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      Sustainable actions need a strong foundation

      Our customers around the world are primarily from the food and beverage (liquid food) industry. Our customers’ satisfaction is our highest priority. We supply them with the best machines, lines and systems, including all services and innovative IT solutions, and this on a global level.

      Mission statement

      Sharing values – creating values together

      To consolidate our position, we will profitably grow stronger than the market (peer group) in every segment and continue to advance our technological leadership and competitive standing – with innovative strength, a willingness to change and consistent commitment. We listen to our customers, develop our products to suit their needs and expand on them with new technologies. Our lines and complete solutions provide the highest level of efficiency at competitive prices. Our global network enables us to provide fast, cost-effective, high-quality service – anytime and anywhere.

      All strategic decisions are aimed at ensuring the company’s sustainable development. Even when optimising profits and cash flow in the short term, we still keep sustainability clearly in our sights. This makes Krones a dependable partner for our customers, employees, shareholders and suppliers. Our financial strength gives us independence. We use resources wisely in order to safeguard this freedom for the long term.

      Our sites around the world form a global value chain that creates the very foundation of our success. Our global production is outstandingly efficient. Our value creation concept is differentiated in accordance with our types of business. Krones offers attractive working conditions, sustainable jobs and room for individual developments on a global level. Our corporate culture is characterised by transparent hierarchies, appreciative leadership and clearly communicated goals. To stay agile and competitive in the future, we keep our structures lean and efficient.

      We are a multinational corporation where a diversity of cultures, languages, and lifestyles come together on an equal footing. We treat each other fairly and openly, take on responsibility and make decisions. All of our actions are characterised by honesty and transparency. We are interested in the thoughts and opinions of our employees and partners and are willing to learn from others. We are proud of our products.

      We are Krones – we do more.

      Our path to a groupwide sustainability strategy

      Continuity and sustainability have always been important to Krones. At the same time, we view the new statutory CSR reporting requirements as an opportunity to refine and, perhaps, redefine our CSR strategy – not only with respect to Krones AG but across the Krones Group.

      Until now, Krones AG, the plants abroad, and subsidiaries have each born responsibility for non-financial aspects and targets individually. Sustainability activities were largely decentralised and self-contained, in part to ensure flexibility and minimise bureaucracy and thus enable our sites to respond to local or regional circumstances. However, when it comes to major sustainability topics like emissions management and occupational safety, a groupwide approach offers clear advantages for Krones as well as for our investors and other stakeholders.

      That is why we began rolling out certain CSR topics in waves at our sites and subsidiaries worldwide in 2018. The first wave focuses on establishing uniform practices and processes for collecting data, since consolidated non-financial information and figures are essential to effective groupwide CSR management. Establishing a systematic approach and expanding it to our sites worldwide will lay the foundation for a new groupwide sustainability strategy.

      CSR management process

      The CSR management process illustrates how we will systematically manage sustainability at Krones in the future: A comprehensive strategy and organisational embeddedness are the bedrock of sustainability management within the Krones Group.  It is on this basis that we decide what measures and actions to take and then regularly review them. Our non-financial reporting lends transparency for shareholders and stakeholders alike.

      CSR Governance

      Krones AG’s CSR team is the central point of contact and coordinates sustainability efforts groupwide. All material non-financial information and activities from the various departments converge in this team. The team collaborates closely with the relevant experts and managers in the technical departments within Krones AG, at our subsidiaries, and at our major international sites and supports their efforts to implement CSR-related actions. The CSR team reports directly to the CEO.

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      Global Compact

      Krones joined the UN Global Compact in 2012. Krones Group is committed to its ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption. We are taking an active role to ensure that these standards are adhered to in all of our business processes and demand the same of our suppliers.

      Human rights

      • Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
      • Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

      Labour

      • Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.
      • Principle 4: Businesses should support the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour.
      • Principle 5: Businesses should support the effective abolition of child labour.
      • Principle 6: Businesses should support the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

      Environment

      • Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.
      • Principle 8: Businesses should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.
      • Principle 9: Businesses should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

      Anti-corruption

      • Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
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      Blue Competence

      We are Alliance Member of the Sustainability Initiative Blue Competence.

      Blue Competence is an initiative of the VDMA for promoting and communication of sustainable solutions for the Mechanical Engineering Industry. By using the trademark “Blue Competence”, we commit ourselves to the twelve Sustainability Guidelines of the Mechanical Engineering Industry.

      PREAMBLE

      Our comprehension of trendsetting sustainability is based on the principles of economic success, fairness, respect & responsibility and includes the dimensions of society, ecology & economy. We comprehend sustainable action in terms of the definition of the Brundtland-report1 and the definitions of the German “Rat für Nachhaltige Entwicklung“.

      STRATEGICAL:

      1. Sustainability is a crucial part of our company strategy.

      2. We create solid business schemes with sustainable values and secure entrepreneurial success.

      3. Our technologies and solutions promote worldwide sustainable developments.

      OPERATIVE:

      4. Sustainable thinking and action are represented in our processes and products.

      5. We act with consideration of resources and stand up for climate protection.

      6. Our staff is our most valuable asset. We promote engagement and participation.

      7. We stand up for keeping the human rights.

      CULTURAL:

      8. Our company is a habitat.

      9. We take responsibility in our region.

      10. We do, what we promise!

      COMMUNICATIVE:

      11. We actively cultivate the network with all participants.

      12. We transparently communicate our sustainable action.

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