About this Report

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Wacker Chemie AG’s sustainability report explains how the Group balances economic aspects with environmental and social responsibility. Published in English and German, our online report is also available as a printable PDF file. The facts and figures given in this report refer to fiscal years 2015 and 2016.

Unless otherwise stated, our statements apply to all business divisions and sites around the world, as well as to every subsidiary in which WACKER is the majority shareholder. The information on our Group structure and financial position was taken from WACKER’s 2015 and 2016 annual reports. To be as up to date as possible, we have a section in our Goals chapter to cover future topics from 2017 onward (editorial deadline: June 1, 2017).

Defining Key Topics

This report offers an honest and comprehensive account of sustainability at WACKER not only for our customers, business partners, suppliers and shareholders, but also for analysts, non-governmental organizations, the authorities, our sites’ neighbors and our employees. We established the main contents through ongoing dialogue with our stakeholders. In 2016, we also surveyed stakeholders and top management. We used the survey to determine which sustainability topics stakeholders and top managers consider to be important for WACKER and how they rate our sustainability efforts. The survey results led to a materiality analysis. This serves as a basis for specifying the contents of the sustainability report and reviewing and updating our sustainability strategy.

Reporting Criteria

Our reporting is based on criteria recommended by future (a “self-help” initiative run by various German companies), by the IÖW (the German institute for Ecological Economy Research) and by the Sustainability Reporting Standards issued by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). An index on the right (under “Services”) refers to the pages that contain information on the individual GRI indicators.

Our report complies with the “Core” option set out in GRI standards and takes account of other indicators that relate to WACKER’s main sustainability issues. We had the GRI Materiality Disclosures Service review indicators GRI 102-40 to GRI 102-49. The Service confirmed that, at the time of the GRI review, the indicators mentioned were correctly placed in the report and the GRI content index.

For further details on WACKER’s commitment to sustainability, please visit www.wacker.com/sustainability.

Our next sustainability report, which covers the period 2017/2018, is scheduled to appear in 2019.