About the KHS sustainability report
The following voluntary KHS sustainability report provides information for the 2019/2020 reporting period on the strategic alignment of the KHS Group according to the principles of sustainable economy and the corresponding goals, approaches and measures.
The content of the report is divided into four main chapters: 1) strategy and governance, 2) product responsibility, 3) operational ecology and 4) social activities. These chapters outline the key economic, social and ecological challenges faced and management approaches adopted by KHS.
Aim of the sustainability report
In order to make progress and develop further, a quantifiable, transparent and thus verifiable sustainability performance is essential. This is why, in our KHS sustainability report, we outline our goals and their current state of implementation and highlight the outstanding measures in place and commitment shown at our various production sites. With this, the report provides new impetus for discussions with our employees, customers and business partners, further stakeholders and the interested public.
Our voluntary report is based on the standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and further requirements for good sustainability reporting (CSR RuG, German Sustainability Code and IÖW/future ranking criteria). We thus aim to measure the report against the specified requirements, to further develop it and enable the information herein to be compared to that of any other market participant.
Defining the report content
When selecting the topics to be included in the report, we focused on what is important and on the central expectations of our stakeholders. The basic framework was structured in alignment with GRI standards, the sustainable development goals of the United Nations (UN SDGs)and legal reporting obligations (CSR-RuG). The various issues were assessed with a view to their significance for KHS and assigned to the fields of activity where KHS initiates or (further) develops appropriate management approaches.
We are constantly developing our report further. In order to be able to gage our current status after three sustainability reports, an analysis of the report was performed with external support that shows us where we need to go into (greater) detail in our presentation in the report. We have been able to make some of the identified potential improvements in this report. Here, in the reporting period greater attention was paid in particular to the presentation of our key fields of activity and further key figures identified. In the future we aim to reinforce these strategic positions by involving our stakeholders and to translate this into an operative sustainability program.
Reporting period and frequency
This KHS sustainability report refers to business years 2019/2020 (January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2020) and is the fourth consecutive voluntary report to have been issued. The editorial deadline was May 3, 2021. KHS publishes a sustainability report every two years.
The statements and information given in this report always refer to the entire company, including all subsidiaries of the KHS Group subject to operative control (see the About KHS company profile). The reported measures and key figures focus on our production sites in Germany. KHS’ subsidiaries outside Germany are described in their own profiles for the first time and are to be further integrated into the report in the future. Participations and companies outside the KHS Group consolidation are not the subject matter of this report.
Restrictions in the scope of this report are noted in the appropriate places and result from the current state of data availability. All of our business unit locations are to be successively included in the report and are working to produce the necessary data basis.
The person responsible for the management of the project and strategic content derivation process is
senior online manager for Corporate Communication and Sustainability/CSR at KHS.
Phone: +49 231 569 1497
For reasons of better legibility this report does not use gender-specific formulations. Should references to persons only be made in the masculine form, these equally apply to all genders.
We would like to thank the following for their support with technical issues and the content of the fourth KHS sustainability report (in alphabetical order):
Executive Management Board
Dr. Johannes-Thomas Grobe
Staff KHS Group
Cornelius Lennart Adolf
Dr. Robert Grefrath
Dr. Matthias Köster
Dr. Tom-Philip Mannheim
Dr. Julia Christina Niehaus
Dr. Jochen Ohrem
Ernst van Wickeren
Dr. Stefan Mecke
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