A materiality analysis is utilised in order to systematically examine which topics are particularly important for the orientation and focus of AMAG’s sustainability reporting. In addition to the internal company view, the materiality analysis reflects stakeholders’ expectations and interests. It is conducted at regular intervals to identify key issues and forms the basis for the content of the nonfinancial statement.
This process has resulted in an updated list of eight key issues that form the basis of the sustainability program:
The sustainability program is part of the non-financial statement of the 2019 annual report (see page 16 and 17).
The sustainability reporting was prepared in accordance with GRI Standards: Core Option, to ensure a high degree of transparency to shareholders, and in comparison with other companies
Name of the organisation
AMAG Austria Metall AG
Activities, brands, products, and services
AMAG Austria Metall AG, as the Group holding company, manages business through its four operating divisions – Metal, Casting, Rolling and Service.
Location of headquarters
The headquarters of AMAG are located in Ranshofen, Upper Austria, where the Group produces high-quality recycling foundry alloys and aluminium rolled products.
Location of operations
AMAG also holds a 20 % interest in Canada's Alouette smelter, the largest smelter in North and South America.
Ownership and legal form
AMAG Austria Metall AG has been listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange since April 8, 2011 (stock market symbol: AMAG).
AMAG’s headquarters are located in Ranshofen, Upper Austria. At Ranshofen AMAG produces, firstly, recycling foundry alloys. These are delivered to the manufacturing industry in the form of ingots and sows, as well as in the form of liquid aluminium, and are deployed especially in form casting. Secondly, at the Ranshofen site we produce high-quality aluminium rolled products in the form of Sheets, strips and plates. The broad product range comprises high-strength materials, tread plates, bright products, brazing sheets, foil stock for the packaging industry, precision plates and cathode plates.
These products are deployed in many different industrial sectors, such as aviation, automotive, packaging, construction and engineering.
Scale of the organisation
Financial details see annual report 2019 magazine.
Information on employees and other workers
At the Ranshofen site, the number of employees in the reporting year increased by 3 % to 1,901 (December 31 reporting date/individuals). A total of 1,886 employees were permanently employed and 15 employees had temporary employment contracts.
The activities of AMAG include the production of primary aluminium, recycling foundry alloys and rolled products – each of which have clear strengths in terms of sustainability. The value chain of AMAG starts with the production of primary aluminium at the Canadian Alouette smelter in Sept-Îles, Québec, in which AMAG holds an interest of 20 %. Its other owners include Norsk Hydro with 20 %, Rio Tinto with 40 % and Albecour/Marubeni with 20 %. The smelter produces primary aluminium in the form of low-profile sows and is one of the input material suppliers for AMAG in Ranshofen.
Significant changes to the organisation and its supply chain
In the 2019 reporting year, no significant changes occurred to the size, structure, ownership or supply chain of the company.
Precautionary principle or approach
In order to avoid burdens for man and the environment as best as possible, hazards for human beings and the environment are handled at an early stage, and on a forward-looking basis. In this context, AMAG operates certified management systems focused on occupational health & safety, quality, the environment, and energy efficiency, as well as an extensive risk management system and an internal controlling system. Active risk management counters risks entailed in operating activities, including operative, personnel, business, ecological and social risks. Based on the risk strategy approved by the Management Board, the current risk situation is evaluated annually and a catalogue of risk-minimising measures and supervisory tasks is defined.
AMAG is committed to the principles of the Austrian Corporate Governance Code, and consequently to responsible corporate governance and control systems designed to deliver sustainable value creation.
Membership of associations
AMAG was a member of the following associations and lobby groups in 2019:
Statement from senior decision-maker
The company’s successful development and growth over recent years shows that commercial success and sustainability go hand in hand. AMAG pursues a growth strategy within an expanding market with its increasing specialisation based on a sustainable supply of input materials, relying on long-term customer relations, a stable ownership structure and qualified employees. The new rolling mill in Ranshofen is the most modern in the Western world. Over the past ten years, around one billion euros has been invested in AMAG’s corporate development and growth track.
In 2019, the “Al4future” strategy process was launched in order to identify upcoming challenges in time and in order to derive appropriate measures, taking into consideration the growth course the company has adopted. The strategy process has shown that AMAG is on the right track. AMAG thereby remains true to its basic orientation, concentrating on its strengths in the casting, rolling, heat treatment and recycling of aluminium. The aim is to continue to grow, together with its customers, as a reliable premium supplier of special products. Enhancing the vertical depth of manufacture and internationalisation comprise the strategic action areas for minimising the risks arising from global trade policy developments.
According to current forecasts, demand for aluminium rolled products and primary aluminium will increase continuously in the coming years. The automotive and aviation industries represent special growth drivers in this context. Demand for lightweight construction solutions to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions is the main growth driver in the automotive sector. The aviation industry also relies on aluminium and expects a significant increase in passenger numbers over the next twenty years. Aluminium offers material properties such as corrosion resistance and high strength at low weight – benefits that are in demand in this sector. Areas of relevance for AMAG such as food and pharmaceutical packaging, buildings (façades, lighting), electronics as well as sports and leisure equipment are also to be highlighted. Furthermore, growth in mechanical and plant engineering as well as in cooling and air-conditioning equipment is indirectly connected to such areas.
In addition to the focus on specialty products, the expansion of recycling expertise will continue to shape AMAG’s successful course in the future and will gain further significance for the company and its stakeholders. AMAG has been very well positioned in this area for many years. With a scrap utilisation rate of 75-80 %, AMAG is the largest aluminium recycler at a European location. The expansion of the recycling centre as well as research & development work in the recycling area (key concept: “science of dirty alloys”) are essential factors in maintaining the high scrap utilisation rate.
Digitalisation and expertise building are important elements for meeting future challenges. In order to make targeted progress in this area, the main action areas were defined and summarised in a digitalisation compass. AMAG is currently working through these action areas step by step.
In 2018, AMAG underwent a comprehensive review in accordance with the ASI Performance Standard (ASI = Aluminium Stewardship Initiative). AMAG was the first integrated recycling, foundry alloy and rolling mill site worldwide to confirm the highest sustainability standards at its Ranshofen site. For 2020, AMAG has set itself the goal of certification in accordance with the ASI Chain of Custody
Standard (CoC). This certification forms the basis for the sale of so-called “ASI Aluminium”. Aluminium which may be sold as ASI Aluminium guarantees environmentally compatible and socially acceptable production and processing throughout the entire process chain, from extraction of the raw material to the high-quality end product.
AMAG’s efforts in the energy sector earned the company a public award in 2019. With its “optimal energy use through heat recovery” project, AMAG won the Energy Globe 2019 award in the “Air” category. With 187 participating countries, the Energy Globe is the world’s most important environmental Award.
The fact that sustainability is a continuous process is illustrated by the sustainability program, which links strategic goals with specific measures to continuously improve corporate performance.
Values, principles, standards, and norms of behaviour
The AMAG code of conduct supplements the guidelines. This governs dealings with business Partners, shareholders and employees and forms the basis of daily activities. The code of conduct can be found on the company website together with the compliance regulations for suppliers. The compliance rules are communicated actively to all suppliers and are integrated into our general purchasing terms and conditions. AMAG’s suppliers are expected to comply with these principles.
Sustainability forms part of AMAG’s business model and corporate strategy. Responsibility for this lies at Management Board level and is transferred to the management structure with clearly defined areas of responsibility. As the uppermost supervisory body, the Supervisory Board performs its duties in relation to the company’s economic, ecological and social responsibility. The AMAG Executive Management Team (Management Board and the managing directors of the individual companies) cover sustainability-related topics based on reports and submissions from the specialist departments.
The Management Systems specialist area coordinates sustainability management with the areas of Occupational Safety, Quality Management, Energy, Environmental & Risk Management, Continuous Improvement Process and Sustainability. The head of this area reports to the Management Board. The heads of the specialist areas are responsible for implementing the sustainability goals. The corporate governance report presents general information about the company’s management structure.
List of stakeholder groups
As part of preparing the 2019 annual report, the completeness of the stakeholder groups was analysed and summarised in the five following groups:
Collective bargaining agreements
The proportion of employees to which collective bargaining wage agreements apply amounts to 99 % (excluding respective managing directors and the plenary Management Board).
Identifying and selecting stakeholders
As a globally operating, forward-looking industrial company, AMAG is required to identify sustainability topics, set corresponding targets, and instigate requisite related measures. Communication and dialogue with stakeholders plays a central role in identifying relevant topics in this context. For AMAG, important stakeholders include groups, institutions or individuals with which the company has a direct or indirect relationship through its business activities, and which consequently have an interest in AMAG’s activities. AMAG is in dialogue with all groups, and offers different formats for communication.
As a company, AMAG must constantly strike a balance between a wide range of different stakeholder expectations. Not only is it important to AMAG to engage in open and constructive communication and thereby promote mutual understanding and trust, but it is also the case that issues that are significant from stakeholders’ point of view and in terms of sustainable corporate development can only be continuously identified through dialogue.
An internal working group determined the stakeholder groups that are relevant to AMAG. Important criteria identified in this context included a direct or indirect relationship to corporate activity, and its economic, social and environmental effects.
Approach to stakeholder engagement
Stakeholders are consulted continuously, applying different dialogue formats for specific groups. These include questionnaires (ongoing customer satisfaction assessments, broad-based online stakeholder survey, last conducted in 2015), annual target attainment discussions with employees, personal discussions and dialogue at local, national and international level, participation in bodies and associations, topicrelated stakeholder events at the Ranshofen plant, participation in trade fairs and conferences, and communication through social media.
Key topics and concerns raised
The identification of stakeholders and the continuous and systematic analysis of their issues and expectations forms a cornerstone of stakeholder management. Stakeholders are involved on an ongoing basis. In addition to the online stakeholder survey conducted annually to date via the website, a wide variety of dialogue formats are used. These include questionnaires (through regular customer satisfaction assessments, social media, employee app), annual target attainment discussions with employees, personal discussions and dialogue at local, national and international level about cooperation in bodies and associations, topically related stakeholder events at the Ranshofen plant, participation in trade fairs and conferences, and communication through social media.
The feedback that AMAG receives from its stakeholders flows into the orientation and activities of sustainability management. AMAG regularly assesses how these are perceived by stakeholders. In doing so, the company also addresses critical issues. In the year under review, local surveys on current stakeholder issues were conducted, especially regarding biodiversity and the ongoing environmental
impact assessment at the Ranshofen site.
On the topic of biodiversity, a number of citizens formed a group relating to necessary tree felling in the context of the dying out of young ash shoots. The group expressed concerns about the subsequent loss of noise protection and about the general protection of the forest. AMAG takes such objections seriously and relies on dialogue.
Furthermore, during the 2019 reporting year, a citizens’ initiative was formed, which expressed concerns regarding AMAG’s application to the EIA authority of the Upper Austrian provincial Government for an environmental impact assessment on the “capacity expansion for the smelting of aluminium and casting of rolling slabs”. The project was announced by the EIA authority in an edict of July 12, 2019, GZ AUWR-2019-318159. Comments were received from many people, especially neighbours.
The aim of the environmental impact assessment is to conduct an official assessment of the potential environmental impact of the extension in advance of its realisation. The citizens’ initiative expressed concerns about a possible increase in traffic, increased CO2 emissions and noise, the additional withdrawal of water for the production process and increased air emissions. The environmental impact assessment is still ongoing and the relevant authorities are examining the concerns. AMAG also takes these concerns seriously and initiated a public information event, during which the project was presented to the respective members of the public.
Entities included in the consolidated financial statements
The disclosures in the non-financial statement relate exclusively to the headquarter operations in Ranshofen, Austria, and consequently the production site for high-quality recycling foundry alloys and aluminium rolled products.
Detailed information about the ecological and social aspects of the 20 % interest in the Alouette smelter held through Aluminerie Alouette Inc. is not presented. In this connection, please refer to the Sustainable Development Report published by Alouette. For reasons of materiality, the sales Locations employing a total of 38 staff (see the company profile in the management report), as well as other participating interests are also excluded from our observations.
Defining report content and topic boundaries
Determining the reporting contents and reporting quality is based on the principles of stakeholder inclusion, materiality, the sustainability context, and completeness. AMAG’s stakeholders were involved in selecting the report’s contents. The reported information was selected based on the results of the materiality analysis in accordance with GRI guidelines. Accordingly, the report covers all those sustainability aspects that either reflect important economic, ecological or social effects of the organisation or could exert considerable influence over AMAG stakeholders.
The completeness of the non-financial statement refers to the treatment of the significant topics and how they are demarcated. The content of this report reflects AMAG’s relevant and essential issues in relation to sustainable development. Accordingly, sustainability aspects are taken up that have a high economic, ecological or social impact or are of high stakeholder interest. The report is consequently addressed to all stakeholders.
List of material topics
The main topics are:
To ensure that sustainability issues are dealt with in the report in a comprehensive, transparent and balanced manner, supplementary sustainability topics are reported in addition to the key topics. The online stakeholder survey conducted in the year under review and ongoing stakeholder involvement also revealed that the following supplementary sustainability topics are of interest:
Supply chain and procurement responsibility, human rights, employer issues (e.g. employment development, customer relations, equal opportunities and diversity, compensation, work-life balance, corporate culture) and environmental issues such as water, waste and biodiversity.
Restatements of information
No material restatements of information.
Changes in reporting
No material changes in the list of key topics.
The non-financial statement relates to the 2019 financial year (January 1 to December 31, 2019), with the previous annual data from 2018 and 2017 being utilised for comparative purposes.
Date of most recent report
The previous non-financial statement was published on February 27, 2018. The non-financial statement relates to the 2019 financial year (January 1 to December 31, 2019), with the previous annual data from 2018 and 2017 being utilised for comparative purposes.
With its 2019 non-financial statement (sustainability report), AMAG has now been informing its stakeholders – including employees, customers, business, public, financial and research partners – since 2013 on a continuous basis about goals, measures and progress in relation to sustainable corporate development.
Contact point for questions regarding the report
Should you have any questions relating to the content of this report or seek dialogue concerning AMAG and its sustainability management, please contact our Communications and Sustainability department (email: sustainability). amag at
Claims of reporting in accordance with the GRI Standards
The sustainability reporting was prepared in accordance with GRI Standards: Core Option, to ensure a high degree of transparency to shareholders, and in comparison with other companies.
GRI content index
The GRI index of contents lists all topics on which AMAG corresponds to GRI Standards.
The information published in this report has been substantively reviewed by an independent third party, Ernst & Young Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft m.b.H., in order to obtain limited assurance on the basis of ISAE 3000 (Revised).
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Explanation of the material topic and its boundary
Described in the respective chapter of the annual report 2019.
The management approach and its components
Described in the respective chapter of the annual report 2019.
Evaluation of the management approach
Described in the respective chapter of the annual report 2019.
Direct economic value generated and distributed
See Annual report p. 91 f.
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Proportion of senior management hired from the local community
In terms of geographic distribution, most of the workforce is based in Austria. Around 80 % of the employees at the Ranshofen location are resident in Austria, and 20 % in Germany. At senior management level (this corresponds to individuals in the first management level below the Management Board and the management), around 84 % of managers come from Austria.
|GRI 204||PROCUREMENT PRACTICES|
Proportion of spending on local suppliers
Significant orders worth a total of EUR 82.6 million in Upper Austria, including EUR 51.3 million in the Innviertel region, were awarded in the 2019 financial year. Thanks to the high proportion of orders awarded locally and the prominent presence of suppliers’ personnel at the site (accommodation, gastronomy, commerce), companies within the region and the federal state of Upper Austria benefit from the growth path of AMAG.
|GRI 206||ANTI-COMPETITIVE BEHAVIOUR|
Legal actions for anti-competitive behaviour, antitrust, and monopoly practices
In 2019, no proceedings due to anti-competitive behaviour or violations of anti-trust and monopoly law were reported or ascertained at AMAG. Moreover, no significant fines were paid due to non-compliance with laws and regulations in the social and business area in 2019.
Recycled input materials used
In 2019, the utilisation of scrap (purchased including recycling scrap from our own production) amounted to around 364,600 tonnes (2018: 366,300 tonnes). This corresponds to a scrap utilisation rate of 79 %. Such scrap comprises both external scrap AMAG has purchased and internally recycled scrap.
Energy consumption within the Organisation
The total energy consumed at the Ranshofen site amounted to approximately 745,200 MWh in 2019 (2018: 726,000 MWh). This is calculated as the consumption of fuel from non-renewable sources (natural gas, diesel, heating oil and propane) and electricity. In 2019, fuel consumption from nonrenewable sources amounted to around 499,000 MWh (2018: 484,500 MWh). AMAG’s total electricity consumption in 2019 amounted to 246,200 MWh (2018: 241,500 MWh). The respective energy quantities are calculated from the actual measured fuel quantities multiplied by the respective conversion factors.
Compared to the previous year, total energy consumption increased by 3 %. Firstly, this increase is due to the increased conversion factor for the energy content of natural gas, which was redefined for 2019 by the Federal Ministry as part of the national greenhouse gas inventory. Furthermore, more natural gas was needed in the casthouse sector for smelting, casting and homogenising aluminium. In the rolling mill, natural gas and electricity consumption also rose, due, among other factors, to shifts in the product portfolio towards higher-strength and thereby more energy-intensive products, e.g. owing to the required heat treatment.
In relation to energy sources in the electricity mix, AMAG relies on the utilisation of renewable energy sources in order to act in a manner that is compatible with climate protection. In 2019, for example, AMAG purchased a total of 86 % of its electricity from hydropower. The share of wind energy and electricity from solid biomass and photovoltaics amounted to 14 %. As a consequence, no indirect CO2 emissions are generated from electricity production.
Specific energy consumption in relation to production volume of 1,160 kWh/t in 2019 was higher than the previous year’s level of 1,145 kWh/t. The reason for this is that the total energy consumption has increased more strongly than the production volume. For the indicator of specific energy consumption, the total energy consumption was divided by the annual production. The energy volume includes all energy sources that AMAG consumes (electricity, natural gas, diesel, extra-light heating oil, propane). The annual production volume in tonnes was applied as the denominator. The specific energy consumption relating to the production volume amounted to 1,178 kWh/tonne in the 2017 year defined as the basis. The year 2017 was selected as the base year as a large part of the AMAG 2020 expansion project had already been commissioned by this time.
Interactions with water as a shared resource
At the Ranshofen headquarters, the water supply for pumping groundwater is ensured by two service water wells and one drinking water well. Volumes conveyed are calculated from measurements taken directly at the tapping point. Most of the operational service water is utilised for cooling in the casting, rolling and heat treatment processes. Service water withdrawal is consensus-based. The cooling and quenching water is discharged into the existing cooling and rainwater sewer and from there – also within the framework of an existing discharge consensus – into the River Inn. Rainwater is largely drained away on AMAG’s premises or directly fed into the River Inn via the rainwater canal, while domestic wastewater is fed into the Braunau sewage treatment plant.
Groundwater withdrawal is accompanied by extensive monitoring, including groundwater level measurements.
Management of water discharge-related Impacts
Water emissions are monitored continuously. To this end, all operational wastewater is collected in a sewer in which essential parameters are continuously monitored via probes. In the event of an overflow, the water is automatically diverted to a separate reservoir. In addition to ongoing measurement, daily samples are collected and analysed by accredited test centres as part of internal and external monitoring.
The expansion of closed-loop cooling systems has made it possible to keep water consumption stable, despite rising production volumes in recent years. The wastewater volume, less evaporation losses, corresponds to the volume of drinking and service water withdrawn. Total service water withdrawal in 2019 amounted to 3,656,000 m3 (2018: 3,564,000 m3). For the purpose of multi-year comparison, the total service water withdrawn in 2007 was added to the bar chart below. Specific service water withdrawn in 2019 amounted to 5.7 m3/t (2018: 5.6 m3/t). Drinking water withdrawal amounted to 99,400 m3.
Operational sites owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected Areas
AMAG currently owns around 300 hectares of land. The industrially built-up area amounts to around 100 hectares. A total of 178 hectares form part of the company’s own forestry operation, which in turn forms part of the Lachforst forest complex and is managed under the supervision of a forest warden. This entails special requirements – as does the proximity to the nature reserves “Unterer Inn” and “Buchenwald” only a few kilometres away, the fauna-flora-habitat area (FFH area) “Auwälder am unteren Inn” and the “Salzachmündung” bird sanctuary in Bavaria, which are subject to stringent nature conservation guidelines. In its construction activities, AMAG endeavours to minimise as far as possible its interventions into nature, and protect animals and plants in their habitat.
Direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions
Scope 1 emissions derive especially from the gas-fired melting and heat treatment of aluminium alloys, the temperature control of fluids used in building heating systems, and the diesel used for the vehicle fleet.
In 2019, direct greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1) amounted to 104,400 tonnes (2018: 101,000 tonnes). The CO2 emissions are calculated from the actually measured fuel volumes applying the standard factors from the national greenhouse gas inventory.
Energy indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions
Scope 2 emissions arise when generating the electricity consumed. These are measured based on data from electricity suppliers about the CO2 intensity of their electricity generation.
No Scope 2 emissions were generated in 2019 thanks to the purchase of electricity from hydropower and other renewable sources.
Other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissions
For reasons of materiality, only upstream emissions from the purchase of primary aluminium, rolling slabs and metal alloys are included in the calculation of Scope 3 emissions. The factor of 8.6 tonnes CO2eq. per tonne of aluminium used in Europe, as used in the European Aluminium’s Environmental Profile Report, was applied for the calculation. This covers direct processes and auxiliary processes, thermal energy, electricity and transport. In 2019, Scope 3 emissions amounted to 1,200,000 tonnes of CO2eq.
GHG emissions intensity
Specific CO2 emissions (Scope 1 + 2) in relation to production volume (tonnes of CO2/t) grew to 0.163 CO2/t in 2019 (2018: 0.159 CO2/tonne).
Nitrogen oxides (NOX), sulfur oxides (SOX), and other significant air emissions
For nitrogen oxides, specific emissions amounted to 0.16 kg NOx/t, while total emissions in 2019 stood at 100 tonnes (2018: 111 tonnes). Specific carbon monoxide emissions increased to 0.23 kg CO/t compared to the previous year (2019 total emissions: 148 tonnes). Specific dust emissions remained stable at 0.005 kg dust/t (2019 total emissions: 3.3 tonnes).
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Waste by type and disposal method
The volume of waste generated in 2019 was 19,900 tonnes, of which 5,300 tonnes were classified as hazardous and 14,600 tonnes as non-hazardous.10 The specific waste volume in relation to production volume amounted to 31 kg/t in 2019 (2018: 25 kg/t). In the case of hazardous waste, an increase occurred in filter dust, in particular. In the case of non-hazardous waste, the increase compared to the previous year results from higher amounts of contaminated soils.
Non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations
The primary objective is to prevent the inadvertent release of materials, and thereby rule out potential harm to people and the environment. In the year under review, no such significant releases of substances, no fines and no non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations occurred.
|GRI 308||SUPPLIER ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT |
AMAG has committed itself to the responsible sourcing of raw materials. The “Responsible Sourcing” process is carried out for all of AMAG’s major suppliers and service providers (including scrap, Primary metal, rolling slab and alloy metal suppliers, as well as energy suppliers and service providers). The “Compliance rules for AMAG suppliers” document forms the basis for supplier requirements and can be accessed on the AMAG website. All key suppliers and service providers must take note of and comply with the “Compliance rules for AMAG suppliers”, which include environmental, social and corporate governance criteria. These rules include compliance with environmental, social and corporate governance criteria. The rules are integrated into the general terms and conditions of purchase. The process includes an assessment and risk evaluation every one to three years to prevent or counteract violations of compliance rules along the supply chain. Written consent is required.
New employee hires and employee turnover
The number of individuals newly employed as of December 31, 2019 amounted to 236, including 196 men and 40 women. At 6.3 %, the staff turnover rate has remained at a low level for years (December 31 reporting date/individuals). This includes all staff departures (excluding individuals starting retirement and employment contracts ending due to expiry or probationary periods concluding).
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Minimum notice periods regarding operational changes
With regard to the minimum disclosure periods for organisational changes, AMAG complies with all applicable Austrian laws and orders, and with the provisions of the collective agreement for the iron and metalworking industry. No significant changes occurred during the reporting period that had a material impact on the Group's employees and required disclosure.
|GRI 403||OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY|
Occupational health and safety management system
In the occupational safety area, the principle is “zero tolerance for accidents”. The Management Board and the management are responsible for performance in this area. Their task is to set strategic goals and ensure continuous improvement.
Occupational safety forms part of the Management Systems department and is based on the four pillars of workplace evaluation, incident/safety audit database, legal compliance and machine safety. Extensive safety instructions and training measures, safety audits, and workshops as part of the continuous improvement process (CIP) help to achieve the targets. In order to minimise hazards, the causes of recorded incidents (near misses, accidents, dangerous situations) and the implementation and effectiveness of the countermeasures taken in response are continuously analysed. Certifications and occupational safety committees contribute to this, in parallel with guidelines and safety instructions.
Processes and standards in the occupational safety area are aligned with the new international EN ISO 45001 standard, certified, and integrated into the existing management system. It is a matter of great concern to AMAG that all external companies working at the company headquarters also operate as safely as possible.
Safe collaboration with employees of external companies is regulated by a digital safety instruction with self-test, which has to be verifiably performed by the external companies’ operative employees. The central principles and requirements relating to work safety and human rights are described in the compliance regulations for AMAG suppliers.
All employees and contract workers are represented by formal employer-employee committees for occupational health and safety. The highest supervisory body is the Safety Steering Committee (SILAS). The efficacy of occupational health and safety is monitored every six months by SILAS under the direction of the Management Board. SILAS decides on the safety and health policy and evaluates the effectiveness of occupational health and safety on the basis of the defined performance indicators as well as legal compliance. It decides on necessary corrective measures and initiates working topics and groups. Its members include the operating companies’ managers, occupational health and safety managers, the Occupational Health department, the Personnel department and the Group Works Council. This system is supplemented by regular safety audits.
The Occupational Health and Safety Committee deals with the safety incidents that have occurred and the measures that have been introduced, as well as key issues from safety audits and various evaluations and key figures. It defines improvement measures in the occupational health and safety area and decides which additional topics SILAS is to deal with. A safety expert is also available, who is responsible for advising supervisors and employees on safety issues, steering occupational safety legislation and establishing contacts with and reporting occupational accidents to external organisations.
Safety representatives inform and support employees on health and safety issues. They also ensure that protective measures are applied and that appropriate precautions are in place and applied. With the help of internal and external audits, AMAG regularly checks whether the occupational safety system is effective and meets international standards. Separate internal audits are also carried out after each serious accident. The 2019 audit results have shown that the occupational safety system is working. In addition to audits, occupational safety key figures also help in the investigation of causes and enable a comprehensive risk analysis. This enables the identification of areas where efforts must be intensified, as well as the derivation of preventative measures. AMAG is working intensively on further reducing accidents.
AMAG’s Occupational Health department, which forms part of its Personnel department, is the central point of contact for all health-relevant topics, such as first aid, medical examinations, healthcare and advice. AMAG is a holder of the seal of approval for company health promotion (BGF), one of the highest national awards for companies in the employee health area. The health-oriented measures for employees at the Ranshofen site are particularly effective in the domains of occupational safety, ergonomics, nutrition and psychosocial healthcare.
The promotion of occupational health is included continuously and consistently in as many relevant processes as possible at AMAG, and is integrated into the existing CIP system. This enables every employee to contribute to the CIP process with suggestions and solutions concerning health-related issues. Employees and their representative bodies are actively involved in occupational health and safety meetings at the individual companies.
Despite intensive safety measures, a fatal accident at work involving an employee of an outside Company occurred in the casthouse area in September 2019. The fatal electric shock occurred during maintenance work on a switching station. The cause was the failure to comply with the necessary safety measures during repair work on a defective electrical component by the person responsible for work at the external company. In response to the accident, a special meeting was convened and reference was made to the zero tolerance strategy in the event of non-compliance with safety regulations by external employees. An ad hoc technical training course was also held for employees in the electrical engineering area.
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Average hours of training per year per employee
In the areas of training and further education, the range of courses on offer was expanded in 2019 and skills were taught where they were needed. Employees completed a total of 36,006 training Hours in the 2019 reporting year. The average annual education and training per employee amounted to 9 hours in the case of industrial workers and 11 hours in the case of salaried employees. The high number of 273 training hours in the case of apprentices is due to external training at the Braunau Training Centre. Figures do not include training and further education hours as part of the Alu-Academy as well as participation in lectures and conferences. The decline in training and further education hours is the result of the increasing focus on specialist training and further education measures, which was accompanied by a reduction in general training in the area of soft skills.
Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews
In the annual employee target setting and development meetings between employees and managers, the past year is reviewed and mutual feedback is gathered. In addition, training requirements are identified and appropriate training and further education measures are agreed upon. Participation rate in employee target setting and development meetings was 100 %. Exceptions include trainees, employees with reasons for absence (such as military/community service, parental leave) and employees with employment contracts of less than six months. In addition to the training and further education measures agreed in the employee target setting and development meetings, training and further education measures are agreed upon throughout the year.
|GRI 405||DIVERSITY AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY|
Diversity of governance bodies and employees
Diversity of governance bodies see annual report.
Incidents of discrimination and corrective actions taken
No cases of discrimination were reported in the year under review.
Non-compliance with laws and regulations in the social and economic area
No significant fines were paid due to noncompliance with laws and regulations in the social and economic area in 2019.
Since the 2017 reporting year, we have published a summarized non-financial statement in our management report, thereby fulfilling our reporting obligation in accordance with the Sustainability and Diversity Improvement Act (NaDiVeG). It summarizes the essential information for AMAG on the five required aspects of environmental issues, employee issues, social issues, respect for human rights, anti-corruption and bribery.