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

 

 

2018

2019

2020


 

Receipt of milk raw material

MKG

629

733

773

UG-MG

Milk price payments

CENT/KG

33.64

33.79

31.57

102-7

Turnover

MEUR

647

705

670

 

Annual net profit

MEUR

8.92

9.36

7.86

102-7

Employees (until Dec 31)

TOTAL

745

777

781

102-7

Liabilities

MEUR

113

118

130

UG-EK

Equity ratio

PERCENT (%)

36.9

38.5

38.5

102-7

Balance sheet total

MEUR

210

224

246


201-1

Direct economic value generated

MEUR

651

709

677

 

Distributed economic value

MEUR

644

693

661

 

Retained economic value

MEUR

7

16

16


Comments

Annual average milk price for unprocessed milk paid to the member companies of Uelzena eG (UG-MG): 2020 the milk suppliers were paid a milk price for raw milk (4.0% fat, 3.4% protein) of 31.57 euro cents per kilogram (ex ramp dairy, without VAT). This is less than in the previous year (33.79 cents/kg). In the reporting year, the milk payout of Uelzena eG is 0.4 euro cents below the North German average.

Revenues (sub-indicator GRI 102-7): The consolidated group turnover for 2020 noticeably decreased compared with the previous year: from about 705 million euros to about 670 million euros. The main reason for this decline is the impact of the Corona pandemic on market developments.

Equity ratio (UG-EK): At 38.5 percent, the equity ratio in 2020 remained at the previous year's level. 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 has declined from 2019 to 2020. The retained value also decreased from about 693 to 661 million euros.

RAW MATERIAL AND MATERIAL INPUT (IN TONNES)

Disclosure

 

2018

2019

2020


301-1

Agricultural and product related materials1

 

 

 

 

Dairy raw materials and semi-finished goods2

640,934

741,726

772,543

 

      of which raw milk

526,031

635,813

686,584

 

      of which cream

83,439

80,953

66,960

 

      of which skimmed milk and buttermilk concentrate

19,981

13,487

18,084

 

      of which skimmed milk/buttermilk/milk permeates

0

0

915

 

Non-dairy raw materials and semi-finished goods2

31,886

32,998

26,584

 

Packaging material (total)

5,007

5,068

4,593

301-2

      Packaging material from recycled materials

41.0 %

41.7 %

37.9 %


Comments
Footnotes

Materials used (GRI 301-1): The quantity of milk raw materials including semi-finished products significantly rose again from 741,726 tonnes in 2019 to 772.543 tonnes in 2020. In contrast, the volume of non-dairy raw materials including semi-finished goods went down from 32,998 to 26,584 tonnes.

Recycled input materials used (GRI 301-2): Slightly less recycled packaging material was used compared to the previous year. The percentage share decreased from 41.7 per cent to 37.9 per cent. The total amount of packaging material also fell slightly to 4,593 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

 

2018

2019

2020


 

Butter, butterfat, premix

51,406

54,278

48,597

 

Cheese

32,012

32,554

31,697

 

Milk powder

78,017

84,231

85,926

 

Delicatessen, sweetened condensed milk

24,074

25,111

24,387

 

Specialty products1

45,599

47,713

36,288

102-7

Total sales of main product groups

231,107

243,887

226,895


Comments
Footnotes

Quantity of products provided/sales (sub-indicator to GRI 102-7): Total sales in the main product groups decreased from 2019 (243,887 tonnes) to 2020 (226,895). Due to COVID 19 pandemic, sales of instant beverages and health products were particularly affected.

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

ENVIRONMENT & PRODUCTION – ENERGY

Disclosure

 

 

2018

2019

2020


302-1

Energy consumption within the organisation

 

 

 

 

 

Gas purchased

KWH

245,390,103

259,732,397

254,696,040

 

Electricity purchased

KWH

8,980,071

8,968,340

8,990,123

 

Electricity sold

KWH

2,468,612

2,327,050

2,501,371

 

Energy input1

KWH

251,901,562

266,373,687

261,184,792


302-3

Energy intensity based on energy input

KWH/KG

1.202

1.219

1.356

 

      of this gas

KWH/KG

1.171

1.189

1.323

 

      of this electricity

KWH/KG

0.031

0.030

0.034

 

Production quantities for all Uelzena sites2

TONNES

209,574

218,511

192,554


305-1
305-2

Total direct and indirect greenhouse emissions

TONNES

29,909

30,894

29,526


305-4

Intensity of greenhouse gas emissions3

KG/KG

0.143

0.141

0.153


305-5

Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

 

 

 

 

 

Referred to base year 2012

TONNES

-21,332

-20,347

-21,715

 

 

RELATIVE

-41.6 %

-39.7 %

-42.4 %

 

Referred to the production quantity in kg (intensity)

KG/KG

-0.151

-0.152

-0.140

 

 

RELATIVE

-51.4 %

-51.8 %

-47.7 %


Comments
Footnotes

Energy consumption within the organisation (GRI 302-1): The absolute energy consumption has slightly decreased from 266,373,687 kWh in 2019 to 261,184,792 kWh in 2020. In contrast, the energy consumption per ton of production and energy intensity (GRI 302-3) increased slightly. Instead of 1.219 kWh/kg in 2019, it was 1.356 kWh/kg in 2020.

Total direct and indirect greenhouse emissions (GRI 305-1 and 305-2): The absolute greenhouse gas emissions fell slightly compared to the previous year - from 30,894 to 29,526 tonnes. On the other hand, the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions (GRI 305-4) deteriorated slightly from 0.141 to 0.153 kg/kg. The absolute value of the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in relation to the base year 2012 (GRI 305-5) has increased slightly compared to the previous year, which can be explained by the basic energy requirement despite declining production.

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 AND EFFLUENTS

Disclosure

 

 

2018

2019

2020


303-3

Total water removal by source

 

 

 

 

 

Water consumption, total

M3

1,067,344

1,184,713

1,196,875

 

      of this wells

M3

887,249

970,597

994,225

 

      of this municipal

M3

180,095

214,116

202,650

 

Water consumption per tonne of product produced

M3 / TONNE

5.09

5.42

6.22


303-4

Waste water volume1

M3

737,109

877,430

916,462

 

Waste water volume per tonne of product produced

M3 / TONNE

3.52

4.02

4.76

 

Waste water load in kg COD per tonne of product produced

KG / TONNE

7.69

9.11

8.65


303-5

Total water consumption

M3

330,235

307,283

280,413

 

Total water consumption per tonne of product produced

M3 / TONNE

1.58

1.41

1.46


Comments
Footnotes

Total water withdrawal (GRI 303-1): Total fresh water consumption is slightly reduced, from 307,283 m3 to 280,413 m3. However, total consumption per tonne of product has increased slightly, from 1.41 m3/t in 2019 to 1.46 m3/t in 2020. This is due to increased cleaning intensity.

Total wastewater discharge (GRI 303-4): At 916,462 m3, the volume of wastewater in 2020 was significantly higher than in the previous year (877,430 m3). The wastewater volume per tonne of product produced also deteriorated: from 4.02 m3/t (2019) to 4.76 m3/t. The reasons for this are the increased raw milk processing as well as an increased volume of product changes, which required more cleaning processes in contract drying. In addition, ongoing construction activities 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

 

 

2018

2019

2020


306-2

Total weight of waste by type and method of disposal

 

 

 

 

 

Total weight of waste

TONNES

1,272.42

1,391.88

1,379.11

 

      of that waste that is independent from the production quantity1

TONNES

54.31

61.83

57.51

 

      of that waste that is dependent on the production quantity

TONNES

1,218.37

1,330.05

1,321.60

 

            of this recyclable

TONNES

955.71

1,092.01

1,120.52

 

            of this not recyclable

TONNES

262.66

238.04

201.08

 

            percentage of recyclable waste

RELATIVE

78.4 %

82.1 %

84.8 %

 

Total waste that is dependent on the production quantity

per product produced

KG/TONNE

5.81

6.09

6.86


Comments
Footnotes

Total weight of waste by type and method of disposal (GRI 306-2): The total weight of waste has decreased from 1,391.88 tonnes in 2019 to 1,379.11 tonnes in 2020. In contrast, the proportion of recyclable, production volume-dependent waste increase again in 2020 to 84.8 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

 

2018

2019

2020


102-7

Total

745

777

781

 

      Female

233

234

239

 

      Male

512

543

542


102-8-a

Permanent employment

664

676

700

 

      Female

212

206

208

 

      Male

452

470

492

 

Temporary employment

29

47

28

 

      Female

10

14

15

 

      Male

19

33

13

 

Apprenticeship/internship

52

54

53

 

      Female

11

14

37

 

      Male

41

40

16


102-8-c

Full time

694

724

726

 

      Female

190

187

188

 

      Male

504

537

538

 

Part time

51

53

55

 

      Female

43

46

50

 

      Male

8

7

5


401-1-a

Newly hired employees1 2 3

76

84

66

 

      Female

29

54

24

 

      Male

47

30

42

 

of them aged less 30

35

37

26

 

of them aged between 30 and 50

33

38

32

 

of them aged over 50

8

9

8


401-1-b

Employee Turnover1 2 3

54

62

59

 

      Female

13

26

22

 

      Male

41

36

37

 

of them aged less than 30

13

17

20

 

of them aged between 30 and 50

25

16

21

 

of them aged over 50

16

29

18


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 2020, the total staff number increased by 4 to a total of 781.

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

 

2018

2019

2020


403-9

Number of fatalities as a result of work-related injury

0

0

0

 

Rate of high-consequence work-related injuries (excluding fatalities)1

10.2 %

12.2 %

11.6 %

 

Rate of recordable work-related injuries

5.1 %

3.6 %

26.7 %


403-10

Lost days per employee due to accidents or occupational diseases

0.42

0.65

0.56


404-1

Average hours per year per employee for training and further education

6

7

3


UG-DA

Average age of the staff in years

42.1

40.9

41.1


UG-BZ

Average period of employment in years

12.2

11.5

11.1


Comments
Footnotes

The rate of work-related injuries with serious consequences has decreased from 12.2 (2019) to 11.6 (2020). The rate of documentable work-related injuries, on the other hand, increased from 3.6 in 2019 to 26.7 in 2020. As in previous years, there were no fatalities due to work-related injuries in 2020.

The average annual hours per employee spent on training (GRI 404-1) was three hours in 2020, compared to seven hours a year earlier. This was mainly due to the fact that during the Corona pandemic, a large part of the digital education and training was not recorded.

The average period of employment (UG-BZ) continued to fall slightly in 2020 - from 11.5 years in the previous year to 11.1 years. The reason for this is that as in the previous year, many long-serving employees retired in 2020. 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.

1404-9: Rate is the number of lost time injuries (1 day and more) per 1 million hours worked (Lost Time Injury Rate (LTIR)).

PROPORTION OF REGIONAL SUPPLIERS IN TOTAL MATERIAL EXPENSES

Disclosure

 

2018

2019

2020


204-1

Proportion of regional suppliers in total material expenses

 

 

 

 

Packaging material1

83 %

82 %

81 %

 

Non-dairy raw materials2 incl. semi-finished goods

51 %

57 %

65 %

 

Dairy raw materials3 incl. semi-finished goods

84 %

89 %

81 %


 

Total material expenses of the Uelzena Group

82 %

86 %

79 %


 

Proportion of regional services in total service expenses

17 %

17 %

20 %


UG-RBM

Proportion of regionally procured milk raw materials

94 %

96 %

94 %


Comments
Footnotes

Percentage of expenses to suppliers local to the operation (GRI 204-1): 79 percent of all expenditure on agricultural raw materials and packaging materials went on local suppliers such as milk producers or sugar producers; this is 7 percent less than last year. 20 per cent of the Uelzena Group's expenditure on services in 2020 is accounted for by local providers. This corresponds to an increase of 3 per cent.

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 2020, this amounted to 94 percent of all quantities received, two percent less than in 2019. 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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