A review of the materiality analysis was carried out as part of the switchover to the GRI Standards. Some topics were aggregated (as required by the GRI Standards) and further relevant topics added. Like in the sustainability strategy, all material topics are assigned to the categories People, Planet and Profit. In the People category, the occupational safety topic was expanded to include the health aspect. In the Planet category, the resources topic was expanded to include the circular economy aspect. In the Profit category, the topics product management and innovation, quality as well as production and digitalisation/BIM were added as material topics. Furthermore, the topic of data protection was identified as relevant in connection with the introduction of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This enabled a high degree of consensus on the selection of material topics with the key approaches in the corporate and sustainability strategy to be achieved.
The current materiality analysis was reviewed and approved by an external stakeholder panel in September 2020.
Material aspects are deemed material if they are significant from the internal perspective of the company and/or the external perspective of stakeholders.
We continuously improve the quality of people’s lives with innovative sanitary products.
Geberit concentrates on sanitary and piping systems for transporting water in buildings, as well as bathroom ceramics and furniture. In these areas, Geberit has comprehensive know-how and supplies high-quality, integrated and water-saving sanitary technology as well as attractive design.
Commitment to innovation and design
Continuously optimising and extending the product range is crucial for future success. Innovative strength is founded on research in areas such as hydraulics, statics, fire protection, hygiene and acoustics, as well as process and materials technology. The insights gained are systematically applied in the development of products and systems for the benefit of customers. Here, the aspects of design are constantly growing in importance.
Selective geographic expansion
An important factor in long-term success is stronger growth in the markets in which Geberit products or technology are still under-represented. Outside Europe, Geberit concentrates on the most promising markets. These include North America, China, Southeast Asia, Australia, the Gulf Region, South Africa and India. With the exception of North America and Australia, the company mainly engages in project business in these markets. The company always adheres strictly to the existing high standards in terms of quality and profitability.
Continuous optimisation of business processes
Efficient processes will help to establish a leading and competitive cost structure on a long-term basis. Process optimisation will be partly achieved through Group-wide projects and partly through employees identifying improvement potential in their day-to-day work, thus making a major contribution toward positive development.