This is the first sustainability report prepared by the Eppendorf Group. The reporting period is the fiscal year, which, for the purposes of this report, is January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2021. The cut-off date was March 12, 2022. The sustainability report was commissioned by the Management Board of the Eppendorf Group and prepared in accordance with the Sustainability Reporting Standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) under the “Core” option. The content of the report has been reviewed and released for publication by the Management Board. Sustainability reporting will follow an annual cycle going forward.
Principles for compiling and presenting data
Information and descriptions of concepts relate to the Eppendorf Group as a whole. Any references to other units are stated accordingly. Unless otherwise indicated, the following principles apply to the key indicators and data points throughout this report: the report includes all material German and foreign subsidiaries that are directly or indirectly controlled by Eppendorf SE.
The key environmental indicators include all production sites, with the exception of Eppendorf Himac in Japan. Eppendorf Himac will be included in the data compiled from 2022 onwards. As a result, the environmental data relate to eight production locations in total. The key indicators for emissions and energy also include all locations employing 20 or more FTEs that are under the operational control of the Eppendorf Group. Smaller locations are extrapolated. As a rule, the key indicators for employees are current as of the cutoff date of December 31, 2021.
In some cases, proper estimates or extrapolations, which are documented internally, must be made when preparing the report so as to ensure a full presentation of the period. The actual figures may differ from these estimates and will be corrected in next year’s report. Methodological and structural changes are corrected as a matter of principle.