The sustainability section of our corporate website is continuously being updated throughout the year. Our Sustainability Review and GRI Index are updated annually and refer to our performance and achievements for past calendar years. All information and data only refer to Beiersdorf’s consumer business segment and do not include tesa.
Our Sustainability Review provides you with an overview of our performance and achievements in 2012.
Sustainability Review 2012
We are using GRI 3.1 as part of our sustainability commitment, in order to be as transparent as possible regarding our operations and activities. We are continuously working on expanding and consolidating our global data collection and monitoring systems to present an accurate picture of our current status of progress and achievements.
The GRI Index contains all available data covering the 2012 calendar year. It also provides additional information, which allows further assessment of our ongoing performance. Most GRI indicators are answered in the full GRI index document and via links to specific pages on our sustainability website, annual report and download center. In case we did not have any sufficient reliable data we have not provided any answers.
Our annual centrally managed data collection process forms the basis for our reporting with all indicators being reported according to the metric system. Economic indicators are collected via turnover and quality reporting, as well as liquidity reporting. Information on employees is gathered through our internal reporting systems.
For the reporting of the GRI environmental performance indicators (EN1–EN30), a distinction is made between our global production centers and office locations of our largest affiliates. A data management system (GSM) is used to collect data on environmental protection and occupational safety issues.
The figures we publish for production centers relate to 16 locations in 12 countries and cover 95% of our global production in terms of volume: Germany, Spain, Poland, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, India and Kenya. Details on office locations originate from 18 countries: Germany, Spain, Poland, France, Italy, Austria, Denmark, Greece, the United Kingdom, Romania, Russia, the United States of America, Canada, Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia, China, and India. This covers approximately 70% of our office-based operations worldwide.
CO2 emissions are calculated on the basis of the“Greenhouse Gas Protocol” (GHG Protocol) guidelines, using publicly available CO2 conversion factors of the "International Energy Agency" (IEA).
Over the coming years we are planning to extend the boundaries of our sustainability reporting in relation to the environmental performance indicators relating to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Data from selected finished goods suppliers are already being collected and will be reported as soon as significant results are available. To record additional relevant Scope 3 emissions in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, we are working – amongst other things – on gathering data on GHG emissions from business trips and transportation.