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Strategy and targets

Sustainability strategy and targets

Sustainability is a core component of our corporate strategy. As a diversified industrial group we aim to supply innovative products, technologies and services worldwide that contribute to the sustainable success of our customers.

Together with our customers we are looking to the future, and our decision-making processes include both business considerations and ecological and social aspects. The basis for this is a 360 degree view of our value and production chains. In this way we improve our performance and strengthen the future of our company.

Anchoring in the organization

Sustainability activities in the Group are managed and developed by the Sustainability Committee,which is made up of the Group Executive Board, the CEOs of the business areas and heads of various corporate functions. The interests of our stakeholders play an important role in the orientation of our activities. In 2017 thyssenkrupp conducted an extensive stakeholder survey to obtain an assessment of the key issues from the perspective of customers and investors, for example. The findings of this survey were discussed, including at an internal sustainability conference, and are now feeding gradually into the development of targets, measures and reporting.

Sustainability Triangel

Indirect Financial Targets to secure continuous improvement

thyssenkrupp aims to continuously improve its sustainability performance. To this end the Sustainability Committee has set Indirect Financial Targets (IFTs) in the areas technology and innovations, environment, climate, energy, purchasing and people. Progress towards these targetsis measured annually and factored into variable compensation for management via the sustainability multiplier (more information can be found in the Compensation Report).

In the fiscal year 2016/2017 the IFTs for energy efficiency and occupational safety and health were adjusted.

Overview of indirect financial targets

Sept. 30, 20161 Sept. 30, 20172 Change More information
Annual energy efficiency gains of 125 GWh in 2016 / 2017 and 150 GWh in 2017 / 2018 GWh - 330 - Environment, climate, energy
100% of relevant activities covered by ISO 50001
energy management system by 2019 / 2020
% 54 66 +12 %-p. Environment, climate, energy
100% of relevant activities covered by ISO 14001
environmental management system by 2019 / 2020
% 78 85 +7 %-p. Environment, climate, energy
Sustainable adjusted R&D intensity of around 2.5% % 2.7 2.7 +/-0 %-p. Technology and innovations
15% share of women in leadership positions
by 2019 / 2020
% 11.0 11.6 +0.6 %-p. Employees
2.0 accidents per million hours worked by 2020 / 2021 and improvement of at least 10% a year Accidents per million hours worked 3.8 3.1 (18)% Employees
100 supplier sustainability audits each year # 179 161 (18) Purchasing
1 on comparable basis excl. Steel Americas
2 continuing operations only

Further subjects and topics

Integrated reporting approach

thyssenkrupp provides continuous and fully integrated reporting on its sustainability performance in its annual report and on its corporate website, based a set of national and international standards like the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the UN Global Compact, Greenhouse Gas Protocol, Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), IFRS and others as well as applicable regulations like the German Commercial Code (HGB), the EU CSR Directive* and the German Accounting Standards (DRS). The company does not publish a printed sustainability report or a separate online report. All essential content is published in our annual reporting and additional information on our webpages.

Materiality analysis: A central element of the materiality analysis of sustainability issues is the view of the company’s management. This approach is based on established management reporting standards (such as the German Accounting Standards, DRS). Management’s view naturally includes the interests of the various Stakeholders as well as the requirements of the reporting standards, and assesses them in the context of the company. Accordingly, the sustainability strategy is fully integrated in the corporate strategy.

Reporting boundary: Our integrated sustainability reporting system is based on the reporting boundary of our financial reporting, which in turn is based on IFRS standards and the German Commercial Code (HGB). Unless otherwise stated, the information refers to all fully consolidated operations. In accordance with IFRS we also report on our 50% shareholding in Hüttenwerke Krupp Mannesmann GmbH (HKM).

Reporting cycle: Our Annual Report includes key information for the fiscal year, which at thyssenkrupp starts on October 1 and ends on September 30. Additional reporting on the Internet takes place on an ongoing basis and is not tied to a specific reporting cycle. Performance indicators refer to a fiscal year. Unless otherwise indicated, the data always refer to the past fiscal year.

Data collection processes: Integrated sustainability reporting includes a large amount of data collected via a variety of data systems. These data systems are adapted to the specific challenges of the area involved. All content in the Annual Report is audited externally, as are relevant environmental and energy data (e.g. CO2 emissions or energy consumption).

* applicable for thyssenkrupp only starting with the report for fiscal year 2017/2018


ThyssenKrupp Contact

Thomas Fußhöller

Head of Sustainability, Environment & Energy Management

thyssenkrupp AG
Corporate Function Technology, Innovation & Sustainability
thyssenkrupp Allee 1
P.O. Box, 45063 Essen

Telephone: +49 201 844-536947

Fax: +49 201 845-6536027

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ThyssenKrupp Contact

Bernd Overmaat

Press spokesperson Technology, Innovation & Sustainability

Telephone: +49 201 844-545185

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We have compiled answers to frequently asked questions. As a general rule you will also find most of the information on the relevant pages, e.g. environment, climate & energy or compliance. Our experts would be pleased to help with any further information you may require on sustainability at thyssenkrupp. Direct your inquiries to the “Sustainability Strategy, Reporting & Ratings” team. Please note that due to the large number of inquiries, it is not always possible to answer all questions. In addition, journalists can contact the press department, investors and analysts our Investor Relations team, and suppliers our Purchasing function.

Where can I find thyssenkrupp’s sustainability report?

thyssenkrupp provides continuous and fully integrated reporting on its sustainability performance within its annual report and on its corporate website. Accordingly, the sustainability report is made up of various documents. The overview page on sustainability provides links to all key content.

Can you send me a printed sustainability report?

As neither our website content nor our annual report is published in printed form, the content is only available online.

Who is responsible for sustainability at thyssenkrupp?

At thyssenkrupp, responsibility for sustainability lies with the Executive Board and the Sustainability Committee. Activities are coordinated by the corporate function Technology, Innovation, and Sustainability. Click here to find out more.

How does thyssenkrupp manage the area of human rights?

Human rights play a relevant role in various management processes at thyssenkrupp. Accordingly, our human rights policy is made up of various documents, above all the Code of Conduct, the Supplier Code of Conduct, further policy for Occupational Safety and Health, and the International Framework Agreement. It is therefore implemented in particular in the Group’s processes relating to compliance, procurementand employee rights.

I have a project that could be of interest to thyssenkrupp and am looking for support. Who should I contact?

thyssenkrupp is involved in a large number of projects around the world. In your inquiry please indicate the connection your project has with thyssenkrupp’s business and which of the company’s sites it could fit in with.

In which sustainability indexes is thyssenkrupp listed and how well does the company rank?

thyssenkrupp is included in a variety of indexes and rankings, such as CDP, oekom, sustainalytics and MSCI. These days, the majority of indexes rank individual aspects rather than providing an overall rating. At CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), which still provides an overall rating, thyssenkrupp was included on CDP's global A List, making it one of the leading companies in the German Stock Index (DAX).

I am writing a degree dissertation on the subject of corporate social responsibility. Does thyssenkrupp take part in studies of this kind?

Like many other major corporations, thyssenkrupp receives numerous requests to take part in studies. As a result we can only take part in a select few. Please check out this website first to see if the information you require is not already provided.

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