Sustainability report 2019/20

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 RuGGerman 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.

Reporting framework

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

Nicole Pohl,
senior online manager for Corporate Communication and Sustainability/CSR at KHS.
Phone: +49 231 569 1497

Editorial notes

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
Kai Acker
Dr. Johannes-Thomas Grobe
Martin Resch
Beate Schäfer

Staff KHS Group
Cornelius Lennart Adolf
Roger Daum
Gottfried Eisenberg
Norbert Eyselée
Claudia Fiene
Frank Fretwurst
Kathrin Gareis
Dr. Robert Grefrath
Francis Hankel
Manfred Härtel
Vesela Helwes
Sebastian Kaiser
Dr. Matthias Köster
Katja Kuhlmann
Florian Lerche
Dr. Tom-Philip Mannheim
Sabine Meyer
Marcel Moranz
Ralf Naujoks
Dr. Julia Christina Niehaus
Frederic Nitka
Dr. Jochen Ohrem
Joachim Peinemann
Detlef Prellberg
Ralph Remy
Vicente Reyes
Johannes Ruhrmann
Michael Schlegel
Ulrich Schniedergers
Petra Scholz
Ajay Shah
Yatindra Sharma
Constantin Siemons
Steve Smith
Knut Soltau
Sarah Sperling
Rolf Staab
Stefan Steinberg
Gerold Tandler
John Turner
Ernst van Wickeren
Marc Weinberg
Arne Weis
Christoph Wiesenack
Armin Wille
Kristina Yabar-Jilka
Renato Zanotti

Salzgitter AG
Simone Baulmann
Bernhard Kleinermann
Dr. Stefan Mecke
Stephanie Miehe
Andrea Vogel

Nora Kraft
Karolingerring 36
50678 Cologne

Interview Management board:
Stuart Nessbach
Nessbach Markenintelligenz GmbH
Lindenstr. 14
50674 Köln

Advice on content and implementation based on applicable standards
sustainable natives eG
Ritterstrasse 3
10969 Berlin

Design and technical implementation
Judith Eckert
Elsa Maurice
Sarah Metsch

NetFederation GmbH
Sürther Hauptstraße 180 B
50999 Cologne

David Blears
KHS Group

Ruth Chitty
Übersetzungsbüro Rapid Communication
Kiefernweg 18
55442 Stromberg

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