Sustainability as a competitive advantage

The indicators we record throughout the Company offer transparency in many respects. They help us to identify potential improvements, steer programs, monitor target achievement, and inform the public about our performance and progress in compact form. As shown below by the indicators for the reporting year 2012, sustainable business practices improve not only environmental performance but business performance as well.

Economic indicators

  2011 2012
Sales in million euros 15,605 16,510
Adjusted1 operating profit (EBIT) in million euros 2,029 2,335
Adjusted return on sales (EBIT) in percent 13.0 14.1
Adjusted earnings per preferred share (EPS) in euros 3.14 3.70
Research and development expenditure in million euros 410 408
Dividend per ordinary share in euros 0.782 0.932
Dividend per preferred share in euros 0.802 0.952
1
Adjusted for one-time charges/gains and restructuring charges.
2
Proposal to shareholders for the Annual General Meeting on April 16, 2012.

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Ecological indicators

  2011 2012
Production sites 180 171
Production output in thousand metric tons 7,550 7,587
Energy consumption in thousand megawatt hours 2,220 2,197
Carbon dioxide emissions in thousand metric tons 652 651
Water consumption in thousand cubic meters 7,921 7,734
Waste for recycling and disposal in thousand metric tons 145 138

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Employee indicators

  2011 2012
Employees1 (as of December 31) 47,265 46,610
Trainees in Germany 483 489
Proportion of female employees in percent 32.5 32.6
Average number of training days per employee 2 2
Participation in employee share program in percent 31.3 28.4
Occupational accidents per million hours worked 1.1 1.0
1
Basis: permanent staff excluding trainees.

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Social indicators

  2011 2012
Donations in million euros (financial and product donations, not counting paid time off from work) 6.0 7.3
Number of projects supported 2,343 2,339

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Last updated: March 6, 2013