1. Strategic Analysis and Action
The company declares whether or not it pursues a sustainability strategy. It explains what concrete measures it is undertaking to operate in compliance with key recognised sector-specific, national and international standards.
Sustainability is of high significance – for us personally, for our business processes, our strategy processes and for the alignment of our research profile.
We consider this in the constant development of our key research areas. Here, external social developments are also taken into account.
As far as research is concerned we adhere to the standards of good scientific practice and fulfill all standards in laboratories and workshops or develop the standards further, respectively.
The company discloses the aspects of its business operations that have a significant impact on sustainability issues and what material impact sustainability issues have on its operations. It analyses the positive and negative effects and provides information as to how these insights are integrated into the company’s processes.
Fraunhofer UMSICHT regards itself as a pioneer for technical innovations in the areas of process technology, energy technology and material sciences.
Our key research areas are the sustainable shift in resources and energy. This includes classic energy topics such as regenerative energies, renewable resources and energy efficiency, but also energy storage systems, bio-based plastics, water and wastewater engineering, innovative materials as well as knowledge and resources management.
Our innovation processes are supported by trained specialists, which evaluate our work with regard to sustainability aspects.
The company discloses what qualitative and/or quantitative as well as temporally defined sustainability goals have been set and operationalised and how their level of achievement is monitored.
Fraunhofer UMSICHT focuses on measures to improve its sustainability performance. Depending on the respective measure important stakeholder groups are involved.
Examples for measures are: green procurement, reduction of paper consumption, “with-child office”, vacation childcare for UMSICHT children (see also Chapter 8 in the report).
Detailed information regarding responsibility can be found in criterion 5 and the level of the stakeholder engagement in criterion 9.
4. Depth of the Value Chain
The company states what significance aspects of sustainability have for added value and how deep in the value chain the sustainability criteria are verified.
As a research institute Fraunhofer UMSICHT with its services is placed at the beginning of the value added chain; to some extent samples, prototypes and individual products are produced. We take into consideration issues that might be critical since changes can be realized much easier and cheaper during the development process. This increases the value added to our services for our customers.
Key Performance Indicators to criteria 1 to 4
Key Performance Indicator GRI 1,2.
Description of key impacts, risks, and opportunities
Short-term challenges for the institute will be: the integration of a new site in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, further acquisition of new customers from industry, constant refining of our key research areas, assessment of our research impact, and the implementation of the results of the 2010 employee survey.