Process Materiality Anaylsis: Plastic Pipe Segment
The Materiality Analysis: Plastic Pipes Segment
Previous targets in the Plastic Pipes Segment
The Group-wide target of reducing the amount of water drawn from public networks to 40% of total consumption was reached ahead of schedule. Among the “Social aspects in production”, the main focus was on the safety and health of employees. In this respect, the target of reducing the frequency of accidents was pursued consistently. Nevertheless, an increase in accident frequency over the previous year’s level was observed in 2014. Measures aimed at reducing accident frequency are being pursued consistently.
Material sustainability issues for the Plastic Pipes Segment
From the stakeholders’ point of view, the avoidance of hazardous substances and the use of recycled plastic materials are material supply chain issues. In production, energy and resource efficiency as well as sustainability-oriented waste management have been identified as essential topics. As regards Pipelife’s employees, health and safety, ethical behavior, employee satisfaction and employee involvement have been identified as priority issues. The essential product issues are a long service life, the avoidance of leakages and innovative strength. Solutions for periods of drought and heavy rain events as well as sustainable energy systems for buildings have been emphasized as future issues. The results of the materiality analysis have been translated into the Sustainability Roadmap 2020.
The issue “Long service life and avoidance of leakages” was given a high score in the materiality analysis. However, these being core product qualities that are subject to continuous improvement, no specific target has been set. As regards the aspect “Sewage systems: solutions for periods of drought and for heavy rain events”, Pipelife’s Raineo® system is already available and successfully marketed (see chapter “Products” – paragraph on “Energy efficiency and climate action”). The issue will be further pursued within the framework of research and development of innovative products. Resource efficiency and waste management are being continuously optimized through measures taken at the production sites.