Sustainability as a competitive advantage

The indicators we record throughout the Company offer transparency in many respects. They help us to identify potential improvements, steer programs, monitor target achievement, and inform the public about our performance and progress in compact form. As shown below by the indicators for the reporting year 2011, sustainable business practices improve not only environmental performance but business performance as well.

Economic indicators

  2010 2011
Sales in million euros 15,092 15,605
Adjusted1 operating profit (EBIT) in million euros 1,862 2,029
Adjusted return on sales (EBIT) in percent 12.3 13.0
Adjusted earnings per preferred share (EPS) in euros 2.82 3.14
Research and development expenditure in million euros 391 410
Dividend per ordinary share in euros 0.70 0.782
Dividend per preferred share in euros 0.72 0.802
1
Adjusted for one-time charges/gains and restructuring charges.
2
Proposal to shareholders for the Annual General Meeting on April 16, 2012.

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Ecological indicators

  2010 2011
Production sites 182 180
Production output in thousand metric tons 7,481 7,550
Energy consumption in thousand megawatt hours 2,440 2,220
Carbon dioxide emissions in thousand metric tons 714 652
Water consumption in thousand cubic meters 8,688 7,921
Waste for recycling and disposal in thousand metric tons 155 145

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Employee indicators

  2010 2011
Employees1 (as of December 31) 47,854 47,265
Trainees in Germany 487 483
Proportion of female employees in percent 32.1 32.5
Average number of training days per employee 2 2
Participation in employee share program in percent 29.3 31.3
Occupational accidents per million hours worked 1.2 1.1
1
Basis: permanent staff excluding trainees.

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Social indicators

  2010 2011
Donations in million euros (financial and product donations, not counting paid time off from work) 6.1 6.0
Number of projects supported 2,493 2,343

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Last updated: March 8, 2012