Sustainability History

The company summarises its environmental commitment under the logo Piepenbrock Goes Green.

1990

"Piepenbrock Goes Green"
Piepenbrock groups the entirety of its ecological activities under the motto "Piepenbrock Goes Green", thus intensifying commitment to the environment. The guiding principle is the vision of CO2-neutral service and production. In the course of subsequent years, the company optimises its car fleet and designs services are increasingly environmentally friendly. Cleaning chemicals are used more and more sparingly and the use of environmentally compatible cleaning agents is ensured. Furthermore, digital applications, central archiving, the deployment of video conferences and intensified use of online tools for training courses and further education reduce the use of paper and transport routes.

Piepenbrock is committed to the environment.

1990

Creation of the position of Environmental Officer
Piepenbrock creates the position of 'Environmental Officer'. The Environmental Officer chairs the quarterly meetings of recently founded environmental protection task force and bundles its activities. In doing so, Piepenbrock becomes a pioneer in the entire cleaning industry.

First sustainability successes
Piepenbrock achieves first sustainability successes. This enables the company to reduce the deployment of chemicals and cleaning agents by 50%. The separation of waste and waste recycling are driven forward in the entire company.

Piepenbrock publishes the first environmental report.

1990

"Environmental Report" brochure
Piepenbrock issues the first environmental report.

Planol develops environmentally friendly cleaning agents in test tubes.

1990

Environmentally compatible production at Planol
Planol, a subsidiary of Piepenbrock, has been producing without phosphates, formaldehyde, chlorinated hydrocarbons and CFCs since 1990. The detergents that are used are biodegradable. Process improvements and the introduction of concentrates also reduce the amounts of waste and effluent.

Many employees came to the opening of the Piepenbrock cafeteria, the Casino.

1991

Opening of the 'Casino'
In the Service Centre in Osnabrück, Piepenbrock employees officially open the first in-house cafeteria, the "Casino", with a seating capacity of 160. With immediate effect, employees can enjoy a freshly prepared lunch on the seventh floor. In doing so, Piepenbrock also promotes environmental thinking. For example, ready-made meals no longer have to be delivered in aluminium packaging, which used to generate large quantities of waste.

Protective goggles are part of the protective clothing for cleaning.

1991

Expansion of environmental / health and safety file for cleaning agents
The environmental / health and safety file for cleaning agents is expanded.

1992

Publication of the environmental brochure "In Dialogue with the Environment"
Piepenbrock publishes the environmental brochure "In Dialogue with the Environment". It describes, for example, the consumption of toilet paper and cleaning agents in the company.

The Hermann Monument commemorates the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest (Varusschlacht).

1993

Involvement in the Varus Society
Through the commitment of the Varus Society for the promotion of prehistoric and early-historical excavations in Osnabrück, Piepenbrock also promotes scientific projects in connection with the historic Battle of the Teutoburg Forest (Varusschlacht).

The Semperoper in Dresden is sponsored by Piepenbrock.

1994

Sponsor of the foundation to promote the Dresden Semper opera house
Piepenbrock is actively involved in preserving and developing music and theatre and begins by sponsoring the foundation to promote the Dresden Semper opera house as well as the Berlin Konzerthaus. Even today, Piepenbrock is a sponsor of both institutions.

Piepenbrock gives the Arts Patronage Award to up-and-coming artists.

1994

Award of the Piepenbrock Arts Patronage Award
The "Hartwig Piepenbrock Cultural Foundation" presents the Piepenbrock Arts Patronage Award for the first time to fine arts students of the University of Osnabrück and sponsors other projects at the university.

In order to provide the disadvantaged and people with disabilities with educational opportunities, Piepenbrock promotes non-profit educational institutes.

1995

Training and further education for the underprivileged
Piepenbrock supports the Vallendar vocational training institution and sponsors training as a building inspector in the field of cleaning service. This non-profit institution, later renamed as 'CJD Vocational Training Institution Koblenz', concerns itself with the vocational reintegration of people with disabilities.

The forest region in Rheinshagen has been the property of Piepenbrock since 1995.

1995

Acquisition of the company forest
Piepenbrock purchases an area of forest in Rheinshagen, Brandenburg, which is returned to its original state as a functioning ecosystem by means of sustainable management. Its diverse types of landscape such as heathland, pine, oak and beech forests, flood plains and marshland make the area a habitat for numerous rare types of animal and plant. This means the forest is very important in maintaining biodiversity.

Piepenbrock is pleased to sponsor the Brandenburg summer concerts.

1995

Sponsoring of Brandenburg summer concerts
Piepenbrock sponsors the Brandenburg summer concerts for the first time. Within the framework of the famous series of events, between 30 and 36 classical concerts take place at different venues all over Brandenburg every year in the summer months. Both international artists who are otherwise only encountered in the concert halls of major cities and regional performers such as the Brandenburg State Orchestra from Frankfurt (Oder) or the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Cottbus State Theatre perform there. Piepenbrock continues the sponsoring until the year 2019.

Piepenbrock and representatives of the Osnabrück administrative district present the project

1997

Pilot project "Integratio"
Together with the Osnabrück administrative district, Piepenbrock starts the pilot project "Integratio". Their aim is to ensure sustained integration of the long-term unemployed and social welfare recipients in the labour market. In this connection, Piepenbrock enables "training on the job", providing services in private households, for participants with a limited employment contract liable to social insurance contributions.

A flyer provides information on the

1998

"International Prize for Care Management" by Piepenbrock
With the "International Prize for Care Management", Piepenbrock honours special initiatives in the administration and management of institutions in the healthcare sector in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The prize involves 10,000 deutschmarks.

The TÜV awards Piepenbrock a certificate for its environment management.

1999

Certification complying with DIN ISO 14001
Piepenbrock environment management is certified by TÜV Management Service GmbH according to the DIN standard EN ISO 14001. The standard is the most significant specification worldwide, defining what environment management in companies and other organisations should comprise and achieve.

Roads are under water during the Elbe flooding and Piepenbrock helps with working materials and vehicles.

2002

Help with the Elbe flooding
During the Elbe flooding, Piepenbrock branch offices provide assistance at several locations with working materials and vehicles. Piepenbrock employees fill sandbags and provide support in securing the city and customer property. The employees also donated approximately 13,500 euros for the victims of the flooding catastrophe. Company management topped up the amount to 27,000 euros. Over and above this, Piepenbrock and the Ecolab company donate material resources and services valued at 10,000 euros.

Piepenbrock introduces a new waste separation system.

2003

Implementation of a new waste separation system
The building services provider implements a waste separation system with 6-way separation and a recycling rate of 92% in the Service Centre in Osnabrück.

Piepenbrock is pleased about the successful certification of the health and safety management system AMS Construction.

2008

Setup of the health and safety management system "AMS Construction"
Piepenbrock sets up the health and safety management system "AMS Construction" of the construction industry professional liability insurance association. This is also successfully certified.

The Piepenbrock board of management is pleased at the opening of the Piepenbrock Technology Centre.

2009

Piepenbrock Technology Centre opening
Piepenbrock opens its Technology Centre at its headquarters in Osnabrück. On more than 200 square metres, the building services provider tests new methods and developments under real conditions. The rapidly interchangeable floor coverings enable comprehensive testing of the latest models available from machine manufacturers.

With the Plan International sponsorships, Piepenbrock brings a sparkle to children's eyes in Laos and Vietnam.

2010

Plan International sponsorships
Piepenbrock starts cooperation with Plan International Deutschland. Together, they promote the interests of destitute children in Laos. In order to improve the health, nutrition and education of adolescents in the province of Pak Tha, all Piepenbrock branch offices and the three affiliated companies LoeschPack, Hastamat and Planol provide sponsorship for a total of 63 children. Today, the group of companies maintains sponsorships for 67 children from Laos and Vietnam.

Messrs Piepenbrock plant the first tree for the

2010

"Growth campaign"
Piepenbrock starts the "Growth campaign". For customer orders as of a certain volume, the company plants a certain number of trees together with the customer in the company-owned forest. To date, more than 65,000 trees have already been planted.

Under the logo carbon-neutral packaging, LoeschPack and Hastamat summarise their environmental commitment.

2011

Carbon-neutral packaging
The affiliated companies LoeschPack and Hastamat present their first CO2-neutral machine at Interpack, the world's leading trade fair for packaging machines, under the motto "carbon-neutral packaging". To achieve this, the two machine manufacturers calculate the carbon dioxide emissions caused during production and in the first year of operation. They balance this out by planting trees in the Piepenbrock company forest. They plant a tree for each metric tonne of carbon dioxide. One tree neutralises approximately a metric tonne of CO2 in the course of its life.

Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Konrad Bayreuther receives the

2011

1. "Hartwig Piepenbrock DZNE award"
Together with the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), Piepenbrock establishes the "Hartwig Piepenbrock DZNE Prize". Up to the present day, people whose work contributes to research into neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's or dementia have received this award every two years. The prize involves 60,000 euros. The first award winner is Professor Konrad Beyreuther.

Piepenbrock employees form the Sustainability Task Force.

2011

Foundation of a task force for sustainability
The building services provider founds the Sustainability Task Force. At monthly meetings, the members exchange views on sustainability issues, discuss new ideas and proposals, and define the sustainability objectives.

Piepenbrock publishes the first sustainability report.

2011

First sustainability report according to international standards
Piepenbrock publishes the first sustainability report in the industry sector in line with international standards. The building services provider uses this to illustrate how it harmonises profitability, environmental protection and social responsibility.

A Piepenbrock running team takes part in the Dresden Marathon.

2011

Dresden Marathon
Piepenbrock takes part in the Dresden Marathon for the first time and supports the event with sponsoring. A Piepenbrock running team consisting of employees, customers and partners also joins in. For every kilometre run, the company donates a euro to a good cause. Piepenbrock remains involved in the event every year within the framework of various sponsoring activities and with its own running team.

Piepenbrock employees give their colleagues chocolate Santas with a Christmas greeting.

2011

Santa Claus campaign
Trainees at the building services provider initiate the Santa Claus campaign. Since then, Piepenbrock employees have been able to purchase chocolate Santas every year on St. Nicholas Day, giving them to colleagues as gifts together with a Christmas greeting. The proceeds of the campaign are donated to a good cause.

Piepenbrock employee get information at different information booths during the 'Health Day'.

2012

First 'Health Day'
Piepenbrock organises the first 'Health Day' in the Service Centre in Osnabrück. There, following health check-ups, the employees are given useful advice for a healthy life in lectures and workshops. The event still takes place regularly.

Arnulf Piepenbrock shows the signature on the Charter of Diversity.

2012

Signing the 'Charta der Vielfalt' (Charter of Diversity)
Piepenbrock signs the 'Charta der Vielfalt' (Charter of Diversity), underscoring its commitment to diversity in the company. The building services provider is also committed to equal treatment for all human beings. Piepenbrock also lives diversity in the company, employing 26,600 people from 128 countries and different religions, of different ages and sexual orientations.

Piepenbrock trainees clean shrubs from heathland.

2012

First apprentice project days
The "apprentice project days" take place for the first time in the company forest in Rheinshagen. There, prospective building cleaners at Piepenbrock clear shrubs from sandy heathland. In doing so, they make an active contribution to nature conservation every year, ensuring that this rare habitat is preserved for the specific flora and fauna in the forest.

During the Piepenbrock Handshake campaign, students find out more about cleaning professions.

2012

Implementation of 'Handshake' campaign
In the course of the 'Handshake' campaign, Piepenbrock holds a job application training day for students with German as a second language. Young people from the vocational training class for migrants at the Osnabrück Westerberg vocational college centre learn important rules for written job applications, creating correspondence and CVs and practising job interviews. They also find out more about the Piepenbrock company and the job of a building cleaner.

Piepenbrock creates a code of conduct.

2012

Publication of a Code of Conduct
The building services provider publishes a Code of Conduct. In this code, Piepenbrock undertakes in nine principles and rules that its business activity will comply with ethical and legal guidelines.

Piepenbrock is a member of B.A.U.M., the network for sustainable business.

2012

B.A.U.M. Membership
Piepenbrock becomes a member of B.A.U.M. Here, the German Study Group for Environmentally Conscious Management (B.A.U.M.) has combined economic, ecological and social issues – the principles of sustainability – since 1984. With more than 500 members, B.A.U.M. is the largest corporate network for sustainable business in Europe.

The BMW i3 is among the electric models in the Piepenbrock fleet of vehicles.

2013

First sustainable car in the car fleet
With immediate effect, the BMW i3 supplements the Piepenbrock car fleet. The vehicle has been developed to drive under electrical power on the crowded streets in and around major cities. To this end, the design engineers developed a new type of carbon passenger compartment and equipped the car with a 170 bhp electric motor.

Piepenbrock offers training and further education under the academy logo.

2013

Foundation of the Piepenbrock Academy
Piepenbrock establishes the company's own academy. There, the company offers employees a wide variety of training courses to keep their level of knowledge up to date and consistently extend their skills.

Piepenbrock baked a cake in the company colours for Diversity Day.

2013

Starting signal for 'Diversity Day'
Piepenbrock takes part in the 'Diversity Day' initiated by the 'Charta der Vielfalt' association, taking place for the first time this year. With various activities, companies and institutions from all over Germany focus on the topic of diversity. To symbolise the nations represented in the company, Piepenbrock releases 121 balloons. Since then, Piepenbrock takes part in Diversity Day with new ideas every year.

Piepenbrock and Plan International initiated the Piepenbrock Clean Water project for clean water in Laos.

2013

Start of the project "Piepenbrock Clean Water"
Piepenbrock expands the cooperation with Plan International Deutschland association and starts the project "Piepenbrock Clean Water". The aim is to supply 13 villages in northern Laos with clean and essential drinking water. Up to 2016, donations of 100,000 euros are collected. This enables access to clean and safe drinking water for approximately 4,500 people in the Pak Tha region. Furthermore, toilets and washbasins suitable for children are provided for more than 600 girls and boys at seven schools.

Piepenbrock presents the second

2013

2. "Hartwig Piepenbrock DZNE award"
Together with the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), Piepenbrock awards the "Hartwig Piepenbrock DZNE Prize" for the second time. This year the award goes to Prof. Charles Weissmann and Prof. Adriano Aguzzi for their research into prions. To mark the company's 100th anniversary, Piepenbrock honours the award winners with 100,000 euros.

During 'Sustainability Week', Piepenbrock employees can have their bicycles checked at the mobile bicycle workshop.

2013

First 'Sustainability Week'
The building services provider organises a 'Sustainability Week' for the first time in the Service Centre in Osnabrück. In numerous lectures, workshops and active offerings, the employees concern themselves with ecological, social and economic issues and find out more about the sustainable commitment of the company. In the meantime, the Sustainability Week has established itself as an annual event.

Piepenbrock plants a tree at Münster/Osnabrück Airport.

2014

Planting trees at customer sites
Piepenbrock plants trees not only in the company-owned forest in Rheinshagen, but also at customer sites. For example, Piepenbrock plants three horse chestnut trees in the Beutler Park together with the City of Dresden and its Lord Mayor, Dirk Hilbert. Piepenbrock also demonstrates its commitment to environmental protection and the growing partnership at Münster/Osnabrück Airport. Olaf Piepenbrock and the mayors of Münster and Osnabrück, Markus Lewe and Wolfgang Griesert, as well as the general manager of the airport, Prof. Gerd Stöwer, plant an oak tree there.

Piepenbrock receives the Top National Employer seal of approval.

2014

"Top National Employer" award for the first time
Piepenbrock receives the "Top National Employer" award for the first time, placing it among the best employers in Germany. The award is presented by the news magazine Focus, jointly with the career portal XING and employer ratings platform kununu. The distinction is given to the top three companies from 22 areas of industry, split into large and medium-sized companies. Among other big corporations in the service industry, Piepenbrock came second.

Piepenbrock has the Trusted Sustainability seal of approval.

2014

"Trusted Sustainability" seal of approval
The German private institute for sustainability and economy awards Piepenbrock the "Trusted Sustainability" seal of approval. This certifies the holistically organised sustainability management of the group of companies that balances economic, ecological and social aspects. Piepenbrock completed the questionnaire in advance and was audited, whereby the individual issues regarding sustainability were checked on site and documented.

The Piepenbrock sustainability forum in the company forest is well received by the participants.

2014

Event of the "Piepenbrock 'Sustainability Forum"
Piepenbrock organises the "Piepenbrock 'Sustainability Forum" in the company-owned forest for the first time. Together with customers and suppliers, the building services provider develops innovative concepts that will reconcile economic, ecological and social aspects. Here, the participants receive support from instructors such as Michael J. Kolodziej of the supervisory board at the 'dm' pharmacy chain and Fritz Brickwedde, former general secretary of the German Environment Foundation.

The Piepenbrock branch offices in Saxony are part of the Saxony environmental alliance.

2014

Acceptance in Environmental Alliance of Saxony
Piepenbrock's branch offices in Saxony are included in the Environmental Alliance of Saxony. State Minister for the Environment, Frank Kupfer, acknowledges the fact that, by implementing the ISO 14001 management system, Piepenbrock has initiated fundamental environmental measures. The deployment of ecological cleaning agents and particularly low-emission vehicle models are decisive for inclusion.

A large picture of the company forest has a prominent position on the start page of the new Piepenbrock sustainability portal.

2014

Sustainability portal
Piepenbrock launches the first sustainability portal. This means that the sustainability report is now available in digital form instead of on paper. This takes the company another step closer to its vision of a CO2-neutral service.

Piepenbrock creates an annual CO2 balance for a better environment.

2014

Creation and publication of the CO2 balance
For the first time, Piepenbrock publishes its CO2 balance for the company and the building services provider still creates it every year. In the process, Piepenbrock works together with First Climate, a worldwide leading project developer and service provider for climate protection and water.

Piepenbrock receives the

2014

Axia Award
Piepenbrock receives the northern region "Axia Award" from the consultancy firm Deloitte. This competition follows the guiding principle "Think sustainable, manage successfully". The award is given to the companies that best ensure sustainability, financing and brand image. First of all, the participants had to complete a questionnaire, then Deloitte consultants held personal discussions with the applicants.

A group of cyclists takes part in the Handicap Moves campaign, which Piepenbrock supports as jersey sponsor.

2015

"Handicap Moves" campaign
Piepenbrock supports the fundraising tour "Handicap Moves" as a shirt sponsor with 1,500 euros. During the campaign, 26 racing bike enthusiasts cover 540 kilometres on their bikes – from Detmold to St. Joost in Wangerland. The proceeds are donated to the conAct e.V. relief organisation.

The tree disc is the Piepenbrock award for ecological cleaning service.

2015

Development of ecological cleaning service
In the form of the 'ecological cleaning service', Piepenbrock develops an in-house instrument to check the environmental compatibility of cleaning services at the customer site. In a questionnaire, the environmental compatibility of services provided to date is examined on the basis of nine categories such as cleaning agents, dosing technology or cleaning procedures. Here, the actual status is compared with the desired requirements for ecological cleaning services and points are assigned accordingly.

Piepenbrock representatives hand over the StudyUp Award to students at the University of Osnabrück.

2015

Piepenbrock StudyUp Award
For the first time, Piepenbrock sponsors a 'StudyUp Award', honouring outstanding bachelor, masters and other theses by students at the University of Osnabrück that deal with questions regarding sustainability. The building services provider supports students with this award up to the present day.

Piepenbrock receives the

2015

Renewed "Trusted Sustainability" seal of approval
For the second time, the German private institute for sustainability and economy awards Piepenbrock the "Trusted Sustainability" seal of approval. Following the first certification in the year 2014, the family company successfully completed the re-audit. Across all industrial sectors, Piepenbrock belongs to the top group of all evaluated companies.

Piepenbrock is honoured as a

2015

Second award as "Top National Employer"
For the second time, Piepenbrock is awarded the "Top National Employer" seal of approval by the news magazine Focus, the career portal XING and employer ratings platform kununu. This places Piepenbrock once again among the best 1,000 employers in Germany.

The

2015

"Pride 175" seal of approval
Piepenbrock receives the "Pride 175" seal of approval. Here, the career trade fair "Sticks & Stones" and the Völklinger Kreis e. V. recognise companies and organisations who show a commitment towards equal opportunities and show appreciation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual/transgender and intersexed staff (LGBTI). In addition, Piepenbrock receives two bonus stars for its activities with respect to equal opportunities for LGBTI employees and its opposition to homophobia.

Piepenbrock honours Professor John Hardy with the

2015

3. "Hartwig Piepenbrock DZNE award"
This year, the "Hartwig Piepenbrock DZNE Prize" goes to the British scientist John Hardy. The professor for neuroscience at the University College London gained ground-breaking insight into the molecular causes of Alzheimer's disease. He receives the prize of 60,000 euros from Piepenbrock and the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE).

Piepenbrock trainees are involved in the first trainee football tournament with great passion.

2016

First trainee football tournament
Within the framework of the football European Championships 2016, Piepenbrock organises a trainee football tournament for the first time for its trainees and dual students. A total of 50 of them meet in Osnabrück to play in a football tournament against one another and interact. The highlight of the event is the final match "Beat the Boss", in which the trainees play against a team consisting of Piepenbrock business managers, branch managers and department chiefs. The tournament is also revived for the football World Cup 2018.

In Environment Week, numerous exhibitors set up in tents and pavilions in the park of Schloss Bellevue.

2016

Participation in the "Environment Week"
Piepenbrock takes part in the forum "Environment Week" in the park of Bellevue Castle with a total of approximately 13,000 visitors, participants and exhibitors. In doing so, the company is accepting an invitation from President Joachim Gauck and the German Environment Foundation. The participants in the event concern themselves with environmental protection and sustainability issues as well as the associated economic and social opportunities to find solutions to global environmental questions.

Piepenbrock employees can lease bicycles through their employer.

2016

Bicycle leasing pilot project
The starting signal for bicycle leasing is issued. With a monthly deferred compensation, employees in our company can lease a new, high-quality bicycle or eBike in a pilot project.

Piepenbrock was honoured with the

2016

Repeated "Trusted Sustainability" seal of approval
For the third time, the German private institute for sustainability and economy awards Piepenbrock the "Trusted Sustainability" certificate. The re-certification is a confirmation of the lasting, holistic sustainability management of the family company.

Piepenbrock is honoured as a

2016

Third award as "Top National Employer"
Piepenbrock receives the "Top National Employer" award for the third time in a row. The news magazine Focus, the career portal XING and employer ratings platform kununu give this award every year to the best 1,000 employers in Germany – based on employee assessments.

Piepenbrock is honoured as

2017

Award as "Chamber of Commerce and Industry Top Training Organisation"
The Osnabrück – Emsland – Bentheim county Chamber of Commerce and Industry gives Piepenbrock with the "Top Training Organisation" award. This honours Piepenbrock for its commitment to promoting new talent. Alongside imparting technical knowledge, the family company places particular value on factors such as team spirit, determination and motivation. The multi-stage application process beforehand comprised a comprehensive questionnaire, an analysis by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry training consultant and an audit in the company.

A beekeeper takes care of the beehive at the Piepenbrock Service Centre.

2017

Piepenbrock beehive
The building services provider inaugurates its first beehive at the Service Centre in Osnabrück, thus promoting the preservation of biodiversity in the region. The company gives the honey that is produced as gifts to customers and business partners.

Piepenbrock introduces the AMS Construction health and safety management system.

2017

Promotion of health and occupational safety
Piepenbrock introduces the health and safety management system "AMS Construction" of the construction industry professional liability insurance association throughout Germany.

Piepenbrock presents the

2017

4. "Hartwig Piepenbrock DZNE award"
Piepenbrock and the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) award the "Hartwig Piepenbrock DZNE Prize" for the fourth time. This time the award of 60,000 euros goes to the neuroscientist Heiko Braak from Ulm. The senior professor at the University of Ulm is honoured for his ground-breaking insight in researching Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

Piepenbrock receives the

2017

Re-certification "Trusted Sustainability"
The German private institute for sustainability and economy once again awards Piepenbrock the "Trusted Sustainability" seal of approval. This is the fourth time the building services provider has received the certificate confirming extensive sustainability competence within the company.

Piepenbrock receives the

2017

Fourth award as "Top National Employer"
Piepenbrock is once again one of the best employers in Germany and was honoured by the news magazine Focus, the career portal XING and employer ratings platform kununu as "Top National Employer". On the whole, Piepenbrock came tenth among other big corporations in the service industry.

Piepenbrock is honoured as both an

2018

Piepenbrock is an "Open Company" and "Top Company"
Piepenbrock receives the "Open Company" award from the employer ratings platform kununu. This honours the willingness of the building services provider to interact with users as well as the active encouragement to employees and applicants to provide an evaluation on kununu. In addition, the positive overall evaluation means that Piepenbrock receives the "Top Company" award.

Flowering meadows, as created by Piepenbrock together with customers, are an important habitat for butterflies.

2018

Shared butterfly meadow
Together with the Heinrich Braun Clinic and various environmental associations, the building services provider establishes a butterfly meadow on the grounds of the Heinrich Braun Clinic. The area comprises a total of 17,000 square metres, providing a habitat for species of domestic butterfly and other insects.

Representatives of Piepenbrock are pleased to receive the Top Service Deutschland award.

2018

First "TOP SERVICE Deutschland" award
Piepenbrock receives the "TOP SERVICE Deutschland" award from the consultancy firm ServiceRating for the first time. This confirms that the company has an excellent customer orientation. Piepenbrock also applies best practices in human resources management. In comparison with all participants in the competition, the building services provider came 14th.

Nuran Karanfil of Piepenbrock hands over his advertising budget to the curative day-care centre run by Caritas in Münster.

2018

Donation for children in day care in Münster
Nuran Karanfil, Regional Key Account Manager at Piepenbrock, donates his advertising budget to the curative day-care centre run by Caritas in Münster. The children there are over the moon about a new air hockey table.

To ensure bicycles are safe in traffic, Piepenbrock offers its employees a bicycle repair station in 'Sustainability Week'.

2018

Repair station for bicycles
Within the framework of the 'Sustainability Week', Piepenbrock sets up a repair station for bicycles at the Service Centre in Osnabrück.

Piepenbrock and Linde AG jointly plant the 50,000th tree in the company forest.

2018

"Growth campaign" with 50,000th tree
Within the framework of the "Growth" campaign, Piepenbrock and the customer Linde AG plant the 50,000th tree in the company forest in Rheinshagen.

Piepenbrock is honoured as a

2018

Fifth award as "Top National Employer"
Piepenbrock receives the "Top National Employer" seal of approval for the fifth time this year. The award is presented by the news magazine Focus, jointly with the career portal XING and ratings platform kununu. Receiving this honour once again is a clear indication that the strategies pursued with regard to employer attractiveness are having long-term effects.

Piepenbrock is honoured with the

2018

Renewed "Trusted Sustainability" seal of approval
The German private institute for sustainability and economy once again awards Piepenbrock the "Trusted Sustainability" seal of approval. This honours the holistic sustainability management of the family company.

The joint beehive of Piepenbrock and Caritas charity is located in the Magdalena Garden in Hildesheim.

2019

Setting up beehives with Caritas
Together with the Caritas charity organisation, Piepenbrock expands its Germany-wide commitment to the preservation of bees. The aim is to set up more beehives in Caritas care and children's homes. This is intended to enhance the recovery and environmental awareness for residents as well as Caritas and Piepenbrock employees. This year, Piepenbrock and Caritas start up the first bee colony in the Magdalena Garden – near the Magdalenenhof Caritas care home for the elderly in Hildesheim.

Prof. Dr. Christian Haas receives the Hartwig Piepenbrock DZNE prize from Piepenbrock.

2019

5. "Hartwig Piepenbrock DZNE award"
Prof. Christian Haass is the award winner of the 5th "Hartwig Piepenbrock DZNE Prize". The prize of 60,000 euros is awarded by Piepenbrock and the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE). The professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and spokesman for the Munich DZNE centre is honoured for his ground-breaking insight into proteins and immune reactions, with which he created the basic principles for new approaches in therapy and diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.

Piepenbrock supports the trust foundation German Dementia Relief with an annual amount of money.

2019

Patronage of the German Foundation for Dementia
Piepenbrock becomes an official patron of German Dementia Relief – DZNE foundation for brain and health. The company supports the foundation with 10,000 euros per year. Furthermore, Piepenbrock's executive partner Olaf Piepenbrock is a member of the foundation board. The foundation aims to promote and financially support research into neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and dementia.

Arnulf and Olaf Piepenbrock are pleased to receive the

2019

"Axia Best Managed Companies Award"
Piepenbrock receives the "Axia Best Managed Companies Award". The annual competition is presented by the consultancy firm Deloitte, WirtschaftsWoche (business magazine) and the Confederation of German Industry. It honours companies for strategic far-sightedness, innovative power, a sustainable management culture and exemplary business management. The application process consisted of an online questionnaire, a personal interview with company management and a written elaboration.

Reiner Diehlmann, Business Manager of Planol, hands over a cheque for 1,000 euros to the Bärenherz Foundation.

2019

"Donation instead of gifts" by Planol
Instead of giving customers and business partners Christmas presents, Piepenbrock's subsidiary Planol donates the money to the 'Bärenherz Foundation'. This foundation is committed to helping facilities that support children with incurable conditions and their families.

Piepenbrock is pleased to receive the

2019

Second "TOP SERVICE Deutschland " award
Piepenbrock receives the "TOP SERVICE Deutschland" seal of approval for the second time in a row. This year, the building services provider is placed in the top 10, which means it is one of the best companies in the area of service quality and customer orientation. The competition run by the consultancy firm ServiceRating is based on an independent survey of more than 100 customers and the results of a management audit.

Piepenbrock employees are vaccinated against flu in the Service Centre in Osnabrück.

2019

Flu vaccination at Piepenbrock
For the first time, the building services provider offers its employees in the Service Centre in Osnabrück flu vaccinations free of charge within the framework of company health examinations.

With the introduction of the digital property folder, paper folders are a thing of the past at Piepenbrock.

2019

Implementation of the digital property folder
Piepenbrock implements the digital property folder with digital employment contracts and instruction documents. The folder contains all of the information relevant to providing services at the respective customer property. This replaces the numerous printed folders in the branch offices. It saves a large amount of paper.

Olaf and Arnulf Piepenbrock, together with Osnabrück's Lord Mayor Wolfgang Griesert, open the new Piepenbrock Technology Centre and Clean Room Training Centre.

2019

Opening of Technology Centre and Clean Room Training Centre
Piepenbrock opens the new Piepenbrock Technology Centre, expanded to include more content and space. On an area of around 550 square metres, new cleaning methods, machines and materials are tested and employees are trained. A special feature of the new Technology Centre is the associated Clean Room Training Centre, which is virtually unique in the industry. In two replicated clean rooms, a personnel air lock as well as an area for hand disinfection, employees are trained comprehensively on every aspect of clean room cleaning.

Piepenbrock receives the

2019

Further re-certification "Trusted Sustainability"
Piepenbrock also receives the certification "Trusted Sustainability" in the year 2019. This honours the building services provider for its comprehensive sustainability management for the sixth time in a row.

Piepenbrock receives the

2019

Sixth award as "Top National Employer"
Piepenbrock has once again received the "Top National Employer" award this year from the news magazine Focus, the career portal XING and employer ratings platform kununu. The award is based on a total of 140,0000 employee assessments. Piepenbrock regards the award as confirmation of its commitment to employee satisfaction and loyalty.

Piepenbrock celebrates the anniversary year of sustainability.

2020

Sustainability anniversary year
Piepenbrock celebrates the anniversary year of sustainability: 30 years of sustainability and "Piepenbrock Goes Green" and 10 years of the "Growth campaign" and Plan International sponsorships. The company celebrates this with various activities and events all over Germany.

Piepenbrock is honoured as a

2020

Seventh award as "Top National Employer"
Piepenbrock can also refer to itself as "Top National Employer" in 2020. Piepenbrock receives the award from the news magazine Focus, the career portal XING and ratings platform kununu for the seventh time in a row. This means the building services provider is once among Germany's best employers. The ranking is based on an independent survey of employees and kununu evaluations.

Piepenbrock is honoured with the

2020

Repeated "Trusted Sustainability" award
As in the preceding years, Piepenbrock receives the "Trusted Sustainability" seal of approval in the year 2020. The repeated certification is evidence of the successful and holistic sustainability management of the family company.