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About this Report

GRI Certificate

In 2013, the TÜV Rheinland Corporate Report once again contains the Financial Report and the Sustainabilty 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 GRI Guidelines (G3) issued in October 2006 and used for this report consist of over 120 indicators that describe both the company and its operations as well as the report itself. Furthermore, our reporting activities are carried out in accordance with the COP Advanced Level of the UN Global Compact.

The GRI Content Index lists which indicators in the GRI Guidelines were applied in TÜV Rheinland’s 2013 Corporate Report.

The previous Corporate Report was published in April 2013. In the future, the Corporate Report will continue to be published on an annual basis.

Methodology used in the Report

The reporting period is the 2013 business year. If, at the time of publication (deadline: March 19, 2013), the final figures for 2013 were not yet available, comparable annual figures from 2012 were used.

Environmental Indicators

German Companies:

Since the 2012 reporting year, data collection has been limited to 29 main locations, covering 66% of employees in 2013. The data collected was then projected for the entire workforce in Germany and the figures were rounded up or down. In this context, the annual average FTE (full-time employee) value was used. 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.

International Companies:

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 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 was then projected for the entire workforce of the international subsidiaries and the figures were rounded up or down. In this context, the annual average FTE (full-time employee) value was used. 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 labeled with FTE (full-time equivalent), information pertaining to employee structure is based on the number of employees. Both refer to the cutoff date figures (December 31, 2013) unless otherwise indicated. Information on the structure of the workforce according to age and gender covers over 90% of the international subsidiaries’ employees.

The current TÜV Rheinland Sustainability Report takes full account of the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G3 reporting framework. The report corresponds to the highest GRI application level (Application Level A+), which the GRI has confirmed 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.