11. Usage of Natural Resources

The company discloses the extent to which natural resources are used for the company’s business activities. Possible options here are materials, the input and output of water, soil, waste, energy, land and biodiversity as well as emissions for the life cycles of products and services.

The Dussmann Group and its subsidiaries operate predominantly in the service sector. The share of in-house production processes is small (e.g. HEBO: elevator construction). Resource consumption therefore relates to the operation of the company’s own facilities (energy, water, waste), as well as the processes at the customer upon which Dussmann has an impact with its products and services (see Criteria 1-4 and 10). Within the scope of facility management, water is a resource that is especially made use of, as well as chemicals and plastics. Critical resources are cleaning chemicals, oils, industrial lubricants, and other materials that are used in the maintenance of technical facilities and lighting. Consolidated information on the scope of resources used could be recorded for the first time in the reporting year (direct, material sustainability aspects) and is listed under the performance indicators for Criteria 11 to 12.

We see promising potential in an improved waste management. Within the catering business, we regularly test new procedures and pilot projects in cooperation with our customers aiming to avoid waste. As part of cleaning management and technical systems and equipment, the use of alternative packaging materials and the reduction of packaging waste are target figures of sustainability management.

Dussmann Group companies pay special attention to keeping consumption to a minimum in their own (administrative) buildings.

A significant sustainability aspect for the Dussmann Group is the fuel consumption of its vehicle fleet.

Outside the German Group companies, electricity, gas, oil and other consumption is not yet fully consolidated in the reporting period. Part of the implementation strategy is to be able to do this for essential parameters according to uniform definitions (see Criteria 3) in the future.