External evaluation

Sustainability analysts and rating agencies regularly evaluate the Lufthansa Group’s activities according to the criteria of responsible corporate management. Deutsche Lufthansa AG is included in the following sustainability indices and ratings:


In the climate change report 2017 of the international charitable rating organization CDP, published today, the Lufthansa Group achieved leadership status in the global ranking with the climate score “A-” (last year: “B”). According to the CDP rating, the Group is thus not only among the best in the industry in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, but now also listed in the highest ranking band. Airlines are also listed by the CDP in the sector “Industrials”. Here, the Lufthansa Group is also in the Top 3 group worldwide.

A company ranked with leadership shows a high level of transparency in connection with actually implemented climate protection measures, such as target setting and emission reduction, to the verification of reported data. CDP climate scores are awarded on a scale form A (best result) to D-. 

CDP carries out the world’s major climate ranking, in which companies are required to report comprehensive information and data on CO2 emissions, strategies on their reduction and climate risks. The Lufthansa Group has been participating in the annual CDP reporting since 2006, thereby providing information to the relevant interest groups on its climate protection strategy and emission reduction measures in a transparent manner.

In mid-November 2017, CDP published the results of the "CDP Supply Chain Information Request for Climate Change 2017", in which 4,800 companies worldwide participated. Here, too, the Lufthansa Group received an "A-" ranking. Overall, the average score of all participating suppliers is in “D”-tier of the 8-tier ranking band (A, A, B, B, B, C, C, C, C, D, D-).  CDP performs this additional rating on behalf of 100 CDP Supply Chain members, who have a purchasing volume of over 2.7 trillion US dollars and who include these CDP results in the selection decisions for their suppliers.



The index was introduced in 2001 by FTSE, a wholly owned subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange. It lists only those companies that meet the internationally accepted standards for corporate responsibility in the following dimensions: environmental management, climate change, human and labor rights along the supply chain, corporate governance, and anti-corruption efforts. Lufthansa has been listed since 2001.

oekom Corporate Rating

In the oekom Corporate Rating of November 2017, Deutsche Lufthansa AG has again received the "Prime" status. This means that the Group belongs to the "Industry Leaders" group of 69 evaluated companies in the sector. In the rating process, the social and environmental impact of companies is assessed on the basis of more than 100 social and ecological criteria selected for each sector.



The Lufthansa Group’s place in the ECPI® Index family was confirmed in 2016. This index comprises the 150 highest-capitalized companies within the European economic and monetary union, which represent suitable and sustainable investments according to the ECPI’s screening method. The ECPI analyzes data in the environmental, social and governance (ESG) areas of companies as well as the development, calculation and publication of ECPI indices. It monitors 4,000 issuers by means of a disciplined and certified method that covers a range of ESG criteria.

MSCI Global Sustainability Index Series

The US index provider MSCI launched a series of sustainability indices in September 2010. The MCSI index family comprises seven environmental, two value-based and 15 best-of-class indices. These include shares of companies with high and medium market capitalization and are based on the MSCI World Index. They depict companies that are particularly committed to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. Lufthansa has been included in this index series since June 2015.