GRI Index

This sustainability report was prepared in accordance with version G3.1 of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) international guidelines and complies with the requirements of GRI Application Level B. This has been verified by the GRI during the course of an audit. The reporting period includes the years 2012 and 2013. The following index provides an overview of all GRI indicators used together with their status, i.e. the extent to which Xella has taken these indicators into consideration in this report. We provide reports on other indicators on our website at You can read the entire GRI guidelines at

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GRI standard disclosure   Status Reference
1 Strategy and analysis    
1.1 Preface of the CEO Completely covered 4, 5
1.2 Description of key impacts, risks, and opportunities Completely covered 9–14, 77–79
2 Organizational profile    
2.1 Name of the organization Completely covered 96
2.2 Primary brands, products and/or services Completely covered C, 2, 3, 21–33
2.3 Divisions and operational structure Completely covered C, 2, Internet
2.4 Location of organization’s headquarters Completely covered C
2.5 Countries with major operations Completely covered 2,25, 28, 31, 33
2.6 Ownership structure Completely covered C
2.7 Markets served Completely covered C, 2, Internet
2.8 Scale of the organization Completely covered C
2.9 Significant changes during the reporting period Completely covered 13, Internet
2.10 Awards received in the reporting period Completely covered 23, 33, 40, 42,
51, 56
3 Report parameters    
3.1 Reporting period Completely covered C, 86, 87
3.2 Date of last report Completely covered C, Internet
3.3 Reporting cycle Completely covered C
3.4 Contact point for questions regarding the report Completely covered 96
3.5 Process for defining report content Completely covered 13, 14
3.6 Boundary of the report Completely covered C
3.7 Limitations on the scope of the report Completely covered C
3.8 Joint ventures, subsidiaries, outsourcing Completely covered C, 13, Internet
3.9 Data measurement Completely covered C, 86, Internet
3.10 Changes to the statement of information provided in earlier reports Completely covered C
3.11 Changes from previous reporting periods in the scope, boundary, or measurement methods Completely covered C, Internet
3.12 GRI Content index Completely covered 93–95
3.13 External assurance of the report Completely covered 93
4 Governance, commitments, and engagement    
4.1 Governance structure Completely covered 9, 10, 77–79
4.2 Independence of supervisory board chairman Completely covered Internet
4.3 Supervisory board or independent members of the executive board Completely covered C
4.4 Mechanisms for shareholders and employees to provide recommendations or direction to the executive/supervisory board Completely covered Internet
4.5 Linkage between executive compensation and company performance Completely covered Internet
4.6 Mechanisms to avoid conflicts of interest Completely covered 77–79
4.7 Qualification of executive bodies for sustainability Completely covered 10
4.8 Guiding principles, company values and codes of conduct Completely covered 9, 73, 77–79
4.9 Procedures of the executive/supervisory board level for overseeing the organization's sustainability performance Completely covered 10
4.10 Process for evaluating the sustainability performance of the executive board Completely covered Internet
4.11 Implementation of precautionary approach Completely covered 79
4.12 Support for external initiatives Completely covered 15, 83, 84
4.13 Memberships in associations and interest groups Completely covered 15
4.14 List of stakeholder groups engaged by the organization Completely covered 13, 14
4.15 Stakeholder selection Completely covered 13, 14
4.16 Approaches to stakeholder engagement Completely covered 13, 14, 71
4.17 Key topics of stakeholders Completely covered 4, 5, 13, 14, 71
5 Performance indicators    
  Management approach   4, 5, 9–12
EC1 Direct economic value generated and distributed Partly covered C, Internet
EC2 Financial implications of climate change Completely covered 4, 5, 34–51,
EC3 Benefit plan obligations Partly covered Internet
EC4 Financial assistance received from government Completely covered Internet
EC6 Spending on local suppliers Partly covered Internet
EC7 Proportion of managers hired from the local community Partly covered Internet
EC8 Investments in infrastructure and services provided for public benefit Not covered  
  Management approach   9–12, 49
EN1 Materials used by weight or volume Completely covered 54, 88
EN2 Percentage of materials used that are recycled Partly covered 53–65, Internet
EN3 Direct energy consumption by primary energy source Completely covered 88
EN4 Indirect energy consumption by primary energy source Completely covered 88
EN5 Energy savings Partly covered 60, 61
EN6 Energy-efficient products and services Completely covered 21–23, 39–43
EN8 Total water withdrawal by source Completely covered 89
EN9 Water sources affected by withdrawal of water Completely covered Internet
EN11 Use of protected areas Partly covered Internet 63, 64,
EN12 Impact of company activity on biodiversity in protected areas Completely covered Internet
EN13 Habitats protected or restored Partly covered Internet
EN14 Strategies for protecting biodiversity Partly covered Internet
EN15 IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species Completely covered Internet
EN16 Direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions Completely covered 62, 89
EN17 Additional relevant greenhouse gas emissions (e.g. due to business travel) Not covered  
EN19 Emissions of ozone-depleting substances by weight Not covered  
EN20 NOx, SOx and other significant air emissions by weight Not covered  
EN21 Water discharges Not covered  
EN22 Waste by type and disposal method Completely covered 56, 90
EN23 Number and volume of significant spills Not covered  
EN26 Initiatives to mitigate the environmental impacts of products and services Not covered  
EN27 Percentage of products and their packaging materials that were reclaimed by category Partly covered Internet
EN28 Fines/sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations Completely covered Internet
EN30 Environmental protection expenditures Completely covered Internet
Labor practices and decent work
  Management approach   50, 51, 67, 70,
72–75, 77–79
LA1 Workforce by employment type and region Partly covered 68, 90
LA2 Employee turnover by age group, gender, and region Completely covered 68, 91
LA4 Percentage of employees covered by collective bargaining agreements Completely covered 91
LA5 Notice periods regarding significant operational changes Partly covered  71
LA7 Injuries, absenteeism, and fatalities Completely covered 75, 92
LA8 Risk-control and programs regarding serious diseases Completely covered 74
LA10 Average hours of training by employee category Partly covered 69, 92
LA12 Performance and career development reviews Partly covered Internet
LA13 Composition of senior management and employee structure (e.g. age/gender/ culture) Completely covered 69, 70
LA14 Ratio of basic salary of men to women by employee category Partly covered Internet
LA15 Parental leave Partly covered Internet
Human rights
  Management approach   77–79
HR1 Investment agreements with review or human rights clauses Not covered  
HR2 Percentage of suppliers that have undergone screening on human rights and actions taken Partly covered 79, Internet
HR3 Training on human right Partly covered 77–79
HR4 Incidents of discrimination and actions taken Completely covered Internet
HR5 Operations in which the right to exercise freedom of association and collective bargaining may be at risk Not covered  
HR6 Operations at risk of incidents of child labor Completely covered Internet
HR7 Operations at risk of incidents of forced or compulsory labor Completely covered Internet
HR8 Security practices Not covered  
HR10 Human rights reviews and/or impact assessments Not covered  
HR11 Grievances related to human rights Completely covered Internet
  Management approach   10, 15, 84, 85
SO1 Impacts of operations on communities and society Not covered  
SO2 Business units screened for risk related to corruption Completely covered Internet
SO3 Percentage of employee trained in anti-corruption policies Completely covered 77–79
SO4 Actions taken after incidents of corruption Completely covered Internet
SO5 Policy positions and participation in public policy development and lobbying Completely covered 15, 83, 84
SO8 Fines/sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations Completely covered Internet
SO9 Operations with negative impacts on local communities Not covered  
SO10 Prevention and mitigation of negative impacts on local communities Not covered  
Product responsibility

Management approach Completely covered 10, 16–33, 39–51,
PR1 Lifecycle stages of products in which safety and health effects were assessed Partly covered 10, 16–33, 39–51
PR3 Principles/processes for product identification Completely covered 10
PR6 Programs for adherence to laws and voluntary codes in advertising Completely covered Internet
 PR9 Significant fines for non-compliance with laws and regulations concerning the use of products and services Completely covered Internet

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