Last revised 12/31/2020
Many initially only think of sustainability in terms of environmental issues. But sustainable development as defined by the United Nations and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards goes even further – the common goal is to ensure that people’s economic, environmental, and social living conditions are sustainable. As an international technology leader, we can and want to do our part to move a step closer to this goal. That is why we systematically document corresponding key figures. In addition to our annual report, in 2020 we began publishing an independent sustainability report.
Feintool is active worldwide and values cultural diversity among its employees. The key figures shown here for the 2020 reporting year apply to all Feintool locations, with the exception of the service centers in Atsugi and Shanghai, which are not material to the data presented in this report.
The Feintool Group’s mission statement and Code of Conduct make it clear that the company expressly promotes diversity and requires all employees to treat each other with respect – regardless of age, gender, background, or worldview.
|By region||2 403||1 993||410|
|Europe||1 625||1 355||270|
|By employment contract||2 403||1 993||410|
|Permanent||2 311||1 926||385|
|By type of employment||2 403||1 993||410|
|Full-time||2 291||1 950||341|
Approximately two-thirds of the 2 403 Feintool employees included in this data set work in Europe. Only around five percent work on a part-time basis. Women account for approximately 17 percent of the workforce, which is not a satisfying rate for the Feintool Group. Feintool aims to increase this figure through targeted measures in 2021. In addition, 105 students, vocational trainees, and interns were trained in the past financial year. At the end of 2020, Feintool employed 92 temporary workers. Approximately 55 percent of employees are represented by a trade union or are subject to collective bargaining agreements.
The age distribution shows that Feintool benefits from experienced specialists. We believe that retaining these employees – while at the same time supporting young talent – plays an important role in the company’s success. This is why we offer professional development and advanced training opportunities to both older and younger employees.
Employees by age group
The employee turnover rate across the entire group stood at 12 percent in 2020, actually down slightly compared to 2019 despite the coronavirus crisis – which was a positive development. Turnover was higher in the United States than in the other regions, partly due to restructuring activities and the labor laws applicable there. Overall, more employees under 30 left the company than their counterparts in other age groups. This was also in line with expectations. This makes Feintool all the more determined to focus on recruiting trainees and training young people at the start of their careers in the interests of sustainable HR management.
Turnover overall and by region
The health and safety of our employees is always our top priority. The COVID-19 pandemic has created extraordinary challenges when it comes to protecting health in the workplace. Crisis management and the systematic implementation of hygiene measures within the framework of the relevant regulatory requirements have proven their worth. Feintool recorded some cases of infection, but only a few presenting severe complications, and zero fatalities.
In addition, to maintain safety in the workplace – regardless of unforeseeable events such as a pandemic – Feintool has established its own system for prevention and management in acute cases.
|Number of workplace accidents||164||118|
|Accident frequency rate (AFR)*||7.3||6.0|
|Number of lost workdays due to accidents||1 329||1 240|
|Accident severity rate (ASR)**||58.9||63.3|
|Number of serious workplace accidents***||2||0|
|Number of fatalities from workplace accidents||1||0|
We calculate our footprint in the main areas of energy, emissions, waste, and materials at all of our locations on an ongoing basis, with the exception of the service centers in Atsugi and Shanghai. The environmental indicators for the 2020 reporting year can be found here.
The consumption of energy and raw materials, especially steel, is of central importance to Feintool’s production processes and core business activities. This is why ongoing measures are implemented throughout the group to increase energy efficiency and thus reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In 2020, this included optimizing building technology (air conditioning and lighting) and technical processes (e.g. modernizing machines, optimizing compressed air supply and distribution).
Feintool’s total energy consumption in 2020 stood at approximately 119 000 megawatt hours (MWh). At almost 77 percent, electricity accounts for the largest share, followed by combustibles, fuels, and district heating.
|ENERGY CONSUMPTION (MWH)||2019||2020|
|Electricity||102 376||91 192||-11 %|
|Heating||27 443||24 727||-10 %|
|Natural gas||26 556||23 272|
|Fuel||3 430||2 766||-19 %|
|Diesel||2 587||1 964|
|Liquid petroleum gas (LPG) 140||140||142|
|Total energy consumption||133 248||118 685||-11 %|
This area focuses on greenhouse gas emissions (including, but not limited to, CO2 emissions) that are reported in accordance with the global requirements of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol). This protocol was, in turn, developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD). In accordance with the GHG Protocol, the GRI Standards distinguish between three classes of greenhouse gas emissions:
Feintool’s quantifiable energy savings in 2020 primarily stemmed from a reduction in electricity consumption and amounted to more than 2 500 MWh for the reporting period, which was accompanied by a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of almost 1 400 tons of CO2 equivalent (tCO2e).
Primarily due to the pandemic-related reduction in energy consumption, but also as a result of the measures implemented,, greenhouse gas emissions fell overall to around 40 000 tCO2e in 2020, a reduction of more than 15 percent compared with 2019. Electricity consumption continued to account for the largest source of emissions at over 85 percent, followed by fuel, combustibles, and district heating.
|GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS (tCO2e)||2019||2020|
|Scope 1 (direct emissions)||6 451||5 611||-13 %|
|Combustibles||5 546||4 884|
|Scope 2 (indirect emissions)||41 052||34 590||-16 %|
|Electricity||40 966||34 404|
|Total emissions (Scope 1 and 2)||47 503||40 201||-15 %|
Through systematic waste management, Feintool ensures that the majority of its production waste is recycled and can therefore be reused as raw material. Different types of waste are produced at the production facilities, with scrap metal accounting for the largest share. All waste fractions are recycled using specific recycling methods. Feintool recycles 100 percent of its metallic production waste as well as paper and cardboard. The company also achieved a high recycling rate of 88 percent for hazardous waste. In total, the percentage of waste that was recycled stood at 98 percent. As a result, Feintool is making an important contribution to the conservation of natural resources.
|Nonhazardous waste||119 101||104 577||-12 %|
|Scrap metal (recycled)||117 001||102 845||-12 %|
|Mixed industrial waste||1 862||1 565|
|Total landfilled||1 579||1 282|
|Paper and cardboard (recycled)||152||118|
|Quartz sand (landfilled)||85||48|
|Hazardous waste|| |
|4 530||-20 %|
|Emulsions, waste oil, and oil-contaminated waste||5 498||4 377|
|Total recycled||4 744||3 848|
|Total waste||124 759||109 107||-13 %|
Metals are clearly the main focus of Feintool’s production processes. Steel plays a particularly important role in the manufacture of high-precision components, which is why almost 99 percent of our total material input consists of this raw material. The extraction and production of metals is both resource- and energy-intensive. At Feintool, metal production waste is therefore systematically returned to the material cycle via recycling.
|MATERIAL CONSUMPTION (TONS)||2019||2020|
|Raw material||202 413||176 306||-13 %|
|Steel||201 699||175 621||-13 %|
|Copper (incl. brass)||552||548|
|Supplies and consumables||757||1 402||85 %|
|Packaging material||745||880||18 %|
|Paper and cardboard||232||396|
|Total material consumption||203 915||178 589||-12 %|