Environment

Environmental protection

Key figures

With our products and services, we support our customers‘ efforts to make their business processes more efficient and more environmentally friendly. We also aim to reduce the environmental impact from our own activities and to use energy, resources and materials as efficiently as possible. Therefore we have established a global management system for environmental protection based on standards and guidelines which apply worldwide. We conduct audits to verify that the Group is complying with the standards laid down. Our internal audits are based on the environmental standard ISO 14001. Many of our locations are also certified externally in accordance with international standards. In 2017, nine of our locations in Asia and Eastern Europe, for example, were certified externally for the first time in accordance with the updated environmental standard ISO 14001 which had been revised in 2015.

A global process helps us record and evaluate incidents and near misses which have particular relevance for environmental protection. We have set ourselves global targets in those areas in which environmental protection is most relevant. Where necessary, we make provisions for obligations relating to environmental protection, such as the dismantling of plants. At 31 December 2017, environmental provisions totalled EUR 28 m (2016: EUR 48 m).

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In line with the information in the Financial Report 2017, the figures provided for the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 exclude the business of the logistics service provider Gist, as it has been reported as a discontinued operation.

Environmental complaints

 

 

9

 

22

 

14

 

25

 

24

Reportable environmental incidents

 

 

6

 

19

 

13

 

21

 

25

We follow up suggestions about how we can make further improvements. In 2017, we received 9 complaints relating to the environment. Most of these complaints concerned the issue of noise. In addition, there were 6 reportable environmental incidents. No fines were payable as a result.

UNGC Indicators

Sustainable Development Goals