Our key per­for­mance indicators

As a bench­mark for our company’s sus­tainab­le deve­lo­p­ment, we have devi­sed key per­for­mance indi­ca­tors (KPIs) that reflect our per­for­mance in a man­ner which goes bey­ond the scope of our finan­cial results and cli­ma­te foot­print. Our goal is the con­ti­nuous impro­ve­ment of the­se KPIs.

Alter­na­ti­ve raw materials

We aim to incre­a­se the pro­por­ti­on of alter­na­ti­ve raw mate­ri­als to 15% of our total annu­al pro­duc­tion by 2020. Bet­ween the base year 2013 and the 2019 finan­cial year, this pro­por­ti­on incre­a­sed from 3.4% to 12.7%.

Food sec­tor

We wish, in future years, to step up our sup­plies to the fruit- and vege­ta­ble-gro­wing sec­tor. To docu­ment our pro­gress here, we com­pa­re sales figu­res achie­ved for this area with total sales of gro­wing media (in m³ in both cases). Com­pa­red with the equi­va­lent figu­re for the base year 2013, sales to the food sec­tor as a pro­por­ti­on of total sales incre­a­sed from 38.0% to 46.7% in the 2019 finan­cial year.


Sin­ce we are pur­suing the con­ti­nuous opti­mi­sa­ti­on of emis­si­on levels per pro­duct unit, we cal­cu­la­te the ratio bet­ween our cor­po­ra­te group’s total emis­si­ons (in t CO2e) and our total pro­duc­tion volu­me (in m³). Average emis­si­on levels per m³ decre­a­sed from 59.40 kg CO2e in the base year (2016) to 58.73 kg CO2e in the 2018 finan­cial year.

Rene­wa­ble energy

The ratio bet­ween emis­si­ons (in t CO2e) and emis­si­ons avo­id­ance (in t CO2e) is cal­cu­la­ted to under­line the incre­a­sing impor­t­ance of our ener­gy acti­vi­ties and to take account of the emis­si­ons-pre­ven­ting impact of our mea­su­res. Due to lower sales volu­mes cau­sed by a rela­ti­ve warm win­ter this ratio decre­a­sed from 9.0% in the base year (2016) to 7.1% in the 2018 finan­cial year.

Employee health

The KPI (Gesund­heits­quo­te, ‘health quo­ti­ent’) we use here gives the ratio bet­ween the total num­ber of days to be worked by our inter­na­tio­nal work­for­ce and the num­ber of days off sick (inclu­ding sick­ness peri­ods of less than and more than six weeks). The figu­re decre­a­sed from 96.0% in the base year (2016) to 94.7% in the 2018 finan­cial year.