Report profile

GRI 102-50, -53, -54

We want to inform our stakeholders transparently about our sustainability activities with our non-financial reporting. This Online Sustainability Report provides additional information to our Group Non-financial Report with which we meet the regulatory requirements. We considered various reporting standards, such as the Sustainability Code or the GRI Standards, as a framework for sustainability reporting. Due to our global business activities, we opted for the worldwide recognized GRI Standards. This Sustainability Report has been prepared in accordance with GRI standards: Option "Core" and contains a materiality analysis in accordance with GRI 102-46 (determination of report content and topic delimitation). Furthermore, the management approaches are presented in accordance with GRI 103. The GRI Content Index provides an online overview of the relevant content. 

Report framework

GRI 102-1, -3, -45

This Online Sustainability Report covers the financial year (calendar year) 2020 and relates to the Group including its four business segments, i.e. all fully consolidated companies that are subject to the legal or actual control of Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA, Bad Homburg v.d.H., Germany.

GRI 102-50, -51,-52

The notes to the consolidated financial statements in the Annual Report contain further information. Deviations from this reporting framework are marked in the appropriate place. Our non-financial reporting is available both as a separate Group Non-financial Report which is part of the Annual Report and our Online Sustainability Report with additional information and GRI references online. The last separate Group Non-financial Report was published in March 2019.

Determination of the contents of the report

GRI 102-46

We base our choice of report content on the GRI standards, the principles of materiality and the requirements of our stakeholders, especially the capital market. In addition, the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) serve as a framework for identifying and aligning our sustainability activities. In the year under review, we conducted a comprehensive materiality analysis. Experts from the four business segments as well as relevant Group functions have reviewed and validated the results.

External audit

GRI 102-56

The separate Group Non-financial Report was audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft in according with ISAE 3000 (Revised) to obtain limited assurance against the relevant legal requirements. An independent audit certificate was issued. Further information can be found in the separate Group Non-financial Report.

The Online Sustainability Report is available in German and English. In the event of deviations between the versions, the German document shall prevail.

Environment – Progress and measures 2020

GRI Index