About this report

This is the fifth time that we, the Uelzena Group headquartered in Uelzen, Lower Saxony, Germany, are producing a transparent sustainability report on the economic and non-financial aspects and effects of our business activities. This involves both the strategic orientation and the management of sustainability as well as concrete measures and results.

Since 2015, the Uelzena Group has been publishing an annual sustainability report about the past business year. The current report refers to the business year of the Uelzena Group from 1.1.2018 to 31.12.2018 and comprises basic reporting principles as well as five fields of action: company, production, products, employees and social and regional responsibility. The figures and information from each of the four production sites in Uelzen, Bismark, Ratzeburg and Warmsen are incorporated into these action fields.

The last report for the year 2017 was published online on 29. June 2018.

GRI basis, control and index

From the outset, reporting was reliant on two pillars:

  • The Uelzena Group uses the “GRI Standards" ((LINK auf Grundlagen GRI-Standards)) of the Global Reporting Initiative as a basis for its reporting.
  • A multi-site working group on sustainability makes the most important decisions regarding the management and control of sustainability work.

This 2018 report has been - for the second time since 2017 - compiled in accordance with the GRI Standards and the option “core”. During the reporting period, the main topics (materiality analysis) of the Uelzena Group were redefined. However, this redefinition has not yet been incorporated into this report, but will be part of the 2019 reporting. However, there is already an outlook with a direct comparison chart. ((LINK auf M-Analyse)).

For a quick overview of all GRI Disclosures, the GRI Content Index is used (also available in PDF format).

External audit

In 2017, for the first time, independent auditors of the Association of Cooperatives, Verband der Regionen e. V. in Hanover (, audited the achievement of targets in the five fields of action and certified their accuracy. The same audit was performed for the 2018 reporting period without objections. The audit was performed according to the International Standard on Assurance Engagements ISAE 3000.

Sustainability dialogue

Please send queries and suggestions on this sustainability report to:

We would also be pleased if you could participate in the sustainability reporting survey of the Uelzena Group: By just answering five short questions you will give us the opportunity to tailor the report to your requirements.


All information in this report has been collected with the greatest care. Nevertheless, we cannot completely rule out errors. Moreover, this report contains forward-looking statements, which are based on assumptions and the currently available information. Future business performance may differ from the forecasts given because several factors are beyond our control and may result in deviating developments, which are unforeseeable at the time of publishing this report.