friends working in a very small office

Foundation of denkstatt Hungary

10 environmental professionals in total

Foundation of denkstatt Romania and Bulgaria

denkstatt has grown to include 40 sustainability experts in 4 countries

Foundation of denkstatt Slovakia and denkstatt&enertec

denkstatt expands into the 5th country and broadens its expertise in energy topics

sustainable AG in Germany joins denkstatt Group

denkstatt gains new professionals and (hence) grows to a total of 125 experts across 6 countries

New offices and experts in Germany

with Soil & More Impacts joining the denkstatt Group, 15 new team members with expertise in sustainable agriculture are gained, and a new office in Berlin is opened

denkstatt group becomes part of EY's Global Sustainability, continuing to operate as EY denkstatt

Corporate policy

We want to set a good example and follow the principles we recommend to our clients ourselves.

We are ambitious to improve our services and processes continuously and guarantee that our actions are a contribution to sustainability as well as being in  the interests of our clients. In detail, the following aspects are our guiding principles: 

  • We are always up to date with the current legal situation and regulatory requirements.
  • We document our own environmental impacts (e.g. mobility) and strive to keep them as low as possible.
  • For us, challenges and obstacles are opportunities for learning, innovation and improvement. We encourage every employee to face these challenges and promote their personal development.
  • High qualifications and the continuous training of our employees is crucial for further development and success.
  • We are striving to maintain a good information flow and an optimized relationship between project quality, use of resources and time requirements.
  • We see it as a task and a challenge to frequently evaluate our methods and processes in order to continuously increase the quality and competitiveness of our services.

SBTi target

EY denkstatt’s contribution to climate action

Since 1993 the EY denkstatt Group has been advising companies on environmental and sustainability issues. Combining entrepreneurial thinking with ecological and social science expertise is our core area. In this way, the promotion of the topics as well as the sensitization of our employees is at center stage.

As a consulting firm for social, ecological and economic sustainability, we take on a guiding role for our clients and would like to act as a pioneer with our own climate protection commitment. As a result of our social responsibility and driven by our intrinsic motivation, we have set ourselves a scientifically based climate target that corresponds to a reduction path to limit global warming to 1.5°C. Our climate target was developed using the criteria of and validated by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi).

We have committed to reducing our absolute operational emissions (Scope 1+2) by 50% by 2030, compared to our 2018 base year. In addition, we have determined to measure and reduce our Scope 3 (in our case, for example, from business travel or employee commute to work) emissions.

It corresponds with our philosophy and understanding of honest climate protection that we strive to reduce our emissions as comprehensively as possible – and not rely on offsetting using carbon credits, as we do not see this as a priority to reach our global climate targets.

We are continuously working on and improving our internal climate strategy, which is strongly influenced by our science-based target. Throughout all our locations, our staff work on implementing measures to reduce energy consumption and minimize our climate footprint.

For the definition of our climate transition plan to reach our science-based target, we have adopted an integrative approach and involved representatives from all our offices across the EY denkstatt world. In this way, we can respond to national circumstances in the best possible way and at the same time keep the motivation of our colleagues high to engage in climate action.