Performance on Economic Value Generated and Distributed
2014 saw another year of solid growth fuelled by strong performance in most business lines and an active program of acquisitions. Despite persistent economic challenges in Europe and in the global minerals sector, we achieved organic growth of 4% and a stable adjusted operating income margin of 16.1%. For more information on our economic performance this year, please see our Annual Report.
Our Green Book reveals that in 2014 the sustainability performance of our operations has remained steady against 2013, representing around 6.5% of revenue in our trend countries, based on costs such as electricity consumption, natural turnover and sickness absence. These costs are being tackled through around 250 sustainability projects in our affiliates around the world.
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2014 Commitment Status Update on Progress Expand our Green Book to cover external impacts and costs, and share our learning and expertise with peers in 2014 Achieved We have started to share the methodology used to create our Green Book with other companies that are interested in developing financial metrics around their sustainability performance Address specific sustainability priorities in our affiliates through targeted sustainability workshops in 2014 Achieved During 2014, sustainability workshops took place in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, South Africa and Uruguay. The main sustainability topics discussed related to employee turnover, energy efficiency in buildings, and waste management
Generated (CHF million) Distributed (CHF million) Revenue 5,883 Employee wages & benefits 2,891 Financial income 17 Operating expenses 2,017 Shareholders and Lenders* 617 Government 267 Community 1 Retained 107 Total 5,900 Total 5,900
*Dividends due to non-controlling interests and to shareholders as proposed by the Board of Directors
- Work with colleagues across the business to agree priorities and actions informed by the Green Book at functional and local levels
- Address specific sustainability priorities in our affiliates through targeted sustainability workshops in 2015
- Continue to evolve our approach to measuring our net contribution to society through our NVA+ methodology
- Launch an internal campaign to engage employees in understanding their wider contribution to society through our services and operations