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

 

 

2016

2017

2018


 

Receipt of milk raw material

MKG

532

590

629

UG-MG

Milk price payments

CENT/KG

27.15

36.54

33.68

102-7

Turnover

MEUR

529

703

647

 

Anual net profit

MEUR

7.39

9.31

8.92

102-7

Employees (until Dec 31)

TOTAL

693

715

745

102-7

Liabilities

MEUR

87

88

113

UG-EK

Equity ratio

PERCENT (%)

36.1

39.1

36.9

102-7

Balance sheet total

MEUR

163

175

210


201-1

Direct economic value generated

MEUR

531

705

651

 

Distributed economic value

MEUR

522

693

644

 

Retained economic value

MEUR

8

12

7


Comments

Annual average milk price for unprocessed milk paid to the member companies of Uelzena eG (UG-MG): In 2018, the milk suppliers were paid a competitive milk price for raw milk (4.0% fat, 3.4% protein) of 33.68 cents per kilogram (ex ramp dairy, without VAT). This is less than in previous year (36.54 ct/kg); however the milk payout by Uelzena is higher than that of many dairies in most Federal States. It is only in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Thuringia that the dairies were paid more than the federal average milk price. The decline in payout corresponds roughly with the percentage of decline in sales (-7.8%).

Revenues (sub-indicator GRI 102-7): Following a sharp rise in 2017, the consolidated Group sales dropped noticeably in 2018: from about 703m Euros to approximately 647m Euros. This is a 7.8 percent reduction. The reason for this negative development in sales: While the sales for the main product groups remained almost stable, the average market prices, in particular for milk powder, butter and cheese were significantly lower in 2018. This means that the reason for the declining sales of about 53.3m Euros was predominantly due to market prices.

Equity ratio (UG-EK): In 2018, the equity ratio fell slightly by 2 percent to 37 percent. This was caused by the sharp rise in fixed assets due to investment activities. 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.

Value generated and distributed (GRI 201-1): Despite the fact that the generated value decreased in 2018 when compared to 2017, at 651m Euros it is still significantly higher than in 2016 (531m Euros). The distributed value also fell from about 693m Euros to 644m Euros. The largest costs arose from payments to suppliers, which amounted to over 565m Euros.

RAW MATERIAL AND MATERIAL INPUT (IN TONS)

Disclosure

 

2016

2017

2018


301-1

Agricultural and product related materials1

 

 

 

 

Dairy raw materials and semi-finished goods2

544,889 

603,354

640,934 

 

      of which raw milk

408,668 

469,786 

526,031

 

      of which cream

84,257 

89,483

83,439

 

      of which skimmed milk and buttermilk concentrate

39,515 

30,420 

19,981

 

      of which skimmed milk/buttermilk/milk permeates

0

27

0

 

Non-dairy raw materials and semi-finished goods2

29,185 

30,282 

31,886

 

Packaging material (total)

4,977 

4,947 

5,007

301-2

      Packaging material from recycled materials

36.8 %

40.0 %

41.0 %


Comments
Footnotes

Materials used (GRI 301-1): The quantity of milk raw materials including semi-finished products significantly rose from 603,354 tons in 2017 to 640,934 tons in 2018. The quantity of non-dairy raw materials including semi-finished goods also rose, but not so significantly, from 30,282 tons to 31,886 tons.

Recycled input materials used (GRI 301-2): Compared to the previous year, more recycled packaging materials were used in 2018. It was an increase of 78 tons to a total of 2,005 tons. The percentage improved from 40 to 41 percent. The total quantity of packaging materials rose slightly from 4,947 tons to 5,007 tons.

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 TONS)

Disclosure

 

2016

2017

2018


 

Butter, butterfat, premix

50,638

54,764

51,406

 

Cheese

30,444 

31,368 

32,012

 

Milk powder

71,706 

76,663 

78,017

 

Delicatessen, sweetened condensed milk

24,134 

25,192 

24,074

 

Specialty products1

44,336 

43,691 

45,599

102-7

Total sales of main product groups

221,258 

231,678 

231,107


Comments
Footnotes

Quantity of products provided/sales (sub-indicator to GRI 102-7): Total sales in the main product groups remained almost stable from 2017 (231,678 tons) to 2018 (231,107 tons).  While there was an increase in sales in the fields of milk powder, contract drying and instant beverages, the sectors milk fat and nutrineo saw declining sales. Profitability for special products was consistently above plan, although milk-based products did not achieve the strategic goal. This was due to several reasons, including the limited use of the milk powder production plant due to the reconstruction of a tower in Uelzen.

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

ENVIRONMENT & PRODUCTION – ENERGY

Disclosure

 

 

2016

2017

2018


302-1

Energy consumption within the organization

 

 

 

 

 

Gas purchased

KWH

237,268,281 

244,565,550 

245,390,103

 

Electricity purchased

KWH

8,725,645 

9,884,917 

8,980,071

 

Electricity sold

KWH

2,911,808 

2,653,123 

2,468,612

 

Energy input1

KWH

243,082,118 

251,797,344 

251,901,562


302-3

Energy intensity based on energy input

KWH/KG

1.200 

1.198 

1.202

 

      of this gas

KWH/KG

1.171 

1.163 

1.171

 

      of this electricity

KWH/KG

0.029 

0.034 

0.031

 

Production quantities for all Uelzena sites2

TONS

202,546 

210,268 

209,574


305-1
305-2

Total direct and indirect greenhouse emissions

TONS

28,859 

30,822 

29,909


305-4

Intensity of greenhouse gas emissions3

KG/KG

0.142

0.147 

0.143


305-5

Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

 

 

 

 

 

Referred to base year 2012

TONS

-22,382 

-20,419 

-21,332

 

 

RELATIVE

-43.7 % 

-39.8 % 

-41.6 %

 

Referred to the production quantity in kg (intensity)

KG/KG

-0.151 

-0.147 

-0.151 

 

 

RELATIVE

-51.4 % 

-50.0 % 

-51.4 %


Comments
Footnotes

Energy consumption within the organization (GRI 302-1): Absolute energy consumption increased only marginally from 251,797,344 kWh in 2017 to 251,901,562 kWh in 2018. Energy consumption per ton of production and energy intensity (GRI 302-3) also increased slightly; it amounted to 1.202 kWh/kg in 2018 compared to 1.198 kWh/kg in 2017.

Total direct and indirect greenhouse emissions (GRI 305-1 and 305-2): Absolute greenhouse gas emissions decreased slightly from 30,822 tons in 2017 to 29,909 tons in 2018. GHG emissions intensity (GRI 305-4) also improved slightly from 0.147 to 0.143 kg/kg.

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).
3 CO2 emission referred to the production quantity in kg

ENVIRONMENT & PRODUCTION – WATER

Disclosure

 

 

2016

2017

2018


303-1

Total water removal by source

 

 

 

 

 

Water consumption, total

M3

1,037,194 

1,075,934 

1,067,344

 

      of this wells

M3

886,448 

913,917 

887,249

 

      of this municipal

M3

150,746 

162,017 

180,095

 

Water consumption per ton of product produced

M3 / TON

5.12 

5.12

5.09


306-1

Waste water volume1

M3

637,914 

694,873 

737,109

 

Waste water volume per ton of product produced

M3 / TON

3.15

3.3

3.52

 

Waste water load in kg COD per ton of product produced

KG  / TON

7.38

7.57

7.69


Comments
Footnotes

Total water withdrawal (GRI 303-1): Freshwater consumption fell slightly from 1,075,934 m3 to 1,067,344 m3. Water consumption per ton of product also fell slightly to 5.09 m³ per ton (from 5.12 m³ per ton in 2017).

Total wastewater discharge (GRI 306-1): At 737,109 m³, the volume of wastewater in 2018 was higher than in the previous year (694,873 m³). The amount of wastewater per ton of product also increased from 3.30 to 3.52 m³/ton. This negative development is due to the higher production volume of raw milk. The contract drying activities also required more product changeovers with their respective cleaning efforts.

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

 

 

2016

2017

2018


306-2

Total weight of waste by type and method of disposal

 

 

 

 

 

Total weight of waste

TONS

1,333.21 

1,339.26 

1,272.42

 

      of that waste that is independent from the production quantity1

TONS

71.33 

47.37 

54.31

 

      of that waste that is dependent on the production quantity

TONS

1,261.88 

1,291.89 

1,218.37

 

            of this recyclable

TONS

971.66 

996.96 

955.71

 

            of this not recyclable

TONS

290.22 

294.93 

262.66

 

            percentage of recyclable waste

RELATIVE

77.0 % 

77.2 % 

78.4 %

 

Total waste that is dependent on the production quantity

per product produced

KG/TON

6.23 

6.14 

5.81 


Comments
Footnotes

Total weight of waste and method of disposal (GRI 306-2): The total weight of waste fell from 1,339.26 tons to 1,272.42 tons. This is both below the previous year's figure and the target value; therefore the annual target was achieved in this respect. The proportion of recyclable waste related to the production volume increased again in 2018 to 78.4 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

 

2016

2017

2018

Rate


102-7

Total

693

715

745

 

 

      Female

209

215

233

 

 

      Male

484

500

512

 


102-8-a

Permanent employment

618

630

664

 

 

      Female

191

196

212

 

 

      Male

427

434

452

 

 

Temporary employment

28

24

29

 

 

      Female

7

7

10

 

 

      Male

21

27

19

 

 

Apprenticeship/internship

47

51

52

 

 

      Female

11

12

11

 

 

      Male

36

39

41

 


102-8-c

Full time

650

670

694

 

 

      Female

172

176

190

 

 

      Male

478

492

504

 

 

Part time

43

45

51

 

 

      Female

37

39

43

 

 

      Male

6

6

8

 


401-1-a

Newly hired employees1 2 3

53

57

76

10.97 %

 

      Female

15

23

29

13.06 %

 

      Male

38

34

47

9.98 %

 

of them aged less 30

15

20

35

27.13 %

 

of them aged between 30 and 50

34

29

33

10.93 %

 

of them aged over 50

4

8

8

3.05 %


401-1-b

Employee Turnover1 2 3

41

50

54

7.79 %

 

      Female

15

17

13

5.86 %

 

      Male

26

33

41

8.7 %

 

of them aged less 30

7

6

13

10.08 %

 

of them aged between 30 and 50

18

20

25

8.28 %

 

of them aged over 50

16

24

16

6.11 %


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 2018, the total staff number increased by 30 to a total of 745.

The rate of employee turnover (GRI 401-1-b) increased slightly from 7.5 percent in the previous year to 8 percent in 2018.

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

 

2016

2017

2018


403-2

Lost days per employee due to accidents or occupational diseases

0.63

0.82

0.42


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

41.8

42.3

42.1


UG-BZ

Average period of employment in years

14.2

12.7

12.2


Comments

The average number of hours of training per year per employee (GRI 404-1) remained unchanged at 6 hours per year.

The average period of employment (UG-BZ) continued to fall slightly in 2018 from 12.7 years in 2017 to 12.2 years in 2018. The reason for this: As in the previous year, many long-serving employees retired in 2018. 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

 

2016

2017

2018


204-1

Proportion of regional suppliers in total material expenses

 

 

 

 

Packaging material1

84 %

84 %

83 %

 

Non-dairy raw materials2 incl. semi-finished goods

47 %

52 %

51 %

 

Dairy raw materials3 incl. semi-finished goods

80 %

79 %

84 %


 

Total material expenses of the Uelzena Group

76 %

77 %

82 %


 

Proportion of regional services in total service expenses

19 %

18 %

17 %


UG-RBM

Proportion of regionally procured milk raw materials

92 %

93 %

94 %


Comments
Footnotes

Percentage of expenses to suppliers local to the operation (GRI 204-1): 82 percent of all expenditure on agricultural raw materials and packaging materials remained at local suppliers such as farmers or sugar producers; this is 5 percent more than last year. 17 percent of the Uelzena Group’s expenditure on services went to local suppliers; this is a minor decrease of 1 percent.

Percentage of regionally sourced milk raw materials in volume (UG-RBM): Traditionally, the Uelzena Group procures a very high share of dairy raw materials from local sources. In 2018, this amounted to 94 percent of all quantities received; this is 1 percent more than in 2017. 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 to determine regional sourcing. In contrast, GRI 204-1 is defined and accounted for by the GRI organization as a value share. This is why we use 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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