2022 was the second year of our 5-year reporting cycle for the period 2021-2025. In total, 56 KPIs have been disclosed this year, with the intention to increase this over the course of the coming reporting cycles.
In 2022 we continued improving our reporting methodology across all categories relevant to our company footprint, in particular all 30 manufacturing sites.
The following reporting is based on full calendar year data, providing a basis for more reliable absolute figures.
In 2022, the success curve we have established in recent years in reducing occupational accidents suffered a small dip, with a slight increase in the number of work-related injuries. However, this confirms that the establishment of the 10 Lifesaving Rules and the Factory Safety Standards were the right decisions in pursuing our journey to “Zero harm”. In 2022 we have worked intensively on safety awareness and safety culture and will continue to do so. Bühler's entire management team is committed to this goal and has taken up this challenge.
Bühler’s commitment to remain compliant and address issues which could compromise its business practices and those of its stakeholders has always been a top priority. Moving into the new reporting period, this continues to be the case, with further steps taken to build strong governance and awareness of the conduct of actions. This is reflected in the tracked indicators.
The drive for stronger social responsibility is reflected in the high percentage (> 98%) of our global employees who have completed the required compliance training.
This was achieved through a coordinated program across all functions and businesses in the regions. Further actions to stabilize and increase the completion rate are in preparation such as an automated de-activation process of the Windows account for employees who do not complete the mandatory e-learnings within the given timeframe
More information about Bühler’s commitment to compliance can be found in the Governance section.
In 2022 Bühler has significantly improved its understanding of the main levers affecting environmental sustainability across the organization. Bühler is committed to a 60% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in Scopes 1 & 2 by 2030. This is in comparison to a baseline year 2019. In 2022 the greenhouse gas emissions in Bühler’s Scopes 1 and 2 as expressed by CO₂ equivalents are 15% lower compared to 2019 mainly as a consequence of shifting to renewable sources of electricity. At every site, we are in discussions with our energy providers to procure green electricity, or we cover the consumption of the site with renewable electricity certificates. In some locations we also generate renewable electricity on site. This leads us to report 50% renewable electricity at our manufacturing sites, in a market-based approach. We understand that certificates may not be a long-term solution going forward and will be continuously developing our green electricity strategy in 2023. Furthermore, our focus is on reducing consumption of energy and water and reducing the production of waste.
In 2022 we have improved our reporting methodology across all categories relevant to our company footprint. In Purchased Goods and Services, we have externally validated our calculations of 2019, 2021, and 2022 emissions. In upstream logistics, we had previously taken a conservative assumption proportional to downstream
logistics. We have now calculated this value based on purchasing data. With the goal of reducing waste, reducing consumed raw materials, and reducing logistics emissions, we have worked with suppliers this year to change packaging used on our inbound materials. This has been implemented or tested in Bühler Sanmak and Bühler Wuxi.
In Logistics and Supply Chain we have piloted many projects this year, working with our suppliers to reduce emissions. Our outbound logistics emissions have reduced 35% this year (compared to 2019), and we can see that this is influenced by a reduction in distance travelled and reduction in the average emission factor, which is a result of improved container utilization and lower emitting modes of transport. We are striving to move production further towards “in the region for the region”, which supports progress towards both points. In Bühler Leobendorf we have worked with suppliers to ensure some deliveries can be carried out with electric vehicles. We have supported one of our logistics providers to change one outbound route from fully truck delivery to intermodal transport using train for most of the journey. We have also changed internal processes to reevaluate our use of airfreight. Overall, we have intensified the collaboration with our suppliers to reduce climate impacts throughout the value chain. To date, 90% of our suppliers are aligned with Bühler’s supplier code of conduct.
By far the largest potential climate impact that Bühler can have is in enabling emissions reductions for sold goods in customer operations and increasing the efficiency of its installed base. Bühler focuses on implementing innovative technologies and services for energy efficiency, higher yield, and waste reduction through circularity. A major step was achieved in 2022 by increasing the number of solutions which are quantified in terms of CO₂e impact in operations and other environmental metrics from 25 to 69. Bühler has also established the methodology to quantify avoided emissions and has tracked impact for 12 solutions benchmarked against our pre-2017 solutions. Going forward this methodology is being implemented to automatically track avoided emissions of newly installed projects and plants.
Bühler is committed to protecting and restoring biodiversity and is collaborating with Prof. Tom Crowther (ETH Zurich) to set up a science-informed program that will be reported in 2023.
In the new reporting period, Bühler benefited from existing partnerships and created new partnerships to gain access to the skills and capabilities to deliver our targets for business growth and sustainability impact hand in hand. Partnerships are counted that have contracts in place, require resource allocation, both financial and human from both parties and result in an acceleration of impact.
In the new reporting period, Bühler continued to expand its reporting of social KPIs to reflect the integration of our core values of Trust, Ownership, and Passion (TOP) into the business. This includes the focus on fostering a fair and equal workplace for all through the Bühler Diversity & Inclusion program. With programs such as the Beyond Bias workshop series and the Women in STEM initiative and Employee Resource Groups, we aim to nurture an inclusive diverse work culture for all employees, partners, and customers. Learning and development remains a key pillar and receives increased focus at Bühler. Bühler executes against its lifelong learning commitment through apprenticeship programs, leadership development programs at all levels, and technical training offerings through a global network of Application & Training Centers and training schools complemented by learning and development modules on our global B-Learning portal. Training is available for employees, customers, and partners.
The Bühler Destination 25 strategy includes the defined targets
for HR, and these are reflected in the tracked KPIs.
This year, Bühler reported a defined set of HR KPIs as “where we stand” and will further elaborate on refining these KPIs as “where we want to be”, with the setting of annual targets, actions to reach them, and support for the business with data which helps to drive profitability. The focus this year was to improve data quality and establish the foundation for the integration of S4/Hana into the reporting system, while continuing to promote transparency of these KPIs among all employees.
Bühler continues to track its efforts through a set of standard HR KPIs to facilitate business strategy execution and help leaders make informed decisions and take corrective actions to drive performance and profitability.
More information on how Bühler fosters a TOP culture of inclusive diversity and lifelong learning and actions towards it can be found in Our People.
Recognizing the importance of best industry practices and the need to undergo Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) rating exercises, Bühler has continued to undergo certification by recognized industry bodies such as EcoVadis, CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) and the Drive Sustainability Program. As well as undergoing several on-site assessment programs, such as ISO 9001; ISO 14001; ISO 45001; SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) / SMETA (SEDEX Members Ethical Trade Audit) 4-pillar.
More detail on the work done to be drive transparency can be found under Certificates.
This material references as declared are Disclosure 201- 1 from GRI 201: ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE 2016; Disclosures 205-1 and 205-2 from GRI 205: ANTI-CORRUPTION 2016; Disclosure 303-1 from GRI 302: ENERGY 2016; Disclosure 303-1 from GRI 303: WATER AND EFFLUENTS 2018; Disclosures 305-1, 305-2, 305-3 and 305-4 from GRI 305: EMISSIONS 2016; Disclosures 306-3, 303-4 and 303-5 from GRI 306: WASTE 2020; Disclosure 307-1 from GRI 307: ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE 2016; Disclosure 308-1 from GRI 308: SUPPLIER ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT 2016; Disclosure 401-1 from GRI 401: EMPLOYMENT 2016; Disclosure 403-4 from GRI 403: OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY 2018; Disclosure 404-1 from GRI 404: TRAINING AND EDUCATION 2016; Disclosure 405-1 from GRI 405: DIVERSITY AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY 2016; Disclosure 419-1 from GRI 419: SOCIOECONOMIC COMPLIANCE 2016.