The Mission Statement of the German Federal Environmental Foundation

Our guidelines for our tasks, our self-conception, our activities, and our internal cooperation.

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Our task

We support innovative, exemplary projects for the protection of the environment. We are guided by ecological, economic, social and cultural aspects in the sense of sustainable development. Small and medium-sized enterprises are an especially important target group for us.

Our self-conception

As a private foundation acting under public mandate, we are independent and politically neutral. Based on our ethical convictions we support the preservation of our natural resources: for their own sake as well as in responsibility for present and future generations.

We want to achieve sustainable impact in practice. Through our work we give impulses and act as multipliers. We discuss relevant environmental issues with the stakeholders involved and jointly seek solutions. We preserve and enhance biological diversity on the natural heritage sites entrusted to us.

We are open to the innovative ideas of our partners, but we also set our own professional priorities.

We advise and support with interdisciplinary expertise in all project phases. We make the results of the projects funded visible to the public. In our relations with our partners, reliability and the necessary confidentiality are a matter of course for us.

Our activities

Our commitment is based on up-to-date knowledge. We combine conceptual work and operative action. We aim to bring our daily work into harmony with our objectives. We see ourselves as an organization learning collectively.

Our internal cooperation

Mutual appreciation is important to us. We seek respectful and trusting cooperation and a constructive approach to criticism and conflict. Equal opportunities and the compatibility of work and family are particular priorities of our organization and are continuously strengthened.