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, for example, data on energy consumption, wastewater volume and staff composition. These are each allocated to defined topics and disclosures, producing a code based on a combination of numbers and letters. For example, the code for the topic “Energy” is GRI 302. In accordance with GRI standards, this GRI disclosure comprises various disclosures and compulsory requirements on reporting on the topic of energy such as “energy consumption within the organisation”, “energy consumption outside of the organisation” and “energy intensity”. The individual codes for these disclosures are: GRI 302-1 (energy consumption within), GRI 302-2 (energy consumption outside) and GRI 302-3 (energy intensity).

Moreover, the Uelzena Group – in compliance with GRI – has defined its own disclosures and allocated them to existing topics to make the additional key figures transparent for the organisation and to enable a better assessment by third parties. For instance, the topic “Economic performance” has been expanded to include the Uelzena disclosures UG 201-MG (milk price paid) and UG 201-EK (equity ratio) and a chronological comparison.

The Uelzena Group has already published the standard economic key figures and details on raw materials in its Annual Report. Here is an overview.

OVERVIEW OF KEY INDICATORS OF THE GROUP

Disclosure

 

 

2017

2018

2019


 

Receipt of milk raw material

MKG

590

629

733

UG-MG

Milk price payments

CENT/KG

36.54

33.68

33.79

102-7

Turnover

MEUR

703

647

705

 

Annual net profit

MEUR

9.31

8.92

9.36

102-7

Employees (until Dec 31)

TOTAL

715

745

777

102-7

Liabilities

MEUR

88

113

118

UG-EK

Equity ratio

PERCENT (%)

39.1

36.9

38.5

102-7

Balance sheet total

MEUR

175

210

224


201-1

Direct economic value generated

MEUR

705

651

709

 

Distributed economic value

MEUR

693

644

693

 

Retained economic value

MEUR

12

7

16


Comments

Annual average milk price for unprocessed milk paid to the member companies of Uelzena eG (UG-MG): 2019 the milk suppliers were paid a competitive milk price for raw milk (4.0% fat, 3.4% protein) of 33.79 euro cents per kilogram (ex ramp dairy, without VAT). This is more than in the previous year (33.68 cents/kg). In the reporting year, the milk payout of Uelzena eG is 0.11 euro cents above the national average in Germany.

Revenues (sub-indicator GRI 102-7): The consolidated group turnover for 2019 is noticeably increased compared with the previous year: from about 647 million euros to about 705 million euros. Which corresponds to an increase of nearly 9 percent. The background to this positive turnover development: Sales increases and significant price increases in specific business divisions.

Equity ratio (UG-EK): The equity ratio slightly improved in 2019 by 1.6 percent – to 38.5 percent. This development is also attributed to revenue reserves from the successful business year. 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. And the higher the equity ratio, the higher the assessment of financial stability, which strengthens the credit rating of the company.

Value generated and distributed (GRI 201-1): The generated value significantly improved from 2018 to 2019. The retained value also increased from about 644 to 693 million euros. The largest costs arose once again from payments to suppliers, which amounted to almost 612 million euros. Accordingly, the difference between direct and retained generated economic value increased proportionally and is about 9 million euros more than that of the previous year.

RAW MATERIAL AND MATERIAL INPUT (IN TONNES)

Disclosure

 

2017

2018

2019


301-1

Agricultural and product related materials1

 

 

 

 

Dairy raw materials and semi-finished goods2

603,354

640,934 

741,726

 

      of which raw milk

469,786 

526,031

635,813

 

      of which cream

89,483

83,439

80,953

 

      of which skimmed milk and buttermilk concentrate

30,420 

19,981

13,487

 

      of which skimmed milk/buttermilk/milk permeates

27

0

0

 

Non-dairy raw materials and semi-finished goods2

30,282 

31,886

32,998

 

Packaging material (total)

4,947 

5,007

5,068

301-2

      Packaging material from recycled materials

40.0 %

41.0 %

41.7 %


Comments
Footnotes

Materials used (GRI 301-1): The quantity of milk raw materials including semi-finished products significantly rose again from 640,934 tonnes in 2018 to 741,726 tonnes in 2019. The quantity of non-dairy raw materials including semi-finished products also rose, but not so significantly: from 31,886 to 32,998 tonnes.

Recycled input materials used (GRI 301-2): Compared with the previous year, more recycled packaging materials were used in 2019: an increase of 56 tonnes to a total of 2,111 tonnes. The percentage improved from 41 to 41.7 percent. The total quantity of packaging materials rose slightly from 5,007 to 5,068 tonnes.

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

PRODUCT SALES (IN TONNES)

Disclosure

 

2017

2018

2019


 

Butter, butterfat, premix

54,764

51,406

54,278

 

Cheese

31,368 

32,012

32,554

 

Milk powder

76,663 

78,017

84,231

 

Delicatessen, sweetened condensed milk

25,192 

24,074

25,111

 

Specialty products1

43,691 

45,599

47,713

102-7

Total sales of main product groups

231,678 

231,107

243,887


Comments
Footnotes

Quantity of products provided/sales (sub-indicator to GRI 102-7): Total sales in the main product groups increased from 2018 (231,107 tonnes) to 2019 (243,887 tonnes). A rise in nearly all product groups has been recorded. Contract drying, however, has seen a slight drop in sales.  One reason for this lies in the restricted production due to the tower renovation in Uelzen.

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

ENVIRONMENT & PRODUCTION – ENERGY

Disclosure

 

 

2017

2018

2019


302-1

Energy consumption within the organisation

 

 

 

 

 

Gas purchased

KWH

244,565,550 

245,390,103

259,732,397

 

Electricity purchased

KWH

9,884,917 

8,980,071

8,968,340

 

Electricity sold

KWH

2,653,123 

2,468,612

2,327,050

 

Energy input1

KWH

251,797,344 

251,901,562

266,373,687


302-3

Energy intensity based on energy input

KWH/KG

1.198 

1.202

1.219

 

      of this gas

KWH/KG

1.163 

1.171

1.189

 

      of this electricity

KWH/KG

0.034 

0.031

0.030

 

Production quantities for all Uelzena sites2

TONNES

210,268 

209,574

218,511


305-1
305-2

Total direct and indirect greenhouse emissions

TONNES

30,822 

29,909

30,894


305-4

Intensity of greenhouse gas emissions3

KG/KG

0.147 

0.143

0.141


305-5

Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

 

 

 

 

 

Referred to base year 2012

TONNES

-20,419 

-21,332

-20,347

 

 

RELATIVE

-39.8 % 

-41.6 %

-39.7 %

 

Referred to the production quantity in kg (intensity)

KG/KG

-0.147 

-0.151 

-0.152

 

 

RELATIVE

-50.0 % 

-51.4 %

-51.8 %


Comments
Footnotes

Energy consumption within the organisation (GRI 302-1): The absolute energy consumption increased significantly from 251,901,562 kWh in 2018 to 266,373,687 kWh in 2019. The ongoing renovation measures in 2019 are the reason for this increase. More energy had to be additionally purchased. Energy consumption per ton of production and Energy intensity (GRI 302-3) also increased slightly. It amounted to 1.219 kWh/kg in 2019 compared to 1.202 kWh/kg in 2018.

Total direct and indirect greenhouse emissions (GRI 305-1 and 305-2): Absolute greenhouse gas emissions have slightly increased compared with the previous year – from 29,909 to 30,894 tonnes. In contrast, the Intensity of greenhouse gas emissions (GRI 305-4) slightly improved from 0.143 to 0.141 kg/kg. The absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions referred to the base year 2012 (GRI 305-5) has slightly increased compared with the previous year, which is caused by the increase in production. This could not be fully compensated for by an improvement in the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions.

1 Purchased energy minus sold energy; energy use without marginal consumption of heating oil
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).
3 CO2 emission referred to the production quantity in kg

ENVIRONMENT & PRODUCTION – WATER

Disclosure

 

 

2017

2018

2019


303-1

Total water removal by source

 

 

 

 

 

Water consumption, total

M3

1,075,934 

1,067,344

1,184,713

 

      of this wells

M3

913,917 

887,249

970,597

 

      of this municipal

M3

162,017 

180,095

214,116

 

Water consumption per tonne of product produced

M3 / TONNE

5.12

5.09

5.42


306-1

Waste water volume1

M3

694,873 

737,109

877,430

 

Waste water volume per tonne of product produced

M3 / TONNE

3.3

3.52

4.02

 

Waste water load in kg COD per tonne of product produced

KG  / TONNE

7.57

7.69

9.11


Comments
Footnotes

Total water withdrawal (GRI 303-1): Freshwater consumption rose slightly from 1,067,344 m3 to 1,184,713 m3, which is attributed to the increased intensity of cleaning caused by the shift in the product portfolio. Water consumption per tonne of product has therefore also risen slightly from 5.09 m3/t in 2018 to 5.42 m3/t in 2019. 

Total wastewater discharge (GRI 306-1): In 2019, the volume of wastewater was 877,430 m3, substantially above the previous year’s value (737,109 m3). The volume of wastewater per tonne of manufactured product has also declined: from 3.52 m3/t (2018) to 4.02 m3/t (2019). The reasons for this are the increased raw milk processing and the increased number of product changes which required increased cleaning processes in the contract drying. The ongoing construction activity has also contributed to this result.

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

 

 

2017

2018

2019


306-2

Total weight of waste by type and method of disposal

 

 

 

 

 

Total weight of waste

TONNES

1,339.26 

1,272.42

1,391.88

 

      of that waste that is independent from the production quantity1

TONNES

47.37 

54.31

61.83

 

      of that waste that is dependent on the production quantity

TONNES

1,291.89 

1,218.37

1,330.05

 

            of this recyclable

TONNES

996.96 

955.71

1,092.01

 

            of this not recyclable

TONNES

294.93 

262.66

238.04

 

            percentage of recyclable waste

RELATIVE

77.2 % 

78.4 %

82.1 %

 

Total waste that is dependent on the production quantity

per product produced

KG/TONNE

6.14 

5.81 

6.09


Comments
Footnotes

Total weight of waste by type and method of disposal (GRI 306-2): The total weight of waste increased from 1,272.42 in 2018 to 1,391.88 tonnes in 2019. Both the quantities of recyclable production-specific waste non-specific production waste per tonne produced have risen in comparison with the three-year average. Above all, this is linked to the construction activity in 2019. In contrast, the proportion of recyclable, production volume-dependent waste increase again in 2019 to 82.1 percent. 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

 

2017

2018

2019

Rate


102-7

Total

715

745

777

 

 

      Female

215

233

234

 

 

      Male

500

512

543

 


102-8-a

Permanent employment

630

664

676

 

 

      Female

196

212

206

 

 

      Male

434

452

470

 

 

Temporary employment

24

29

47

 

 

      Female

7

10

14

 

 

      Male

27

19

33

 

 

Apprenticeship/internship

51

52

54

 

 

      Female

12

11

14

 

 

      Male

39

41

40

 


102-8-c

Full time

670

694

724

 

 

      Female

176

190

187

 

 

      Male

492

504

537

 

 

Part time

45

51

53

 

 

      Female

39

43

46

 

 

      Male

6

8

7

 


401-1-a

Newly hired employees1 2 3

57

76

84

12.12 %

 

      Female

23

29

54

24.32 %

 

      Male

34

47

30

6.37 %

 

of them aged less than 30

20

35

37

28.68 %

 

of them aged between 30 and 50

29

33

38

12.58 %

 

of them aged over 50

8

8

9

3.44 %


401-1-b

Employee Turnover1 2 3

50

54

62

8.95 %

 

      Female

17

13

26

11.71 %

 

      Male

33

41

36

7.64 %

 

of them aged less than 30

6

13

17

13.18 %

 

of them aged between 30 and 50

20

25

16

5.30 %

 

of them aged over 50

24

16

29

11.07 %


Comments
Footnotes

Total number of employees (GRI 102-7) and total number of new employee hires: The Uelzena Group is growing. The number of employees is also growing in line with this development. In 2019, the total staff number increased by 32 to a total of 777.

The rate of employee turnover (GRI 401-1-b) dropped slightly from 8.84 percent in the previous year to 7.98 percent in 2019.

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

 

2017

2018

2019


403-2

Lost days per employee due to accidents or occupational diseases

0.82

0.42

0.65


404-1

Average hours per year per employee for training and further education

6

6

7


UG-DA

Average age of the staff in years

42.3

42.1

40.9


UG-BZ

Average period of employment in years

12.7

12.2

11.5


Comments

The average number of hours of training per year per employee (GRI 404-1) has increased by an average of one hour and lies at seven hours in 2019. The previous year’s value was unchanged at six hours.

The average period of employment (UG-BZ) continued to fall slightly in 2019 from 12.2 years in 2018 to 11.5 years in 2019. The reason for this is that as in the previous year, many long-serving employees retired in 2019.  Due to the expansion of the Uelzena Group, there is a growing demand for manpower; the company hired new employees who naturally had only been with the company for a short period of time as of 31 December. This development led to a further decrease in the average value.

PROPORTION OF REGIONAL SUPPLIERS IN TOTAL MATERIAL EXPENSES

Disclosure

 

2017

2018

2019


204-1

Proportion of regional suppliers in total material expenses

 

 

 

 

Packaging material1

84 %

83 %

82 %

 

Non-dairy raw materials2 incl. semi-finished goods

52 %

51 %

57 %

 

Dairy raw materials3 incl. semi-finished goods

79 %

84 %

89 %


 

Total material expenses of the Uelzena Group

77 %

82 %

86 %


 

Proportion of regional services in total service expenses

18 %

17 %

17 %


UG-RBM

Proportion of regionally procured milk raw materials

93 %

94 %

96 %


Comments
Footnotes

Percentage of expenses to suppliers local to the operation (GRI 204-1): 86 percent of all expenditure on agricultural raw materials and packaging materials went on local suppliers such as milk producers or sugar producers; this is 4 percent more than last year. As in the previous year, 17 percent of the Uelzena Group’s expenditure on services went to local suppliers.

Percentage of expenses to suppliers local to the operation (UG-RBM): Traditionally, the Uelzena Group procures a very high share of dairy raw materials from local sources. In 2019, this amounted to 96 percent of all quantities received, two percent more than in 2018. Minor fluctuations in this value are normal and do not indicate a general trend. The Uelzena eG is a cooperatively organised dairy. Liquid milk raw materials are particularly important. 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 to determine regional sourcing. In contrast, GRI 204-1 is defined and accounted for by the GRI organisation as a value share. Uelzena eG therefore uses two 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

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