This is the seventh Sustainability Report published by the Miele Group. The objective of this report is to make the performance of the company in sustainability-related issues transparent to stakeholders such as environmental experts, customers, employees and business partners. The content reflects the main sustainability issues affecting the company. These were identified and prioritised as part of the materiality analysis updated in early 2014 in collaboration with stakeholders. The reporting period covers the 2012/13 and 2013/14 fiscal years ending on June 30 of the respective year. The editorial deadline was March 2015.
The 2015 Miele Sustainability Report was compiled in accordance with the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and in compliance with Core Requirements according to G4. The structure of the report aligns for the first time with the phases of the corporate value creation chain. For this purpose, the five pillars of the Miele Sustainability Strategy were disassembled and restructured according to the sequence of value creation: strategy, supply chain, production locations and products. In contrast to the last report, the sections covering products and the supply chain have been separated. The description of the sustainability strategy forms the first section of the report. This includes and covers the subject of product development. Following the value creation chain, this is then followed by a section on the supply chain. 'Production locations' addresses environmental protection in production and processes, as well as issues concerning Miele employees and the social commitment of the company. Important aspects of domestic appliances and commercial products in the usage and disposal phases are covered by the section on 'Products'.
For the first time, the Miele Sustainability Report is only available in its full form online. This is flanked by a printed version which is aimed primarily at interested non-experts and covers selected topics from the online report. This publication can be ordered on request and downloaded once printed (Summer 2015). A separate section has been devoted to key performance indicators for the reporting period. This information is also available as a download.
Unless otherwise stated, all information provided in this Sustainability Report, including figures, refer to the Miele Group as a whole: This comprises Miele & Cie. KG with its Imperial-Werke oHG subsidiary and includes all German production and administration locations as well as the German sales subsidiary. Furthermore, international production locations are also included, i.e. Bürmoos in Austria, Uničov in the Czech Republic, Braşov in Romania and Dongguan in China. International subsidiaries are cited as examples.
Gender-specific terms have been avoided for the sake of greater readability. This report replaces the 2013 Miele Sustainability Report. Given the 2-year reporting cycle, the next Sustainability Report is due to appear in 2017.