CEOs

Stiftung 2° – German Businesses for Climate Protection is a CEO initiative. The executives of the supporting businesses directly participate in the foundation’s activities and identify with the aim of preventing global warming in excess of two degrees Celsius.

Dr. Dominik von Achten, Chairman of the Managing Board – HeidelbergCement AG

Dr. Frank Appel, Chairman of the Executive Board – Deutsche Post DHL Group

Volker Christmann, Chairman of the Board of Directors – DEUTSCHE ROCKWOOL GmbH & Co. KG

Andreas Engelhardt, Managing Partner with Unlimited Liability – Schüco International KG

Kristian Evers, CEO – Papier- und Kartonfabrik Varel GmbH & Co. KG

Dr. Heiko Fischer, Chairmen of the Executive Board – VTG Aktiengesellschaft

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann, Chairman of the Executive Board – Salzgitter AG

Dr. Martin Gall, Co-CEO and CTO – DRÄXLMAIER Group

Jan-Hendrik Goldbeck, Managing Partner – GOLDBECK GmbH

Filip de Graeve, Managing Director – DAIKIN Airconditioning Germany GmbH

Bjørn Gulden, CEO – PUMA SE

Roland Harings, CEO – Aurubis AG

Dr. Christian Hartel, Chairman of the Managing Board – Wacker Chemie AG

Timotheus Höttges, Chairman of the Board of Directors – Deutsche Telekom AG

Thomas Jorberg, Spokesman of the Board – GLS Gemeinschaftsbank eG

Reinhard Klein, Chairman of the Board of Directors – Schwäbisch Hall-Stiftung „bauen-wohnen-leben“

Stefan Kopp, Chairman of the Board of Directors – ALDI SÜD Dienstleistungs-GmbH & Co. oHG

Christian Lewandowski, Chairman of the Board of Directors – Gegenbauer Service Group

Dr. Richard Lutz, CEO – Deutsche Bahn AG

Dr. Frank Mastiaux, CEO – EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

Dr. Hinrich Mählmann, Managing Partner with Unlimited Liability – OTTO FUCHS KG

Markus Müller-Drexel, Managing Director – INTERSEROH Dienstleistungs GmbH

Bernhard Osburg, Chairman – thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG

Dr. Michael Otto, Chairman of the Board of Directors – Otto Group

Hans Joachim Reinke, Vorstandsvorsitzender – Union Asset Mangement Holding AG

Raoul Roßmann, Managing Director – Dirk Rossmann GmbH

Frank Stührenberg, CEO – Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG

Dr. Günther Thallinger, Chairman of the Group ESG Board, Member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE

Michael Thamm, CEO – Costa-Gruppe (AIDA Cruises / Costa Crociere)

Matthias Zachert, Chairmen of the Executive Board – LANXESS AG

Michael Zahn, CEO – Deutsche Wohnen SE


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Dr. Dominik von Achten, Chairman of the Managing Board – HeidelbergCement AG

“Doing business sustainably is an essential part of HeidelbergCement and will continue to be a focus of our corporate strategy in the future. At our focus is climate protection: As an energy-intensive company, we want to make our contribution to the declared goal of the Paris Climate Agreement to keep the global temperature increase well below 2 °C.”

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Dr. Frank Appel, Chairman of the Executive Board – Deutsche Post DHL Group

“As one of the world’s leading logistics companies, operating more than 103,000 vehicles and 260 aircraft, we are aware of our responsibility for the climate. Climate protection and sustainability are significant aspects for leading our business into the future, and are therefore core elements of our Strategy 2025. We are aware that sustainability is a must-do, especially in our logistics business. In order to make progress, the exchange with politics, science and other companies is enormously important. Together and within the framework of  Stiftung 2°, we would like to continue our engagement for ambitious and at the same time economically viable climate protection policies”.

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Volker Christmann
Chairman of the Board of Directors – DEUTSCHE ROCKWOOL GmbH & Co. KG

“In Stiftung 2° we are working towards a free-market climate protection, therefor we are convinced that enterprise and ecology both profit in equal measure from decisive action. Together with the other 2° supporters, we are working to establish the necessary framework requirements for a commitment to climate policy.”

→ Watch the video interview with Volker Christmann (German)

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Andreas Engelhardt
Managing Partner with Unlimited Liability – Schüco International KG

“With the approach of 360° degree sustainability, Schüco is meeting the challenge of providing systems for resource-efficient, economically viable and sustainable buildings. In line with our company principles, we are therefore working, as part of Stiftung 2°, toward the protection of the environment, the prevention of environmental pollution, and the efficient handling of available energy resources.”

→ Watch the video interview with Andreas Engelhardt (German)

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Kristian Evers
Chief Executive Officer – Papier- und Kartonfabrik Varel GmbH & Co. KG

“For us, climate protection is a central issue – in our industry, in the German economy, and vis-à-vis politicians. We want to promote this together with Stiftung 2°. Climate protection and business success are not mutually exclusive; they should go hand in hand – in the paper industry, but also everywhere else.”

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Dr. Heiko Fischer
Chairman of the Executive Board– VTG Aktiengesellschaft

“Climate protection and sustainability are central challenges of our time. With regard to the climate, the railway offers many advantages. Together with Stiftung 2°, we would therefore like to work on making rail freight transport the backbone of sustainable transport solutions – because logistics is an elementary component of climate-friendly business models.”

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann
Chairman of the Executive Board – Salzgitter AG

“The economy faces major challenges with the socially demanded shift towards greenhouse gas neutrality. In this process, Stiftung 2° can be a very important catalyst and dialogue partner to increase the importance of pioneering business projects, such as our ‘SALCOS – Salzgitter Low CO2 Steelmaking’, in the public debate.”

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Filip de Graeve
Managing Director – DAIKIN Airconditioning Germany GmbH

“With our technologies for cooling, heating and ventilation, we aim to significantly reduce the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of buildings and drive forward climate protection. The capacity of the German production site for heat pumps in the DAIKIN Group has been expanded and underlines our seriousness in actively shaping the energy revolution. At the same time, this also includes the recycling of the necessary working fluids within a circular economy.”

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Dr. Martin Gall
Co-CEO and CTO – DRÄXLMAIER Group

“Through our involvement in Stiftung 2°, we would like to initiate debates and help develop solutions as to how the automotive industry can position itself on its path to climate neutrality and seek constructive dialogue with politicians and other players in this regard.”

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Jan-Hendrik Goldbeck
Managing Partner – GOLDBECK GmbH

“In order to create a sustainable building, it is necessary to think holistically from the very beginning. With our commitment to the Stiftung 2°, we want to bring our entrepreneurial expertise into the climate policy discourse and make a contribution to advancing the building sector in climate protection.”

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Bjørn Gulden
Chief Executive Officer – PUMA SE

“We believe that the balance between social, economic and ecological sustainability is crucial for sustainable business development. PUMA’s membership of the company foundation Stiftung 2° is the expression of our long-standing commitment to climate protection and is consistent with our general principle of Forever Faster; working faster and more effectively for a more sustainable future.”

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Roland Harings
CEO – Aurubis AG

Aurubis supplies the most important metals for decarbonization: without copper, nickel, tin, etc., there would be no wind turbines, electric cars, or digitalization. At the same time, our production is energy-intensive. Our commitment to the Stiftung 2° underscores our ambitions and expertise in climate protection: we want to be carbon-neutral by 2050 at the latest.

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Dr. Christian Hartel
Chairman of the Managing Board – Wacker Chemie AG

“WACKER is a solution provider when it comes to sustainability. Abundant renewable energies are the solution to making industry carbon neutral. As one of the largest producers of base materials for the solar industry, WACKER makes a significant contribution in this regard. With our involvement in Stiftung 2°, we now want to drive forward solutions for a climate-neutral future with our partners.”

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Timotheus Höttges
Chairman of the Board of Directors – Deutsche Telekom AG

“Deutsche Telekom has been contributing to a climate-friendly and future-oriented society for many years. As a founding member of Stiftung 2°, we are demonstrating that economic viability and climate protection are highly compatible.”

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Thomas Jorberg
Spokesman of the Board – GLS Gemeinschaftsbank eG

“Financial institutions play a major role in the combat against the climate crisis. This is why GLS Bank has been financing exclusively sustainable companies and projects for over 45 years. Together with Stiftung 2°, we are now driving social-ecological change even more effectively.”

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Reinhard Klein
Chairman of the Board of Directors – Schwäbisch Hall-Stiftung „bauen-wohnen-leben“

“New residential building projects and residential renovations must be committed to the energy revolution. In this way, Germany’s home owners will play a significant role in meeting the two degree target.”

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Stefan Kopp

Stefan Kopp
Chairman of the Board of Directors ALDI SÜD Dienstleistungs-GmbH & Co. oHG

“We are convinced that we will only achieve long-term economic success if we face the global challenges of climate change. Therefore, we have decided to go climate neutral, which makes us the first major food retailer in Germany to take this step. We support the goals of Stiftung 2° and would like to do our part in finding business solutions for climate protection.“

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Christian Lewandowski
Chairman of the Board of Directors – Gegenbauer Service Group

“Sustainability and climate protection are not only the main challenges in the real estate sector; they also offer extremely exciting development prospects. Our involvement in Stiftung 2° likewise allows us to develop our own business further and contribute new ideas to direct practice transfer.”

→ Watch the video interview with Christian Lewandowski (German)

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Dr. Richard Lutz
CEO – Deutsche Bahn AG

“Deutsche Bahn has supported Stiftung 2° since it was created because we know that climate protection is an integral part of a sustainable business model. Policymakers must set the right framework and science must carry out research to enable innovations. Companies do more than just their part, they are also increasingly recognising the future opportunities provided by climate protection. Stiftung 2° connects the three systems and acts as a platform paving the way towards a decarbonised future.”

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Dr. Frank Mastiaux
CEO – EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

“We want to initiate a necessary discussion across industries about the appropriate political framework and tools for promoting climate protection. An effective CO2 price signal is indispensable towards this task. It is with pleasure that we contribute our expertise to the work of Stiftung 2°.“

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Dr. Hinrich Mählmann
Managing Partner with Unlimited Liability – OTTO FUCHS KG

“As a traditional family-owned business in the non-ferrous metal industry, OTTO FUCHS KG is demonstrating how to implement measures for climate protection and for energy and resource efficiency in metal production and metalworking at its individual production sites on a daily basis. Through our involvement in Stiftung 2° we wish to emphasize that even energy-intensive firms can make a significant contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through their intelligent manufacturing processes and their products.”

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Markus Müller-Drexel
Managing Director – INTERSEROH Dienstleistungs GmbH

“A powerful and integrated circular economy preserves valuable resources and avoids climate-damaging greenhouse gases. Politics both can and must set the right course and lead by example. In a strategic partnership with Stiftung 2° we want to shift the subject of Circular Economy more into the corporate and political perspective to intensify our contribution to corporate climate protection.”

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Bernhard Osburg
Chairman – thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG

“We have developed climate-friendly production processes using hydrogen and technologies such as Carbon2Chem, with which we have started to transform our steel production to become climate-neutral. At the same time, we need an adequate political framework to successfully move towards climate neutrality. Our work with Stiftung 2° enables us to pave the way for such forward-looking technologies.”

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Dr. Michael Otto
Chairman of the Board of Directors – Otto Group

“Through our involvement in the Stiftung 2° we are sending a clear signal that climate protection is a long-term, urgent and important concern for businesses.”

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Hans Joachim Reinke
Chairman of the Board of Directors – Union Asset Mangement Holding AG

“Climate protection is not only a key challenge for the real economy, but also for the financial sector. The transformation of the economy towards climate neutrality is a major task for all parts of society and requires the support of everyone. Hence, the economy is in need of sustainability and the environment is in need of financing. Together with Stiftung 2°, we can promote the issue of sustainable finance in a cross-sectoral approach and therefore effectively support the transformation of the economy.”

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Raoul Roßmann
Managing Director – Dirk Rossmann GmbH

“As a sponsor of Stiftung 2°, we want to further promote climate protection in our company, our area of business and also in politics. Because one thing is clear: We must act decisively to fight climate change.”

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Frank Stührenberg
CEO Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG

“Carbon-neutral energy and energy efficiency are key factors in reconciling climate protection and global prosperity. Phoenix Contact is on the front line of this trend, empowering its partners and customers with technological solutions. That is our contribution.“

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Günther Thallinger

Dr. Günther Thallinger
Chairman of the Group ESG Board, Member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE

“We assess the risks and opportunities of climate change intensely and protect our customers against climate-related losses. By investing our policyholder funds to be net zero by 2050, we also support the transition of the real economy towards low-carbon business. Jointly with the members of the Stiftung 2°, we want to accelerate this change especially in our home market Germany.”

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Michael Thamm
CEO – Costa-Gruppe (AIDA Cruises / Costa Crociere)

“We support the aims of Stiftung 2° because we believe economic success and sustainable action are not mutually exclusive – quite the contrary. We believe that together they are the basis for long-term success. AIDA is engaging in pioneering work in climate protection in the cruise industry, and this means going further than merely using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a low-emission fuel.”

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Matthias Zachert
Chairmen of the Executive Board – LANXESS AG

“Climate protection is a business case for LANXESS. This is reflected in our plan to become climate-neutral by 2040. Together with Stiftung 2°, we want to safeguard the economic benefits of sustainable business practices.”

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Michael Zahn
CEO – Deutsche Wohnen SE

“For the aim of greenhouse gas neutrality, every sector must live up to its responsibility – including housing. Through our engagement in Stiftung 2°, we work towards a political framework that rewards climate-friendly business practices and makes them socially acceptable.”

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