About this Report
Basis of reporting
The 2020 sustainability report is the first sustainability report of the Hilti Group. The report also contains information provided by the Hilti Foundation. The reporting period is the 2020 financial year from January 1 to December 31, 2020. Deviating reporting periods of data or content are shown separately. The editorial deadline was February 25, 2021. In the future, we will report annually on our progress. The next sustainability report will therefore be published in 2022.
The report is based on the internationally recognized reporting framework of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). This report has been prepared in accordance with the GRI standards: Core option. The GRI content index can be found here in this report.
We have chosen gender-neutral language in the report. If this was not possible, we have used the generic masculine form, which of course addresses all genders equally.
Material topics and their delimitation
The material topics for us were identified using a materiality analysis based on the principles of sustainability context, materiality, completeness and stakeholder engagement formulated by the GRI. In addition, general reporting principles were observed: accuracy, balance, comprehensibility, comparability, reliability, and up-to-dateness.
The table below shows the scope of the material topics according to GRI 103-1 and the associated GRI standards. There are no associated GRI standards for the “Employee Engagement” and “Hazardous Substances” topics. We have therefore referred directly to the corresponding pages in the report to find the management approach. The management approaches to the topics “Waste”, “Water Efficiency” and “Contaminant Emissions” have been combined and are reported jointly in the “Environmental Protection” chapter.
Data and content
Quantitative sustainability reporting at Hilti is still under development. Therefore, we are not yet able to report standardized group data, but have different data bases depending on the topic. The content and data were determined using content and data surveys in the respective departments. The data published in this Sustainability Report was collected and processed with the highest degree of accuracy. Nevertheless, we cannot completely exclude the possibility of transmission errors.
For calculation reasons, rounding differences of ± one unit (CHF, %, etc.) may occur in the tables.
Data on circularity
The calculation basis of the quantitative score covers various periods from 2019 and 2020. Purchasing volumes were included in the period from 06/19 to 05/20, production data from 07/19 to 06/20, and sales volumes from 08/19 to 07/20.
This sustainability report contains data on Scope 1, Scope 2 and, in some cases, Scope 3 CO2 emissions. We have determined Scope 1 emissions for the Group using energy consumption and local emission factors. We use real information on gas, oil, district heating and solar energy consumption in our buildings as well as vehicle fuel consumption in our market organizations. In the organizations where we did not have consumption data, we estimated it using average consumption (per employee or per m2). In addition, we estimated emissions from refrigerants in the plants.
Scope 2 emissions are determined “market-based” i.e., we calculate them using the specific emission factors provided by the electricity suppliers.
Of the Scope 3 emissions, we have so far only published the emissions resulting from business travel. This is determined using data from the travel operators and our own estimates which are based on average values if we do not have exact data. The data on CO2 emissions are verified by “South Pole”.
Waste data is collected at the various sites in all plants and approximately 60 percent of the logistics and repair centers. The offices, Hilti Stores and distribution centers are not yet included.
Water data is collected at our plants by the respective employees responsible for reading the meters. We have not included water consumption in our office buildings due to the negligible comparative amount.
We record data on our employees throughout the Group. With the exception of turnover figures, all data relate to the reporting date of December 31. All data are headcount figures. Apprentices, trainees and interns are included in the total number of employees.
The forward-looking statements made in the report are based on internal assessments of future developments that are subject to uncertainties and are not under the control of Hilti. The report is published in German and English. In the event of any discrepancies, the German version shall be binding.
|Material topic||Relevance||Related GRI standard(s)|
|CO2||x||x||305 Emissions 2016|
302 Energy 2016
|Circularity||x||x||301 Materials 2016|
306 Effluents and Waste 2016
|Waste||x||x||303 Water and Effluents 2018|
|Water Efficiency||x||x||303 Water and Effluents 2018|
|Contaminant Emissions||x||x||303 Water and Effluents2018|
|Supplier Sustainability||x||204 Procurement Practices 2016|
308 Supplier Environmental Assessment 2016
414 Supplier Social Assessment 2016
|User Health & Safety||x||416 Customer Health and Safety 2016|
|Building Safety||x||416 Customer Health and Safety 2016|
|Hazardous Substances||x||Responsible handling of hazardous substances|
|Employee Health & Safety||x||403 Occupational Health and Safety 2018|
|Employee Engagement||x||Sustainable Culture and Employee Engagement|
|Inclusion & Diversity||x||405 Diversity and Equal Opportunity 2016|
|Learning & Development||x||404 Training and Education 2016|
|Social Impact||x||x||203 Indirect Economic Impacts 2016|
413 Local Communities 2016
|Business Ethics||x||x||402 Labor/Management Relations 2016|
406 Non-discrimination 2016
407 Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining 2016
408 Child Labor 2016
409 Forced or Compulsory Labor 2016
412 Human Rights Assessment 2016
415 Public Policy 2016
417 Marketing and Labeling 2016
418 Customer Privacy 2016
419 Socioeconomic Compliance 2016