Three-year comparison

Transparent figures

The GRI Guidelines require numerous aspects to be met in sustainability reporting. Apart from clear information on targets, measures and processes, the company has to collect and publish detailed figures.

This includes data on energy consumption, wastewater volume and staff composition. The data are allocated to defined topics (previously called aspects) and so called disclosures (previously called indicators) that consist of letters and numbers. For example, the code for the topic “Energy” is GRI 302. This topic comprises different disclosures such as “Energy consumption within the organization”, “Energy consumption outside of the organization” or “Energy intensity”. These disclosures have the codes GRI 302-1, GRI 302-2 and GRI 302-3, respectively.

Moreover, the Uelzena Group - in compliance with GRI - has defined its own disclosures and allocated them to existing topics. The topic “Economic performance” has been expanded by the Uelzena disclosures UG 201-MG (milk price paid) and UG 201-EK (equity ratio). The Uelzena Group has already published traditionally the classical economic key figures and details on raw materials in its Annual Report. Here is an overview.

OVERVIEW ON KEY INDICATORS OF THE GROUP

Disclosure

 

 

2015

2016

2017


 

Receipt of milk raw material

MKG

528

532

589

UG-MG

Milk price payments

CENT/KG

29.16

27.15

36.54

102-7

Turnover

MEUR

526

529

703

 

Anual net profit

MEUR

7.41

7.39

9.31

102-7

Employees (until Dec 31)

TOTAL

663

693

715

102-7

Liabilities

MEUR

76

87

88

UG-EK

Equity ratio

PERCENT (%)

35.5

36.1

39,1

102-7

Balance sheet total

MEUR

143

163

175


201-1

Direct economic value generated

MEUR

531

531

705

 

Distributed economic value

MEUR

516

522

693

 

Retained economic value

MEUR

15

8

12


Comments

Annual average milk price for unprocessed milk paid to the member companies of Uelzena eG (UG-MG): In 2017 the milk suppliers were paid a competitive milk price for raw milk (4.0% fat, 3.4% protein) of 36.54 cents per kilogram (ex ramp dairy, without VAT). This is more than in the previous year and more than the current federal average of 36.19 cents per kilogram. From the milk producers’ point of view, this is a good performance, which however could not compensate for the poorer prices they received over the last two years. Sufficient milk payout is necessary to ensure the long-term existence of agricultural companies.

Revenues (sub-indicator GRI 102-7): Consolidated Group sales rose sharply from approx. 529m euros (2016) to about 703m euros in 2017 - this is an increase of almost 33 percent. Background information on the development of revenues: sales volumes increased in almost all product groups and in almost all areas except specialty products. The total sales volumes for the main product groups rose by 10,431 tons. Added to that, there was a positive price development for butter, milkfat and cheese. This led to strong sales growth. The share of specialty products in total sales fell from approx. 21 to 16 percent in 2017.

Equity ratio (UG-EK): The equity ratio improved in 2017. It rose from 36.1 percent (2016) to 39.1 percent. Sufficient equity is one objective for the Uelzena Group because a sound financial foundation is important for the implementation of its strategic plans for the future.

Direct economic value generated and distributed (GRI 201-1): The generated value clearly increased from 2016 to 2017 from approx. 530m euros to more than 704m euros. This corresponds to an increase of about 174m euros. Therefore, the distributed value also rose from approx. 522m euros to more than 692m euros. By far the biggest cost factor was more than 620m euros paid to suppliers.

RAW MATERIAL AND MATERIAL INPUT (IN TONS)

Disclosure

 

2015

2016

2017


301-1

Agricultural and product related materials1

 

 

 

 

Dairy raw materials and semi-finished goods2

538,629

544,889

603,354

 

      of which raw milk

407,094

408,668

469,786

 

      of which cream

78,600

84,257

89,483

 

      of which skimmed milk and buttermilk concentrate

39,275

39,515

30,420

 

      of which skimmed milk/buttermilk/milk permeates

3,009

0

27

 

Non-dairy raw materials and semi-finished goods2

28,837

29,185

30,282

 

Packaging material (total)

4,815

4,977

4,947


301-2

Packaging material from recycled materials

37.8 %

36.8 %

40.0 %


Comments
Footnotes

Materials used (GRI 301-1): The use of milk raw materials including semi-finished goods clearly increased from 544,889 tons in 2016 to 603,354 in 2017. The quantity of non-dairy raw materials including semi-finished goods also rose, but not as much, from 29,185 tons to 30,282 tons.

Recycled input materials used (GRI 301-2): In 2017, compared to the previous year, more recycled packaging material was used. It was an increase of 146 tons to a total of 1,977 tons. The percentage increased from 36.8 to 40 percent. Another positive aspect: the total quantity of packaging material decreased – despite the increase in sales. This development is predominantly due to the fact that customers are increasingly requesting bulk goods (silo, big bag, container).

1 100% of the quantities of the product-related procurement material groups have been considered as long as they were recorded in kg. No information is provided for adjuvant and process materials because the amount sourced have been considered to be negligible.
2 New allocation of semi-finished goods from 2016 (retroactive correction in 2015)

PRODUCT SALES (IN TONS)

Disclosure

 

 

2015

2016

2017


 

Butter, butterfat, premix

 

50,205

50,638

54,764

 

Cheese

 

31,102

30,444

31,368

 

Milk powder

 

67,694

71,706

76,663

 

Delicatessen, sweetened condensed milk

 

22,715

24,134

25,192

 

Specialty products1

 

44,379

44,336

43,691


102-7

Total sales of main product groups

 

216,095

221,258

231,678


Comments
Footnotes

Quantity of products provided/sales (sub-indicator to GRI 102-7): Total sales for the key product groups have increased from 2016 to 2017 by 10,420 tons (4.7 percent) to a total of 231,678 tons. The dairy business experienced a positive development of sales in 2017: milk fat plus 8 percent, milk powder plus 7 percent, delicatessen/sweetened condensed milk plus 4 percent, cheese plus 2 percent. The higher sales figures in the cheese sector were due to better prices.

Sales for specialty products declined (1.5 percent) which was mainly due to the contract drying and health food (nutrineo) sectors. The targeted profitability was not achieved for the specialty products.

In the strategic business fields – ingredients & contract manufacturing, instant beverages and health foods - sales increased by 4.9 percent thus exceeding the self-defined target.

1 Summary of instant beverages, health products, specialty dry products and contract drying

ENVIRONMENT & PRODUCTION – ENERGY

Disclosure

 

 

2015

2016

2017


302-1

Energy consumption within the organization

 

Gas purchased

KWH

235,194,229

237,268,281

244,565,550

 

Electricity purchased

KWH

9,672,510

8,725,645

9,884,917

 

Electricity sold

KWH

3,184,469

2,911,808

2,653,123

 

Energy input1

KWH

241,682,270

243,082,118

251,797,344


302-3

Energy intensity based on energy input

KWH/KG

1.229

1.200

1.198

 

      of this gas

KWH/KG

1.196

1.171

1.163

 

      of this electricity

KWH/KG

0.033

0.029

0.034

 

Production quantities for all Uelzena sites2

TONS

196,655

202,546

210,268


305-1

Total direct and indirect greenhouse emissions

305-2

Carbon dioxide emissions

TONS

29,496

28,859

30,822


305-4

Intensity of greenhouse gas emissions

KG/KG

0.150

0.142

0.147


305-5

Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

 

Referred to base year 2012

TONS

-21,745

-22,382

-20,419

 

 

RELATIVE

-42,4 %

-43,7 %

-39.8 %

 

Referred to the production quantity in kg (intensity)

KG/KG

-0.143

-0.151

-0.147

 

 

RELATIVE

-48.9 %

-51.4 %

-50,0 %


Comments
Footnotes

Energy consumption within the organization (GRI 302-1): Absolute energy consumption increased from 243,082,118 KWh in 2016 to 251,797,344 KWh in 2017. The reason for this is the higher production volume. Energy consumption per production ton decreased slightly - this translated into an improvement of energy intensity (GRI 302-3). It fell from 1,200 kWh/kg in 2016 to 1,198 kWh/kg in 2017. This demonstrates the effect of several energy efficiency measures.

Direct and indirect GHG emissions (GRI 305-1 and GRI 305-2): The increase on production volume is the reason why absolute greenhouse gas emissions also increased compared with the previous year, from 28,859 to 30,822 tons. GHG emissions intensity (GRI 305-4) fell from 0.142 to 0.147 kg/kg due to the fact that our own cogeneration plants were shut down for a certain period of time for the installation of new and more efficient heat exchangers.
However, the value achieved in 2017 is still less than the value of the base year 2012. This year's decline in greenhouse gas intensity has had no serious impact on the positive long-term trend.

1 New allocation of semi-finished goods from 2016 (retroactive correction in 2015)
2 Production quantities not consolidated but stated additively. The energy intensity based on energy input is higher than the energy intensity calculated based on consumption (energy input incl. own electricity x efficiency = energy consumption).

ENVIRONMENT & PRODUCTION – WATER

Disclosure

 

 

2015

2016

2017


303-1

Total water removal by source

 

 

 

 

 

Water consumption, total

M3

1,082,842

1,037,194

1,075,934

 

Wells

M3

924,986

886,448

913,917

 

Municipal

M3

157,856

150,746

162,017

 

Water consumption per ton of product produced

M3/TON

5.51

5.12

5.12


306-1

Waste water volume1

M3

647,207

637,914

694,873

 

Waste water volume per ton of product produced

M3/TON

3.29

3.15

3.30

 

Waste water load in kg COD per ton of product produced

KG/TON

8.18

7.38

7.57


Comments
Footnotes

Total water withdrawal (GRI 303-1): Total fresh water consumption rose slightly from 1,037,194 to 1,075,934 m3. With 5.12 m3 per ton, the water consumption per ton of product remained constant. The higher consumption is in part due to the fact that a new high-bay warehouse is currently being built at the Uelzen site and that additional water is needed for the construction site. Amongst others, the water is used to reduce dust development at the construction site. Added to that, in 2017 the Uelzena Group produced more hahal and kosher products.  These products require that only fresh water may be used for the production of the products as well as for the cleaning of the production equipment.

Total wastewater discharge (GRI 306-1): At 694,873 m³, the volume of wastewater in 2017 was higher than in the previous year (634,914 m³). The volume of wastewater per ton of product also increased from 3.15 to 3.30 m3/ton. The reason for the negative development: so-called vapors, i.e. non-reusable water from the drying process, were increasingly introduced into the wastewater, which is related to a technically obsolete evaporator. It will be replaced in 2018.

1 Waste water only for the Uelzen and Bismark sites; waste water quantities for the Ratzeburg site are negligibly small; Warmsen site has its own sewage treatment plant

ENVIRONMENT & PRODUCTION – WASTE

Disclosure

 

 

2015

2016

2017


306-2

Total weight of waste by type and method of disposal

 

 

 

 

 

Total weight of waste

TONS

1,348.81

1,333.21

1,339.26

 

of that waste that is independent from the production quantity1

TONS

63.41

71.33

47.37

 

of that waste that is dependent on the production quantity

TONS

1,285.40

1,261.88

1,291.89

 

      of this recyclable

TONS

985.70

971.66

996.96

 

      of this not recyclable

TONS

299.70

290.22

294.93

 

      percentage of recyclable waste

RELATIVE

76.7 %

77.0 %

77.2 %

 

Total waste that is dependent on the production quantity
per product produced

KG/TON

6.54

6.23

6.14


Comments
Footnotes

Total weight of waste by type and method of disposal (GRI 306-2): The total weight of waste increased slightly from 1,333.21 to 1,339.26 tons. The proportion of recyclable waste related to the production volume increased marginally again to 77.2 percent in 2017. This is - again - the highest value since 2012.

1 Waste which is independent from the production quantity includes construction waste, garden waste and outdated files

EMPLOYEES – TOTAL, CONTRACT TYPE, TURNOVER

Disclosure

 

2015*

2016

2017

Rate


102-7

Total

663

693

715

 

 

      Female

204

209

215

 

 

      Male

459

484

500

 


102-8 A

Permanent employment

588

618

630

 

 

      Female

-

191

196

 

 

      Male

-

427

434

 

 

Temporary employment

32

28

34

 

 

      Female

-

7

7

 

 

      Male

-

21

27

 

 

Apprenticeship/internship

43

47

51

 

 

      Female

-

11

12

 

 

      Male

-

36

39

 


102-8 C

Full time

621

650

670

 

 

      Female

-

172

176

 

 

      Male

-

478

494

 

 

Part time

42

43

45

 

 

      Female

 

37

39

 

 

      Male

 

6

6

 


401-1 A

Newly hired employees 1  2  3

-

53

57

8.6 %

 

      Female

-

15

23

11.2 %

 

      Male

-

38

34

7.4 %

 

of them aged less 30

-

15

20

15.8 %

 

of them aged between 30 and 50

-

34

29

9.8 %

 

of them aged over 50

-

4

8

3.3 %


401-1 B

Employee Turnover 1  2  3

-

41

50

7.5 %

 

      Female

-

15

17

8.3 %

 

      Male

-

26

33

7.2 %

 

of them aged less 30

-

7

6

4.7 %

 

of them aged between 30 and 50

-

18

20

6.7 %

 

of them aged over 50

-

16

24

10.0 %


Comments
Footnotes

Total number of employees (GRI 102-7) and total number of new employee hires: The Uelzena Group is experiencing an expansion in business activities. The number of employees is also growing in line with this development. In 2017 the Uelzena Group hired 57 new employees; the workforce grew by 22 to a total of 715 employees.

The rate of employee turnover (GRI 401-1-b) increased slightly from 6.43 percent in 2016 to 7.53 percent in 2017. The termination rate - which is not a GRI Disclosure but nevertheless plays a role in the target achievement system - was 2.57 percent and therefore above the target value.

* Data can not be collected retroactively.
1 Employee-related performance indicators refer to all employees and sites of the Uelzena Group. Headcount is known.
2 Sites are located within Germany, therefore no breakdown by region.
3 Apprentices and interns not included.

EMPLOYEES – LOST DAYS AND TRAINING

Disclosure

 

2015*

2016

2017


403-2

Lost days per employee due to accidents or occupational diseases

0.33

0.63

0.82


404-1

Average hours per year per employee for training and further education

6

6

6


UG-DA

Average age of the staff in years

42.6

41.8

42.3


UG-BZ

Average period of employment in years

13.0

14.2

12.7


Comments

The average number of hours of training per year per employee (GRI 404-1) remained unchanged and was 6 hours per year. Simultaneously web-based learning was further developed and new training topics were offered.

It is remarkable that the average seniority (UG-BZ) decreased from 14.2 to 12.7 years. At first sight, this result seems to contradict the objective of keeping employees in the company for as long as possible. But looking more closely, it becomes clear that the reason for this development is by no means detrimental for the company: In 2017 the Uelzena Group hired many new employees, with the inevitable result that their short length of service reduced average seniority. Furthermore, in 2017 many long-serving employees retired thus reducing the average value even more.

PROPORTION OF REGIONAL SUPPLIERS IN TOTAL MATERIAL EXPENSES

DISCLOSURE

 

2015

2016

2017


204-1

Proportion of regional suppliers in total material expenses

 

 

 

 

Packaging material1

86 %

84 %

84 %

 

Non-dairy raw materials2 incl. semi-finished goods

47 %

47 %

52 %

 

Dairy raw materials3 incl. semi-finished goods

84 %

80 %

79 %


 

Total material expenses of the Uelzena Group

80 %

76 %

77 %


 

Proportion of regional services in total service expenses

18 %

19 %

18 %


UG-RBM

Proportion of regionally procured milk raw materials

94 %

92 %

93 %


Comments
Footnotes

Portion of spending on local suppliers at significant locations of operation (GRI 204-1): 77 percent of all expenditure on agricultural raw materials and packaging materials remains at local suppliers such as farmers or sugar producers. 18 percent of expenditure on services goes to local service providers.

Percentage of regionally sourced milk raw materials in volume (UG-RBM): Traditionally, the Uelzena Group sources a very high share of dairy raw materials from regional sources. In 2017, it amounted to 93 percent of all quantities delivered. This value is slightly above last year’s value (92 percent). Minor fluctuations in this value are normal and do not indicate a general trend.
The Uelzena eG is a cooperatively organized dairy. Liquid milk raw materials have special significance for us. The quantity of milk raw materials delivered by the members who hold cooperative shares determines - in addition to the reserves - the amount of equity. This indicator is important for several groups of stakeholders; it also serves for the determination of regional sourcing. In contrast, GRI 413-1 is defined and accounted for by the GRI organization as a value share. This is why we use similar indicators in order to cater for all information requirements.

1 Regional supplier for packaging materials: Germany: headquarters of the supplier is decisive
2 Regional supplier for non-dairy raw materials: Raw materials and semi-finished goods of suppliers headquartered in Germany
3 Regional supplier for dairy raw materials: 150 km radius around production sites of the Uelzena Group