Our performance

GEA has used group-wide KPIs since 2016 to monitor its ESG performance. Each year, we report on material topics relevant to the company‘s economic, environmental and social impact, covering:

  • People
  • Sustainable engineering
  • Environment
  • Compliance & governance
  • Supply chain

Since 2019, the compensation of GEA Executive Board members has been tied to aspects of sustainability. However, with the approval of a new remuneration scheme at the Annual General Meeting in April 2021, Executive Board compensation will be more strongly tied to strategic ESG targets, linking GEA’s business growth and success to the achievement of its sustainability targets.

Measurements based on international norms and standards

GEA’s ESG performance reporting is prepared in accordance with the standards set by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI, “option: Core”). GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft is certified to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018. Certification under ISO 50001:2018 is performed at site level.

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ESG rating agency assessments

Our ESG performance is regularly assessed by ESG rating agencies. ESG ratings provide stakeholders with information that is important to their investment decisions. Most notably, GEA has received top ratings and rankings from: EcoVadis, CDP and MSCI.  

GEA is also listed on the DAX 50 ESG and MSCI Global Sustainability Indexes.

Ecovadis sustainability rating

The ‘Gold’ rating from EcoVadis places GEA in the top two percent of all companies in the mechanical engineering sector worldwide for sustainability management.

CDP A List 2021 - Climate and Water

GEA holds two CDP leadership rankings for performance and reporting transparency: an ‘A’ for tackling climate change and an ‘A’ for acting to protect water security.


In 2021, GEA received a rating of ‘AA’ (on a scale of AAA-CCC) in the MSCI ESG Ratings assessment.*

FTSE4Good Index

Following the December 2021 index review, GEA remains a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series, which measures the performance of companies demonstrating strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices.


On July 15, 2021, GEA received ‘Prime Status‘ (leadership in its industry index group) in the ISS ESG Corporate Rating.


In November 2021, GEA received an ESG Risk Rating of 22.4 and was assessed by Sustainalytics to be at Medium Risk of experiencing material financial impacts from ESG factors. GEA’s ESG Risk Rating places it in the 9th percentile (1st percentile = lowest risk) in the Machinery industry assessed by Sustainalytics **


GEA achieves double ‘A’ ranking from CDP

GEA has gained top marks for its global climate and water stewardship from environmental non-profit organization CDP. The rankings place GEA well ahead of both Europe regional and sector averages.

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GEA sustainability report 2020

GEA Sustainability Report 2020

In accordance with the standards set by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), our report provides greater disclosure and across more topics than is required in non-financial group statements.

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GEA signs on to UNEP Cool Coalition

Fostering dialog between governments, business, finance and civil society, the initiative aims to drive the use of efficient, climate-friendly cooling in urban environments, buildings and industrial processes worldwide.

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