GRI 103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its boundary
The company’s employees are crucial to the success of the SFS Group, which makes creating a healthy and safe working environment for all employees a key concern at SFS. This holds particularly true at our production sites, where the processes and workflows – in part due to the high material throughputs – pose health and safety risks for employees and suitable measures must be taken to reduce those risks. Accordingly, these locations and the occupational group of “production employees” are pivotal for evaluations and improvements in the area of occupational health and safety.
In 2020, SFS had set itself the target of reducing occupational accidents by 50% by 2025 compared to the 2019 reference year, with its sights set on gradually moving closer to its long-term goal of zero occupational accidents. Basing the target on 2019 made it challenging, however, because the company’s ongoing growth constantly increases the employee base. As a result, occupational accidents are now also measured using the key ratio of “accidents per 1 million hours worked.” The ambitious goal of halving this figure by 2025 also applies to this ratio. 2020 is used as the reference year since the corresponding figures have not yet been collected for 2019. In 2020, the corresponding accident rate was 4.7 accidents per million hours worked. Accordingly, the target for 2025 is 2.35 accidents per million hours worked.
When setting targets and collecting data, all company locations with more than five employees in which SFS has a stake of more than 50% should be taken into account. One specific goal for data collection is to cover more than 95% of all employees by 2025. The scope covered 9,455 employees at the end of the reporting period (in FTE 2020: 8,956). This corresponds to around 90% (2020: 84%) of the entire workforce, the majority of whom work in a production environment.
When collecting data for the current report, a distinction was made between permanent employees and temporary employees for the first time (see GRI 403-9). The latter are employees whose work is controlled by SFS but who have an employment contract with a third party. If the report refers to employees, no distinction is made between these groups. Otherwise, the terms “permanent” and “temporary” are used. Information pertaining to the reporting period now also includes data on work-related absences with serious consequences and a recovery period that lasted more than six months.