Efficient environmental and resource management at all global sites: The technology company Voith, based in Heidenheim, Germany, is making this a reality, even today. They started using EcoWebDesk, the software for Health & Safety, Environmental management (HSE) and Sustainability, in 2011 to help on their road to sustainability. EcoWebDesk allows all those responsible to carry out their tasks simultaneously on a single system.
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About VoithClose Open
The family-owned company Voith was founded in 1867 and employs over 20,000 people in more than 60 countries. The portfolio of industrial plants, products and services supplies five essential markets worldwide: Energy, Oil & Gas, Paper, Raw Materials and Transport & Automotive. The operating activities are organized into four group divisions: Voith Digital Solutions, Voith Hydro, Voith Paper and Voith Turbo.
Environmental protection as a central objectiveClose Open
Voith has formulated three main goals for resource and environmental protection until the fiscal year 2017/18: reducing freshwater consumption by 10%, energy demand by 20% and waste quantity by 25%. The central division “Corporate Sustainability”, that also includes Health, Safety & Environmental management (HSE), monitors these goals and documents their progress in the sustainability report.
Worldwide reportingClose Open
Just a few years ago, the mechanical engineering company’s environmental data was saved decentralized on separate systems. “To create a consistent report, our team would have had to record and evaluate the required data from over 120 sites in Excel lists,” says Torsten Kallweit, Head of Corporate Sustainability and HSE. “Just merging the data on water, energy and waste would have taken weeks. Evaluating the data would have taken just as long.” The company needed a reliable data base to control its internal goals to increase efficiency. Also, reporting was supposed to be built on the international standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Voith started using EcoWebDesk in the HSE sector in 2011 and rolled it out across locations within a few months. It was used, among other things, to create a worldwide hazardous material register to verify and clear hazardous materials centrally. They wanted to start using the existing system for their sustainability controlling in 2015.
Efficient sustainability controllingClose Open
Today, the data entered into the software module component Sustainability is checked during recording. The plausibility of values and unusual deviations compared to previous periods are visible immediately. This means, that those responsible for entering the data do not need any expert or specific knowledge to identify discrepancies. The standardized procedure for recording and approving data ensures the integrity, consistency and uniformity of data from all locations worldwide. All involved parties can work in the system simultaneously and regardless of time and place. Thanks to versioning, all changes remain traceable while the reporting plan clearly shows the current status of all reporting tasks.
Evaluation via mouse clickClose Open
After approval, the contents are immediately available for flexible evaluation. For every indicator, the development over time and geographical distribution of values and costs can be depicted and compared to local and global target values. Monetary data is automatically presented in the required currency while taking fluctuations in the exchange rate into consideration. Physical data can be automatically converted to other units. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are generated automatically and visualized in diagrams. These KPIs are the foundation for presenting ecological and social aspects in the sustainability report. Indicator catalogs from common reporting standards (currently: GRI and DNK) are also available.
EcoWebDesk modulesClose Open
Since 2011 Voith is using the following EcoWebDesk modules:
- Basic System
- Health & Safety
- Audit Management
- Hazardous Materials
- Legal Compliance
- Online Instructions
“We have created a solid foundation for our reporting of all ecological aspects of sustainability by implementing a centralized system. The effort required to record, verify and evaluate data has been reduced significantly since we can automatize many work steps with EcoWebDesk.”
Markus Schönberger, Team Leader Sustainability Controlling, Voith GmbH