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S.E.E.D.S. SUSTAINABILITY TARGETS

In spring 2011, the Vaillant Group set itself the first binding, verifiable targets in all focus fields within the S.E.E.D.S. programme. These goals are an indication of the direction we shall be taking until 2020. Until then we are resolved to be transparent – not only about where we are on track, but also about where we need to become even better. The year 2010 is taken as a basis for comparison.

The Vaillant Group lists all key figures relating to sustainability on a scorecard so we can manage our activities in this field. As we are constantly working to improve the quality of data and make our figures more meaningful by successively expanding their scope, changes may have been made to the previous year’s figures since the publication of last year’s report.

Environment

We have already achieved all of our environmental targets for 2020 after successfully reducing our energy and water consumption as well as our waste volume. In the remaining focus areas Employees, Development & Products and Society, all performance indicators point towards a positive development.

CO2 emissions

When determining CO2 emissions, we take into account the amount of electricity, oil and gas consumed at the manufacturing and development sites. Besides this, we record the CO2 emissions that arise through logistics processes, employees’ air travel and the fuel consumed by our vehicle fleet.

Energy consumption

Total energy consumption describes the amount of electricity, oil and gas consumed at the manufacturing and development sites. Initial savings were made with the introduction of the environmental management system. The slight rise in absolute figures that followed was due to an increase in production capacities. In Production, further improvements were seen in production minutes.

Water consumption

This key performance indicator shows the amount of water consumed across all manufacturing and development sites. Over the years, water consumption at the Vaillant Group has continuously and significantly sunk. This is why we adjusted the savings target in 2016 from the original –25 per cent to –50 per cent. This new savings target was already met in 2018.

Waste production

We record the waste volume across all manufacturing and development sites. Scrap metal makes up for around 60 per cent of our waste here. The rest is largely attributed to packaging waste. Overall, the waste volume remained near-constant despite increased manufacturing capacities. In relation to production minutes, we have already reached our 2020 target.

Development & Products

Share of efficient and renewable technologies in our product sales

Product sales comprise the sales figures from heat generators. Heat generators based on condensing technology and all products that are operated using renewable energies such as heat pumps, solar thermal and photovoltaic systems are classed as efficient and renewable technologies.

Employees

Employer of choice

The indicator for accidents at work is known as the total injury rate (TIR, accidents per 200,000 hours worked). The number of accidents at the company has been on the decline for years. Our occupational health and safety management system is certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 45001. All employees are actively incorporated in occupational health measures.

Accidents at work

The indicator for accidents at work is known as the total injury rate (TIR, accidents per 200,000 hours worked). The number of accidents at the company has been on the decline for years. Our occupational health and safety management system is certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 45001. All employees are actively incorporated in occupational health measures.

Society

Adherence to the UN Global Compact Principles

Recognition of the ten principles on the part of our suppliers forms part of our general purchasing terms. The topic of Global Compact is also integrated in supplier audits and covered by the Sustainability Scorecard.

In 2013, the Vaillant Group entered into a strategic partnership with the children’s charity “SOS Children’s Villages worldwide”. This was driven by the desire to create a more systematic approach to the company’s social engagement initiatives that ties in directly with its business activities. The partnership concentrates first and foremost on equipping SOS facilities with energy-saving and environmentally friendly heating technology. Projects have been realised in around 20 countries since the initiative began. In 2018, the partnership was extended by a further five years.

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