SUSTAINABILITY REPORT WITH ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT | YEAR 2018 LIVING SUSTAINABILIT Y www.bk-international.com
Bischof + Klein succeeds in harmonising economic, ecological and social standards. To achieve sustainable management, the executive board, em- ployees and business partners have to remain constantly in motion. In this way, the commitment of each individual ﬂows together to create common, dynamic movement. This leads to a harmonious balance between economy, ecology and social responsibility. The sustainability report's title motif clearly reﬂects this interaction. The corresponding colours will guide the reader through this report.
CONTENTS E C O N O M Y E C O LO GY S O C I A L A F FA I R S C O N T E N T S | 3 | 3 EXECUTIVE BOARD STATEMENT OUR FAMILY-OWNED COMPANY Company and locations Figures and data Owner structure OUR PRODUCTS Market segments and product divisions Our products OUR STRATEGY Strategy and values Product responsibility Innovation and product development Quality and product safety Supply and value-added chain OUR ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY Environmental organisation Environmental and safety policy Environmental aspects Environmental performance Key environmental data OUR EMPLOYEES Employer attractiveness Health Values OUR OBJECTIVES Economic objectives Ecological objectives Social objectives ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERT'S DECLARATION GLOSSARY IMPRINT 4 6 8 10 11 12 12 14 16 18 21 22 23 24 26 29 30 32 38 44 46 48 52 55 58 58 59 61 62 63 65
4 | 4 | E X E C U T I V E B O A R D S T A T E M E N T EXECUTIVE BOARD STATEMENT DEAR SIR, DEAR MADAM, Back in 1985, we deﬁned sustainability as a leitmotif of our corporate activities in our guidelines. Today, it determines all of the activities of our family-owned, international company group, which is already being managed by the ﬁfth generation. In keeping with our motto of “Living sustainability”, we have now oriented all areas of the company to this based on the three thematic pillars of our sustainability concept: economy, ecology and social affairs. These are the central driving force behind dynamic and successful corporate development, to which compliance with internationally recognised standards such as EMAS as an environmental management instrument, for instance, or SMETA as an international audit format in the ﬁeld of ethics also contributes. Of course, this also includes the critical question that we are continually asking ourselves: are we still on course? The 2018 sustainability report contains de- tailed answers to this question – in the form of manifold details concerning the status of sustainability at B+K. Important topics include the use of post-consumer recyclate and renewable raw materials, for example, as well as the gen- eral recyclability of our products – which are now the central contents of our discussions with customers. This is one of the reasons why our current product developments (see page 21, for instance) are encountering great interest. Development in these areas is being driven forwards by the discussion sur- rounding marine litter and the strategic use of plastic. With our product development, through the provision of information and with association work, we remain committed to structuring the shift towards genuine recycling management and active prod- uct responsibility. Karsten Pax INVESTMENTS IN SUSTAINABLE PROGRESS. isa tion of our machinery and infrastructure, for example. earmarked for Germany alone, to drive forwards the modern- In achieving this, we continue to pursue our corporate goals methodically and with commitment. We want to become the Many long-term employees as well as a few new recruits are most highly regarded and innovative company for product making Bischof + Klein ﬁt for a successful future. A change protection worldwide. To achieve this, our FIT 20+ programme has also taken place in the executive board. Board member directly and efﬁciently links projects, goals and communica- Gerd Sundermann has taken early retirement due to health tion – as an umbrella for measures such as the PDP (prod- issues. uct development process) project, for instance. We want to continue to strengthen our outstanding position amongst the We are continuing to work towards standardising and digitalis- international competition. To achieve this, the B+K-GROUP ing our processes. With this, we are meeting the challenges invested around 42 million euros in 2018, with 35 million being of a growing variety of products, tasks, customers and indus-
E X E E X E C C U T I V E B U T I V E B O A R O A R D S T A T E D S T A T E M E M E N T N T | 5 | 5 Dr. T o bi a s L ü hri g M a nfr e d Al br e c ht tr y k n o w- h o w i n o ur t hr e e m ar k et s e g m e nt s. C urr e nt pr oj e ct s At al m o st 1 6 y e ar s, t h e a v er a g e l e n gt h of e m pl o y m e nt at B + K s u c h a s t h e o pti mi s ati o n of o ur s u p pl y c h ai n m a n a g e m e nt r e m ai n s c o n si d er a bl y hi g h er t h a n t h e a v er a g e i n G er m a n y. ( S C M) ar e f or w ar d-l o o ki n g i niti ati v e s. W e ar e r e s p o n di n g t o t h e H o w e v er, w e ar e al s o c o nti n u all y i nt e n sif yi n g o ur c o m mit m e nt i n cr e a si n g n e e d f or s p e ci ali st w or k er s wit h t ar g et e d m e a s ur e s i n t hi s ar e a, b y i n cr e a si n g o ur f o c u s o n o ur c or p or at e h e alt h f or d e v el o pi n g a n d q u alif yi n g s p e ci ali st s a n d m a n a g er s. T hi s m a n a g e m e nt, f or i n st a n c e. al s o f or m s p art of t h e pr e p ar ati o n s f or o ur pl a n n e d, c o nti n u e d gr o wt h. Wit h t h e o bj e cti v e of dri vi n g Bi s c h of + Kl ei n f or w ar d s a s a s u s - t ai n a bl e a n d ef ﬁ ci e nt c o m p a n y, w e ar e c o n st a ntl y t a ki n g n e w T h e f o u n d ati o n s ar e l ai d wit h o ur c ar ef ul s el e cti o n a n d tr ai ni n g a p pr o a c h e s – t o a c hi e v e a f ut ur e i n w hi c h e c ol o g y, e c o n o m y of y o u n g pr of e s si o n al s. T h e pl e a si n g n u m b er of a w ar d s w o n a n d s o ci al aff air s g o h a n d-i n- h a n d. b y o ur tr ai n e e s s h o w s h o w s u c c e s sf ul o ur c o m mit m e nt i n t hi s c e ntr al ar e a i s.
REPRESENTED AROUND THE WORLD Today, B+K is represented in all of the world's industrial regions that are of relevance to the company. The company has had its roots in the region at the Lengerich site for 125 years and the Konzell location for 60 years, and is wholly owned by the founding families, for which sustainable corporate development is of central importance. Close dialogue with customers and partners leads to products made of various plastics and plastic laminates, which are being developed for increasing recyclability in the spirit of recycling management. CCOMP COMP COMP COMP COMP COMP COMP COMP COMPOMPsubsidiary companies.OMP COMPANY COMP COMP COMP LENGERICH AND KONZELLCOMP COMP COMP COMP In the following chapter, you can ﬁnd out more about how B+K, as a family-owned company, is meeting the challenges of the global market and obtain an overview of the company's key ﬁgures and structures. Read here how we are successfully structuring sustain- ability in our market segments and product divisions: with our innovative solutions for convenience, the reliable protection and safe transport of diverse goods, with attractive and highly functional packaging for branded goods as well as special ﬁlms for diverse industrial applications.
EMPLOYEE FIGURES AT THE PRODUCTION PLANTS IN EUROPE 113 1,447 Telford, Shropshire Lengerich Pont-Audemer Walce Konzell 206 242 841 B+K-GROUP SALES BREAKDOWN 2018 Germany EU Non-EU 12 % 45 % 88 % 43 % The European market is the focus of the company's commercial activities. In 2018, around 88 percent of sales were generated in Europe. OMPANY OMPAB+K-GROUP SALES 2018 OMPA OMPAN OMPAN OMPAN OMPAN OMPAN OMPAN OMPAN OMPAN OMPANwww.bk-international.com/de_en/ OMPAN OMPANthe-company/b-and-k-worldwide/ OMPAN OMPA*Status: 31.12.2018 including trainees. OMPA ANYOUR PRODUCT DIVISIONSANY In the 2018 reporting year, the B+K-GROUP generated sales of 567 million euros. Industrial Packaging Consumer Packaging Technical Films
8 | O U R F A M I L Y - O W N E D C O M P A N Y STRUCTURING THE FUTURE SUSTAINABLY. Bischof + Klein has a long tradition of sustainability. Our family-owned company is a recognised specialist in the ﬁeld of resource-efﬁcient product protection and a trailblazer in environmentally-friendly pro- duction processes. We are actively engaged in structuring the fu- ture with our pioneering spirit and feel for the market. B+K develops innovative and high-quality products, from gossamer-thin portion packaging and large, protective packaging for the consumer and industrial sectors up to and including complex special ﬁlms for tech- nical applications. B+K HAS HAD ITS ROOTS IN THE REGION FOR OVER 125 YEARS. Together with its subsidiary, Bischof + Klein Ex- trusion SE & Co. KG, Bischof + Klein SE & Co. KG has production plants in Lengerich and Konzell. Since 2016, the central departments which oper- ate for both locations have formed part of Bischof + Klein Holding SE & Co. KG. Further B+K pro- duction plants are additionally located in France, the United Kingdom and Poland. The B+K-GROUP employs a total of around 2,800 staff and supplies its products to trade and industry around the world on the basis of its strong international sales network. B+K is wholly owned by the founding families. There were no changes to the company's structure during the 2018 reporting year.
B+K LENGERICH B+K's company premises are situated at the southern edge of the town of Lengerich on the Lohesch industrial estate and border a residential area to the west. The nearby A1 and A30 motorways ensure good long-distance transport links. With- out exception, all goods are delivered and shipped via the in- dustrial estate and the southern ring road, the feeder road to the motorways. The “Intruper Berg” and “Lengericher Osn- ing” nature conservation areas are both located in close proximity to the plant; a drinking water protection area is situated approximately 1.3 kilometres to the west of the plant. B+K KONZELL B+K's subsidiary plant in Konzell (district of Straub- ing-Bogen) is located to the north-east of the com- munity's centre in an industrial area with neighbouring, rural settlements. All goods and commercial transpor- tation is carried out via the A3 motorway, and via federal highway B20 from Straubing. Konzell forms part of the Bavarian Forest nature park, which lies adjacent to the “Bavarian Forest national park” nature conservation area to the east. MAIN PRODUCTION LENGERICH KONZELL Industrial packaging for Industrial packaging for Agriculture and horticulture Chemicals and petrochemicals Construction and housing Foodstuffs High-purity products Chemicals and petrochemicals O U R F A M I L Y - O W N E D C O M P A N Y | 9 Lengerich Konzell THE 2018 FINANCIAL YEAR IN FIGURES: 567 502 1,447 841 584 CA. 10,000 GROUP SALES (EUR MILLION): SE & CO. KG SALES (EUR MILLION)*: EMPL. IN LENGERICH**: EMPL. IN KONZELL**: EMPL. AT SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES**: Consumer packaging for Consumer packaging for NUMBER OF PRODUCTS: Hygiene products Foodstuffs Pet food Detergents and cleaning materials Foodstuffs Pet food Detergents and hygiene products Technical ﬁlms Konsumverpackungen für Surface protection ﬁlms Technical laminates * Including Bischof + Klein Extrusion SE & CO. KG ** Status: 31.12.2018 including trainees.
10 | O U R F A M I L Y - O W N E D C O M P A N Y FIGURES, DATA AND STRUCTURES Price ﬂuctuations on the raw material markets, an increasingly fast- er pace of technological change and ambitious competitors are just a few of the factors which inﬂuence our success and our per- formance. Amongst other measures, the B+K-GROUP is meeting these challenges with an adjusted organisational structure. INVESTMENTS FOR A STRONG MARKET POSITION. The machinery and other company-owned as- sets are continuously maintained at a high level, enabling B+K to once again ensure its good com- petitive position in 2018. In the reporting year, the company invested a total of 42 million euros at the two German plants and the European sub- sidiaries, with by far the largest part, 35 million euros, being invested in Germany. The sum in- vested for the subsidiaries in other European countries in 2018 was 6.5 million euros, around 4.5 million euros less than the previous year. B+K-GROUP AND B+K KG INVEST- MENTS 2016–2018 (IN EUR MILLIONS) B+K-GROUP B+K KG 50 50 40 40 30 30 20 20 10 10 KEY COMMERCIAL MANAGEMENT FIGURES FIGURES IN EUR '000 2016 2017 2018 Net sales Germany Other EU countries Other foreign countries Capitalisation Equity Liabilities Total assets Equity ratio B+K-GROUP B+K KG 2016 2017 2018 2016 2017 2018 562,078 576,190 567,332 482,459 495,233 502,468 243,857 250,441 240,903 243,856 250,441 240,903 236,258 247,388 256,166 175,757 184,222 195,262 81,962 78,362 70,263 62,844 60,571 66,304 248,194 255,221 275,542 201,352 208,438 226,558 89,262 95,695 99,481 82,110 88,639 90,546 158,444 159,527 176,061 119,242 119,799 136,012 292,512 299,400 325,679 232,945 240,925 263,690 30.5 % 32.0 % 30.5 % 35.3 % 36.8 % 34.3 %
FIRMLY ANCHORED IN EUROPE. In comparison with the previous year, sales in 2018 fell by 1.6 percent to 567 million euros, around 88 percent of which were generated in Europe. This decline in sales is attributable to the deconsolidation of B+K MEC which took place in November 2017. When adjusted by this effect, sales increased by 0.9 %. The European market is the declared focal point of our economic ac- tivities – with the markets in Central and Eastern Europe offering potential for further sales growth. COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY – LOCALLY, REGIONALLY, GLOBALLY. The consciously sustainable development of B+K as a company is of central importance to the owner families. They accordingly deﬁne the fundamental company policies and make strate- gic, forward-looking decisions during the regular shareholder meetings and supervisory board ses- sions. Looking to the future, the ﬁfth generation of the owner families is already being involved in the company's activities in annual information events. COMPANY SUPERVISORY BOARD The supervisory board consists of representatives of the owner families and external parties (status: 31.12.2018). Herbert Forker (chairman), Zurich Andreas Busacker, Münster Florian Günther, Saerbeck Prof. Heiko Hellwege, Osnabrück Henrike Klein-Petzold, Lengerich Rainer Könner, Königstein / Ts. O U R F A M I L Y - O W N E D C O M P A N Y | 11 OWNERSHIP STRUCTURE OF THE B+K-GROUP KLEIN + GÜNTHER SE & CO. KG, LENGERICH BISCHOF + KLEIN HOLDING SE & CO. KG, LENGERICH B+K HOLDING GMBH B+K POLSKA HOLDING GMBH 94 % 6 % Bischof + Klein SE & Co. KG Bischof + Klein Polska GmbH Lengerich / Konzell sp. k., Poland Bischof + Klein Extrusion SE & Co. KG Lengerich/Konzell Bischof + Klein (UK) Ltd., United Kingdom Bischof + Klein France SAS, France Bischof + Klein Asia Pte Ltd., Singapore Bischof + Klein (Shanghai) Trading Co. LTD., Shanghai 49 % LSL Logistik Service Lengerich GmbH & Co. KG Ownership structure with the operating companies. (Status: 31.12.2018)
12 | O U R P R O D U C T S OUR MARKET SEGMENTS AND PRODUCT DIVISIONS. B+K develops application-oriented packaging and ﬁlm solutions for diverse industries and markets. Besides the reliably high product quality, another important constant also comes into play here: we regard ourselves as partners to our customers – individually, holisti- cally and trusting. Our highly-effective international sales network enables us to meet the requirements and wishes of our customers around the globe to a consistently high degree: today, B+K is represented in all of the world's industrial regions that are of geostrategic relevance to the company. Thanks to our broad range of technology, we offer all products and indi- vidual procedures from a single source, making us a “one- stop” partner for progressive packaging and film solutions. In addition, our product range always includes a compre- hensive portfolio of services; the high quality of these offers an additional advantage to our customers, which are act- ing on an increasingly global footing. We bring our experi- ence and competence to bear in all areas of cooperation – with individual services from development to application engineering. CLOSE DIALOGUE WITH CUSTOMERS AND PARTNERS. We attach great value to mutual trust and partnership-based cooperation. As a competent partner, we regularly pass on valuable information to our customers – about market trends, new developments from our company, material characteris- tics and general technological options, for instance. In dia- logue with customers, suppliers and other partners, the “one face to the customer” principle is of fundamental importance to us: tailored to customers, our personal key account sup- port focuses intensively on service and quickly and directly implements customers' wishes in practice. In terms of techni- cal issues, our product development, application engineering and production employees offer individual advice and sup- port up to and including the ﬁlling process.
O U R P R O D U C T S | 13 Customers can make use of numerous additional services as required. Amongst others, these value-added services include a repro service, our laboratory, our in-house hazard- ous materials testing department and the regulatory affairs and environmental protection departments. Contact persons for all technical questions are available here so that our cus- tomers can derive the maximum beneﬁt from our holistic product development. As our customers' interest in recyclable products is continuing to grow and the requirements in this area are constantly increasing, this formed one of the focuses of our product development in 2018: for instance, we tested various raw materials and recyclable laminate structures, and also developed packaging containing a proportion of recycled material – in order to close raw material cycles and respond services from a single source. even better to our customers' wishes in this manner. CONSISTENT ORIENTATION TO CUSTOMER NEEDS. B+K develops and produces diverse packaging solutions and ﬁlms from various plastics and plastic laminates and also increasingly from biologically degradable and renewable raw materials (see section entitled “Environment”, p. 40). We therefore enable and facilitate the optimum protection of vari- ous products while meeting the highest standards of function- ality, convenience, transportability, originality and marketing at the same time. We also conscientiously take all relevant sustainability criteria into consideration as early as during WE ALSO CONSCIENTIOUSLY TAKE ALL RELEVANT SUSTAINABILITY CRITERIA INTO CONSIDERATION AS EARLY AS DURING PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT.
14 | O U R P R O D U C T S INDUSTRIAL PACKAGING CLEANFLEX® SOLUTIONS FOR THE RELIABLE PROTECTION AND SAFE TRANSPORT OF DIVERSE GOODS. HIGH-PURITY PACKAGING SOLUTIONS FOR SENSITIVE GOODS. In the industrial packaging market segment, we supply nu- merous major national and international as well as medium- sized and small industrial companies with intelligent, appli- cation-oriented system solutions. These particularly include classic products such as converted sack packaging (e.g. valve sacks, open sacks), ﬁlms for automatic ﬁlling machines Our CleanFlex® product line represents a special feature in the industrial packaging market segment: here, we produce high-quality products for the pharmaceuticals, medical and semi-conductor industries under clean room conditions. We guarantee low-particle and low-germ production in a class 5 clean room in accordance with DIN EN ISO 14644-1 at rest. (e.g. FFS) and pallet protection ﬁlms (e.g. stretch hood ﬁlms). PE material on reels, sealed bags and containment systems In the powdered products market, the trend is still shifting are produced. towards plastic packaging. Here, we are able to score points As an established producer of clean room packaging, we with our B+K PowFlex® product family. As a converted sack again extended our portfolio for this growing market in 2018: or FFS, this offers a material-efﬁcient alternative to paper clean room manufacturing capacities were increased and an sacks and reliably meets convenience requirements at the additional conversion line for autoclavable bags entered op- same time. eration. B+K is therefore continuing to extend its position in this segment. The company's sights are also set on growth Our portfolio offers the twin-ply, separable B+K SepaFlex® in the future: a larger personnel air lock was also put into packaging for extremely sensitive products with high hy- operation on schedule at the end of the year. This will be fol- giene requirements: protective packaging which can be re- lowed by a further conversion line for bags in 2019. moved easily and without residues protects the high care area from contamination. OUR INDUSTRIES AGRICULTURE AND HORTICULTURE CHEMICALS AND PETROCHEMICALS CONSTRUCTION AND HOUSING HIGH-PURITY PRODUCTS HYGIENE METAL
CONSUMER PACKAGING TECHNICAL FILMS O U R P R O D U C T S | 15 ATTRACTIVE AND HIGHLY FUNCTIONAL PACKAGING FOR BRANDED GOODS. SPECIAL SOLUTIONS FOR DIVERSE INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS. In the consumer packaging market segment, B+K supplies major national and international company groups and brand manufacturers as well as regional medium-sized companies in the food and consumer goods industries with various pack- aging solutions: these particularly include mono ﬁlms and Technical ﬁlms from B+K are used for diverse tasks in indus- try: as special ﬁlms for surface protection or as laminates for various applications. The core markets of plastic sheeting and PVC window pro- laminates as well as diverse bag variants (e.g. block bottom ﬁles play a constantly important role in terms of surface bags, stand-up pouches and U-Packs®). protection ﬁlms. The versatility of the adhesive-free and adhesive-coated ﬁlm types and production processes in Stand up pouches are becoming increasingly important in the portfolio offers all possible variants up to and includ- the consumer packaging market sector's portfolio: we pro- ing high-quality applications from a single source. B+K duce this bag type for any product and any application – for combines the positive characteristics of various materials food or automotive products, for instance, but also for deter- in technical laminates to form a new special product with a gents and cleaning materials as well as pet food. Under both broad range of possible applications. These encompass the ecological and economic aspects, stand up pouches offer automotive, construction and textile industries, for instance, particular advantages thanks to their reduced use of material as well as the electronics sector. Successful product innova- and their related, lower logistical costs. They are increas- tions include the BackFlex® ﬁlm (backsheet for photovoltaic ingly being offered in recyclable designs in the form of mono modules) for the renewable energy sector as well as thermal or polyoleﬁn variants (see environmental example, page 39). lamination ﬁlms which are used, for instance, to laminate non-woven material and glass fabric for vehicle headliners as well as for building waterprooﬁng in moist areas. FOODSTUFFS – INDUSTRIAL FOODSTUFFS – CONSUMER SPECIALITIES PET FOOD DETERGENTS AND CLEANING MATERIALS PHOTOVOLTAIC
O U R S T R A T E G Y SUSTAINABLE AND INNOVATIVE We regard the challenges surrounding the core issues of complexity, process standardisation and digitalisation as an opportunity. As part of our strategy and the FIT 20+ programme, a high number of em- ployees are involved in optimising essential processes such as prod- uct development and the supply chain. The adaptation of the organi- sational structure and the creation of new positions also contribute to this. On the basis of our extensive innovativeness, we are constantly increasing product safety and quality at the same time. CCOMP COMP COMP COMP COMP COMPand innovative company for product protection. COMP COMPANY COMP COMP COMP COMP COMP COMP COMP COMP COMP COMP COMP COMP COMP COMP COMP COMP COMP On the following pages, you can ﬁnd out about the innovations, strategies and values with which we offer customers and consumers genuine advantages, the resource-efﬁcient and cost-optimised product solutions with which B+K sets standards in terms of quality and product safety and how we are implementing sustainability along the entire supply and value-added chain.
NEW B+K ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE O U R S T R A T E G Y During the reporting year, we adapted the B+K organisational structure and created new positions within the company in order to optimise essential processes such as product development, for instance. SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT QUALITY AND PRODUCT SAFETY OMPANYANYANYANYANYANYof the product and production process. ANYANYANYANYANYANYANY COMPANY OMPA OMPA OMPAPRODUCT DEVELOPMENT OMPA OMPAN OMPAN OMPAN OMPAN OMPAN OMPAN OMPAN OMPAN OMPAN OMPAN COMPANY For us, sustainability also means constantly developing and implementing new ideas for even better products and processes. Our innovations today enable success in the future.
18 | O U R S T R A T E G Y SAFEGUARDING THE FUTURE WITH A CLEAR STRATEGY. As an internationally operating company with a diverse product portfolio, we have to continuously respond to manifold markets, requirements and developments. Our corporate values and guide- lines serve to provide us with clear orientation. As part of our corporate strategy, the B+K guidelines form a binding basis for our activities. At the same time, they formulate the values which are actively lived out by all employees within the company. The individual guidelines are each assigned to one of the three sustainability aspects of economy, ecology and social affairs, and are summed up in the motto “We are B+K!”. Further codes of conduct and ethics lay down speciﬁca- tions for dealing with suppliers, for instance, and describe how employees conduct themselves correctly when engaging with business partners (see p. 24). In order to anchor the topic of sustainability more extensively in the general corporate strategy, the employees were involved in developing the strategy. In a workshop, specialists and managers identiﬁed the topics which are essential to B+K in
O U R S T R A T E G Y | 19 the sustainability dimensions of ecology, economy and social STRATEGICALLY FOSTERING affairs. The results of these workshops formed the basis for TRANSPARENCY AND COORDINATION. developing the corporate strategy for the 2017 to 2021 period The core strategic issues of complexity, process standardisa- (see graphic). tion and digitalisation of procedures are becoming increasingly important for B+K. The number of legal regulations with which Sustainable thinking and management have been integrated the company has to comply, as well as customer or supplier into B+K's management structures for many years. Both are requirements, is increasing along with the diversity of products, undertaken in close cooperation between the executive board, tasks, customers and industry know-how in the three different the sustainability manager and the company's divisions and de- market segments. We respond to these early on, conscien- partments. The sustainability steering group speciﬁes the gen- tiously and sustainably by constantly reviewing, improving or eral direction in this process. The goals and responsibilities are completely redesigning our processes. set down in the sustainability programme. MARKETS AND CUSTOMERS We will grow each year, particularly by expanding our international business. FINANCES AND PROFITABILITY To achieve our growth targets, we are working towards continually increasing our profitability and strengthening our financial basis. SUSTAINABILITY AND INNOVATION B+K is our customers' partner for sustainable packaging solutions. They can rely on the fact that these solutions are produced sustainably according to the state of the art. B+K presents itself as a top employer for employees and potential applicants. A N D E M P L Q U A L O I Y F I E C E A S T I O N EMPLOYEES AND QUALIFICATION To meet the increasing requirements on our locations and ensure that we are prepared for further growth, activities for developing and qualifying specialist workers and managers will be stepped up. Mission, strategic guidelines, goals and measures 2017 – 2021. I T Y I O N T B I L A V A O N S U S T A I N N D I N A MARKETS A N D C U S T O M E R S MISSION We are a family-owned company, and stand for sustainable success. With conviction and competence, and as a fair partner, we create individual product protection. With added value. D N A S E C N A Y T I L I B A T FI O FIN R P PROCESSE S A N D TECHNOLO G I E S PROCESSES AND TECHNOLOGIES We structure our production processes to make optimal use of specialist knowledge and enable synergy effects. Mapping our markets in the organisation helps us to implement our strategy: industrial packaging, consumer packaging, technical films.
20 | O U R S T R A T E G Y WITH FIT 20+ TO THE GLOBAL PINNACLE OF INNOVATIVENESS. such as direct neighbours, the town or community in which the company is located, or schools and universities with which Our future strategy is oriented to the objective of making B+K B+K cooperates. During the reporting year, systematic stake- the world's most renowned and innovative company for product holder dialogue also developed in terms of both quantity and protection. Leaner processes, the expansion of digitalisation and quality. Details can be found in the respective sections of this the fundamentally high innovation potential of our company are report. intended to contribute to this. We are bundling all of the meas- ures and activities for achieving this objective in our FIT 20+ pro- STRUCTURING THE FUTURE gramme. The “business excellence”, “commercial excellence” WITH ASSOCIATION WORK. and “operational excellence” staff positions that have been We are actively involved in institutions, committees and indus- newly integrated into the organisational structure are making a try associations in order to help structure important decisions crucial contribution to this. Located in close proximity to the ex- in our industrial branch. B+K employees are active on a volun- ecutive board, these positions have the task of structuring the tary basis in around 45 different institutions. They cooperate in respective corporate processes in their area more efﬁciently in associations, training institutions and other bodies, and often cooperation with the involved departments. Speciﬁc programmes hold positions of responsibility within these, e.g. in numerous and measures include the PDP (product development process) committees within the industry's most important associations, project, for instance, and the optimisation of company-wide including the German Association for Plastics Packaging and supply chain management (SCM, see section entitled “Product Films. The following topics were of great importance to B+K in responsibility”). 2018: · Participation in the “Eco-design of plastic packaging” round CLOSE DIALOGUE WITH STAKEHOLDERS. table In exchange with our stakeholders, we determine their require- · Involvement in several IHK examination boards ments so that we can take them into consideration appropri- · Membership in the administrative board of the “Stiftung Zen- ately. In addition to customers and employees, B+K also seeks trale Stelle Verpackungsregister” (central packaging register dialogue with numerous other groups, which also provides the body trust), Osnabrück – where B+K is involved in structuring sustainability strategy with new impetus. Important stakehold- the minimum “recycling-friendly design” standard according to ers are all parties that address a concern to the company, Section 21 of the German packaging legislation. OVERVIEW OF SIGNIFICANT STAKEHOLDER GROUPS Suppliers Customers Employees/works council Politicians General public Schools/universities Direct neighbourhood Associations/institutions Shareholders Insurance companies Authorities Banks
O U R S T R A T E G Y | 21 ACTIVELY ASSUMING PRODUCT RESPONSIBILITY. Making good things even better. Tailor-made, consumer-friendly, gentle on resources and cost-optimised – these are the precepts under which product innovations are developed at B+K. At the same time, we constantly increase product safety and quality and optimise our processes along the entire supply and value- added chain. Valuable stimuli for improving our products arise thanks Based on our extensive market experience and technological to close cooperation with our customers. Based on their know-how, we are also constantly developing our own ideas wishes and ideas, we constantly continue to develop exist- for new products and even more convincing packaging solu- ing products. In this process, our customers beneﬁt from tions. By doing so, we are responding proactively to changes our cooperation with raw material manufacturers as well as on the market and speciﬁcally in the needs of our customers. ﬁlling and packaging machine manufacturers: the B+K ap- plication engineering department employees are equally as Our product developments are focussed on the following familiar with the customers' processes and products as with aspects: the behaviour of different packaging on their lines. The best · Product protection solutions can often be found during direct exchange on site · Sorting and recycling capability for taking back and recycling – with the development of individually adapted applications the packaging or settings, for instance. · Alternatives to hard packaging
22 | O U R S T R A T E G Y · Sparing use of resources · Use of bioplastics and renewable raw materials (see page 40) · Increasing convenience – by enabling the packaging to be opened and closed more easily as well as through age- friendly packaging, for instance · Flexible packaging also for more critical products We strive to achieve maximum transparency in all processes: each individual product batch can be traced back to the manufacturers of the raw material components. B+K reviews the hygiene risk analysis and the HACCP concept (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) annually. Potential risks and process errors are therefore ruled out in the spirit of con- · Improvement of processing, usage, marketing and logistics sumer protection or can be detected early on. functions MORE PDP FOR INCREASED INNOVATION. In order to optimise our product development processes and extend them sustainably in terms of digitalisation, we launched the second phase of the PDP (product develop- ment process) project in 2018, driving it forwards with cross- departmental workshops. The deﬁnition of binding proce- dures, in the area of consumer packaging for foodstuffs, for instance, enables quick and efﬁcient actions and guarantees consistently high process quality. QUALITY AND PRODUCT SAFETY. The integrated management system at B+K guarantees the safety and quality of our products. It consists of quality man- agement, management for hygiene and product safety and management for CleanFlex® GMP. During the reporting year, our hygiene and product safety management was re-certiﬁed according to BRC (global standard for packaging and pack- aging materials) with the top rating of AA. By extending the production and storage facilities at B+K Konzell and Lenger- a m m e Q U A LITY Clean r g om plia n c e p r o C Fle x® G M P t n e m e g a n a Idea m H y g e n e i a n d p r o d u c t s a f e t y · Customer satisfaction · Employee empowerment · Process capability · Product quality · Continuous improve- ment process POL I C Y Quality mana g e m e n t ich, we additionally achieved an even higher level of hygiene. Quality-relevant contents, quality targets and necessary Our customers' reactions to these measures were extremely measures are deﬁned by the executive board together with positive. the heads of the quality management, quality assurance, sales and logistics departments and the production depart- ments' technical managers. Also in conjunction with the ex- ecutive board, the senior management evaluates the effec- tiveness of the integrated management system once a year DURING THE REPORTING YEAR, OUR at both plants. HYGIENE AND PRODUCT SAFETY MANAGEMENT WAS RE-CERTIFIED ACCORDING TO BRC WITH THE TOP RATING OF AA. One elementary point is compliance with the relevant leg- islation. Legal and customer-speciﬁc requirements have in- creased considerably in recent years. In particular, the de- velopers have to observe the hazardous materials packaging legislation, the food contact material and commodity legisla- tion (EU and national regulations), the pharmaceuticals leg- islation, the product liability legislation and further speciﬁc
O U R S T R A T E G Y | 23 laws, regulations and standards. B+K subjects all of the ment. Each idea submitted by our employees is evaluated materials which are used to extensive testing in order to as- internally. The respective employees receive a premium for sess the safety of the product and production process. Raw each idea that is successfully implemented; each year, three material suppliers' certiﬁcates, the internal laboratory and, ideas which are selected at random are additionally awarded if necessary, external institutions are used for this purpose. a special payment. Once again, B+K idea management was Employees and electronically supported systems addition- a resounding success in 2018. With 524 ideas submitted, the ally monitor the production and planning processes; amongst company surpassed the previous record (2017: 488). other aspects, this is done to ensure compliance with food and pharmaceuticals legislation requirements. During the reporting year, the conformity check was increas- ingly automated to ensure conformity with the legal require- ments on food packaging and consumer goods even more IDEA MANAGEMENT IS AN reliably. B+K also successfully increased its know-how in the EFFICIENT PARTICIPATION AND area of baby food packaging for the Chinese market. MOTIVATION INSTRUMENT. IDEAS THAT ENSURE PROGRESS. The internal continuous improvement process (CIP) is ﬁrmly anchored in B+K's quality policy in order to foster sustain- able corporate success with better processes and products. This area includes internal audit management and various CIP projects, for instance. B+K employees analyse, evaluate and optimise all processes in internal audits and extensive projects. In these, potential sources of faults and their causes are systematically processed to ascertain and implement im- provement potentials. Idea management, which has been established at B+K since 1967, is an important instrument in this continuous improve-
24 | O U R S T R A T E G Y SUSTAINABILITY ALONG THE SUPPLY AND VALUE-ADDED CHAIN. B+K orients its activities towards independently deﬁned ethi- pliers and speciﬁes the basic principles for upholding human cal principles. These include, for instance, the Gesamtver- rights, environmental and health protection and fair working band Kunststoffverarbeitende Industrie e. V. (national plas- conditions. In addition to the suppliers, service providers are tics processing industry association, GKV) code of conduct, also requested to sign an agreement concerning ethical, eco- which integrates compliance speciﬁcations as well as ethical nomic, ecological and social activities. and social principles and which is binding for all B+K employ- ees – including those at sales companies and the subsidiaries. RENEWED SMETA AUDITING. In 2016, B+K was successfully audited according to the We also comply with the international conventions on social SEDEX* Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) criteria for the commitment and responsibility (e.g. of the International La- second time. In this, independent auditors certiﬁed that the bour Organisation (ILO) and the Business Social Compliance company engages in fair business practices and attested to Initiative (BSCI)). B+K has additionally established its own its very good standards in the areas of work safety, health, compliance management system based on the IDW PS 980 human rights and the environment. Certiﬁcation such as this standard. This deﬁnes the requirements on ethical and moral is, of course, reviewed on a regular basis: the positive SMETA modes of conduct in binding terms. results from 2016 are to be conﬁrmed again in the spring of B+K naturally complies with all competition and cartel law regulations in all corporate decisions along the entire value- OPTIMISATION OF SUPPLY CHAIN added chain. In 2002, we introduced a comprehensively MANAGEMENT PROCESSES. 2019 by a renewed SEDEX audit. structured compliance programme throughout the company; The markets are changing ever faster. We are responding to in 2014, this was extended to encompass the topics of corrup- this with a broad product portfolio of ever increasing com- tion, embargo control and ethics. Employees undergo internal plexity – and the coordinated reorientation of our supply training courses and audits, sign a compliance certiﬁcate at chain management (SCM) which optimises cross-company the start of their employment and are required to prove that ﬂows of material and information throughout our entire value- they regularly refresh their level of knowledge in this regard. added process. The objective of this is also to structure uni- B+K ORIENTS ITS ACTIVITIES TOWARDS INDEPENDENTLY DEFINED ETHICAL PRINCIPLES. CODE OF CONDUCT. Back in 2010, B+K became the ﬁrst company within the pack- aging industry to commit to the code of conduct established by the German Association of Materials Management, Pur- chasing and Logistics (BME). This code speciﬁes central rules for ﬁghting corruption, preventing agreements which violate cartel law and preventing child and forced labour. The code also lays down ethical rules of conduct towards our own sup- form processes across our locations and to further improve our competitiveness. The new processes which have been created to optimally intermesh sales and production planning are being installed and further processed by the employees in the various areas of the company. IT functionalities have also been extended to completely digitalise the process chain, from unit sales plan- ning up to and including production planning. *SEDEX: Supplier Ethical Data Exchange
O U R S T R A T E G Y | 25 SUSTAINABLE AND TARGETED SUPPLIER SELECTION. B+K purchases materials from a total of around 1,200 suppli- We attach great value to long-term supplier relationships and ers (2017: 1,152), a number of which are B+K customers at the trusting, productive cooperation. To foster their innovative- same time. In 2018, 53 suppliers accounted for approximately ness, we have also been systematically evaluating our sup- 80 percent of the purchasing volume. We essentially purchase pliers using internal and external measuring methods for a a high number of indirect materials and services from suppli- number of years. Failure to meet certain sustainability re- ers in the area immediately surrounding the Lengerich and quirements can lead to exclusion from the pool of potential Konzell sites (radius of 50 km). We therefore strengthen the suppliers. local economy by awarding orders to local suppliers, thereby ﬁrmly integrating B+K into the region. SUCCESSFUL PURCHASING OPTIMISATIONS. IN 2018, WE INCREASED THE EFFICIENCY OF THE TRANSPORT MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE IN CLOSE COOPERATION Purchasing is of central importance to our competitiveness, as the material used at B+K amounts to approximately 60 percent of sales (567 million euros in 2018). Many important optimisation stimuli therefore originate from this area, such as internal improvements or training courses conducted be- tween suppliers and B+K, for instance. With measures such as these, we not only foster networking and cooperation WITH OUR SUPPLIERS. with suppliers but also enable our employees to extend their technical knowledge. In 2018, for example, we increased the efﬁciency of the transport management structure in close cooperation with our suppliers. To do this, the number of con- We can only meet the high requirements made on our prod- tainers per pallet was optimised, thereby reducing the num- ucts and production processes through international pur- ber of journeys necessary. chasing. In this process, we also require foreign partners to provide us with an insight into their ecological, economic In 2018, structural purchasing measures focussed on the use and social standards. To make communication with suppliers of recyclate as well as the development of recyclable lami- more efﬁcient, we have set up a supplier portal and are in- nates. Topics such as the use of renewable raw materials and creasingly implementing electronic business data exchange, discussion surrounding chemical recycling ensured extensive closely oriented to international standards. impetus in talks with suppliers.
ENVIRONMENTALLY AWARE Out of conviction and responsibility for our environment, we under- take systematic environmental management and have ﬁrmly anchored eco logical awareness in our guiding corporate principles. By analysing our environmental impacts, we establish the basis for effective eco- pro tection. Each year, we have the improvement in our environmental performance audited by independent environmental experts according to EMAS*. EENVIRONME ENVOUR GUIDING PRINCIPLESENVENVIRONMENT NVIROAs part of our commercial activities, we are committed to NVIRO NVIROmeeting all legislative requirements, to actively maintaining the NVIRO NVIROnatural bases of life and to protecting and fostering the health NVIRO NVIROof our employees. To accomplish this, we pursue seven principles. NVIRO An overview of the organisational structure of our environmental management, our guiding principles concerning corporate environ- mental policy and the results of the analysis of all direct and indirect environmental aspects throughout the life cycle of our products, from production and processing to recycling and disposal, can be found in in the following chapter.
LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENTS AUDITED ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT In 2018, all legislative requirements were met in full at both B+K locations. *The EMAS is a voluntary instrument implemented by the European Union which supports companies and organisations in continuously improving their environmental performance. RONMENT ONMEENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS ONMENMENT NMENT NMENT NMENT NMENT NMENT NMENT NMENT ENVIRONMENT 17 PRODUCT RESPONSIBILITY In Germany, the majority of B+K packaging is sent for material or energy recycling via collection and recycling systems once it has been used.
28 | O U R E N V I R O N M E N T A L R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y ACTIVELY PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT. Sustainability and environmental awareness are the determining factors in all thinking, planning and actions at Bischof + Klein. Ac- tive and systematic environmental protection has already been a central element of our corporate strategy since 1985. We pursue the objective of continuously improving all corresponding meas- ures – and therefore avoiding the impacts of our corporate pro- cesses on the environment with increasing effectiveness. The EU ordinance pertaining to the voluntary participation of organisations in a community environmental management and corporate environmental auditing system (EMAS) came into force in 1993. In 1995, the Environmental Audit Act was enacted in Germany to establish the bases for the EMAS. B+K responded immediately and committed to complying with all legal speciﬁcations within the context of the EMAS system. To this end, an environmental management system was in- troduced at B+K Lengerich and was successfully audited by an independent expert in 1996. The ﬁrst EMAS audit at B+K Konzell took place in 1999. In 2002, the corporate environ- mental management system was extended by the element of health and safety at work. Changing environmental speciﬁca- tions necessitate continuous and systematic analysis of the requirements on corporate operations and their implementa- tion in speciﬁc, binding obligations. ALL RELEVANT LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENTS WERE MET IN FULL BY B+K.
O U R E N V I R O N M E N T A L R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y | 29 B+K ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANISATION EXECUTIVE BOARD ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT OFFICER COMPANY OFFICERS CENTRAL COMMITTEE SUSTAINABILITY STEERING COMMITTEE COMPANIES / DEPARTMENTS B+K Lengerich B+K Konzell The B+K environmental management ofﬁcer is responsible for the maintenance, further development and coordination of the environmental management system and also holds the posi- tion of sustainability manager. In addition to complete process documentation, the B+K en- vironmental management system also includes the deﬁnition the sustainability steering committee (see organisation chart); as a central committee, it assesses the environmental man- of responsibilities and control mechanisms at departmental agement system once a year in a management review. In 2018, and corporate level. The EMAS amendment in 2017 again led all relevant legislative requirements were met in full at both to the speciﬁc expansion of environmental management, fo- B+K locations. cussing on three areas which form the basis of the materiality assessment for environmentally-relevant topics: · Effects that the company's environment can have on its suc- cess (context of the organisation, see also page 64). · Stakeholders' expectations of and requirements on the company. · Analysis of the environmental impacts that upstream or downstream sections of B+K products' life cycles have. COMMITTED TO SHOULDERING AND COORDINATING RESPONSIBILITY. The B+K executive board is accountable for the environmental management system and responsible for its effectiveness. It provides the necessary funds and appoints the environmen- tal management ofﬁcer, who reports directly to the executive board. Together with the environmental ofﬁcers and work safety specialists, she advises the executive board, the divi- sions and the specialist departments on environmental issues. The environmental management ofﬁcer is also a member of
30 | O U R E N V I R O N M E N T A L R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y VOLUNTARY COMMITMENT: B+K ENVIRONMENTAL AND SAFETY POLICY. To us, environmental protection is more than just a legal regula- tion. We regard our common commitment to the environment and safety as a contribution to a future that is worth living in in every respect. We have therefore set down our self-obligation in speciﬁc guiding principles for all employees; these principles are written here verbatim. WE KEEP SIGHT OF INDIVIDUALS. Each employee contributes to the success of the company. Our primary objective is therefore to protect and promote their health and ability to work. The legislator speciﬁes a minimum set of regulations for achieving this. Implementing these forms the basis of our activities. With our own experi- ence and ideas, we additionally ensure that our workplaces are designed safely and that the health and performance of our employees are fostered. As part of our commercial activities, we are committed to meeting all legislative requirements, to actively maintaining the natural bases of life and to protecting and fostering the health of our employees. To accomplish this, we pursue the following principles. WE ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. The protection of our environment and continuous improve- ment of our environmental performance are two of our pri- mary corporate goals. We therefore evaluate the environmen- tal impacts of each existing and new task actively, voluntarily and early on in all areas of the company. We regard legal regulations as the minimum requirement. We check more ex- tensive requirements as well as technical and organisational options and – if this is economically justiﬁable – implement them in our plants. WE OPTIMISE PROCESSES AND PRODUCTS FROM AN ECOLOGICAL POINT OF VIEW. Our production and the products which we manufacture impact on the environment. We avoid activities which place strain on the environment or reduce these wherever possi- ble. We are particularly committed to using natural resources sparingly and reduce harmful emissions wherever we cannot eliminate them entirely. This applies to both normal opera- tions and emergency situations, for which we implement spe- cial contingencies.
O U R E N V I R O N M E N T A L R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y | 31 WE INVOLVE OUR EMPLOYEES. WE HARMONISE ECOLOGY AND ECONOMY. Corporate environmental and health protection as well as safety are particularly successful if all employees are involved and are personally responsible for working towards them. We promote this through corresponding motivation, training and further training offers as well as idea management. Practised by all members of staff, foresighted behaviour, mutual con- sideration and helpfulness help to achieve a clean, safe and friendly working environment. Economy and environmental protection are not opposites. Instead, they mutually complement and reinforce one an- other. We are convinced that outstanding environmental pro- tection performance, regarded in the long term, will improve our chances against the competition. Our voluntary environ- mental protection activities are targeted speciﬁcally at those measures that are also economically sensible or which have a particularly positive impact on the protection of resources. WE TALK TO OTHERS AND ACT TOGETHER. WE CHECK ALL STEPS IN PRACTICE. Environmental protection necessitates open dialogue with the company's environment. Based on mutual trust, we seek contact with our business partners, the authorities, research and educational establishments, our neighbours and the gen- eral public. In the past, activities that we have developed and implemented together with these partners have led to a num- ber of new incentives for additional environmental commit- ment. We therefore believe that acting together will continue to make an important contribution towards improved environ- mental protection. With a comprehensive environmental and safety management system, we coordinate and check our self-imposed goals. We use the system intensively to keep an eye on our performance and constantly continue to improve it. ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION COMPLEMENT AND MUTUALLY REINFORCE ONE ANOTHER.
32 | O U R E N V I R O N M E N T A L R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y EVERYTHING IN VIEW Environmental aspects throughout our products' life cycles. What impacts do our corporate processes have on the en- vironment? In the context of the EMAS speciﬁcations, the throughout the life cycle of our products. The results form the basis for the activities and measures in the context of our approach to answering this question is set out clearly in ad- environmental management system. In 2018, the effects of vance: environmental inﬂuences such as snow, rain and storms on B+K as a company were particularly analysed and evaluated. · Description of all relevant direct and indirect environmental aspects that lead to signiﬁcant environmental impacts. · Description of the procedure for deﬁning the signiﬁcance of the environmental aspects. · Explanation of the impacts that the described environmen- tal aspects have. To comply with these speciﬁcations, the B+K environmental management ofﬁcer has undertaken an extensive analysis THE ANALYSIS IS FOCUSSED ON DETERMINING AND EVALUATING ALL DIRECT AND INDIRECT ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS together with the environmental ofﬁcers at B+K Lengerich THROUGHOUT THE LIFE CYCLE OF OUR and Konzell and the responsible member of the executive board. In this analysis, focus was placed on determining and evaluating all direct and indirect environmental aspects PRODUCTS.
DETERMINATION AND EVALUATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS O U R E N V I R O N M E N T A L R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y | 33 E C N A V E L E R L A T N E M N O R V N E I H G H I I M U D E M W O L 16 9 4 1 1 Raw materials – fossil Environmental aspects: 2 14 17 11 15 13 3 6 7 10 5 12 LOW MEDIUM HIGH POSSIBLE INFLUENCE (Legal regulations, customer speciﬁcations, technical feasibility) PRIORITY A PRIORITY B PRIORITY C 8 2 Raw materials – renewable 3 Auxiliary materials 4 Energie 5 Water 6 Waste water 7 Waste – hazardous/non-hazardous 8 Risk of (environmental) emergencies 9 Emissions – greenhouse gases/pollutants 10 Emissions – noise 11 Emissions – odour 12 Shocks 13 Radiation 14 Trafﬁc / transportation 15 Effects on biodiversity 16 Product-related effects* * Product-related effects refer to: environmental impacts caused by product losses, recyclability of the empty packaging, environmental pollution caused by improper disposal of packaging waste (marine litter), etc. 17 Effects / behaviour of service providers / external companies (e.g. maintenance, etc.)
34 | O U R E N V I R O N M E N T A L R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS PROCESS DESCRIPTION SIGNIFICANCE Product design and development (indirect) The development departments design the product, in close coordination with customers in some cases, to optimally protect the packaged product. Suitable raw materials are tested on laboratory systems, B+K production lines and customer lines (e.g. ﬁlling lines) in close coordination with suppliers. Fossil raw materials, energy, waste, product-related effects The central purchasing department procures raw materials in coordination with the sales, development and production Raw material procurement departments. The main raw materials are polyoleﬁns, produced (indirect) using crude oil constituents. Fossil raw materials, transportation / trafﬁc PE granules are melted and homogenised in an electrically hea- ted extruder. After emerging from the nozzle, the plastic solidiﬁes on water-cooled rollers or by means of air cooling. The melt can either be blown out in the form of a tube via annular nozzles Extrusion – ﬁlm production slit nozzles (cast ﬁlm extrusion – Lengerich only). noise emissions (blown ﬁlm extrusion) or cast in the form of a ﬂat sheet via wide- Fossil raw materials, energy, Printing of paper or plastic with up to ten solvent-based or water- based colours using gravure printing (Lengerich only) or ﬂexogra- phic printing. The energy required to dry the ink is provided by production/heating oil which is heated primarily by a heat recov- ery system or – if further energy is required – using gas- or oil-ﬁred boilers. All printing presses are subject to compulsory Gravure and ﬂexographic approval according to the Federal Immission Control Act (BIm- Fossil raw materials, energy, emissions, printing SchG). waste, risk of (environmental) emergencies Depending on the intended purpose, material sheets are bonded using solvent-based, solvent-free or water-based adhesives (adhesive lamination) or molten plastics (extrusion coating – Len- gerich only) to manufacture holohedral laminates. The adhesive or surface protection ﬁlms are manufactured via the holohedral Lamination / coating – production application of a solvent- or water-based adhesive onto a plastic of laminates / surface protection ﬁlm. The lamination and coating lines are subject to compulsory Fossil raw materials, energy, emissions, ﬁlms approval according to the Federal Immission Control Act. waste, risk of (environmental) emergencies Mono ﬁlms and laminates in the form of material on reels are adapted to customer requirements by cutting or sawing, or are processed to produce single- or multi-ply sacks and bags. The material sheets are formed into packaging on special machines Conversion by means of sealing, lasering or gluing. Waste, energy Raw materials, semi-ﬁnished and ﬁnished products are stored in various warehouses at the plants. Solvent-based raw materials and other hazardous materials or hazardous waste are stocked in specially protected areas or tank farms. Storage tanks for liqueﬁed gas are additionally located in both Lengerich and Warehouse Konzell. Risk of (environmental) emergencies
O U R E N V I R O N M E N T A L R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y | 35 ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS PROCESS DESCRIPTION SIGNIFICANCE Solvent-contaminated exhaust air from the drying processes is cleaned in thermally-regenerative oxidisers. In Konzell, a con- centration wheel (duplex system) ensures constant and opti- mised combustion conditions in the air scrubbing system. At both plants, part of the energy which is released is recovered and used to heat the production/heating oil or for heating buildings. The TA Luft (German Clean Air Act) emission limit values apply; adherence to these is monitored using measuring technology. Emissions, energy Air scrubbing Recycling system (Lengerich only). Energy Production of regranulates from mono ﬁlm residues B+K operates gas-ﬁred heating systems in Lengerich and oil-ﬁred heating systems in Konzell, a central compressed air generation system at both plants as well as cooling circuits and humidiﬁca- Central supply facilities tion systems for machines and hall areas. Energy, water, noise emissions Service providers usually deliver raw, auxiliary and process mate- rials to the plants by truck. They use speciﬁc approaches deﬁned away from residential areas to do this. B+K uses industrial trucks driven by gas or electric motors for internal transportation between the production stages. Trucks are additionally used at B+K Lengerich. Goods shipments are undertaken exclusively by haulage service providers. Due to poor local public transportation links, employees primarily use passenger cars to drive to work or – distance permitting – arrive by bicycle. Company cars are available for business trips. Use of local public transportation Transportation / trafﬁc (indirect) takes priority here as per the internal regulations. Energy, emissions External companies and tradesmen perform servicing, main- tenance and construction work. Potential hazards and safety measures are pointed out to their employees before starting work, and this is conﬁrmed by their signing a document. B+K Implementation of third-party expects – and this is contractually documented – its contractors services (indirect) to provide well-trained personnel. Effects of third-party services Once the end consumer has used it, B+K packaging is sent for material or energy recycling via collection and recycling systems (e.g. dual systems); this occurs in the majority of cases in Germany, and is frequently the case in Europe. In some Recycling / disposal of the pro- European countries and outside of Europe, packaging waste ducts after use (indirect) often ends up in landﬁll sites. Product-related effects * The production processes for manufacturing the packaging and films are described universally for Bischof + Klein Extrusion SE & Co. KG (extrusion activities), Bischof + Klein SE & Co. KG at the plants and Bischof + Klein Holding SE & Co. KG (administration and central departments). This part belongs to Bischof + Klein SE & Co. KG This part belongs to Bischof + Klein Extrusion SE & Co. KG This part belongs to Bischof + Klein Holding SE & Co. KG
ENVIRONMENTALLY ACTIVE During product development and manufacturing, we protect the en- vironment by making optimum use of material and recycling it, by im- plementing energy-efﬁcient production and by avoiding emissions. We clearly show the results of all quantitatively measurable environmental impacts at our plants in the annual B+K input/output statement. FOSTERING RECYCLING MANAGEMENT ENERGY VISION 2020 EENVIRONME During the reporting year, the rate of ENVENVmaterial recycling at B+K Lengerich ENVIRONMENT ENVIRONMENT Switching to energy-saving LED lighting at our plants is and Konzell was 80.7 %. just one of many measures implemented to achieve the goals of the B+K "Energy Vision 2020" energy concept. More detailed information regarding the environmental advantages of ﬂexible packaging, our measures for the avoidance, repro- cessing and recycling of plastic waste, the use of renewable raw materials such as polyethylene made from sugar cane, the continued reticence surrounding the use of biologically degradable raw materials and how we are moving ever closer to realising our visions concerning energy and emission reductions can be found in the following chapter.
REDUCTION OF TRANSPORTATION EFFORT 16,920 145,200 = buckets including lids, with a cargo weight of approx. 5,250 kilogrammes – or 145,200 unfilled pouches that are folded flat, with a cargo weight of approx. 10,300 kilogrammes. The transportation effort for the bags is therefore around one eighth of that of the buckets. WATER REDUCTION RENEWABLE RAW MATERIALS RONMENT ONME ONME ONME ONME ONME ONMENMENT ENVIRONMENT NMENT NMENT NMENT NMENT NMENTyear, the quantities processed in this area NMENT NMENTwere increased by 30 t in 2018. ENVIRONMENT -15% I PLANT A TREE The funds generated from the malus payments are donated to the "I Plant A Tree" organisation. By doing this, B+K has financed a total of 9,604 trees since 2011.
38 | O U R E N V I R O N M E N T A L R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE SHOWING POSSIBILE SOLUTIONS. With our environmental performance, we are transforming our re- sponsibility towards the sustainable protection of our environment into speciﬁc measures – at both the product and process level. Worldwide pollution of the environment due to waste that has been disposed of improperly has been the subject of in- creased public scrutiny in recent years. Increasing volumes of waste consisting of materials such as glass, metal, paper, plastics or laminates are leading to problems in the oceans and on land. Due to their use in cosmetics or as a result of tyre wear, large quantities of microplastics are also entering the environment and, in a second step, the food chain. Plastic packaging is also part of the global waste problem – which B+K is actively helping to solve with various ideas, measures and services as well as extensive commitment. We evaluate our environmental performance according to the categories of “product responsibility” and “energy and emissions” and also according to the further aspects of water consumption, noise protection, trafﬁc and contingency planning. These are shown in the following, broken down into the areas of “prod- ucts” and “processes”.
O U R E N V I R O N M E N T A L R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y | 39 ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE IN THE PRODUCT AREA Product responsibility: optimum material usage and recycling. Today, around 1.5 % of the crude oil and natural gas con- sumed in Western Europe are used for the production of plastic packaging materials. This results not only in an enor- mous volume of materials but also in a huge responsibility to use these resources in an efﬁcient and environmentally friendly manner. At Bischof + Klein, we therefore regard plas- tic as a valuable raw material rather than an expendable ma- terial. Based on this fundamental attitude, we are dedicated to handling plastics in a conscious, responsible manner. We are committed to ensuring that recycling management in this sector is consistently being expanded and fostered – in order to make increasingly efﬁcient use of plastic as a valuable ma- terial while simultaneously minimising the resulting impacts on the environment. B+K is also committed to the objective of sustainable product development at association level (see page 20). WE REGARD PLASTIC AS A VALUABLE RAW MATERIAL RATHER THAN AN EXPENDABLE MATERIAL. FLEXIBLE PACKAGING WEIGHT REDUCTION SINCE 1991 25 % On average, plastic packaging within the industry has become a good 25 % lighter since 1991. ADVANTAGE OF FLEXIBILITY. Since the early 1990s, we have been reducing the ﬁlm thick- ness of our packaging solutions without affecting their prod- uct characteristics. With measurable effect: on average, plas- tic packaging within the industry has become a good 25 % lighter since 1991. Practically all ﬂexible plastic packaging, as manufactured by us, is lighter and smaller than packaging manufactured from rigid or other ﬂexible material. This means that less raw materials are required for production and more packaging can be ﬁtted in a transportation unit. One example of this from the B+K consumer market sector is the resource-saving B+K U-Pack® side gusseted bag con- sisting of polyoleﬁn materials. This is used as a reﬁll bag for horse feed in 5 kg buckets. Previously, these buckets were disposed of by consumers after being used once. Thanks to the reﬁlling principle, the bucket can now be reused many times. The bags also offer more advantages: the bag con- sumes around 77 % less material than the rigid packaging. A bucket weighs 310 grammes, whereas the bag only weighs 71 grammes. The aroma is effectively protected by an em- bedded oxygen barrier.
40 | O U R E N V I R O N M E N T A L R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y RENEWABLE RAW MATERIALS AS AN OPPORTUNITY. The signiﬁcant reduction in transportation effort addition- B+K has tested various renewable raw materials for pro- ally protects the environment: a truck can transport a total ducing plastic packaging. At present, the greatest potential of 16,920 empty buckets including lids, with a cargo weight is offered by polyethylene manufactured from sugar cane (I'm of approx. 5,250 kilogrammes – or 145,200 unﬁlled pouches green™ PE), which B+K is increasingly using. As in the previ- that are folded ﬂat, with a cargo weight of approx. 10,300 ous year, the quantities processed in this area were increased kilogrammes. The transportation effort for the bags is there- by 30 t in 2018. A self-adhesive label ﬁlm has also been manu- fore one around one eighth of that of the buckets. factured using 100 % I'm green™ PE, and is scheduled to en- FOSTERING RECYCLING MANAGEMENT. it can be sent for material recycling after use via the existing The entry into force of the packaging legislation on 01.01.2019 collection and recycling systems. However, it must generally led to a signiﬁcant increase in demand for more recyclable be noted in the environmental balance of renewable raw packaging far in advance. Added to this is growing global materials that their cultivation may compete with that of food- ter production in 2019. The advantage of this material is that awareness of the problem of environmental pollution caused stuffs and feeds. by waste in general and the issue of plastic waste in the oceans (“marine litter”) in particular. Whilst Germany is not This is also the case for biologically degradable, renew- regarded as one of the primary culprits of the “plastic vortex” able raw materials such as starch or polylactic acid (PLA), in the oceans thanks to its regulated waste management in- which can also be processed at B+K to produce packaging dustry, it is a matter of central concern to B+K to commit to materials. So far, there are no collection and recycling sys- the reduction and avoidance of plastic waste and to initiate tems for these. The material may even disrupt the existing and foster corresponding measures. These include the fol- recycling processes; in combination with the high prices of lowing, for instance: the raw materials, this is causing customers to shy away from using them intensively. · Development of more recyclable material combinations for the ﬂexible packaging such as pure polyoleﬁn laminates, for example · Development of ﬂexible packaging using recycled plastics
O U R E N V I R O N M E N T A L R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y | 41 ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE IN THE PROCESS AREA Raw material cycles safeguard resources. Using raw materials sparingly, recycling residual materials wherever possible: this is the principle according to which we structure production processes at B+K. In Konzell, 76 t of new material were saved by reprocessing and using ﬁlm waste in Material cycles at both locations are additionally closed thanks to the distillation of printing ink and solvent waste. At the beginning of 2018, an additional distillation system started operation in Konzell to achieve this. The solvent re- one area of the company. The recycling of cardboard sleeves covered in this way is primarily used for cleaning machines was additionally optimised at B+K Lengerich in 2018 – with and parts. In the reporting year, 5.0 % (2017: 4.8 %) of re- overwhelming success: the purchase of 21,000 m cardboard quirements were met with recovered solvent in Lengerich sleeves was avoided, thus reducing cardboard sleeve waste and 13.8 % (2017: 13.4 %) in Konzell. by around 15 % in comparison with 2017. We record non-hazardous waste in a collection system en- compassing 28 material groups so that it can be recycled properly. At B+K Lengerich, some of the ﬁlm waste is pro- cessed internally to produce regranulate, and is sold on the secondary raw materials market. We exclusively forward THE SOLVENT RECOVERED FROM THE DISTILLATION SYSTEMS IS PRIMARILY USED FOR CLEANING MACHINES AND PARTS, hazardous waste to certiﬁed specialist disposal companies ENABLING AROUND 14 % OF REQUIREMENTS according to the statutory requirements. During the report- ing year, the rate of material recycling at B+K Lengerich and Konzell was 80.7 %. TO BE COVERED IN KONZELL IN 2018. RECYCLING OF B+K WASTE, B+K KONZELL 2018 RECYCLING OF B+K WASTE, B+K LENGERICH 2018 Material recycling Energy recycling Disposal Material recycling Energy recycling Disposal 95.9 percent of B+K waste are recycled. 95.5 percent of B+K waste are recycled. 4.1 % 8.3 % 4.5 % 19.5 % 95.9 % 95.5 % 87.6 % 76 %
42 | O U R E N V I R O N M E N T A L R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y ACTIVE COMMITMENT TO WASTE AVOIDANCE AND RECYCLING. Cleanliness is vital for our production. At our plants, we sensitise employees and other parties to pay close attention through: · participation in the association initiative “zero pellet loss”, for which B+K extended its certiﬁcate in 2018 by means of site · Four further production halls in Konzell were switched to LED lighting; a further three halls are set to be converted in 2019. · In Lengerich, the heat recovered from the air scrubbing sys- tem is used to heat the high-bay warehouse. inspections and additional measures. · In comparison with the previous year, the speciﬁc primary energy · measures which prevent granules from production from en- consumption fell marginally in Lengerich, whereas it increased tering the sewer system. slightly at B+K Konzell (see environmental data, page 44). · workshops and training courses to sensitise and motivate employees and trainees to make sparing use of resources. In the area of emission avoidance, we have been working for a · participation in “Clean up day” 2018, during which trainees, number of years towards switching our working processes to employees and the executive board collect waste around solvent-free printing ink and adhesive systems – moving ever the plant premises in Lengerich. closer to realising our vision of solvent-free operations. The · B+K Konzell's participation in the district waste collection switch to solvent-free printing ink systems scheduled in the campaign that is conducted every 2 years. area of plastic sack production could not be implemented in ENERGY AND EMISSIONS: LESS IS MORE. ing orders, the volume of solvent-based printing inks required Each reduction in energy consumption makes a valuable con- for this area increased by 65 %. However, the overall use of tribution to climate protection. At B+K, an energy manager in solvents was kept constant thanks to the reduction of solvent full in 2018: further tests are necessary. Due to additional print- both Lengerich and Konzell coordinates various tasks which consumption in other locations. reduce energy consumption throughout the company and op- timise the existing energy saving activities. The cross-plant The use of volatile organic solvents increased by 3.6 % in resources/energy sustainability team is also involved in these 2018 in comparison with the previous year due to additional measures. The B+K “Energy Vision 2020” energy concept was machine capacities. B+K is working towards minimising dif- developed with the involvement of energy consultants, repre- fuse VOC emissions, which still escape into the ambient air sentatives of corresponding specialist companies and B+K despite extensive measures to prevent this, when using sol- experts. Core elements include optimisation of the use of cold vents. In 2018, diffuse VOC emissions at both plants were sig- and cooling water, improvement of the production/heating oil niﬁcantly lower than the legal limit value speciﬁed by the VOC network, increasing the volume of heat recovered from the air Ordinance. Following the signiﬁcant increase in 2017, diffuse scrubbing system and the use of this recovered heat as drying emissions in Lengerich fell back to the value achieved in energy or for generating low temperatures. The long-term goal 2016; diffuse emissions in Konzell were 0.7 percentage points of our energy concept is the establishment of combined, plant- higher than the previous year. During the reporting year, the wide networks. thermally-regenerative air scrubbing systems fell signiﬁcantly below the legally speciﬁed emission limit value for carbon In 2016, we set down our speciﬁc strategic objectives for the (daily average of Ctotal 20 mg/m³). energy sector: the primary goal is to reduce speciﬁc, total energy consumption by 10 % by the end of 2021 based on As a further measure to reduce greenhouse gases throughout the status in 2016. The activities undertaken as part of the the company, B+K also introduced a bonus/malus system for “Energy Vision 2020” support this goal. Further progress was the use of company cars back in 2011. The funds generated made in this regard in 2018: from the malus payments are donated to the “I Plant A Tree” · In Konzell, a system for using heat from the process exhaust organisation. By doing this, B+K has ﬁnanced a total of 9,604 air to pre-heat the air supplied to the halls entered operation trees since 2011. All of our publications are also printed ex- at the end of 2018. · The ventilation system for extrusion halls at B+K Konzell was optimised. clusively with zero impact on the climate: all CO2 emissions relating to printed materials are calculated, disclosed and compensated with climate protection certiﬁcates.
O U R E N V I R O N M E N T A L R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y | 43 FURTHER ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS. Water consumption: All of the water required for production and the social areas at both plants is obtained from the lo- cal utility companies. Around 52 % (2017: 52 %) of the water consumed in Lengerich and 47 % (2017: 45 %) of that used in Konzell evaporate during air humidiﬁcation in the plant halls or Contingency plan: B+K stores and processes numerous combustible materials, which necessitates corresponding contingency planning for emergencies. Our contingency concept includes well-trained employees on constant stand- by, an extensive emergency folder containing check lists, in the cooling processes. It is therefore returned, uncontami- contact persons and various overview plans, universal ex- nated, to the natural water cycle. In comparison with the previ- tinguisher and ﬁre alarm systems, regular rescue exercises, ous year, B+K Lengerich consumed 9 % more water in 2018; sewer shut-off systems and inlet covers as well as absorptive this was due primarily to hall humidiﬁcation. The reason for materials at various points throughout the plant premises to this additional consumption was the continuing dryness and protect the environment from escaping, water-endangering the high temperatures during the summer of 2018. In Konzell, ﬂuids. No noteworthy emergency situations occurred during the amount of water used during the reporting year was re- the reporting year. Evacuation exercises and inspections that duced by 15 % thanks to optimisations and modernisations. were again conducted in 2018 together with the ﬁre brigade, the Federal Agency for Technical Relief and the German Red Noise protection: As B+K Lengerich is located in the imme- Cross ensured that the emergency services and employees diate vicinity of a residential area, protecting residents from are as well prepared as possible in the event of an emer- disturbances caused by noise is of particular importance gency. In Konzell, for instance, a high-level rescue exercise here. Since 2015, B+K has been working on a systematic from the new high-bay warehouse was conducted together noise bafﬂing concept for which specialists have identiﬁed with the ﬁre brigade and the Bavarian Red Cross. The results noise emissions and their sources – for both new and exist- and ﬁndings from the exercise were implemented in further ing equipment. In 2018, a total of four complaints relating to organisational and technical measures for rescuing persons noise pollution were received from local residents. These in- in the warehouse. cluded shocks caused by loading containers at night as well as a disturbing, continuous sound, for instance. While meas- urements conducted by an engineering bureau conﬁrmed adherence to the limit value permitted in this area, B+K DEVELOPMENT OF WATER CONSUMPTION, B+K KONZELL nevertheless responded by initiating and implementing addi- 35 % reduction in average annual consumption in the past 5 years. tional soundprooﬁng measures such as the installation of si- tional soundprooﬁng measures such as the installation of si- lencers and the repair of a defective component on a ventila lencers and the repair of a defective component on a ventila- tion system, for example. No complaints regarding noise pol tion system, for example. No complaints regarding noise pol- lution were received in Konzell in 2018. Trafﬁc: Measures for optimising fork-lift truck trafﬁc throughout Measures for optimising fork-lift truck trafﬁc throughout the plant premises were implemented in Lengerich in 2018. The the plant premises were implemented in Lengerich in 2018. The newly introduced fork-lift truck guidance system ensures active newly introduced fork-lift truck guidance system ensures active route optimisation and saves time and energy. In each case, the route optimisation and saves time and energy. In each case, the fork-lift truck driver receives an electronic travel order for the fork-lift truck driver receives an electronic travel order for the next pallet transportation process – and the system calculates next pallet transportation process – and the system calculates the most economical route. Further automatic transportation the most economical route. Further automatic transportation routes for pallets are already being planned. Transportation ef routes for pallets are already being planned. Transportation ef- fort was signiﬁcantly reduced in Konzell during the expansion fort was signiﬁcantly reduced in Konzell during the expansion of the high-bay warehouse: transportation by truck to the satel of the high-bay warehouse: transportation by truck to the satel- lite warehouse located 30 km away has been consigned to the lite warehouse located 30 km away has been consigned to the 2,500 2,500 past. This does away with around 350 journeys per year. 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
44 | O U R E N V I R O N M E N T A L R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y TRANSPARENCY DOWN TO THE LAST DETAIL We bear responsibility for our actions as a company. We therefore consistently monitor and document the parameters of material areas in which B+K impacts on the environment. Each year, we collate all quantitatively measurable environ- mental effects at our plants in the B+K input/output state- ment. This serves as the basis for assessing our environmen- tal performance. The statement is compiled using data from process data recording, meter and invoicing data as well as weighing slips. Direct greenhouse gas and pollutant emis- sions are determined using emission factors from the GEMIS database (version 4.95) on the basis of consumption ﬁgure determined are evaluated in absolute terms and with refer- ence to the location in comparison with the previous year in the context of the management review (see environmental responsibility section, page 29). Comparison of these core indicators in accordance with EMAS Ordinance 1221/2009 (EMAS III) does not enable any clear conclusions to be drawn due to constantly changing product structures and conver- sion levels at B+K. Direct comparison of the core indicators measurements. Values based on the electricity mix which is with companies in the same or other industries is not possible supplied are available to us from our electricity suppliers for due to divergent production processes and techniques. indirect greenhouse gas emissions. The key ﬁgures which are INPUT LENGERICH KONZELL 2016 2017 2018 2016 2017 2018 Raw materials (such as granules, paper, aluminium, printing inks, adhesives, solvents, etc.) [t] 66,348 67,003 71,911 56,408 55,370 52,630 Of which non-renewable raw materials [t] 61,372 62,590 68,818 56,353 55,295 52,546 Spec. raw material use [t/t] 1.30 1.32 1.34 1.21 1.21 1.22 Transportation packaging material [t] 8,995 8,850 9,309 5,103 5,113 4,962 Water [m³] 50,630 48,951 53,262 23,248 20,991 17,973 Spec. total water consumption [m³/t] 0.93 0.90 0.93 0.50 0.46 0.42 Energy [MWh] Of which electricity [MWh] 84,144 86,067 89,731 44,544 43,824 44,119 55,032 56,908 58,887 40,174 39,656 39,758 Of which gas / oil / power gas [MWh] 29,112 29,159 30,844 4,370 4,168 4,361 Spec. total energy consumption [MWh/t] 1.54 1.58 1.56 0.96 0.96 1.03 Volume of renewable energy [MWh] 17,335 20,715 18,491 2,169 1,824 18,129 Percentage of renewable energy in total energy consumption [%] 21 24 21 5 4 41 Area usage Total area usage – plant area [m2] 207,075 206,401 206,122 101,083 101,083 101,081 Of which percentage of paved areas [%] Of which percentage of semi-natural areas (meadows, ponds, woods) [%] 64 36 67 33 68 32 68 32 68 32 68 32
O U R E N V I R O N M E N T A L R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y | 45 OUTPUT LENGERICH KONZELL 2016 2017 2018 2016 2017 2018 Finished product [t] (incl. regranulate)* 54,729 54,388 57,408 46,555 45,737 43,039 Non-hazardous waste [t] (plastics / plastic laminates, paper, other waste such as wood, metals, industrial waste, etc.) 9,416 9,980 10,091 10,515 9,656 9,386 Spec. occurrence of waste (non-hazardous waste) [t/t] 0.18 0.20 0.19 0.23 0.21 0.22 Hazardous waste [t] (printing ink and adhesive residues, distillation sludges, absorptive materials, used lyes, rinsing water, processing emulsions, oil separator contents, used oil, lead batteries, spray cans, contaminated packaging, insulating material) 980 886 947 716 690 811 Spec. occurrence of waste (hazardous waste) [t/t] 0.02 0.02 0.02 0.02 0.02 0.02 Total waste [t]** Of which composting [t] Of which recycling [t] Of which recovery [t] Of which thermal recycling [t] Of which other recycling [t] Of which combustion (disposal) [t] Of which other disposal [t]*** Of which depositing [t] Effluents [m3]**** Emissions [t] 10,396 10,866 11,038 11,231 10,346 10,196 34 7,389 72 32 7,147 139 158 18 28 39 51 7,215 10,020 9,179 8,729 2,108 2,655 2,864 107 634 44 7 261 616 11 5 123 591 69 0 171 666 22 323 0 0 180 642 20 281 4 1 131 846 17 355 0 68 20,615 23,727 24,841 11,678 11,179 9,122 Total greenhouse gas emissions CO2 eq [t]***** 39,102 39,561 41,077 25,858 26,121 17,214 Of which from combustion processes (primary energy, solvents from air scrubbing, plant traffic) [t] 13,250 13,358 14,211 5,213 5,300 5,558 Of which due to use of electricity (indirect) [t] 25,645 26,178 26,676 20,619 20,820 11,569 Of which from refrigerant losses [t]****** Spec. total greenhouse gas emissions [t/t] Total pollutant emissions into the air [t] Of which VOC [t] Of which carbon monoxide (CO) [t] Of which nitrogen oxides (NOx) [t] Of which sulphur dioxide (SO2) [t] Of which particulates [t] 207 0.71 416 409 3.1 4.4 0.0 26 0.73 613 606 3.0 3.7 0.1 191 0.72 454 444 5.7 4.0 0.2 26 0.56 217 216 0.2 0.6 0.6 2 0.57 227 226 0.2 0.6 0.5 87 0.40 260 259 0.2 0.6 0.5 0.00 0.00 0.01 0.01 0.01 0.01 Spec. total pollutant emissions into the air [t/t] 0.008 0.011 0.008 0.005 0.005 0.006 * In addition to packaging materials and ﬁlms, the regranulates produced from ﬁlm residues are also contained in the ﬁnished product. ** This is used to record all types of waste for which B+K is deﬁned as the waste producer. *** Other disposal: chemical/physical treatment, fermentation, soil treatment. **** Indirect routing to the communal sewage works. ***** No additional greenhouse gases such as methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), perﬂuorocarbons (PFC), partly ﬂuorinated chlorinated hydrocarbons (HCFC), nitrogen triﬂuoride (NF3) or ****** Emissions of ﬂuorinated refrigerants (as per the German Chemicals Climate Protection Ordinance (ChemKlimaschutzV)) from cooling and refrigeration systems. sulphur hexaﬂuoride (SF6) are emitted as a result of our production processes.
SOCIAL COMMITMENT Thanks to their extensive know-how and diverse skills, our employees are the key resource behind Bischof + Klein's corporate success. With various ideas, measures and actions, we again succeeded resoundingly in recruiting, developing and retaining employees during the 2018 re- porting year. SSOCI SOLENGTH OF EMPLOYMENTSOSOAT THE COMPANYSOSOCI DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONSOCI SOCIAL SOCI SOCIOCIOCIOCI SOAbove average length of employment at B+K KGSOSO(15.5 years) in comparison with the average throughoutSOSOGermany (12 years).SOSOCIAL SO11.9SOCIAL SOCIAL SOLENGERICHSOSOKONZELLSO17.6 OCIOCIOCIOCI You can ﬁnd out more about our successes in the employer competition “Great Place to Work®”, about the continued development fostering of equal opportunities and integration in the following chapter. of our employer brand with the “Mach ein Plus in deinem Leben” campaign, about our commitment in social media and at our plants, about the high quality of our training and advanced training, about our reinforcement of health and safety awareness and about our
GREAT PLACE TO WORK® – EMPLOYEE SURVEY FITNESS OFFER “All in all, I can say that this is a very good place to work.” 1,082 In 2018, 1,082 employees took part in 19 different actions initiated by the corporate health management department. health management department. OCIALFollowing their training, around 90 percent of B+K OCIAB+K Connect is a dynamic, digital platformOCIAOCIAOCIAOCIAOCIAOCIAprocesses throughout the company. OCIA CIALAWARDSCIALCIAJOB OFFERCIAOCIAOCIAOCIAOCIACIACIACIAGreat Place to WorkCIACIACIACIACIAOCIAemployee survey questionnaire.OCIA SOCIAL CIALCIALCIAL5 SOCIAL CIAL CIAL SOCIALCIALCIALCIALCIALCIALCIAL trainees receive a specific job offer.
48 | O U R E M P L O Y E E S MAKING A POSI- TIVE CONTRIBU- TION TOGETHER. Our company lives from our committed and skilled employees who feel strong loyalty towards Bischof + Klein and love coming to work each day. With various ideas, measures and actions, we ensure time and again that something special is created: a noticeable, positive difference for everyone. So that we are successful in all of our market segments, we require well trained employees with extensive know-how and a wide range of skills in diverse processes, working tech- niques and areas of law. Some of these skills are part of the training, while others are only learnt “on the job”. We therefore attach great value to binding employees to the company for as long as possible, in combination with a high level of sat- isfaction. As a result, we are increasing our attractiveness as an employer continuously and in all relevant areas. Examples of this include: · Life-long learning thanks to extensive further and advanced training options. · A good work-life balance by structuring working hours ﬂex- ibly (ﬂexitime). · Corporate health management for a high-performance, healthy workforce. · Equal opportunities for all employees. · Wages and salaries based entirely on collective bargain- ing agreements for both blue-collar and white-collar employees. WE ATTACH GREAT VALUE TO BINDING EMPLOYEES TO THE COMPANY FOR A LONG TIME.
O U R E M P L O Y E E S | 49 WORKFORCE IN FIGURES TOTAL WORKFORCE BY LOCATION, GENDER, CONTRACT TYPE, NATURE OF CONTRACT, EMPLOYEE CATEGORY Lengerich Konzell Total Lengerich Konzell Total Lengerich Konzell Total Total workforce 1,320 2016 752 2,072 1,376 2017 785 2,161 1,447 2018 841 2,288 Females/males 194 / 1,126 128 / 624 322 / 1,750 203 / 1,173 129 / 656 332 / 1,829 215 / 1,232 140 / 701 355 / 1,933 Full-time employees 1,248 706 1,954 1,302 739 2,041 1,373 779 2,152 Females/males 132 / 1,116 97 / 609 229 / 1,725 138 / 1,164 99 / 640 237 / 1,804 146 / 1,227 100 / 679 246 / 1,906 Part-time 72 46 118 74 46 120 74 62 136 Females/males 62 / 10 31 / 15 93 / 25 65 / 9 30 / 16 95 / 25 69 / 5 40 / 22 109 / 27 e p y t t c a r t n o C t c a r t n o c f o e r u t a N Permanent employment Temporary employment contract (ﬁxed-term contract, temporary workers) Trainees e e y o p m E l y Blue-collar r o g e t a c White-collar 1,119 604 1,723 1,144 621 1,765 1,177 643 1,820 122 107 229 154 124 278 187 164 351 79 847 473 41 120 686 1,533 66 539 78 887 489 40 118 719 1,606 66 555 83 955 492 34 117 769 1,724 72 564 SUCCESSFULLY RECRUITING, DEVELOPING AND RETAINING EMPLOYEES. B+K not only saw a sharp increase in the number of em- ployees in 2018; at 17.6 years, the above average length of employment at B+K Lengerich is also considerably higher than the average throughout Germany (12 years). In Konzell, this ﬁgure is 11.9 years. There are good reasons for this: we · B+K is a secure, forward-thinking employer. · B+K offers good opportunities for advancement. · B+K is a down-to-earth family-owned company. · B+K presents employees with challenging tasks. establish a strong relationship with all of our employees – After having been awarded the “Germany's best training even before a contract is signed. In 2017, we launched the companies” seal of approval in 2017, B+K took part in the “Make a positive contribution to your life” campaign to create employer competition “Great Place to Work®” in 2018. This a strong employer brand; this was extended by the areas of involved a survey conducted amongst 510 employees at corporate health management and advanced training in 2018. B+K Lengerich and Konzell in April 2018. What is particularly The campaign shows in various ways what employees and pleasing is that 78 % of respondents agreed with a central trainees appreciate about family-owned company B+K and statement in the questionnaire: “All in all, I can say that this which positive aspects make our company attractive as a is a very good place to work.” We also achieved good evalu- trainer and employer. ations in the dimensions of “fairness”, “pride and solidarity” and “team spirit” in comparison with many other companies, the so-called market benchmark.
50 | O U R E M P L O Y E E S B+K is also active and committed in the area of social media, with a trainee blog on the B+K careers website www.mach- ein-plus.de, for instance. Our Facebook page (facebook. com/bischof.klein) is aimed primarily at trainees and potential trainees. Regular posts there provide general and up-to-date information about the options available within our company. HIGH-QUALITY TRAINING – FOR THE VERY BEST PROSPECTS. TRAINING PROFESSIONS AT B+K B+K undertook recruitment in the following training vocations in 2018: · Business administrator (VWA) experience (B,Sc,) (m/f/d) (m/f/d) · Electrician (m/f/d) · Media designer (m/f/d) · Business administrator (VWA) · IT systems electrician (m/f/d) (m/f/d) · Industrial clerk (m/f/d) · Packaging processing engineer · Industrial mechanic (m/f/d) (m/f/d) Awards at state level conﬁrm the high quality of training at · Plastics processing engineer in · Process engineer (m/f/d) B+K. Amongst other measures, we ensure this by means of seconded employees and numerous specialist trainers. Above average examination results demonstrate the success of our commitment: in 2018, a total of ﬁve former trainees from Lengerich were invited to the IHK award ceremony for the best trainees in the Steinfurt region – one former trainee even received an award as one of the best at state level. In Konzell, four trainees received accolades for top perfor- mances in vocational college, while one trainee additionally won an award in the ﬁnal IHK examination. At 5.4 %, our training rate surpasses the IHK recommenda- tion. Due to the demographic trend, the number of suitable applicants, particularly for the various industrial training pro- fessions, is constantly on the decline. We are meeting this challenge with our employer brand campaign, through which combination with practical · Industrial engineer (B.Eng.) (m/f/d) NUMBER OF TRAINEES IN LENGERICH + KONZELL 120 120120120 100 100100100100100100100100 8080 60606060 40 40404040 we are accessing new potential for B+K, ﬂanked by further 20 2020 measures such as e.g.: · Cooperations with secondary schools, taster days, intern- ships or application training courses for schoolchildren. · Nine “training ambassadors” report on the training and work 2015 2016 2017 2018 at B+K at secondary schools in and around Lengerich. NUMBER OF FACEBOOK FRIENDS · Participation in “MINT rallies”, in which pupils are given a practical insight into professions in the areas of mathemat- ics, informatics, natural sciences and technology. · Close contact with universities through specialist intern- ships for students, for instance. · The trainee blog (https://azubiblog.bk-international.com) with authentic reports on daily work which the B+K trainees structure themselves. 1,706 March 2019 1,1,49498 March 2018
O U R E M P L O Y E E S | 51 GETTING AHEAD THROUGH ADVANCED TRAINING AND KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE. B+K offers good chances of being hired, and advanced train- ing starts after the initial training, because life-long learning is a ﬁrm element of the B+K corporate philosophy. Amongst other measures, we provide a varied range of training courses in order to be able to accomplish company-wide know-how partners and also by mapping the B+K intranet employee portal in 2019, for example. This will also enable exchange between employees and teams to be extended with the aid of B+K Connect, thus linking the sites and fostering another of B+K's big differences: we focus on human interaction. transfer. One of the most frequently used options for individual qualiﬁcation is our e-learning programme, which we focussed on expanding in 2018. With this programme, the participants are able to set their own learning speed, topics and exercise times on the computer. The topic of e-learning will continue to increase signiﬁcantly in importance at B+K – a corresponding company agreement has laid the foundation for this. Our employees also have access to many other training and qualiﬁcation measures such as a manager and junior staff development programme, for instance, which optimally prepares existing and future managers for their future man- agement tasks within the company at an early stage. Our employees have the opportunity to use the B+K Magazine, the employee online portal and the B+K internal newsletter as sources of general information, but also for specialist knowl- edge and know-how for their daily work. One important focal point in 2018 was the expansion of in- ternal, digital communication. To achieve this, the “B+K Con- nect” communication platform was installed back in 2016, and was introduced throughout the entire company by means of training courses during the reporting year. It enables net- worked working, and therefore fosters the simpliﬁcation of our work and coordination processes across the company. As a dynamic, digital platform, B+K Connect will be continuously extended, through the integration of external communication SPECIFIC ESTABLISHMENT OF KNOW-HOW HOURS OF TRAINING PER EMPLOYEE CATEGORY (MEAN VALUE) BY LOCATION Hours of training per employee (mean value) Lengerich Konzell Total Lengerich Konzell Total Lengerich Konzell Total 2016 2017 2018 For white-collar employees 17.11 37.29 20.00 13.62 35.76 16.48 11.24 15.20 11.75 For blue-collar employees 6.67 9.29 7.85 5.84 9.60 7.52 6.15 8.77 7.30
52 | O U R E M P L O Y E E S HEALTHY, SAFE AND MOTIVATED WORK. We assume responsibility for both the health and safety of all Bischof + Klein employees. To achieve these objectives, we have established extensive measures which beneﬁt the entire workforce – individually, holistically and continuously. In accomplishing this, corporate health management at B+K not only offers speciﬁc measures, actions and stimuli that are aimed ual and group discussions with the B+K employees. All state- ments were evaluated anonymously and were used to derive at maintaining the health of our employees. The intention is also the future action areas for our corporate health management. to sustainably foster and strengthen the employees' fundamen- For health preservation, participation in health campaigns tal health consciousness. The B+K health manager plays a cen- such as theme days and information exhibitions, for instance, tral role in this: she is available as a trustworthy and competent was made possible in 2018. Amongst others, corporate contact person for all matters relating to the topic of health. health management focussed on the following campaigns to achieve this in 2018: ACTIVE PROTECTION OF PERSONAL HEALTH. · During a thyroid gland screening offensive, employees in The ﬁelds of corporate health management range from the Lengerich underwent ultrasound examinations and were central issue of exercise and diet up to and including preven- provided with individual advice. tion, check-ups and early detection. In 2018, various meas- · During the “personal health proﬁle” theme day, employees ures were developed to achieve this as part of what were were able to have an exhaustive health proﬁle created, with dubbed the “boiler suit and ofﬁce offensives”. This was the individual focus on areas of life that are relevant to health name given to a needs analysis based on around 500 individ- and can be changed.
O U R E M P L O Y E E S | 53 KNOWING EARLY ON WHAT DOES YOU GOOD. · In Konzell, skin screening and an osteoporosis check were Sound health awareness is the best prevention. This is why conducted in 2018. we provide our trainees with help and instruction in establish- · The B+K health day was conducted under the motto of “Banish stress”; around 500 visitors were able to obtain in- formation about the different options for establishing regen- erative stress competence. ing a comprehensive understanding of health from an early stage. Once again, particular value was attached to the B+K prevention offensive for trainees in Lengerich and Konzell in 2018. We would like to contribute to preparing our trainees for We have also implemented the following measures for our employees: an independent, self-organised and healthy life and to pro- mote solidarity and cooperation between them. To do this, we offer the trainees a special joint action in each training year: · Visit to a low-level ropes course (1st year of training) and a · Cooperation with a ﬁtness studio in Lengerich with special climbing forest (2nd year of training). conditions for B+K employees. In 2018, 103 employees took · Cooking course that teaches the basics of a healthy diet (3rd up this offer (2017: 115 employees). year of training). · A weekly yoga course for recharging energy reserves. · Team games such as archery, bridge building and the spi- · Team building through health projects in which the partici- der's web. pants gathered memorable experiences, established trust and strengthened their feeling of togetherness across all di- visions and departments in the climbing forest, on walks, while skiing and during a cooking course. · Participation in the regional “Teutolauf” sporting event, in which many B+K runners again took part in 2018, as in the previous years. WE FOSTER AND STRENGTHEN OUR EMPLOYEES' HEALTH CONSCIOUSNESS.
54 | O U R E M P L O Y E E S DESIGNING SUSTAINABLY SAFE WORKPLACES. Our objective is to maintain and further extend safety in the workplace for all employees. The B+K safety concept there- fore encompasses three activity levels as regards the topics of work safety and health and safety at work: legal regula- tions which merely govern general aspects, speciﬁc safety accident are systematically analysed in the team; measures for avoidance are then deﬁned. · Extensive training measures for supervisors and employees lead to a change in safety awareness in the long term. · Employees of external companies are provided with infor- measures developed by the company on its own behalf and, mation on internal regulations and modes of conduct in the by no means least, the personal responsibility of the employ- form of a leaﬂet and are familiarised on-site so that they can ees. The reason being that the latter should not only observe move about safely at B+K's premises and go about their certain regulations and measures but should also be able to work without being endangered. recognise and eliminate sources of danger. The extensive knowledge of the topic of safety at work that is conveyed dur- INCREASED SAFETY AS A JOINT PERFORMANCE. ing brieﬁngs and accident discussions helps to achieve this. The general measures of the B+K safety concept, the speciﬁc Amongst others, the following areas form part of the B+K protective measures for avoiding accidents and the exhaus- safety concept: tive and intensive analyses of the causes of accidents have · The work safety department tracks legal speciﬁcations and two measurable, positive effects: increasingly better work provides information on them, checks the effectiveness of safety and an increasingly heightened awareness of safety safety precautions, offers suggestions for improvements and amongst the employees. Regarded in the long term, for in- continues to increase the employees' and managers' aware- stance, accident ﬁgures have fallen signiﬁcantly. At the begin- ness regarding the purpose of these measures. The depart- ning of the 90s, approximately one accident per day occurred ment is supported by the safety ofﬁcers from various areas of at B+K Lengerich; in recent years, this has declined to around the company. one accident per week on average. The ﬁgures from 2018 also · Technicians, the works council and the safety department demonstrably show that B+K is making consistent and con- produce systematic hazard assessments in order to im- tinuous progress in this regard. With good reason – because plement preventive safety measures. The causes of each increased safety makes a positive difference to all of us. FOCUS ON SAFETY TOTAL WORKFORCE BY LOCATION AND GENDER, INJURY RATE, INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS, DAYS LOST AND ABSENCES Lengerich Konzell Total Lengerich Konzell Total Lengerich Konzell Total Total workforce 1,320 2016 752 2,072 1,376 2017 785 2,161 1,447 2018 841 2,288 Females/males 194 / 1,126 128 / 624 322 / 1,750 203 / 1,173 129 / 656 332 / 1,829 215 / 1,232 140 /701 355 / 1,933 Injury rate (IR) 4.22 4.13 4.19 5.65 4.79 5.34 4.54 4.77 4.63 No. of industrial accidents Lost days rate (LDR) (industrial accidents) 38 71 21 51 59 64 52 89 25 39 77 71 43 88 25 92 68 89 Absence rate (AR) 2,479 2,129 2,353 2,606 2,200 2,459 2,722 2,393 2,605 Despite a high number of new recruits at both plants, the accident rate in Konzell remained constant – and was actually reduced in Lengerich.
O U R E M P L O Y E E S | 55 VALUES THAT MOVE US FORWARDS. As a company, we are not only part of the global economy but also a part of society and our local sites. Bearing this in mind, we are committed to equal opportunities and accept social responsibility in diverse ways. We therefore uphold values which in turn also indi- rectly beneﬁt our employees again. COMMITMENT TO EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES – FOR ALL. When structuring work, our objective is to ensure that the different requirements of the employees and their relatives are met individually. This also includes the speciﬁc encour- ﬁelds. This has enabled us to continuously increase the num- ber of female employees working in the production depart- ment. In 2018, the percentage of female employees at B+K agement of women: in view of demographic change and the was a total of 15.5 percent, slightly higher than the value in impending lack of skilled workers, B+K wants to increase the 2017 (15.4 percent). percentage of female employees in the company and there- fore primarily interest women in technical vocations. During national “Future Day”, at vocational recruitment fairs and during visits to the surrounding schools, for instance, we provide people seeking trainee positions with information on the good vocational prospects available in B+K's technical WE REGARD EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AS A SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.
56 | O U R E M P L O Y E E S WOMEN IN TECHNICAL VOCATIONS 15 % B+K 21% INDUSTRY At present, the percentage of women at B+K is still lower than the industry average but is to be constantly increased – because we believe it offers our company great potential. · Flexible working time regulations for relatives who act as carers as well as a qualiﬁed “care pilot” established within the company to provide individual information and advice. WELL INTEGRATED – AT ALL LEVELS. At B+K, equal treatment and equal opportunities are ob- served, appreciated and further developed in every regard. Successfully so: in recent years, the equal treatment ofﬁcers have not reported any occurrences pertaining either to issues of different nationalities or to the matter of males and females working together to the personnel department. The integration of foreign employees in the plants has proved successful. At B+K Lengerich, the ratio of persons with a non- German passport was 9.7 percent. B+K Konzell is located in a very rural area of Bavaria. Foreign employees make up 2.1 percent of the workforce at this plant. This is related to the local population structure. BALANCING WORK AND LIFE MORE EASILY. It is also a matter of course that persons with disabilities are employed at B+K. A total of 93 staff (4.1 percent of the work- force) with severe disabilities are employed in Lengerich and Konzell. MEETING AND ASSUMING SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. As a company, B+K has close ties to the town of Lenger- ich and the community of Konzell. This is clearly expressed The work-life balance is an important concern at B+K. Due to shift work and customers' expectations, however, it is not possible to accommodate every request. Nevertheless, we are working constantly to continue increasing ﬂexibility, par- ticularly in the production department, with a variety of ideas, measures and offers: · Flexible part-time work for women following pregnancies or periods of time for bringing up children; occasionally, fathers also request parental leave. The part-time variants are structured very ﬂexibly, according to hours to be worked per month, full-time or part-time days, for instance. · Flexitime and home ofﬁce agreements enable employees to ﬂexibly coordinate their work with the needs of their family. The number of hours worked are documented in a working hour account. · Wherever possible in the service and administrative depart- ments, our employees can use the “B+K ﬂexitime model with- out core times”. Clear coordination with colleagues ensures that the departments remain responsive and efﬁcient. · The sustainability team has developed a new offer for families with children together with the Steinfurt regional youth welfare ofﬁce. Employees travelling to work from elsewhere can claim what is called a reserved place in a Lengerich day nursery for children under three years of age under certain conditions.
O U R E M P L O Y E E S | 57 up an important success. Following the positive response to the wish list campaign, the relationship was further extended in 2018. We were able to give ﬁve adolescents the oppor- tunity to undertake an internship at B+K, for example. As a result, one adolescent has started his introductory training programme here, and another is scheduled to embark on a training course at B+K in 2019. PERSONAL EXCHANGE WITH FORMER EMPLOYEES. Our close ties to our employees remain intact even following their retirement from B+K. Contact with our former employ- ees is a matter of personal concern to us – in addition, long- serving employees also act as B+K's multipliers and advo- cates in the public realm. In order to channel this contact and continuing exchange with one another, the “Seniorengemein- schaft B+K e.V.” (B+K senior citizens' community, registered association) was founded in 1990 and now numbers over 330 members. through diverse forms of commitment in various areas. This includes cash donations for social projects and charitable associations as well as non-material and voluntary commit- ment at local level. This gives us the opportunity to encounter local partners from politics, industry and society at various events, to come into contact with the plants' direct neigh- bours and to play an active role in community life. By doing so, we strengthen the local economy – and therefore our own locations at the same time. The following lists a few examples of our activities in 2018: · Participation in the “Trainee Social Day”, during which trainees from B+K Lengerich spent a day in schools, associ- ations and other institutions, where they put their manpower to use for charitable purposes. · “B+K card” for the employees in Lengerich, enabling a discount to be obtained on purchases from selected traders – in 2018, over 100 service providers and catering establish- ments took part in this cooperation. · “Spare cent initiative”, in which numerous employees took part, to beneﬁt the Lengerich food bank – at the end of the campaign, B+K doubled the amount that had been achieved (see graphic). B+K REGULARLY ORGANISES MAJOR · A total of 16 new Plan International sponsorships – for each GET-TOGETHERS AND JOINT FESTIVITIES of the children being sponsored by the employees, B+K ﬁnanced an additional sponsorship. FOR ITS FORMER EMPLOYEES. The cooperation running with the “Evangelische Jugendhilfe” (Protestant child welfare association) since 2017 also chalked SPARE CENT INITIATIVE TO BENEFIT THE LENGERICH FOOD BANK 130 employees Amount doubled by B+K INDIVIDUAL AND VOLUNTARY COMMITMENT. We support the social and cultural work undertaken by the communities of Lengerich and Konzell and act speciﬁcally on behalf of individual associations or institutions. For in- stance, we support these establishments with cash dona- tions, by placing advertisements in association newsletters, anniversary publications or school leaver magazines as well as through banner advertising. In addition, our employees un- dertake diverse voluntary commitments in various areas such as the local ﬁre brigades, the Federal Agency for Technical Relief, the Red Cross, working with young people, involve- ment in local or national donation campaigns, training young athletes or upholding traditions, for instance. B+K welcomes and supports this commitment wherever possible, because motivated employees with varied interests not only make a positive difference to our company but also to society as a A total of 130 B+K employees from Lengerich took part in the spare cent initiative. whole.
58 | O U R O B J E C T I V E S OUR SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAMME. The B+K sustainability programme summarises the objec- 45 objectives and respective measures are deﬁned for this tives and measures of our divisions and departments for the programme period. New objectives will be continuously years 2017–2019; they are deﬁned on the basis of the com- added up to the end of 2019; some of these will also be car- pany's strategic goals. We are currently structuring the third ried over into the following programme period. In this way, we cycle with a speciﬁed sustainability programme concerning ensure that the B+K sustainability programme continues to all areas of our work. develop dynamically and constantly. ECONOMIC OBJECTIVES, B+K LENGERICH AND KONZELL ASPECT OBJECTIVE MEASURES DEADLINE RESPONSIBLE STATUS REMARK Increasing the efﬁciency of Supplier management procurement processes, Further digitisation of procurement 2014 – reduction of paper con- processes 2019 2019: introduction of a supplier manage- ment solution. Purchasing In progress Digitalisation of supplier registration, qualiﬁcation and evaluation in 2019 sumption in ofﬁces Establishment and expansion of competitive structures with regard to digitisation/Industry 4.0 Complexity Risk minimisation Analysis of the B+K commercial processes as regards core digital aspects and development of action 2017 B+K digital team Completed recommendations based on evalu- ated opportunities and risks Systematic recognition Introduction of a risk management and control of elementary system beyond the existing man- 2017 Executive board Completed corporate risks in good time agement speciﬁcations/systems Increasing the efﬁciency of transportation processes/ Introduction of a fork-lift truck 2014 – reduction of energy guidance system to optimise travel 2018 Logistics Completed Increasing efﬁciency consumption Reductions in material/ energy/service costs and operating expenses Optimisation of processes and more efﬁcient use of raw materials through deﬁned procedures (lean management) 2017 Lean manager Completed See section entitled “Environmental performance”, page 43 (trafﬁc)
O U R O B J E C T I V E S | 59 ECOLOGICAL OBJECTIVES B+K LENGERICH ASPECT OBJECTIVE MEASURES DEADLINE RESPONSIBLE STATUS REMARK Raw materials Reduction of the volume of printing inks required on a printing press by 40 t / a Technical modiﬁcations on the press 2018 Production Completed Reduction of the spec. total Energy energy consumption by 10 % by 2021* Installation of more energy-efﬁcient Renewal of the heating distributors 2018 Energy manager In progress climate control technology in the exist- 2017 Production Completed ing clean room Development of a B+K criteria cata- logue for product development 2017 US-SI In progress Product Optimisation of products for 5 customers per year ac- cording to B+K sustainability criteria Project period ex- tended up to the end of 2019 Project period extended up to the end of 2019 – draft is available Project period ex- of 2019 Reduction of scrap by 60 t/a Estimation of an ecological footprint 2014 – for a product line 2018 US-SI In progress tended up to the end Optimisation of process parameters for products which demand extremely 2019 Production Completed Reduction of the scrap rate high levels of quality by 10 % by 2021 Avoidance of waste due to organisa- Waste tional and technical changes on two 2019 Production Completed bag conversion lines Increase in the rate of mate- Analysis of the recyclate market for rial recycling by 5 percent- new recycling options for laminated 2019 US-SI age points materials Reduction of solvent-based Emissions printing ink consumption Replacement of solvent-based printing in the Industrial Packaging inks with a water-based system division by 75 %* * Base year 2016 2018 Production In progress “Environmental per- formance”, page 42 See section entitled
60 | O U R O B J E C T I V E S ECOLOGICAL OBJECTIVES B+K KONZELL ASPECT OBJECTIVE MEASURES DEADLINE RESPONSIBLE STATUS REMARK Raw materials Saving of 80 t fresh sol- vents* Investment in a further system for reprocessing cleaning solvents 2018 Operating tech- nology Completed Various measures for increasing heat recovery for supply air pre-heating in the ventilation systems 2017 – 2019 Supply technol- ogy Completed Investment in more energy-efﬁcient motors 2017 Operating tech- nology Energy Reduction of the spec. total energy consumption by 10 % by 2021* Replacement of decentralised extrac- tion facilities with a central system 2018 Production Use of heat recovery for generating low temperatures 2018 Supply technol- ogy Project period ex- In progress tended up to the end of 2019 Project period ex- tended up to the end of 2019 Project period ex- tended up to the end of 2019 Conversion of the lighting to LED technology in further hall areas Improvement of the recycling capabil- Building and See section entitled 2019 estate manage- In progress “Environmental per- ment formance”, page 42 Project period ex- ity of converted bags by changing the 2018 Production In progress tended up to the end Optimisation of products laminate structure Product for 5 customers per year according to B+K sustain- ability criteria Reduction of one bag type's ﬁlm thick- ness by a further 15 % 2018 Production In progress the bag type already of 2019 Reduction of the ﬁlm thickness for Reduction of waste in one Waste area of the company by 90 t / year* Processing of the waste for second- ary use 2018 Extrusion Completed Reduction of noise pollution Waste, health and effort for employees, Compaction of plastic edge strips reduction of truck journeys incurred as waste in the process by protection for disposal, avoidance of investing in two additional compactors 2016 – 2018 Production Objective not achieved Following technical check, no imple- mentation littering * Base year 2016 implemented at 2 customers Objective not achieved completely – reduction of waste by 76 t / year
O U R O B J E C T I V E S | 61 SOCIAL OBJECTIVES B+K LENGERICH + KONZELL ASPECT OBJECTIVE MEASURES DEADLINE RESPONSIBLE STATUS REMARK Preservation of employees' health Health protection Preservation of employees' health/fostering well-being at the workplace Expansion of corporate health management 2018 Personnel Completed Procurement of a further packing aid for a conversion line in Lengerich Installation of light ﬁxtures 2018 Production In progress oriented to the biorhythm at ofﬁce workplaces and in social areas at 2018 Facility management In progress B+K Konzell Recruitment of a sports scientist, see also section entitled “Our employees”, (see page 52) Project period extended until 2019 Implemented in cer- tain areas; project period extended until 2019 Reduction of the accident Work safety rate to less than the 2012 value Sensitisation of employees, intensive accident analysis on site 2019 Executive board Basis 1,000-man rate Improvement of further training for older employees Development of speciﬁc forms of learning for employees “50+”, 2014 – 2016 Personnel In progress adaptation of further training offers Project period extended up to the end of 2020: further training offers in progress, training of managerial staff Project period extended until 2020: participation in “Great Place to Personnel development/ motivation Further development of a training Increase in employer and personnel marketing concept, attractiveness application for the “Great Place to Work®” employer seal Social responsibility Financing of an additional Promotion of sponsorships sponsor ship by B+K when via Plan International employees privately undertake a sponsorship Strengthening of the sites' Sponsoring of local associations, relevant regions campaigns and organisations 2018 Personnel In progress Work®” and intro- duction of employer brand, (see section entitled “Our em- ployees”, page 49) Eight B+K sponsor- Ongoing Communication Ongoing ships at present (status Dec. 2018) See section entitled Ongoing Communication Ongoing “Social commit- ment”, page 57
62 | E N V I R O N M E N T A L E X P E R T ' S D E C L A R A T I O N ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERT'S DECLARATION regarding the appraisal and validation activities On behalf of the KPMG Cert GmbH environmental expert organisation, registration number DE-V- 0328, the undersigned, Dr. Jörg Schnittger, EMAS environmental expert with registration number DE-V-0256, accredited or registered for the area of NACE code 22, conﬁrms that he has appraised whether the plants or the entire organisations, as speciﬁed in the updated environmental statement 2018 from the organisations Bischof + Klein Holding SE & Co. KG, Bischof + Klein SE & Co. KG and Bischof + Klein Extrusion SE & Co. KG, registration number D 156-00009, meet all of the require- ments of Ordinance (EU) No. 1221/2009 of the European Parliament and Council dated November 25th 2009 pertaining to the voluntary participation of organisations in a community environmental management and corporate environmental auditing system (EMAS). On signing this declaration, it is conﬁrmed that · the appraisal and validation have been carried out in complete harmony with the requirements of Ordinance (EU) No. 1221/2009, · the result of the appraisal and validation conﬁrms that there is no evidence of non-adherence to the applicable environmental regulations, · the data contained in the updated environmental statement for B+K Lengerich and Konzell provide a reliable, credible and truthful portrayal of all activities at B+K Lengerich and Konzell within the scope speciﬁed in the environmental statement. This statement cannot be equated to EMAS registration. EMAS registration can only be carried out by a responsible body in accordance with Ordinance (EU) No. 1221/2009. This statement must not be used as an independent basis for public information. Lengerich, 14 June 2019 Dr. Jörg Schnittger Environmental expert The 2018 environmental statement for B+K Lengerich and Konzell has been completely integrated into the sustainability report and validated by the environmental expert, Dr. Jörg Schnittger. The report KPMG Cert GmbH contents can be found on the following pages: Our family-owned company (pages 8 and 9), Our Environmental expert environmental responsibility (pages 26 – 45), Our objectives – ecological objectives (pages 59 – 60), organisation Glossary (pages 63 – 64), Your contacts for further information (page 65). The next consolidated Barbarossaplatz 1a environmental statement will be drawn up in May 2020. 50674 Cologne Germany Lengerich, 14 June 2019 Dr. Jörg Schnittger Environmental expert * In combination with Ordinance (EU) No. 2017/1505 and Ordinance (EU) No. 2018/2026
GLOSSARY BImSchG Binding obligations BRC / IoP Carbon footprint G L O S S A R Y | 63 Federal Immission Control Act: act protecting against harmful environmen- tal impact caused by air pollution, noise, shocks and similar processes. The term binding obligations includes legal obligations and other require- ments that may arise, for instance, from the requirements of the company's stakeholders. The BRC / IoP hygiene standard for assuring the quality of packaging ma- terials is the result of cooperation between the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Institute of Packaging (IoP). It is targeted towards manu- facturers of foodstuff packaging and is certiﬁed by accredited institutions. The CO2 footprint is a measure of the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions (measured as CO2 equivalents) which is caused directly and indirectly by an activity or which occurs over the life cycle of a product. ChemKlimaSchutzV German Chemicals Climate Protection Ordinance – ordinance for the pro- tection of the climate from changes due to the entrainment of certain ﬂuori- Convenience Demographics EMAS III Emissions GEMIS nated greenhouse gases. Consumer friendliness. Development of populations and their structures. Eco-Management and Audit Scheme: general designation of ordinance (EU) No. 1221 / 2009 of the European Parliament and Council dated No- vember 25th 2009 pertaining to the voluntary participation of organisations in a community environmental management and corporate environmental auditing system in combination with Ordinance (EU) No. 2017 / 1505 and Ordinance (EU) No. 2018 / 2026. Solid, liquid or gaseous substances, plus noise, heat and radiation, which are emitted into the environment. The Global Emission Model for Integrated Systems (GEMIS) is a freely available computer model with integrated database for life cycle and eco- logical assessment and for analysing material ﬂows and the CO2 footprint for energy, material and transportation systems.
64 | G L O S S A R Y Context of the organisation Stakeholders TA Luft (German Clean Air Act) Validation VOC The context of the organisation in the sense of EMAS or ISO 14001:2015 in- cludes relevant internal and external topics (e.g. environmental conditions or events, political, economic or social factors) that inﬂuence the continu- ous improvement of the environmental management system. These inﬂu- encing factors have to be systematically recorded and evaluated. Groups or individual persons that are extensively affected by the activities, products and/or services of the company or which are themselves able to extensively inﬂuence the management of the company. Technical Instructions on Air Quality Control, First General Administrative Regulation Pertaining the Federal Immission Control Act. The Technical Instructions serve to protect the general public and the neighbourhood against the harmful effects of air pollution. Amongst other items, they con- tain calculation regulations for signiﬁcant air pollutants and establish uni- form Federal requirements for systems which require approval according to the Ordinance on Installations Requiring a Permit. Declaration of validity by a registered environmental expert. Volatile Organic Compounds = volatile organic carbon compounds (e.g. organic solvents). VOC Ordinance Ordinance for limiting volatile organic compound emissions when using organic solvents in certain systems – 31st BImSchV. Environmental aspects (direct / indirect) Environmental aspects are all activities, services and products which ema- nate from a company and which have a signiﬁcant impact on the environ- ment. Direct aspects can be directly inﬂuenced by the company; indirect aspects can only be controlled to a limited extent. Environmental impact Environmental changes which are the result of a company's activity, prod- uct and / or service. Environmental performance The measurable results of the management of an organisation's environ- mental aspects by this organisation.