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Making sustainability measurable

Sustainability performance has to be made measurable. For each of the 60 goals stemming from DMK 2020 we have defined at least one indicator – in most cases several – that is reviewed annually. To date, we use some of these indicators solely for internal control purposes. We also make some data public, particularly in the context of our reporting in our combined report. You will find selected figures in the overview below. In addition, we make answers to frequently asked questions available to you.

Employees

Here you will find selected figures about the DMK GROUP's workforce.
Types of employment contract
Total workforce by gender
Apprentices
Disabled employees
How many employees work for the DMK GROUP? The graphic shows employees broken down by type of employment contract and turnover.

Employees by type of employment contract

The graphic shows the total workforce broken down by men and women in percent.

Total workforce by gender (%)

The graphic shows the number of apprentices in percent.

Apprentices

The graphic shows the number of severely disabled persons at the DMK GROUP in percent.

Severely disabled persons and equivalent

Energy

Milk processing needs energy. In the graphic, the DMK GROUP's total direct energy consumption for 2014 and 2015 is shown in absolute figures (Kwh). Energy consumption is broken down by different energy sources.

Water and sewage

Water is needed and discharges of water (sewage) occur for the production processes in the factories. The illustration shows the data for the total DMK GROUP. Water and sewage are stated as absolute consumption in cubic metres.

Waste by type (t)

The graphic shows what share of the DMK GROUP's waste is recycled.

Occupational health and safety

Our employees' safety takes top priority. One goal of DMK 2020 is to reduce accidents to zero by 2020. You will find in-depth information on occupational health and safety and accident prevention here.
The illustration shows the number of accidents in total and per 1 million working hours.

FAQ - Frequently asked questions

What does sustainability mean to DMK?

As Germany's largest dairy company and the largest milk producing community for dairy products, DMK has the aspiration to permanently unite the company's business success with the needs of its cooperative members and employees and the demands of society, nature and the environment. Because of our regional commitment and the continuation of a long dairy cooperative tradition, the sustainable approach has always been a fixed part of DMK's self-conception and is also anchored in the corporate strategy. With the DMK 2020 strategy we have stated clear focal areas and set ambitious goals up to 2020.

Why does DMK engage with the topic of sustainability?

The dairy industry is a heavy consumer of resources. We want to use them responsibly. Our preoccupation with sustainability arises from our self-conception. We also see ourselves as having a special responsibility for the 8,300 dairy farmers and about 7,500 employees.

In past years, the public and a variety of stakeholders have taken a growing interest in the dairy industry. Issues such as farm animal welfare and the ecological footprint are attracting increasing discussion. That's why it is important for us to have answers to questions and to develop our own standpoints. With DMK 2020, we have presented our programme for a sustainable dairy industry.

What is the DMK 2020 sustainability strategy - Our milk. Our world.?

DMK has worked out a comprehensive sustainability strategy that unites economic, ecological and social aspects. Significant dairy industry topics are addressed. The strategy focuses on the years to 2020 and comprises five strategic areas: agriculture, environment, milk, team and society. The five areas are underpinned with 20 fields of action, a total of 60 concrete goals and corresponding actions. It is important to us not just to address individual current hot-spots, but to go our own way on a comprehensive and credible basis.

Who developed the DMK 2020 sustainability strategy?

DMK has worked out a comprehensive sustainability strategy that unites economic, ecological and social aspects. Significant dairy industry topics are addressed. The strategy focuses on the years to DMK 2020 and comprises five strategic areas: agriculture, environment, milk, team and society. The five areas are underpinned with 20 fields of action, a total of 60 concrete goals and corresponding actions. It is important to us not just to address individual current hot-spots, but to go our own way on a comprehensive and credible basis.

How were the goals for the sustainability strategy worked out? What did DMK take as its orientation point?

DMK developed the goals in 2012 on the basis of various findings:

  • International surveys and drafts about sustainability in the dairy industry
  • Academic studies and projects with a number of research institutions
  • Analysis of stakeholders' demands
  • Eco-balances
  • Expert interviews

For each of the 20 fields of action, one to two goals were elaborated – 60 in total. These were underpinned with indicators at the action planning stage in order to make them measurable.

What role does the eco-balance play in the DMK 2020 Sustainability Programme?

An eco-balance presents the environmental impact of a production process across the life cycle.

DMK prepared an eco-balance for the entire supply chain in 2012 together with TÜV Rheinland . Areas were to be identified where emissions could be reduced, particularly air, soil and water emissions. The results prove the influence of primary agricultural production and show improvement opportunities at the production sites in logistics, energy, water, waste and packaging.

In 2013, DMK prepared a new eco-balance with estimates up to 2010 in order to be able to draw conclusions about the goals. The eco-balance provided important ideas for DMK 2020.

Have concrete actions already been developed or implemented for all 60 goals? How will these goals be achieved?

The strategy is aimed at the years up to 2020 and has set and made public a time horizon (2015 to 2020) for each goal. The achievement of the goals is reviewed annually and published in the report.

Following the development of the goals, concrete measures were generated in 2013 in consultation with the responsible departments. An action plan is therefore available for every goal. Concrete indicators also measure how far the goals have been achieved. These are used for internal control purposes and only published selectively.

The development and implementation of appropriate actions are the responsibility of the department concerned and are reviewed by Sustainability Management.

How was the stakeholder analysis performed?

In 2012/2013, DMK identified and analysed eight groups as stakeholders, what expectations these stakeholders have and what formats DMK can use for two-way communication with these groups (Combined Report 2013, pages 16ff.). The stakeholders' expectations have been incorporated into the development of the DMK 2020 sustainability strategy. Stakeholders were also surveyed for the GRI-G4 materiality analysis in 2015 and their requirements and expectations were identified in detailed analyses. A number of formats are available for regular exchanges of views with stakeholders.

What importance does the area of agriculture have in the development and implementation of the sustainability strategy?

Agriculture is the first element in DMK's value chain. It has a special importance and responsibility, since only healthy cows give high-quality milk. Actions in the areas of proper conditions for the animals, health management, feed cultivation and feeding will improve the cows' well-being and at the same time reduce the environmental effects of farming. In addition, we have 8,300 dairy farmers working in agriculture towards whom DMK GROUP feels a particular responsibility.

A special DMK 2020 implementation programme for the area of agriculture was published in 2015 – Milkmaster.

What does DMK understand by "sustainable milk production"?

DMK's quality products can only be produced in surroundings characterised by respect for the animals, the environment and people. The dairy farmers are central. They take responsibility for cow comfort and animal health, organise herd management, provide feed and adapt feeding to the cows' needs. Sustainable milk production is very much in the dairy farmers' own interests: it promotes animal welfare and business success, since there is a link between productivity and good farm animal welfare.

What is the Milkmaster Programme and why is it needed?

A large proportion of the goals in DMK 2020 relate to the dairy farmers. The agricultural sector is of particular importance to DMK and sustainability. Since the farmers are independent entrepreneurs, it was important to translate our ideas of sustainable dairy farming in such a way that they are also attractive to the dairy farmers and will be implemented. The Milkmaster Programme was published in 2015 after a long period of advance work. It encompasses our standard of sustainable dairy farming all farmers with DMK have to implement step by step. Milkmaster is a forward-looking way of combining the interests of the farm animals and environment with the dairy farmers' concerns.

What is the status of the implementation of DMK 2020 and Milkmaster?

DMK 2020 was launched in 2013 and is now in implementation. We are on the right track, have initiated a lot of activities and already achieved some goals early. We publish the progress of the goals and highlights from different departments annually in the Combined report. In 2016, the strategy will be subjected to an interim review in order to adapt them to changing conditions, e.g. the GRI G4 materiality analysis, and to make the goals even more concrete. It also makes logical sense to adjust the strategy to the Milkmaster Programme published in 2015. Milkmaster has been launched successfully and is following an ambitious time frame, for example with audits at all dairy farms by 2017.