Virtually everything that comes out of the TÜV NORD GROUP has team spirit at its heart. Many projects involve the coming together of different people and cultures; entire business units as well as companies at home and abroad are joining forces in various shared endeavours. But how do they manage to share their knowledge, pool their energy and master challenges? We’ve been exploring what it takes to make a successful team.
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Dr. Andreas Hucke
Project Manager, DMT
Auditor in the Sustainability department / Project Manager, TÜV NORD CERT
Whether or not salmon comes from sustainable fishing is revealed by the MSC seal. An FSC label shows if paper comes from responsible sources. But more and more consumers are wondering where the raw materials in their smartphones actually come from. How and under what conditions have people extracted and processed them? Human rights are often not respected in the extraction of raw materials, which is also harmful to the environment and sometimes even illegal. Global retail chains make it difficult to trace raw materials with 100% accuracy. And this is exactly where the team of experts from DMT and TÜV NORD CERT has come to the fore – in cooperation with three European universities and a Swedish research team. “Together we’re developing the new ‘CERA’ (Certification of Raw Materials) label with the aim of establishing it as a globally valid certificate. This provides transparency by offering information on the sustainable extraction and origin of all mineral raw materials,” explains Dr. Andreas Hucke, who is considered the initiator of the project and also manages it at DMT. The pilot phase started in December 2019, with the global launch scheduled for 2020.
And how is the teamwork going? “Like yin and yang, our skills complement each other,” Dr. Andreas Hucke says with a laugh. “DMT is highly qualified in the mining sector, and TÜV NORD CERT has the certification expertise. And yet, even though we’re near neighbours in Essen, there used to be hardly any contact between us. The synergy potential has practically been on our doorstep all along – but you still have to recognise it and put energy into it.” “To exploit this potential, we communicate very openly,” says Andreas Backs of TÜV NORD CERT, describing the cooperation.
“For a Europe-wide team with six partners, it’s extremely important to have frequent exchanges of ideas and information. This is the only way we can see how the project is progressing, discuss new ideas and avoid duplications of work on the same task. Dialogue doesn’t only enhance our professional expertise. It also requires you to develop and refine a characteristic that’s fundamental for team players: emotional intelligence.”