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About this Report

In 2014, the TÜV Rheinland Corporate Report once again contains the Financial Report and the Sustainability Report. In this context, the Corporate Report is based on the internationally recognized IFRS and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) reporting standards, the principles of the UN Global Compact, and the anti-corruption guidelines of the UN and Transparency International, and encompasses the consolidated companies that are also included in the consolidated financial statements.

The current TÜV Rheinland Sustainability Report takes full account of the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G3 reporting framework. In this connection, the GRI Content Index lists which indicators in the GRI Guidelines were applied in TÜV Rheinland’s 2014 Corporate Report. The report is oriented around the highest GRI application level (Application Level »A+«). Our reporting activities are also carried out in accordance with the COP Advanced Level of the UN Global Compact.

The most recent previous Corporate Report was published in April 2014. The Corporate Report will continue to be published on an annual basis in the future.

Methodology Used in the Report

The reporting period is the 2014 business year. If, at the time of publication (deadline: March 9, 2015), the final figures for 2014 were not yet available, comparable annual figures from 2013 were used.

Environmental Indicators

German Companies:

Since the 2013 reporting year, data collection has been limited to 29 main locations, covering approx. 60% of employees in 2014. The data collected were then projected for the entire workforce in Germany, and the figures were rounded up or down. This was performed on the basis of per-capita figures. Other bases for calculation are stated separately. Several figures were newly aggregated and calculated with average figures for the year. Although some details are lost in the process, it nonetheless permits reliable long-term comparisons and goals to be formulated; estimates and assumptions are identified as such.

International Companies:

To achieve global coverage of key figures for environmental protection, data were collected from all seven TÜV Rheinland regions. Each of the international companies with an environmental or an occupational health and safety management system in place, or with more than 50 employees, was considered at the company level. This resulted in data collection for our foreign subsidiaries which allowed us to cover at least 45% of employees. With regard to key environmental figures (such as electricity consumption, paper, and airline travel), coverage actually stands at 80% of employees. The data collected were then projected for the entire workforce of the international subsidiaries, and the figures were rounded up or down accordingly. In this context, the annual average FTE (full-time-equivalent) value was used. Other bases for calculation are stated separately.

Key Employee Figures

For legibility’s sake, the report makes use of the term »employee« throughout; naturally, this term is meant to encompass female and male colleagues alike. Furthermore, unless described as per-capita data, all disclosures on employee structure are based on FTE (full-time-equivalent) figures. Both varieties of disclosure represent closing-date disclosures (December 31, 2014), unless otherwise stated. The degree of coverage exceeds 90%.