We did not leave the target groups for our reporting and the selection of topics to chance. For the selection of stakeholders, different interest groups were discussed and analysed in the context of a workshop. Subsequently, key topics were defined in the course of stakeholder surveys. The sustainability reporting benefited from the fact that the organisation pursues a close stakeholder orientation within the framework of ISO 9001 certification, but also from the fact that product development takes place in close contact with the customer. For example, in addition to internal considerations, the main issues were discussed with external parties and derived from them in the context of “client labs”. Legal and normative principles were also considered and the worldwide sales organisation was included in a survey as a peer.

The following stakeholders were defined for sustainability reporting:

External

  • Customers
  • Press
  • Potential employees
  • Suppliers
  • Experts

Internal

  •     Employees
  •     Subsidiaries

The following essential topics were derived:

  • Sustainable products: climate change, CO2 savings and energy efficiency
  • Sustainable production: quality, engineering, material efficiency and ingredients
  • Sustainable cooperation: staff development and participation
  • Sustainable responsibility: compliance and supply chain

All the articles in the sustainability report can be classified under these four main topics, and they also formed the basis for the selection of the disclosures.

Sustainability context

The key topics cover a wide range of contributions at the environmental, social and economic levels. Likewise, the interpretation of the reporting is selected in such a way that the articles and disclosures not only match the key topics, but also authentically cover the company and the brand and will remain valid for at least the next 5 years. Individual articles and contents even refer to the next 10 years, for example the climate protection objective of the group of companies. Further objectives are also included in the reporting. Geographical priorities were selected according to materiality. The number of employees, energy and process intensity as well as the local political situation played a major role in this selection.

The report therefore focuses on the following regions:
•    Germany (Arnsberg and Cologne)
•    Spain (Alhama de Aragon)
•    China (Zuhai)
•    India (Prune)

This includes all group companies in which TRILUX is the majority shareholder.
Both internal and external contact persons and experts were involved in the procurement of information. Internal surveys were based on the corporate structure and the department managers at the individual locations. External surveys were based on the structure of the supply chain and the involvement of external specialist agencies, such as CO2OL as a consulting agency for CO2 accounting.
The sustainability report is considered a presentation of our objectives, measures and management approaches both internally and externally, making it an important strategic means of communication with our stakeholders.
 

Topicality

This online sustainability report is an initial report. A previously published sustainability report from 2012 should not be regarded as a predecessor, as too much has changed in terms of requirements as well as content and structure. 
The reporting period is the year 2019. Where data from 2019 was not available in some areas, the corresponding data from 2018 were used. 

Continuous updates to the sustainability report are planned, which means an annual update for most data sets. Interactive online reporting provides the opportunity to compare figures and deduce trends in the future. It is also possible to show the progression of measures and the achievement of objectives over time.

Accuracy, reliability and balance

The report endeavours to provide concrete statements and figures for all disclosures required and presented in the tables. Deviations, e.g. from the reporting period, are commented with footnotes or annotations. Omissions and restrictions are also indicated.

TRILUX aligns itself with the precautionary approach of the United Nations. Objectives and measures, as available, are based on scientifically recognised principles. TRILUX's commitment is based on the principle of prevention and continuously evaluates risks and opportunities.

Despite careful data retrieval and verification, the organisation is limited in terms of data quality. For instance, the different normative requirements or different technical approaches in the individual countries result in incompatible or non-existent data. Similarly, the availability of data varies, in some cases greatly, in terms of scope. One example is the human resources area. With regard to methodology, data collection and calculations were carried out on the basis of scientific principles and standards. For a core area of the data, CO2 accounting, a renowned consulting firm (CO2OL) was used and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol was applied.

Comprehensibility and comparability

The report is oriented in its comprehensibility to the identified stakeholders. Partially complex contexts are expressed in an easily understandable way as far as possible. The organisation welcomes questions regarding connections that are not clear enough to the individual. Technical possibilities such as links facilitate good orientation in the online report. The reporting structure was devised with consideration to the GRI standard and an easy-to-learn navigation structure.
On principle, tables and figures are structured in such a way that they can be compared over a period of several years. Since this is an initial report at this stage, not all data is available for the full year and therefore cannot be presented as a trend. A key objective here is to improve the report in the future and to ensure greater comparability.

Reporting structure and presentation

The report is based on the structure of the GRI standard. It is divided into four parts:

  • Report – Contains editorially prepared articles, derived from the identification of the key topics. The articles contain information on requirements from the GRI catalogue of topic-specific disclosures. Individual GRI disclosures are also linked. In order to ensure that the essential information can be recorded quickly, objectives (where available) and management approaches are presented separately at the end of the article. These articles are updated, adjusted and extended annually.
  • Reporting profile – This section contains all relevant information on the type of reporting, including the disclosures required in the “Core” version of the report (“Foundation” and “General Disclosures”).
  • GRI table – Contains a complete overview of all topic-specific GRI disclosures in the form of comments, figures or links to the corresponding article.
  • News – Contains current information on topics that are closely related to the articles in the sustainability report, also during the year.
     

Statement

This sustainability report was prepared in accordance with the GRI standards in the “Core” option and is to be continued accordingly.