Sustainability goals

K+S Sustainability goals 2030

With its Shaping 2030 corporate strategy, K+S is clearly committed to sustainability. We have set ourselves ambitious goals in these three areas: people, environment and business ethics.

KPIs and targets 2030

Making target progress measurable

Sustainability gives us the opportunity to identify and assess issues and social trends with relevance for our company early and systematically. By defining specific target values and regularly reviewing the current situation, we will make our progress measurable in the future.

Areas of action

People

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  • HEALTH & SAFETY: Providing a healthy and safe work environment to protect our employees who constitute our most valuable capital
  • DIVERSITY & INCLUSION: Hiring and developing a workforce that reflects the places in which we do business. Fostering an inclusive environment that enables all employees to thrive and contribute to innovation and results
  • HUMAN RIGHTS: Establishing the respect towards internationally recognized human rights at all sites to ensure this core value is applied globally
Target KPI1 Unit Target value Deadline

Health & Safety:

Providing a healthy and safe work environment to protect our employees who constitute our most valuable capital.

Lost time incident rate

Lost time incident rate (LTI-Rate)

0

Vision 2030

Diversity & Inclusion: 

Hiring and developing a workforce that reflects the places in which we do business. Fostering an inclusive environment that enables all employees to thrive and contribute to innovation and results.

Employees' favorable perception of inclusive work environment

Percent

> 90

2030

Human Rights:  

Establishing the respect towards internationally recognized human rights at all sites to ensure this core value is applied globally.

Sites covered by a human rights due diligence process

Percent

100

2030

1The base year for all our non-financial performance indicators is 2017.

Environment

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  • WATER:
    • Ending deep-well injection of saline wastewater from potash production in Germany by end of 2021, no application for renewal
    • Reducing saline process water
  • WASTE: Reducing the environmental impact and conserving natural resources by re-examining the potential of residues stored on tailings piles
  • ENERGY & CLIMATE: Reducing the carbon footprint and improving energy efficiency to enhance competitiveness
Target KPI1 Unit

Target value

Deadline

Water:
Ending deep-well injection of saline wastewater from potash production in Germany by end of 2021, no application for renewal. Reducing saline process water.

Deep-well injection of saline wastewater in Germany

m³ p.a. 0 Beginning in January 2022

Additional reduction of saline process water from potash production in Germany

m³ p.a.

-500,000

(excluding a reduction due to the KCF facility and the discontinuation of production in Sigmundshall)

2030

Waste:

Reducing the environmental impact and conserving natural resources by re-examining the potential of residues stored on tailings piles.

Amount of residue used for other purposes than talings piles covered

Million tonnes p.a.

3

2030

Additional area of tailings piles covered

ha

155

2030

Energy & Climate: 

Reducing the carbon footprint and improving energy efficiency to enhance competitiveness.

CO2 footprint for power consumed (kgCO2/MWh)

percent

-20

2030

Specific greenhouse gas emissions (CO2) in logistics (kgCO2e/t)

percent

-10

2030

1The base year for all our non-financial performance indicators is 2017.

Business ethics

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  • SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAINS: Demanding sustainable practices from our suppliers along the entire supply chain to align all business activities to our values
  • COMPLIANCE & ANTICORRUPTION: Establishing a zero-tolerance policy for corruption and bribery as well as anti-competitive practices to avoid the risks of liability, culpability, loss of reputation, as well as financial disadvantages
Target KPI1 Unit Target value Deadline

Sustainable Supply Chain:

Demand sustainable practices from all our suppliers along the entire supply chain so as to align all business activities to our values.


 

Critical suppliers aligned with the K+S Group Supplier Code of Conduct (SCoC)

percent 100 End of 2025

Coverage of the purchasing volume by the SCoC of the K+S Group

percent >90 End of 2025

Compliance & Anti-Corruption:

Establishing a zero-tolerance policy for corruption and bribery as well as anti-competitive practices to avoid the risks of liability, culpability, loss of reputation, as well as financial disadvantages.

All employees reached by communication measures and trained appropriately in compliance matters

percent 100  End of 2019

1The base year for all our non-finacial performance indicators is 2017.

What are the most important sustainability issues for K+S?

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Together with our stakeholders, we use materiality analysis to determine our most important sustainability issues.

Answers to this question are provided by an online survey conducted in 2017 (previous analyses: 2016, 2014). Worldwide, 690 internal and external stakeholders were asked about their assessment of sustainability aspects. The response rate was 56 percent. Internal specialists and managers at Group companies were also included, in some cases down to site level, because different sustainability issues can play a role depending on the region and business activities of our companies.

The collection of topics was largely based on the standards of the Global Reporting Initiative as well as the GRI G4 Mining and Metals Sector Disclosures and takes industry-specific environmental aspects into account.

The rsult of the current K+S materiality analysis:

  • Emphasis on the environment, focusing on: "Wastewater (incl. saltwater)", "Energy", "Emissions", and "Water use"
  • "Health and Safety"
  • "Compliance"

The K+S Sustainability Targets 2030 address these issues and exceed them in their objectives.

 

Sustainable development goals (SDGs)

To achieve the seventeen goals for sustainable development (SDGs) companies are an important partner, and K+S is also actively involved here. It is about the "Transformation of our world: Agenda 2030 for sustainable development."

The K+S Group assesses the current corporate activities with regard to the SDGs and also takes the SDGs into account strategically within the framework of the sustainability goals. K+S acknowledges that the SDGs and targets are integrated and indivisible.

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