Group Sustainability Officer, CHG-MERIDIAN

Leading our sustainability strategy

Matthias Steybe has been the Group Sus­tainability Officer at CHG­-MERIDIAN Group since ­2020. With his interdepart­mental team, he is responsible for helping to shape the Group’s sustainability strategy, defining the required action plans and implementing them internationally.

Experienced Sustainability Leader

Matthias Steybe has worked in sustainability roles for more than two decades. His sustainable business career began at Daimler AG/Mercedes-Benz in 2001, where he was responsible for the Environmental Report of the German premium automotive manufacturer. Matthias and his team successfully shifted the company's corporate reporting into efficient integrated sustainability reporting based on newly established GRI standards. Furthermore, he implemented a Sustainability Board and Office Structure within the global player to manage environmental, social and governance issues on an international level. Matthias Steybe joined CHG-MERIDIAN in 2012. In early 2020, he became the company's first-ever Group Sustainability Officer (GSO). 

Matthias Steybe, Group Sustainability Officer (GSO) at CHG-MERIDIAN

"In 2020, we laid the foun­dations with a clear sustain­ability strategy and sustainability Governance Structure. Since then, we have steadily expanded our activities in 2021 with carbonZER0 and our first ESG-­linked funding".

Latest developments in sustainability at CHG-MERIDIAN

2022: CHG-MERIDIAN collects 200 Million EUR funding from banks for customer technology projects based on its current Ecovadis/ESG rating.

2021: CHG-MERIDIAN was awarded a silver medal in the EcoVadis assessment based on globally accepted corporate social responsibility (CSR) standards. This puts the company in the top 25 per cent of all companies assessed by EcoVadis.

2021: CHG-MERIDIAN contributes as an active member of the Global Compact to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

2021: CHG-MERIDIAN operates "carbon-neutral" for the first time and aims to reduce its CO2 emissions per employee up to 25% by 2025. 

2021: CHG-MERIDIAN publishes its first Sustainability Report, including ambitious sustainability goals.

2020: CHG-MERIDIAN develops a comprehensive sustainability strategy and establishes a Sustainability Governance.

2015: CHG-MERIDIAN begins reflecting on its sustainability performance in the international EcoVadis assessment.

ecovadis Sustainability Rating
Matthias Steybe, Group Sustainability Officer (GSO) at CHG-MERIDIAN

“If you want to fix the climate, you have to fix the economy first. The market is most likely to succeed in changing the market.”

Featured Articles

Expert interview

“A new operating system for the economy”

Society is demanding greater sustainability, and policymakers are creating the appropriate business and regulatory environment across all levels. This puts pressure on companies to play their part in shaping the transition to a more sustainable economy. What role can the circular economy play in this? And how is the shift in customer behavior changing the market?

Aug 16, 2022 – Weingarten

CHG-MERIDIAN successfully places two further ESG-linked financing transactions

• CHG-MERIDIAN issues its first ESG-linked bonded loan, arranged by Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, with a volume of €100 million
• CHG-MERIDIAN and Helaba agree an additional ESG-linked syndicated loan worth €100 million
• CHG-MERIDIAN reiterates its goal of generating half of its growth-related funding from sustainability-oriented models

CHG-MERIDIAN Ecovadis sustainability rating
Sep 24, 2021 – Weingarten

CHG-MERIDIAN awarded silver medal by EcoVadis

The CHG-MERIDIAN Group unveiled its first comprehensive sustainability strategy in early 2021. The company has now been awarded a silver medal in the most recent EcoVadis rating based on globally accepted corporate social responsibility (CSR) standards. This puts the CHG-MERIDIAN Group in the top 25 percent of all companies assessed by EcoVadis.



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