The fact that sustainability is a continuous process is illustrated by the sustainability programme, which links strategic goals with specific measures to continuously improve corporate performance.

The GRI content index lists all topics on which AMAG corresponds to GRI standards.

Sustainability programme

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 2020 annual report

GRI content index

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 102: GENERAL DISCLOSURES

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Name of the organisation

AMAG Austria Metall AG

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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.

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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.

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Location of operations

AMAG also holds a 20 % interest in Canada's Alouette smelter, the largest smelter in North and South America.

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Ownership and legal form

AMAG Austria Metall AG has been listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange since April 8, 2011 (stock market symbol: AMAG).

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Markets served

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.

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Scale of the organisation

Financial details see annual report 2020 magazine.

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Information on employees and other workers

The number of personnel in Ranshofen dropped by 3 % to 1,843 in 2020 (reporting date/individuals) compared with the figure of 1,901 employees in the 2019 reporting period.

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Supply chain

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.
Production is based on the efficient deployment of hydroelectric power, thereby operating with exemplary net environmental impact, especially in terms of CO2 emissions. Alouette's alumina supplies are secured by its owners. AMAG covers its raw materials requirements from major mining groups and raw materials dealers.

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Significant changes to the organisation and its supply chain

AMAG Austria Metall AG acquired a 70 % interest in Aircraft Philipp (ACP) in 2020. In acquiring a majority interest in the company, AMAG has extended its value chain to include mechanical processing (e.g. milling) and the manufacture of special components from aluminium and titanium. As a result, AMAG is for the first time able to offer mechanically processed, finished products besides semi-finished, rolled products.

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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.

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External initiatives

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.

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Membership of associations

AMAG was a member of the following associations and lobby groups in 2020:

  • AAI – Austrian Aeronautics Industries Group

  • ASI – Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, an initiative to create a sustainable standard for the Aluminium value chain – from responsible corporate management through to meeting environmental standards as well as social Standards

  • ASMET – Austrian Society for Metallurgy and Materials

  • Automobil Cluster – cross-sector network to support automotive sector companies

    BDLI – German Aerospace Industries Association

  • BIR – Bureau of International Recycling

  • Christian Doppler Research Association

  • C.I.R.A. – Cercle Investor Relations Austria

  • EA – European Aluminium

  • GDA – German Aluminium Association

  • GDMB – Society for Mining, Metallurgy, Resource and Environmental Technology

  • ÖGfZP – Austrian Society for Non-Destructive Testing

  • Federation of Austrian Industries (IV)

  • ÖVFA – Austrian Association for Financial Analysis and Asset Management

  • respACT – Austrian business council for sustainable development

  • VDM – German Association of Metal Dealers

  • VNL – Association for Network Logistics

  • WGM – Semifinished Metal Products Wholesalers Association

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Statement from senior decision-maker

AMAG has pursued a specialty products strategy for over 10 years and perceives itself as a premium manufacturer focused on innovation and sustainability. The highest standards in the areas of quality, occupational health and safety, environmental protection and energy efficiency as well as information security in all its processes – these are the main cornerstones of its strategy of profitable growth. The requirements of customers, employees and other stakeholders as well as legal obligations serve as the basis.
Sustainability has long ranked as an important component of the corporate business strategy. Consequently, it supports the sustainability targets set out by the United Nations as well as the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) specifically for the aluminium sector. In 2019, AMAG focused intensively on products for the future as part of a comprehensive, strategic process. As a result, it was decided to focus unswervingly on growing AMAG as a premium supplier with a high proportion of specialty and sustainable products. The investments made in previous years thanks to which AMAG now has the most modern, integrated rolling mill facility in the Western world, have laid an outstanding platform for this development.
With its strategic priority in the area of recycling, a significant contribution is now made to reducing emissions. Activities in this field are constantly reinforced, thereby further extending the Group’s lead.
The increasing demand for CO2-optimised products and processes, in particular, bolsters this approach.
By comparison with the primary route, the recycling of aluminium saves up to 95 % of energy per tonne of aluminium produced. Customers are supported by additional value-adding steps in Ranshofen, coupled with closed loop concepts for the efficient use of aluminium scrap with CO2-optimised supply chain solutions. The agenda for the coming years is clear: to successfully overcome the challenges in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate crisis. The expansion in Ranshofen has laid the long-term foundation for meeting rising customer requirements. The innovative power and clear strategic focus on specialty products as well as the Group’s proven lead in the field of recycling are making an active contribution to these central challenges.
One of AMAG’s further distinguishing features is the diversity of products produced at one facility. AMAG’s specialty products serve numerous customers in a wide variety of markets, and the experience gained from one product group can be expedient in others. AMAG was successfully certified in accordance with the ASI Chain of Custody (CoC) standard in 2020. The 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. ASI-certified aluminium thus offers AMAG customers the opportunity to support responsible supply chains for aluminium and therefore the recycling of scrap, closed loop concepts and the sustainable production of aluminium. After the successful conclusion of the capacity expansion program (“AMAG 2020” project), the focus shifted to the selective extension of the value chain to further reinforce the strategy of offering specialty products. The acquisition of a 70 % interest in Aircraft Philipp (ACP) concluded at the end of October 2020 represented a particular highlight for AMAG in 2020. This increases value added, closes material cycles and improves the CO2 footprint by sorting and recycling the scrap occurring during processing. Consequently, Aircraft Philipp fits into the strategy of specialisation and sustainability. In summary, AMAG is working on developing specialty products which meet the target of a high percentage of recycled content and support customers in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. On this underlying premise, it is AMAG’s clearly formulated goal to maintain its profitable growth.
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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.

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Governance structure

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.

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List of stakeholder groups

Stakeholder groups are summarised in the five following groups:

  • Shareholders and investors
  • Business partners
  • Employees
  • Public
  • State bodies
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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).

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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.

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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.

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Key topics and concerns raised

In the case of important topics, significant stakeholders are identified in order to discuss critical issues with them. Relevant factors include subject-specific expertise and a willingness to engage in constructive dialogue. Business activities, such as the plant expansion at the Ranshofen site and its associated environmental impact, are repeatedly subjected to critical scrutiny by individual stakeholder groups. In order to maintain good relationships with the local community, questions from the public are addressed by making the company available as a point of contact.
On the topic of woodlands, local citizens formed a group to express concerns about the general protection of woodlands. The concerns expressed related to clearing and felling on AMAG properties, which was carried out, including due to safety measures in relation to the dying out of young ash shoots as well as bark beetle infestation, in some instances by order of the authorities. Regional
stakeholders also discussed the planned expansion of the Braunau-Neukirchen industrial park and associated land reallocation. Other topics that attracted regional attention included groundwater extraction at the Ranshofen site and noise perceived by local residents. AMAG takes such objections seriously and focuses on dialogue in this context. Noise measurements were conducted in response to noise complaints from local residents. The evaluation of the measurement data showed that the company complies with all legal limits in the immediate vicinity of the Ranshofen site. In coordination with the authorities, replacement afforestation was carried out for built up and damaged woodland areas. Further details can be found in the chapter “Commitment to environmental protection”. As of November 2020, the environmental impact assessment for the expansion of the casthouse’s production and recycling capacity is still underway, and concerns raised in the process are being reviewed by the relevant authorities. AMAG also takes such concerns seriously and seeks direct contact with stakeholders from the region.
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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.

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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.

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List of material topics

The main topics are:

  • Occupational health and safety
  • Human rights & responsibility in the supply chain
  • Compliance
  • Energy & emissions
  • Customer relationship and consistent customer orientation
  • Innovation
  • Raw materials
  • Recycling

 

The supplementary topics are:

  • Training & development
  • Employment development
  • Equal opportunities and diversity
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Biodiversity
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Regional value creation
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Restatements of information

No material restatements of information.

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Changes in reporting

No material changes in the list of key topics.

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Reporting period

The non-financial statement relates to the 2020 financial year (January 1 to December 31, 2020), with the previous annual data from 2019 and 2018 being utilised for comparative purposes.

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Date of most recent report

The previous non-financial statement was published on February 27, 2020.

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Reporting cycle
The "Non-Financial Declaration" has been published annually since the 2017 reporting year.

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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: sustainabilitymail displayamagmail displayat).

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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.

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GRI content index

The GRI index of contents lists all topics on which AMAG corresponds to GRI Standards.

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External assurance

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).

GRI 103: MANAGEMENT APPROACH

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Explanation of the material topic and its boundary

Described in the respective chapter of the annual report 2020.

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The management approach and its components

Described in the respective chapter of the annual report 2020.

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Evaluation of the management approach

Described in the respective chapter of the annual report 2020.

GRI 200/300/400: TOPIC-SPECIFIC STANDARDS

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ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE

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Direct economic value generated and distributed

See Annual report p. 106 ff.

GRI 202
MARKET PRESENCE
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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 81 % of the employees at the Ranshofen location are resident in Austria and 19 % in Germany.
At senior management level (this corresponds to individuals in the first management level below the Management Board and the managing directors), around 88 % managers come from Austria.

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PROCUREMENT PRACTICES
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Proportion of spending on local suppliers

In the 2020 financial year, significant orders worth EUR 93.6 million were placed in Upper Austria (2019: EUR 82.6 million), of which EUR 49.1 million were placed in the Innviertel region (2019: EUR 51.3 million). 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.

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ANTI-COMPETITIVE BEHAVIOUR
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Legal actions for anti-competitive behaviour, antitrust, and monopoly practices

In 2020, no proceedings due to anti-competitive behaviour or violations of anti-trust and monopoly law were reported or ascertained at AMAG. Moreover, no fines were paid due to non-compliance with laws and regulations in the social and business area in 2020.

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MATERIALS

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Recycled input materials used

In the reporting period, a total of 165,100 tonnes of aluminium scrap were purchased in various forms from external third parties. In the external procurement of raw materials, the recyclable material aluminium scrap plays a dominant role with a share of 57 %. AMAG has 184 suppliers of a broad spectrum of aluminium scrap types. Of the main suppliers, 21 cover 50 % of the total demand.

In addition, contracts exist with customers which purchase rolled products for the purchase of production scrap from further processing or final production.
The 75,100 tonnes of primary aluminium required for the Ranshofen site in 2020 (2019: 87,700 tonnes) was purchased from suppliers with which long standing business relationships exist. Most of this is purchased on the open market at the prices defined on the London Metal Exchange. Moreover, purchasing primary aluminium as a starting material directly from the Canadian Alouette smelter in which AMAG holds an interest is also possible. The demand for aluminium in the 2020 reporting year was low due to COVID-19. Of the primary aluminium required for the Ranshofen site, 0.6 % was sourced from Alouette; most of the produced primary aluminium was sold to the US. In addition to the rolling slabs produced in the company’s own casthouse, low alloy rolling slabs are also purchased from third parties. The purchase of external rolling slabs amounted to 40,300 tonnes in 2020 (2019: 41,000 tonnes). Alloy metals, which are necessary to achieve the required material properties, are also purchased externally. Magnesium, silicon, manganese, copper and zinc are the most important alloy metals. In 2020, the purchase of alloying metals accounted for 9,300 tonnes (2019: 10,700 tonnes) at the Ranshofen site.

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Energy consumption within the Organisation

The total energy consumed at the Ranshofen site amounted to approximately 653,200 MWh in 2020 (2019: 745,200 MWh). This is calculated as the consumption of fuel from non-renewable sources (natural gas, diesel, heating oil and propane) and electrical energy. In 2020, fuel consumption from non renewable sources amounted to around 438,700 MWh (2019: 499,000 MWh). AMAG’s total electricity consumption 2020 amounted to 214,500 MWh (2019: 246,200 MWh). The respective energy quantities are calculated from the actual measured fuel quantities multiplied by the respective conversion factors.

Total energy consumption decreased by 12 % year-on-year. The lower consumption in the 2020 reporting year arises from the lower production volume compared to 2019. The demand-related reduction in production volume affects several product areas and consequently results in low overall energy consumption in the foundry alloy casthouse, as well as in the rolling slab casthouse and the rolling mill.

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Energy intensity

Specific energy consumption in relation to production volume of 1,194 kWh/t in 2020 was higher than the previous year’s level of 1,160 kWh/t. The reason for this is that the decrease in production volume was not fully offset by the reduction in total energy consumption. This is primarily due to reduced plant utilisation and required standby operations owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. In deriving the indicator of specific energy consumption, the total energy consumption was divided by the annual production. The energy volume includes all energy products that AMAG consumes (electricity, natural gas, diesel, extra-light heating oil, propane). The denominator applied was the sum of the annual production volume in tonnes of the foundry alloy casthouse, the rolling slab casthouse and the rolling mill. The specific energy consumption relating to the production volume amounted to 1,178 kWh/t 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.
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Interactions with water as a shared resource

The water supply at the Ranshofen site is ensured by two service water wells and one drinking water well. AMAG is located on a groundwater body – a stream of water that drains into the Inn River at a rate of approximately 20-40 l/sec and 100 m flow below the plant premises. The permitted use of industrial water is based on a withdrawal quantity determined by the authority for AMAG. Groundwater withdrawal is accompanied by extensive monitoring, including groundwater level measurements. The groundwater can be utilised directly in AMAG without chemical treatment and without transportation over long distances. A large proportion of the water extracted is utilised for cooling as part of casting, rolling and heat treatment processes and is thereby only thermally loaded – specifically, this means that a large part of the water that is utilised is only heated, and neither consumed nor contaminated. A very small proportion of the water used is chemically contaminated. This operational effluent is treated in effluent treatment plants and the discharge is continuously monitored by measuring essential parameters via probes. If the measured value is exceeded due to impurities, the water is automatically directed into a separate basin, from where it is disposed of. In addition to ongoing measurement via probes, effluent samples are examined for a large number of parameters as part of certified monitoring by internal and external laboratories. Rainwater is largely drained at the AMAG site. This corresponds to natural seepage and serves to preserve the groundwater body. A part of the rainwater is discharged into the Inn River via a storm sewer together with cooling and quenching waters. Drinking water is withdrawn solely for the purpose of drinking water supply and sanitary use. The resultant wastewater is fed to the Braunau wastewater treatment plant via the domestic wastewater sewer.
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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.

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Water withdrawal

The total water withdrawal for AMAG in 2020 stood at approximately 3,277,000 m3 (2019: 3,656,000 m3). For the purpose of multi-year comparison, the total water withdrawn in 2007 was added to the bar chart below. Specific water withdrawn in 2020 amounted to 6.0 m3/t (2019: 5.7 m3/t). The slight increase reflects the fact that as a consequence of COVID-19 a lower level of production occurred, although systems still had to be cooled in standby mode. Drinking water usage stood at 77,400 m3 (2019: 99,400 m3). Water withdrawal including on-site contractors amounted to 3,751,000 m3 (2019: 4,233,000 m3).

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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 ha of land. The industrially built-up area amounts to around 100 ha. Around 180 ha form part of the company’s own forestry operation, which in turn forms part of the Lachforst woodland 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.

GRI 305EMISSIONS
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Direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions

In the 2020 reporting year, direct greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1) amounted to 92,100 tonnes (2019: 104,400 tonnes). No Scope 2 emissions have been generated since the 2018 reporting year thanks to the purchase of electricity from hydroelectric power and other renewable sources. The CO2 emissions are calculated from the actually measured fuel volumes applying the standard factors from the national greenhouse gas inventory.
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Energy indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions

No Scope 2 emissions have been generated since the 2018 reporting year thanks to the purchase of electricity from hydroelectric power and other renewable sources.
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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/t 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 the 2020 reporting year, Scope 3 emissions amounted to 1,072,000 tonnes of CO2eq (2019: 1,200,000 tonnes of CO2eq).

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GHG emissions intensity

Specific CO2 emissions (Scope 1 + 2) in relation to production volume (tonnes of CO2/t) grew to 0.168 CO2/t in 2020 (2019: 0.163 tonnes of CO2/t). As with specific energy consumption, this increase is primarily due to reduced plant utilisation and required standby operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Nitrogen oxides (NOX), sulfur oxides (SOX), and other significant air emissions

With regard to nitrogen oxides (NOx), the absolute amount of emissions decreased from 100 tonnes in 2019 to 88 tonnes in 2020. Specific emissions remained stable at 0.16 kg NOx/t in 2020 (0.16 kg NOx/t in 2019).
With a view to carbon monoxide (CO), the absolute emission amount decreased year-on-year from 148 in 2019 to 95 tonnes in 2020, and the specific emission value for carbon monoxide also improved from 0.23 kg CO/t in 2019 to 0.17 kg CO/t in 2020. The improvement can be attributed to the replacement of a melting furnace – the new, state-of-the-art unit also features low carbon monoxide emission values. The absolute emission amount for dust decreased from 3.3 tonnes in 2019 to 2.8 tonnes in 2020. Specific dust emissions remained stable at 0.005 kg dust/t in 2020 (2019: 0.005 kg dust/t).
GRI 306EFFLUENTS AND WASTE
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Waste by type and disposal method

The volume of waste generated in 2020 amounted to 9,100 (2019: 10,500 tonnes), of which 4,500 tonnes were classified as hazardous and 4,600 tonnes as non-hazardous. In the process, 73 % of the non-hazardous waste (e.g. waste wood, iron and steel waste) was recycled, and 27 % disposed of. Of the hazardous waste (e.g. used oil, filter dust), 5 % was recycled, and 95 % disposed of. The lower waste volumes in the 2020 reporting year arise from lower volumes of filter dust and furnace linings.
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ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE

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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 308SUPPLIER ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
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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.

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EMPLOYMENT

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New employee hires and employee turnover

Hiring new employees had to be reduced to a minimum due to short-time work. The number of individuals newly employed as of December 31, 2020 amounted to 82, specifically 66 men and 16 women. The staff turnover rate stood at 5.4 % (reporting date/individuals). This includes all staff departures (excluding individuals going into retirement and employment contracts ending due to expiry or probationary periods concluding).
GRI 402
LABOR/MANAGEMENT RELATIONS
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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
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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.

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Work-related injuries

The number of work-related accidents among industrial workers amounted to 17 (2019: 39), and there were no accidents among temporary staff (2019: 3). In the 2020 reporting year, no deaths from work-related injuries occurred, but there were two work-related injuries that prevented the two employees from returning to work within six months.

GRI 404TRAINING AND EDUCATION
404-1

Average hours of training per year per employee

The COVID-19 pandemic had a decisive influence on the training and development measures in the year under review. Employees completed a total of 24,247 training hours in the 2020 reporting year. The average annual education and training per employee amounted to 4 hours in the case of industrial workers and also of salaried employees. The high number of 301 training hours in the case of apprentices is due to external training at the Braunau Training Centre. This registration does not include training and development hours as part of the Alu-Academy and participation in lectures and conferences.

404-3

Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews

In the annual employee target setting and development meeting 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 training measures are agreed upon. Due to COVID-19, employee participation in goal setting and development meetings stood at 82 % in 2020 (2019: 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 development measures agreed in the employee goal setting and development meetings, such measures are also agreed throughout the year.

GRI 405
DIVERSITY AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
405-1

Diversity of governance bodies and employees

Diversity of governance bodies see annual report.

GRI 406
NON-DISCRIMINATION
406-1

Incidents of discrimination and corrective actions taken

No cases of discrimination were reported in the year under review.

GRI 419

SOCIOECONOMIC COMPLIANCE

419-1

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 2020.

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.

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