7. Control

The company states how and what performance indicators related to sustainability are used in its regular internal planning and control processes. It discloses how suitable processes ensure reliability, comparability and consistency of the data used for internal management and external communication.

Simon H. Steiner, Hopfen, GmbH has been collecting annual data since 2012 on all performance indicators relevant to sustainability, especially including those from production. Relevant indicators are those that relate to the previously identified material topics. The data are updated periodically in the company’s sustainability report. We are currently using the following performance indicators:
Employees: Fluctuation rate, gender structure, age structure, length of service, number of hours worked, occupational illnesses, work-related injuries
Environment: Energy consumption, waste, water abstraction, CO2-relevant emissions, quantity of packaging materials, quantity of process materials  

The absolute throughput quantities in the works are subject to fluctuations depending on the harvest. Therefore relative output figures are more meaningful. The data are primarily based on the quantity in metric tons of raw hops processed in a calendar year and the energy used to process them. We also differentiate between the hop pellets and hop extracts product groups because they are produced in separate works. All steps in the refinement processes are fully monitored as part of quality checks.  

By collecting data right down to the detail, we can ensure control and achievement of our sustainability goals.