Management Report Profile
Combined Management Report of the Covestro Group and Covestro AG
The Combined Management Report pertains to both the Covestro Group and Covestro AG. This report covers the period from January 1 to December 31, 2022. The presentation of the results of operations, financial position, and net assets as well as the expected development, including the principal opportunities and risks, relate to the Covestro Group, unless otherwise noted. Information that applies to Covestro AG only is identified accordingly. The results of operations, financial position, and net assets of Covestro AG are presented in a separate chapter of the Report on Economic Position. In addition, the nonfinancial statement pursuant to Sections 315b and 315c in conjunction with Sections 289c through 289e of the HGB is integrated into the Group Management Report. This includes the statements in accordance with the European Union’s Taxonomy Regulation (2020/852). A nonfinancial statement in accordance with Sections 289c through 289e of the HGB does not have to be provided for Covestro AG.
Covestro reports comprehensively and transparently about topics important from the company’s perspective and for our stakeholders. We measure our sustainability performance using financial indicators as well as key nonfinancial indicators published in the Group Management Report. Our objective here is to highlight how closely linked environmental and societal factors are with responsible corporate governance and the long-term success of our business. The Group Management Report and the supplementary sustainability information together comprise our annual sustainability reporting. We supplement the nonfinancial information in the Group Management Report by reporting additional content, which meets the requirements of the “with reference to GRI” reporting option of the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Standards (SRS) and is identified separately.
For all reportable aspects, the nonfinancial statement includes the policies we pursue in addressing environmental matters, employee matters, and social matters as well as respect for human rights and anti-corruption and bribery matters, the due diligence processes followed, as well as the outcomes of these strategies. Nonfinancial performance indicators are reported only when these are important to the Covestro Group.
As an integral part of the Group Management Report, the nonfinancial statement was audited with reasonable assurance by our auditor, KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, Düsseldorf (Germany). The supplementary sustainability information specifically identified as such additionally contributes to the transparency of our reporting, which meets the requirements of the “with reference to GRI” reporting option of the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Standards (SRS). We voluntarily report the management approaches for material topics in accordance with GRI 3-3 (2021). The supplementary sustainability information that is not part of our statutory audit of the Consolidated Financial Statements was subjected to a separate review with limited assurance pursuant to the International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE) 3000 by KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, Düsseldorf (Germany).
Environmental Performance Indicators
Environmental protection performance indicators are reported for all fully consolidated companies. Since these figures are calculated only at the end of the year, they include the group of companies consolidated as it stands at year-end. In this process, we incorporate data from all environmentally relevant Covestro sites, i.e., all production sites and relevant administrative sites. This data is used in addition to the environmental reporting contained in this report to communicate with various stakeholders, e.g., associations, the press, and government agencies, as well as to continually improve our environmental performance. In order to comply with publication deadlines, the sites estimate the environmental data for the final weeks of the current fiscal year on the basis of established estimation methodologies that ensure accurate reporting of data as close as possible to the actual figures for the year. If, however, in the course of the following year, we become aware of material deviations based on internally defined thresholds, the figures in question are corrected retroactively. This was not required in fiscal 2022 for the preceding fiscal year 2021.
The reporting of direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, e.g., from burning fossil energy sources and from our production processes (Scope 1), of indirect GHG emissions from the provision and use of energy produced outside the company (Scope 2), and of GHG emissions from upstream and downstream processes in the value chain (Scope 3), is based on the requirements of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and includes all fully consolidated companies. If, in our efforts to achieve climate neutrality, measures are taken to offset emissions in relation to our Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions, they are disclosed in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. The global warming potential (GWP) factors correspond to the Fifth Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Alternative Performance Measures
Throughout its financial reporting, Covestro uses alternative performance measures (APMs) to assess the business performance of the Group. These are not defined in the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) adopted by the European Union (EU). These non-IFRS indicators should be considered a supplement to, not a replacement for, the financial performance measures determined in accordance with IFRSs. The alternative performance measures of relevance to the Covestro Group include earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA), return on capital employed (ROCE), free operating cash flow (FOCF), and net financial debt. The calculation methods for the APMs may vary from those of other companies, thus limiting the extent of the overall comparability. These alternative performance measures should not be viewed in isolation or employed as an alternative to the financial indicators determined in accordance with IFRSs and presented in the Consolidated Financial Statements for purposes of assessing Covestro’s results of operations, financial position, and net assets.