Scope of the reporting

This annual report provides an overview of the performance of Accell Group and the main developments in the organisation in 2019. All the reported financial data pertain to the 2019 financial year that ran from 1 January to 31 December. As in previous years, non-financial data is reported for the period 1 December 2018 to 30 November 2019.

Reporting framework and data collection

This annual report is intended for all our stakeholders and in particular for our shareholders and staff and report on aspects highly material to Accell Group. We want to use this integrated report to demonstrate how sustainable our operations are and how this strengthens our strategy, governance, performance and outlook and generates (social) value for the short, medium and long term.

The financial data in this report is generated by a standardised and automated reporting system. The internal risk management system safeguards the reliability of these financial data.

The data related to corporate social responsibility is collected once a year. The collected data and reporting are not verified by the external auditor. In 2019, the sustainability-related data collection covered 92% of our operations. This percentage is determined by dividing the turnover of the companies from which data is collected by the total turnover. The quantitative and qualitative information related to corporate social responsibility is based on qualitative interviews and quantitative data requests. To this end, we address the responsible staff members at our companies and staff departments. The persons responsible at our companies provide the requested quantitative data and direct the sustainability aspects and priority actions. The team responsible for corporate social responsibility at group level uses a plausibility check to verify the data obtained. Most of the employee data are derived from various HR information systems, some data comes from other means of administration and estimations based on interviews. Having different systems and not all data registered within these systems will influence the reliability of the presented figures.

Deviations from the 2018 sustainability reporting

In the figures of energy consumption of 2018, other purchased energy was not included and the energy consumption of our production facility in the Netherlands was modified. This has been adjusted in the database, and this report reflects the corrected data for 2018.
The transition to the new organisational structure has still an impact on the reliability and scope of the data collection for corporate social responsibility purposes. Where necessary, we have adjusted the figures for previous years in the tables for comparison purposes. This may result in some tables deviating from those presented in the 2018 annual report.