This Sustainability Report 2016 has been prepared by Brau ­Union Österreich and follows the guidelines of the Global Reporting ­Initiative (GRI) G4 – the option “In Accordance Core” was selected. We would like to give our readers insight into how we plan to achieve our main goal, i.e. “to create the best beer culture for the future and to develop Austrian beer culture to meet social and ­environmental challenges.”

Naturally, we want to address both women and men with our ­report – even if we have omitted gender-specific formulations for the sake of readability.


Scope of the Report

This sustainability report publishes data concerning Brau Union Österreich AG within the reporting period from January 1st 2016 to December 31st 2016. The environmental data refer only to our production facilities, i.e. our breweries, since we have observed no significant environmental impact at the office locations. Due to their size, the following breweries are mentioned in the report with ­environmental data: our five principal breweries are Gösser/Leoben, Puntigamer/Graz, Schwechater, Wieselburger and Zipfer, and our specialty breweries are Falkenstein/Lienz and Schladminger. Due to the size of the Speciality manufactory Hofbräu Kaltenhausen, no environmental data was reported. The social data also refer to our production sites, our office locations and sales depot.

The content of the report is based on important issues revealed by the materiality analysis and is directly connected to our international HEINEKEN Sustainability Initiative “Brewing a Better World”. Additional information on our global strategy can be found in the HEINEKEN Sustainability Report at: http://www.theheinekencompany.com/sustainability.

Reporting Systems

  • Data on occupational safety are reported on a quarterly basis to HEINEKEN through the global system ARISO (Accident Reporting & Investigation Software System).
  • Environmental data and their validation can be found in the BCS (Business Comparison System). The environmental data are compiled and reported on a monthly basis from each of the production sites.
  • The Global Green Gauge reporting system allows us to compare our performance according to our eleven objectives in environmental and social areas on a quarterly basis. During the year, it shows areas where improvement is still needed.
  • Other reporting systems that are available to us are the CLM (Contract Lifecycle System), the EcoVadis platform of Supplier Codes and SAP for employee relevant information. 
  • The HEINEKEN Annual Sustainability Survey along with ­additional information from each department provides the ­remaining data.

Reliability of the Data

Since 2011, HEINEKEN has been working continuously to expand the scope of its reporting and to make improvements, especially concerning its production sites. To achieve this, the reporting process used in 2015 has been revised. The captured and entered data are validated globally by the internal managers in each department, the local CSR team, and finally by HEINEKEN. The accuracy of the data is guaranteed in this way on both a local and global level by the experts responsible for their respective areas. At a global level, we are continuously working to avoid errors in reporting in order to ensure the comparability of the data by incorporating standard calculations into the systems and formulating clear and consistent definitions.

Our global HEINEKEN auditing team also makes annual checks of the entire reporting process and also performs local validation ­audits. In addition, internal sales depot audits as well as ICFR tests (internal controls over financial reports) were carried out by the experts from the respective departments in the supply chain. Their task was to check the reliability of the processes to ensure that the final results reflect the correct data.

Accuracy of the Data

The accuracy of the safety data is checked both at the local level by the SHE Manager and the HR Manager. If any errors do appear, it may indicate that the basis for performing the calculation is incorrect, e.g. the numbers of employees may have been falsely counted or recorded. The accuracy of the environmental data is based on the methods of calculation and on whether all data are available. For example, we are dependent upon our suppliers to deliver the correct data regarding purchasing or waste.


Brau Union Österreich and HEINEKEN collect data in accordance with the guidelines and definitions of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI G4).

  • Since 2013, we have aligned our definition of specific energy consumption to that of the WBCSD (World Business ­Council for Sustainable Development) protocol: thermal energy (MJ/ hl beer) + 3.6 x electrical energy (kWh/hl beer).
  • The energy that is supplied by back-up generators is produced in kWh and is not reported as MJ of fuel consumed. However, the direct CO2 emissions resulting from the generation of the ­energy are reported.