The reporting period of the Sustainability Report 2022, like the reporting period of the Annual Report, is the fiscal year, which, for the purposes of this report, is January 1, 2022, to December 31, 2022. The cutoff date was April 16, 2023. The report was published on May 5, 2023. 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 “in accordance with GRI” option. The content of the report has been reviewed and released for publication by the Management Board. Sustainability reporting is carried out in an annual cycle.
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 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 Technologies Co., Ltd. in Japan. In the future, data from Eppendorf Himac Technologies Co., Ltd. will also be included in the key environmental indicators. 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 reported as of December 31, 2022.
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.