Taking an all-round view of sustainability.
Long-term business success can only be achieved by taking into account all the factors that affect the Company. Our sustainability policy therefore reflects not just economic considerations but also environmental and social concerns.
Three central Competence Centers are fully established at Group level with active remits for the environment, occupational safety, health, and staff welfare. The heads of the Competence Centers consult closely with an overall steering board consisting of members of the Board of Directors as well as representatives from our central business areas and from production. Each Area (country group) and production site designates officers with local responsibility for the environment, occupational safety, health, and staff welfare. At Group level, we also appoint fire marshals, first aiders, evacuation assistants, safety officers, environmental officers, and safety experts.
The action prescribed under our sustainability rules is documented in the form of internal directives, process instructions, and work instructions. These form part of the Group's management system.
We also maintain a regular dialog with the management teams for the Areas into which our Group is divided. This allows the various Areas to share examples of best practice and learn from each other's successful initiatives.
A sustainability strategy to match our corporate values.
Wincor Nixdorf's sustainability strategy is underpinned and guided by its understanding of fundamental values.
- On the basis of our materiality analysis we lay out why certain factors and their impact are important to Wincor Nixdorf and its stakeholders. This involves a structured process to filter out the sustainability issues that are particularly relevant to our stakeholders and our Company, rating those issues, and focusing on them in our sustainability reports.
- Equally, we describe how Wincor Nixdorf identifies the current status of sustainability measures and how it measures progress.
Progress on key sustainability issues.
As part of a continuous improvement process, we focused on the following measures during the reporting period 2015/2016:
- All the energy audits covering the Group's sites in Germany and across the EU were successfully completed in the period under review. This involved measuring our consumption of electricity, gas, and heating energy, evaluating the results, and identifying ways of saving energy to be implemented wherever economically feasible.
- In collaboration with the Employers' Liability Insurance Association, we launched a pilot project at a German subsidiary that involved conducting an employee survey to assess the extent to which emotional and mental stress can put jobs at risk.
The measures we implement and the progress we make on our way are documented every year in our Sustainability Report, which is based on the international guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Our 2014/2015 Sustainability Report was issued online, i.e., a web-based version was made available on the internet so that visitors to our website could generate a pdf document of the entire report, individual sections, or just the key indicators. Our sixth Sustainability Report, covering fiscal 2015/2016, will also be published as an online report at the beginning of 2017.
Current elements of the Sustainability Report.
- Carbon Footprint: With regard to the goal of optimizing our products from an environmental perspective, our first milestone involved conducting and evaluating environmental impact tests, e.g., by calculating individual product carbon footprints. The environmental impact of each product is analyzed over its entire life cycle (production, use, and disposal) and presented in terms of climate-damaging CO2 emissions.
- EU directive: Starting in 2017, directive 2014/95/EU will oblige companies to disclose certain non-financial information. Thanks to its annual reporting and established sustainability management systems, Wincor Nixdorf is well placed to comply with the new directive.
- Stakeholder dialog: We are working in close cooperation with a consulting firm with regard to the issue of ecodesign. Ecodesign is guided by the principles of sustainability. The goal is to achieve the greatest possible utility for all stakeholders (at each stage of the value chain) through smart use of the available resources while minimizing any environmental impact and ensuring fair social conditions. After a successful launch event in summer 2016, we plan to continue our work in this area in fiscal 2016/2017 and identify priority areas based on analyses of consumption.