About this Report
TÜV Rheinland Presents its Third Integrated Corporate Report
TÜV Rheinland presents its third integrated Corporate Report. The report is based on the internationally recognized IFRS and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) reporting standards, the principles of the Global Compact, and the anticorruption guidelines of the UN and Transparency International. It takes into account the Group companies included in the consolidated financial statements. The current GRI Guideline (G3) dated October 2006 comprises over 120 indicators that describe both the company and its output and the report itself. Furthermore, this report is in accordance with the COP Advanced Level of the UN Global Compact.
The GRI Content Index lists the indicators in the current GRI Guideline that were raised in TÜV Rheinland’s 2012 Corporate Report.
The previous Corporate Report was published in April 2012 and the annual publication frequency is to be maintained in the future.
Methodology Used in the Report
The reporting period is the business year 2012. If, at the time of publication (deadline: March 19, 2013), the final figures for 2012 were not yet available, comparable annual figures for 2011 have been used as the basis.
Of the more than 300 properties in Germany, only office locations with 20 or more employees were covered in the past year, as were motor vehicle testing centers with more than three employees. That led to a total of approximately 80 sites and approximately 80% of the employees in Germany were considered. For 2012, data collection has been limited to 29 essential sites, while still covering 68% of the employees. Nevertheless this results in a few deviations in the specific consumption data, as test and laboratory sites receive a higher weight in the collective being considered. The data collected was then projected for the entire workforce in Germany and the figures were rounded up or down. Other bases of 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.
To achieve a global coverage of key figures for environmental protection, data was collected from all seven TÜV Rheinland regions. Each of the international companies that has an environmental or an occupational health and safety management system or that has more than 50 employees was considered at the company level. This covered 60–80% of the employees in international companies to a large extent. The data collected was then projected for the entire workforce in international companies and the figures were rounded up or down. Other bases of calculation are stated separately. Data for economic factors and personnel information cover all of the Group’s consolidated companies.
Key Employee Figures
If not marked as full-time equivalent (FTE) numbers, details concerning employee structure are based on numbers of employees. Both refer to the cutoff date figures (December 31, 2012) unless otherwise indicated. The coverage of information on the structure of the workforce according to age and gender in the international companies is over 90%.
The present TÜV Rheinland Sustainability Report takes full account of the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) reporting framework. The report corresponds to the highest GRI application level (Application Level A+), as confirmed by the GRI in the course of an inspection. The figures stated in the report were audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers subject to the limitations stated in the inspection certificate.