Geerd Smidt

Why Klasmann-Deilmann publis­hes a Sus­taina­bi­li­ty Report


Klasmann-Deilmann docu­ments its own social, envi­ron­men­tal and busi­ness com­mit­ment in its annu­al Sus­taina­bi­li­ty Report. The first Report was for the 2011 finan­cial year, and this year it comes out for the fifth time. This makes Klasmann-Deilmann the first com­pa­ny in the sub­stra­te indus­try to have its sus­taina­bi­li­ty per­for­mance extern­al­ly asses­sed. Each Report – and they have, sin­ce 2013, com­plied with Glo­bal Repor­ting Initia­ti­ve gui­de­li­nes – records and eva­lua­tes the pre­vious year’s activities.

What has been achie­ved on the jour­ney towards a sus­tainab­le com­pa­ny poli­cy gui­ded by the eco­lo­gi­cal and social princi­ples of cor­po­ra­te social respon­si­bi­li­ty (CSR)? Which steps have yet to be taken? In which are­as is the­re room for impro­ve­ment, and what does this ent­ail? Klasmann-Deilmann has been pro­vi­ding ans­wers to the­se ques­ti­ons every year sin­ce 2012 in its Sus­taina­bi­li­ty Report, which descri­bes the pre­vious year’s acti­vi­ties and sub­jects them to cri­ti­cal assess­ment. The Report adhe­res to the G4 gui­de­li­nes of the Glo­bal Repor­ting Initia­ti­ve (GRI), ensu­ring com­pa­ra­bi­li­ty with other firms’ sus­taina­bi­li­ty reports at inter­na­tio­nal level.

Mana­ging Direc­tor Nor­bert Siebels exp­lains the ratio­na­le behind it. “In pro­du­cing this Report, we are embra­cing our respon­si­bi­li­ty to the envi­ron­ment and socie­ty.” Mana­ging Direc­tor Moritz Böcking adds, “Ano­t­her aim is to crea­te a basis for open and fair dia­lo­gue with our poli­ti­cal and social stakeholders.”

Cor­po­ra­te and pro­duct car­bon foot­prints form an inte­gral part of the Report. The­se dis­c­lo­se all CO2 emis­si­ons, taking into account all cli­ma­te-rela­ted fac­tors along the value chain ‘from raw-mate­ri­al extrac­tion to the fac­to­ry gate, inclu­ding trans­port’. The foot­print is cal­cu­la­ted by a spe­cia­list out­side agen­cy, the Colo­gne-based MEO Car­bon Solu­ti­ons GmbH, and the results are veri­fied by a second exter­nal orga­ni­sa­ti­on, SGS United King­dom Ltd., to the ISO 14064 standard.

The Report also covers the raw mate­ri­als used, pro­duc­tion and sales, as well as Klasmann-Deilmann’s com­mit­ment in the fiel­ds of rene­wa­ble ener­gy, natu­re con­ser­va­ti­on and cli­ma­te chan­ge miti­ga­ti­on. Also pre­sen­ted are mea­su­res towards sus­tainab­le cor­po­ra­te gover­nan­ce at dif­fe­rent levels, such as ener­gy manage­ment, logistics, pro­cu­re­ment, cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on, cus­to­mer satis­fac­tion, social invol­ve­ment and work with pro­fes­sio­nal asso­cia­ti­ons. Ano­t­her focus is on per­son­nel manage­ment. The con­tent of the Sus­taina­bi­li­ty Report is pre­pa­red by an in-house Working Group on Sus­taina­bi­li­ty which, along­side top manage­ment, inclu­des indi­vi­du­als repre­sen­ting and respon­si­ble for all the dif­fe­rent parts of the company.