Data collection

Economic data

The financial data in this report is based on data collected through our enterprise resource planning and management reporting systems. The figures used in Outotec’s consolidated Financial Statements 2017 have been prepared according to the International Financial Reporting Standard. In addition, some data has been collected manually from Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.

Environmental data

Environmental data has been collected through our health and safety reporting system. Each location’s data is compiled on Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and fed into a SAP BO database. The data is then analyzed and combined into a single file to facilitate calculations.

Performance data on environmental aspects has been collected from our major business units for electricity use, heating, owned or leased company cars, flight emissions, water use, paper use, recycled waste, and landfill waste. In 2017, Outotec purchased a new database for industrial data, according to which the baseline for some of our environmental targets had changed. For this reason, we recalculated some environmental indicators for 2015, because there were significant changes in the general validity of the data.

The report also includes information on the combustion of fuels in company-owned combustion sources (scope 1 emissions), and figures on hazardous wastes, which were mainly generated in our research centers, manufacturing workshops, and ceramic plate production plant. The environmental data was compiled on location-specific data sheets in a database and it was readily available for Outotec’s largest business units. Our smallest offices with typically fewer than 10 persons were not able to report environmental data, because they are located in large office premises together with other companies. They pay a monthly lump sum to office space providers, and therefore it is not possible to determine their specific electricity, heat, or water consumption.

Our principle in collecting the environmental data is operational control, and leased assets are included in the reported figures.

Environmental data from Outotec’s project site operations was excluded from the data collection. All the local subsidiaries from which the data was collected are fully owned by Outotec, and for this reason, no allocations to subsidiaries regarding the environmental indicators were made.

Social data

Data on our employees was collected applying a global master data system based on SAP Human Capital Management. The system includes accurate data on Outotec employees globally, covering all business units and providing basic information on all employees. Data on performance development dialogues (PDD) is compiled from the PDD tool based on Success Factor system.

Our Learning Management System provides information on Outotec’s own global training programs and e-learning modules concerning vocational training and Code of Conduct training. The System was renewed in 2016, which has improved the coverage and quality of our training data as of 2017. However, it is not possible to categorize training hours by gender, region or employment category in the current system. Local training data is collected with Microsoft Excel sheets from HR personnel in the market area offices. The training of blue-collar workers normally takes place in classroom and those hours are not reported in the Learning Management System.

Training hours on health and safety are compiled from the health and safety reporting system and they cover both Outotec employees and contractors working under our direct supervision on project sites.

Outotec’s global health and safety reporting system is used for data collection and to map out and monitor progress towards common health and safety targets in all Outotec operations. Data about employees traveling in high-risk countries was collected from the Travel Tracker system used as part of our Global ISOS service.

Supply chain data is collected using the Global Supplier Database and from the SIEVO spend management software. The calculations are based on Outotec’s spending and carried out using the Scope 3 screening tool developed by Quantis and GHG Protocol. The methodology was changed in 2017 due to the discontinuation of the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The supply chain’s emissions were recalculated for years 2015 and 2016 according to the new methodology to guarantee comparability over the years.  

To collect data on human rights and compliance, a questionnaire in the form of Microsoft Excel sheets was sent to the persons responsible for human resources in each location.