The present Sustainability Report covers the period from January to December 2017, with the particulars provided corresponding to the status given as of December 31, 2017. Wherever a different point in time governs, this has been identified in the Report. The Sustainability Report is published annually. The Report for the previous year was published on May 16, 2017.
This report has been prepared pursuant to the requirements of the CSR Guideline Implementation Law and includes the non-financial declaration of Bilfinger SE (“separate non-financial report”). The report was prepared in accordance with the GRI standard: Core option. In the presentation of the report content, we have kept to the principles established by the GRI standards – stakeholder inclusiveness, sustainability context, materiality, and completeness – and to the principles for defining report quality – balance, comparability, accuracy, timeliness, clarity, and reliability.
The information is primarily based on data that the Group regularly collects. However, due to factors that include the decentralized organizational structure of the Group as well as features specific to certain countries, it is not yet possible to provide complete information on all of the performance indicators requested by the GRI.
This Sustainability Report has changed as compared to the previous year in terms of its structure and its content as a result of the new legal requirements and as a result of the strategic repositioning for our Group. We have marked those areas where measurement methods have changed.
Scope and boundaries of the Report
All of Bilfinger’s business segments as well as all fully consolidated companies in Germany and abroad have been included in the report.
No major changes have resulted as compared to the Report published for the previous year, neither concerning the scope of the Report, nor concerning its boundaries. In the reporting year, however, following intensive internal discussions and a stakeholder survey, the materiality assessment was developed further. In this context, individual topics were renamed and the priority of some topics has been shifted (see also the section “Significant aspects” in the “Sustainability management” chapter). Unless otherwise stated, all of the figures set out in this report reflect the Group’s continuing operations. The figures for the previous year have been correspondingly adjusted.
The non-financial declaration was reviewed by the Supervisory Board as required by the CSR Guideline Implementation Law. There was no external audit of the Report.