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Sustainability Report 2018

Gewista is the largest outdoor advertising company in Austria and part of the globally active outdoor advertising group JCDecaux. We have been growing sustainably for many years and know very well that companies that recognise the area of sustainability early on are better able to hold their own in highly competitive markets. After all, successful companies are now not only measured by financial indicators. Increasingly, it is also the non-financial performance indicators that are incorporated into a company's success strategy.

Gewista therefore defines sustainable, entrepreneurial action as a holistic approach to harmonise both the economic and ecological performance of our company.

Franz Solta

CEO Gewista




A paper version (complete version) can be requested from our CSR officer.

Sustainability in dialogue



Christian Brandt-Di Maio (Press Spokesperson Gewista) : What contribution can companies make to this?

Andrea Nowak-Mann: I am convinced that modern civil society cannot exist in the long term without economic prosperity. Professionally, I have the advantage of dealing with the financial impact of different corporate activities and can underline that social or ecological problems ultimately translate into economic problems. Therefore, the approach that the UN is taking with its Sustainable Development Goals by emphasising the participation and responsibility of companies in achieving these goals is only logical for me!

Christian Brandt-Di Maio: Are there clear targets for the next few years?

Andrea Nowak-Mann: You are addressing a complex issue. We are in the full dynamics of digitalisation. Challenges and entrepreneurial actions are changing rapidly. I think that a rigid definition of strategic goals at this point in time would be rather restrictive. We are working in several expert groups at the UN in Austria to further our strategic considerations and to develop new measures that go beyond the existing ones. This approach can certainly be seen critically and I have understanding for this position.

Christian Brandt-Di Maio: Do you have a CSR motto?

Andrea Nowak-Mann: I like Robert Kennedy's saying: Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not; roughly: Some men see things as they are and ask: why? I dream of things that never were and ask why not? I think one has to be future-oriented in CSR and may also focus on coming developments. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't set the course for the future today, quite the opposite! But maybe things will turn out differently than you think.

To the full interview in german.

Cimate week

As Climate Week (23-29 September 2019) and the Climate Action Summit 2019 in New York are taking place, Jean-François Decaux will be talking about climate change and the initiatives that JCDecaux is taking in the name of climate protection.

Important topics

Unser Beitrag zu den SDGs


Power consumption

Historically, Gewista's advertising media have a wide variety of network connection models, which technically do not allow for individual electricity consumption measurement of each individual advertising medium across the board. Gewista therefore falls back on the customary method of technical electricity consumption.

For this purpose, a standard consumption per operating hour is determined on the basis of the technical details such as luminosity and, if applicable, motor power of each advertising medium. This is then multiplied by the theoretical number of operating hours that this advertising medium is operated per year.

This procedure does not take into account deviations from the standard consumption due to non-operation of the advertising medium (repairs, etc.) or test operations before the start of sales.

The technical details as well as commissioning and decommissioning of advertising media are checked by us on 30 June and 31 December of each year and controlled by a group-internal test centre.    

The usual number of lighting hours in Vienna is 4300h per year, i.e. an annual average of 11.78h per day, and for the underground approx. 7700h per year, an annual average of 21.14h per day.  

Electricity origin

Wherever the contractual basis allows, we try to manage the origin of our electricity ourselves.

Sustainability contact 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our CSR Officer Andrea Nowak-Mann.